Recently I was offered the opportunity to do my first product review. I was sent some samples of GoGo Squeez apple sauces and was asked to post my thoughts here. I was offered no other compensation for this review other than the samples and will not accept any compensation for reviews that will require a specific opinion to be posted.
GoGo Squeez is a fun new snack product made by a french company Materne. It is natural apple sauce in various flavors packaged in a convenient pouch. As soon as I opened the Fedex envelope that the samples were in, G grabbed one. I immediately knew it would be a hit with him. I twisted off the cap and let him have the plain apple to start. I don’t know if it was because he hadn’t had breakfast yet or what, but he scarfed down the whole thing in about 3 seconds! For my picky 18 month old eater that’s pretty amazing. Unfortunately, the novelty of it seems to have worn off and he isn’t quite as excited about them anymore. He’s more interested in the bright yellow choking hazard of a cap! (which is properly labeled as such by the company btw)
Despite G’s lack of continued enthusiasm, I still think GoGo Squeez is a neat product. I just don’t think its the best design for toddlers. First, we have the cap issue. When you remove the cap itself, you get one of those rings remaining on the straw stem. Its kinda hard to remove, but I wouldn’t give it to G to eat without getting it off. With the way he’s been teething, he’d have it off and swallowed in a minute. Second issue I have is the explosion factor. The pouches are like Capri Sun drink pouches. Extremely messy for kids that haven’t mastered juice boxes yet. After the first pouch, his favorite game has become seeing how far he can launch apple sauce. If you have one of the juice box holders to stick it in, your child might have better luck.For older kids I think the design is perfect. GoGo Squeez would be great to take to the beach (no sand in your apple sauce), on long car trips (no spoons to drop or anything to spill), on the playground (great healthy snack for the kid that won’t sit for 10 seconds) or anywhere else you don’t want to have to worry about having a spoon. I love that it is 100% fruit with no added sweeteners or preservatives and that it equals a full serving of fruit. I like the fact that the pouch is resealable and that you don’t need a spoon or extra straw with it.
Some of the flavors went over better than others here. The plain, cinnamon and banana were all hits. The peach was pretty bland in comparison while the strawberry was snubbed completely. I’m sure its a matter of your kid’s personal preference though. I’ve found GoGo Squeez here in the organic section at Stop & Shop for about $1 a pouch which makes it a bit pricey perhaps for the everyday school lunch, but cheap enough for a treat on special outings. Whole foods and Babies R Us also have it along with a bunch of other retailers (check the website for a list). It is sold in single flavor boxes of 4 or as individual pouches. Amazon sells it in larger quantities.
In summary, I think GoGo Squeez is a great healthy snack. I wish more companies would take notes and see it is possible to make healthy food = fun food!