Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Little Journey Organics Apple, Pear and Green Pea Baby Food Puree (Aldi)

Just when you thought Little Journey Organics could do no wrong...
Heading in to a serving of this latest Little Journey Organics baby food pouch, there were a couple of things that stood out to me. One, obviously, is the flavor. I mean, I’m all for combinations of fruits and vegetables—there are many juices now that prove you can combine both into a tasty beverage—but out of the three things, I love apples, am kind of neutral on pears, and as much as I like peas, it makes me a little nervous to try pea puree inside an otherwise sweet beverage.

It was inevitable, but I have finally found a flavor that’s less than stellar. Well, “less than stellar” insinuates that it’s good but not great…this is actually more toward the realm of “nauseating”. The apple is there to provide some sweetness, and then it’s directly overpowered by a strong pea taste that, obviously, isn’t all that sweet. It’s a curious combination that’s really bad on paper, and even worse in execution, though being the trooper I am, I still managed to force the entire pouch down (hey, sometimes things get better the more used to it you get).

Even more disappointing is that this contains a meager 35% in the way of vitamin C, far and away the smallest amount out of any of the flavors I've tried. It might be easier to forgive the taste if it was at least packing in some vitamins and minerals, but there's really not much to be had in this one. All of the Little Journey Organics have been great up to this point, but this one tastes about as bad as you would expect it to right from the outset. If you're trying to get your child to eat veggies, this is not the way to go about it. Hugely disappointing.

Overall: 2.5/10. Absolutely appalling. All of the Little Journey Organics I've had up until now have been great, but this one is so heavily flavored by the pea, that it's curious how this found it onto store shelves. The taste is neither sweet, nor savory, instead balancing in the no man's land between those two categories...it just feels like a complete flavor clash. There have been some weaker ones, but even they were good enough that I would get them again, at least occasionally, but this one I won't even think twice about anywhere in the near future. And I wouldn't even pawn this off on my kid, either.

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