Moist, chewy, all-natural apple bars can be made
not only with apples, but also with delicious combinations of apples and other
Apple Bars: Delicious, All-Natural Snack From
ARS By Marcia
Wood February 24, 2006
Moist, chewy apple bars pack the flavor and nutritional boost of two
orchard-fresh apples into a handy, all-natural snack. These sweet
treatsabout the size of an ordinary energy bar, but slimmerresult
from patented technology developed by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists in California.
The scientists' food-processing procedures enable the bars to stay
moist and intensely flavorful without artificial preservatives. Also, the rich
flavor means there's no need to add salt or sugar.
The bars make a tasty addition to a child's school lunch or a
grown-up's afternoon coffee break, according to
McHugh in the agency's
Regional Research Center at Albany, Calif.
The soft, single-serving bars are made from apple puree that's mixed
with apple concentrate and shapedin a standard piece of food-processing
equipmentinto neat rectangles.
Apple bars are the newest addition to the line of all-natural fruit
snacks from McHugh's team, the
Foods Research Unit.
Gorge Delights of Hood
River, Ore., uses crisp, delicious apples from the region's picturesque
orchards to make the bars. Great Foods of America, the Cresskill, N.J.,
marketers for the well-known Earth
Balance and Smart Balance
brands, markets the bars under the Earth Balance name.
Apple bars are already showing up in natural-foods stores.
ARS is the U.S. Department of
Agriculture's chief scientific research agency.