Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Little Journey Organics Apple Mango Baby Food Puree (Aldi)


A lesser flavor, but still good...can Little Journey Organics do anything wrong?
I’m sensing a recurring theme going through all of the Little Journey Organic offerings that Aldi carries, and that is that all of them (at least so far) feature apple as the main fruit. So far we’ve seen it paired with the likes of apricots, bananas, raspberries, and even some unpredictable vegetables like sweet potato. Well, those lovable oafs from Aldi are at it again, and this time, they have blended it with mango.

In a lot of the previous combinations I’ve had, the apple is the main flavor, with the additional ingredients gradually coming to the forefront (or, in the case of both pouches I had featuring banana, the taste not ever apparent at all). As I was expecting, that is not at all the case with apple mango, where the mango overpowers the apple from the beginning. All it takes is one sniff, or even just a breath anywhere near this, to know that the mango is the prevailing flavor.

Of course, whether or not this is a good thing depends on your tolerance for mango. I like it, but I don’t love it, and so I only liked this kind. The apple does get a little say in there somewhere, but for once it’s the supporting actor rather than the main star—and this is the time I would have preferred it to take the leading role.

Feelings of mango aside, I would definitely get this again, just not as frequently as I would, say, apple banana raspberry, or many of the other ones. The tartness of the mango (which is surprisingly very tart for a kid’s food) is pretty strong, and it doesn’t take much for me to get rather sick of it…to that end, the 4 oz. pouch is a perfect amount that prevents that from happening. As with all the other kinds, too, this one has a bare minimum of ingredients: apple and mango purees, lemon juice concentrate, and ascorbic acid (otherwise known as vitamin C), with all the ingredients certified organic, save for the latter.

Another plus working in its favor is that this has the most vitamin C out of any of them that I’ve had thus far, with a whopping 140% of baby's (or yours) daily suggested amount of vitamin C. It's always good to get your baby some necessary vitamins, and this one is up to the task! It's okay, but not one of the better ones, though your opinion will depend largely on what you think of mango as a fruit.

Overall: 6/10. The overwhelming taste of mango destroys the fledgling taste of apple in what feels more like a flavor battle than an actual combination drink. I don't mind mango, but it's not one of my favorites, and the way it completely dominates the flavor—even over a formidable fruit like apple—is a big turnoff. I would get this kind again in the future, but not very often, and not for a while. There are many better flavors out there, and I would venture to suspect that most kids aren't going to like the intense mango flavor all that much, either.

2 comments:

  1. These baby food reviews actually make me wish I had another baby. Actually never mind.

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    1. Haha. As much as I'm having fun with our little man, I'm not the least bit ashamed to draw the line at one.

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