Pros: Cheerful looking fruit, bright, sweet and flavorful!
Cons: None, really!
I love buying the big packs of canned items at the warehouse stores because you get a killer price on products (as long as you are watching what you buy!). Items like pineapple have always been terrific and its not the store brand that you are getting. You are getting name brand, like Dole Pineapple, which, to me, always has the best taste!
I picked up a package of the Dole Pineapple Chunks and have been working on these for quite some time. I especially like the expiration date. Some items you purchase and they expire within a month or two. These last up June 2009, so we have plenty of time to eat all of the cans. But, eating them all will not be a problem, as we enjoy these very much and use the pineapple chunks frequently.
This is pineapple chunks which are similar to triangle shaped pieces. Therefore, they are not the smashed down pineapple pieces and they are not the pineapple rings. These are perfect sized to add to salads, cooking and just eating straight out of the can!
This particular product is packed in 100% pineapple juice and do NOT have added sugar! It will be just the pineapple juice itself in these cans, which is refreshing. A lot of fruit products, if you read the label, have a lot of added sugar like corn fructose syrup, dextrose, sugar and other items snuck in there to give the fruit a sweeter flavor and add a tremendous amount of calories to each serving! Some people actually strain off the juice from these cans and drink the pineapple juice rather than dumping it out. You can also use this juice to enhance recipes like when you back off a ham or something similar!
This can with 20 ounces of product shows that a serving size is ? a cup, so you will get roughly 4 ? servings for this one can of pineapple chunks. The cans are filled quite nicely with pineapple chunks too. Unlike bags of chips and cereal where they have to put a disclaimer that contents may settle during shipping, the can of fruit is packed quite well and does not have settling. So, what you see is what you get!
I have found that the pineapple in these cans always tastes wonderful. Have you ever cut a fresh pineapple and had tough or hard pieces of pineapple? I have had those before. But, I have NEVER ran across hard pineapple pieces with the Dole Pineapple product lines.
This product contains the following:
Pineapple, pineapple juice, water, clarified pineapple juice concentrate and citric acid
How is that for short and sweet! I enjoy ingredients like this as you dont see a lot of fillers and things being added to make the product appear better than it truly is. The can also states there are no preservatives!
As mentioned earlier, you have 4.5 servings in this one container. Each serving size is ? cup of pineapple. The nutritional information is based upon a standard 2,000 calorie diet.
Calories 60 Calories from Fat 0
Total Fat 0g or 0 %
Sodium 10mg or 0%
Potassium 115mg or 3%
Total Carbohydrate 15g or 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g or 4%
Protein 0 g
Vitamin C 25%
Dole Pineapple has always been a favorite in my household even my parents household! We enjoy the refreshing flavor, the variety of uses and the texture and healthy properties that pineapple provides. The can states this is high in antioxidant Vitamin C.
The can also provides recipes inside the label if you want to tear the label off to see them! One thing that you should do, though, if you open the can and do not use all of the pineapple at that time: store the remaining pineapple in the refrigerator in a glass or plastic container. Do NOT store the unused pineapple in the refrigerator in the can. The can, for those interested, is a recyclable item!
The color, flavor, juiciness and overall pineapple have always been of good quality. This pineapple is enjoyable to eat. If you want to try to get your 5 9 servings of fruit a day, ? a cup of this product is 1 serving for the 5 a day recommended fruit serving! If you try it, I hope you enjoy it as the sweetness and flavors are wonderful!
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