Founded in 2004, Crunchies Natural Food Company was the first consumer brand to focus on freeze-dried snacks. Crunchies is the only U.S. consumer freeze-dry brand that is vertically integrated “farm to fork,” meaning that it knows exactly where its fruits and vegetables were harvested. Unlike dehydration, freeze-drying requires no additives for preservation and generally means a longer shelf life, lighter weight and that satisfying crunch. Committed to responsible sourcing and traceability, Crunchies is the only U.S. consumer freeze-dry brand that is vertically integrated farm to fork. All Crunchies products feature only one ingredient – fresh fruit or veggies – and are Non-GMO Project Verified, Gluten Free Certified, vegan, Kosher Parve and Halal with no added sugar or artificial flavoring. Other Crunchies products in the line include strawberries, mango, pineapple, blueberries, raspberries, grapes, cinnamon apple, strawberry banana, mixed fruit and beet.
The GSN offices recently received samples of the strawberries, mango, pineapple, blueberries, and raspberries. Why, you may wonder. Well, because these freeze-dried fruits can also be used as a cocktail rim garnish.* Some will work better than others.
The pineapple was the most difficult to work with, as some of the pieces were quite thick and leathery. These might make a better garnish if stuck on a cocktail pick in a tiki style drink. The mango is great with a traditional Margarita in place of a salt rim. The blueberries add a lot of fantastic color, but the flavor is pretty subtle. These might be more interesting as floating garnishes on a cream-based fruit cocktail. The strawberry also looks great floating on top of a strawberry daiquiri. The raspberries are pretty tart, but also contain the seeds, which make them a bit problematic.
Overall, though, an interesting idea which deserves some experimentation.
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*To learn the technique behind using freeze-dried fruit as a cocktail rim garnish, check out One Hungry Mama.