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Fruit Roll-Ups

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A Fruit Roll-Up

Fruit Roll-Ups is a brand of snack that debuted in grocery stores across America in 1983.[1] It is a flat, corn syrup-based, fruit-flavored snack rolled into a tube, spread on a backing sheet of cellophane to prevent the product from sticking to itself.

Fruit Roll-Ups are manufactured by General Mills and distributed under the Betty Crocker brand in the American market and under the Uncle Tobys brand in Australia. Several similar products have been marketed by General Mills and by other companies such as Kellanova, which produces them notably under the Kellogg's brand in the UK as Fruit Winders.

Advertising[edit]

Fruit Corners Fruit Roll-Ups were heavily marketed on television in America throughout the early 1980s. Most spots featured the tag line "Fruit Corners Fruit Roll-Ups: Real fruit and fun, rolled up in one." Later spots featured children innovating in the "Fruit Roll-Up Fun Factory".[citation needed]

The overall marketing theme is that parents can feed their children "fun" processed foods that are based on real fruit. Studies of American mothers have shown that the mothers are surprised at how sweet Fruit Roll-Ups are and how little fruit is present in them. For example, the strawberry flavor contains no strawberries, and the only ingredient derived from fruit is concentrated pear juice.[2]

History[edit]

General Mills' research for the product began in 1975.[3]

Joray Fruit Rolls are a round, fruit leather product from New York that predates Fruit Roll-Ups. Fruit Roll-Ups have a more rubbery texture than the natural rolls and though were originally round in shape, they are now shaped like a parallelogram.

Fruit Roll-Ups have featured variants on the original plain sheets such as punch out shapes on the rolls and temporary tattoos for tongues and formerly on skin.

  • Berry Lemonade/Cherry Slushie
  • Crazy Pix Cool Chix Berry Wave
  • Crazy Pix Wild Ones Blastin' Berry
  • Electric Blue Raspberry
  • Flavor Wave

Betty Crocker sells Fruit Roll-Ups in single-flavor boxes and flavor variety packs.

Ingredients[edit]

Fruit Roll-Ups (strawberry flavor)
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy1,562 kJ (373 kcal)
85.2 g
Sugars38.7 g
3.5 g
0.1 g
Other constituentsQuantity
Water10.2 g
Percentages estimated using US recommendations for adults,[4] except for potassium, which is estimated based on expert recommendation from the National Academies.[5]

The main ingredient is sugar, and Fruit Roll-Ups contain five different types of sugar: sugar from pear juice concentrate, corn syrup, dried corn syrup, sugar, and a small amount of dextrose.[2] They also contain small amounts of partially hydrogenated cottonseed oil, citric acid, sodium citrate, acetylated monoglycerides, fruit pectin, malic acid, ascorbic acid, natural flavors, and artificial colors.

Lawsuit over health claims[edit]

In 2011, the Center for Science in the Public Interest sued General Mills over Fruit Roll-Ups, saying that their packaging and marketing was misleading because it presented the product as a nutritious, healthful, fruit-filled snack, despite having approximately the same nutritional profile as gummy bear candies.[2] The lawsuit was settled out of court with General Mills agreeing not to put pictures of fruits on the labels, unless that fruit was actually present in that flavor of the Fruit Roll-Up, and to either stop claiming that the product is "made with real fruit", or to include in that potentially misleading statement the percentage of the Fruit Roll-Up that is made from real fruit.[6] These changes took place in 2014.

More recently, someone posted a video online of themselves wrapping a spoonful of ice cream in a Fruit Roll-Up and eating it with a crunch.[7]

This started a trend which went viral in Israel leading to a shortage of rollups, and even spawning a black market.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Little-Known History of Fruit Roll-Ups". Mental Floss. 19 October 2017. Retrieved May 26, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Kawash, Samira (2013-10-15). Candy: A Century of Panic and Pleasure. Macmillan. pp. 323–325. ISBN 9780865477568. Retrieved 2014-11-01.
  3. ^ "Fruit Snacks". BettyCrocker.com. Retrieved 2016-06-14.
  4. ^ United States Food and Drug Administration (2024). "Daily Value on the Nutrition and Supplement Facts Labels". FDA. Archived from the original on 2024-03-27. Retrieved 2024-03-28.
  5. ^ National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; Health and Medicine Division; Food and Nutrition Board; Committee to Review the Dietary Reference Intakes for Sodium and Potassium (2019). Oria, Maria; Harrison, Meghan; Stallings, Virginia A. (eds.). Dietary Reference Intakes for Sodium and Potassium. The National Academies Collection: Reports funded by National Institutes of Health. Washington, DC: National Academies Press (US). ISBN 978-0-309-48834-1. PMID 30844154. Archived from the original on 2024-05-09. Retrieved 2024-06-21.
  6. ^ Hughlett, Mike (26 December 2012). "General Mills settles claim over Fruit Roll-Ups label". Star Tribune.
  7. ^ "TikTok's Fruit Roll-Up Ice Cream Hack Lives up to the Hype".
  8. ^ "Americans caught smuggling over 650 pounds of Fruit Roll-Ups into Israel". 8 May 2023.

5. https://www.snackhistory.com/fruit-roll-ups/#History_Of_Fruit_Roll_Ups

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