Sunday, March 23, 2014


Disclosure:  I was sent a sample from the vendor in order to write up an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.


Favorite #1 Engine and On the Go Squeezable Fruit Pouch to Join For
Cross-Promotion and Sweepstakes to Run March 1-May 31, 2014 

"Thomas & Friends® continues to promote a healthy track for kids as HIT Entertainment, one of the world’s leading preschool entertainment companies and a division of Fisher-Price, partners with Buddy Fruits, the U.S. pioneer of the squeezable fruit pouch that is committed to delivering families a nutritious alternative to unhealthy foods. The cross-promotion, which features several Thomas & Friends®-branded Buddy Fruits products as well as a sweepstakes that gives fans the chance to win the ultimate Thomas & Friends experience, will commence on March 1st and run through May 31st

“The co-promotion with Buddy Fruits for Thomas & Friends aligns perfectly with our national ‘Any Time is Thomas Time’ campaign,” said EJ Minor, Group Director, Retail Development and Consumer Marketing, HIT Entertainment.  “The ability to promote a healthy snack that can be consumed any time by Thomas fans while providing the chance to win special Thomas & Friends experiences is naturally a win-win for us.”

“Thomas is exactly the type of partner we love to work with. At Buddy Fruits, we look to spread the good through providing quality products and connecting with companies that have similar values. We want to make a difference,” said Buddy Fruits CEO Jerome Lesur, “We’re honored to be associated with Thomas & Friends.”

The Buddy Fruits line will feature Thomas & Friends artwork along with information about the sweepstakes that will grant two lucky grand prize winners a Thomas & Friends total room makeover, with an approximate value of $2000 each.  Each week of the promotion, consumers will also have the opportunity to win one of two family four-packs of tickets to the popular Day Out with Thomas live event tour. 

Day Out with Thomas: The Thrill of the Ride Tour 2014 is a fun-filled event that provides children of all ages the opportunity to climb aboard and take a ride with Thomas as well as participate in Thomas & Friends themed activities. The tour, now in its 19th year, will make stops in 42 cities and is expected to welcome nearly one million passengers in 2014. 

The Thomas & Friends Buddy Fruits partnership will be promoted with a digital campaign, and across Buddy Fruits’ social media platforms and the homepage of their web site, and on the Thomas & Friends Facebook page and website. In addition, the promotion will be featured on Buddy Fruits retail displays and packaging for its blended fruits and smoothies.  Buddy Fruits will sample products at 40 Day Out with Thomas events across the United States in 2014. 

Starting March 1, consumers can enter the sweepstakes by visiting the Buddy Fruits Facebook Page at After consumers enter the promotion, they will be able to download a coupon for a $2.00 discount for any in-store purchase of the Thomas & Friends: Spills & Thrills DVD, to be released on March 4 from HIT Entertainment and Lionsgate. "


I was recently sent a sampling of Buddy Fruits to share with my girls.  Even though they didn't contain Thomas & Friends artwork on the pouches, my girls still enjoyed them.  

I wish I had the camera rolling when Savannah saw the Buddy Fruits box.  As she opened it and peered inside to see it filled to the bring with these delicious on-the-go snack pouches, she kept squealing with excitement. 

And, before the girls could unscrew the top on a pouch and enjoy, Savannah had to do an inventory check, and lined each pouch first according to top color, and then by flavor in rows on the floor.  When she was counting sorting and counting, then she let Bella take one.  Bella went straight for the banana Buddy Fruits pouch, which is made with blended fruits and skim milk.  

Bella was smiling just like the smile on the Buddy Fruits apple face logo. :-)  As for Savannah, she was trying to decide between the mango, passion and banana pure blended fruit pouch or the strawberry pure fruit jiggle gel from Buddy Fruits.  In the end, she went with the jiggle gel pouch.

As a parent, I love the fact that these fruit pouches are made with 100% pure fruit, are all natural and contain nothing artificial.  These pouches can be enjoyed chilled or warm, and are great for lunchbox snack, on-the-go snacking, or as a mid-morning or afternoon snack.   And, depending on which pouch you grab, Buddy Fruits are only 50-70 calories, making them great for parents to enjoy, too, even if you are watching your weight. 

I have tried all the flavors of Buddy Fruits with the girls, but still can't pick a favorite.  They are all so yummy.  Unlike other fruit pouches available, you can really taste the flavors of the fruits, without it being too sweet.  

Have a child who has a dairy or gluten allergy?  They can still enjoy Buddy Fruits, when you pick up pure blended fruit pouches, which contain no dairy or gluten.  Just be sure to read the back of the pouch, where it will tell you this, as the pouches look similar.

Out of all the recent food sampling the girls have helped me with for my blog, they both agree that the Buddy Fruits pouches were their favorites.  I always make a point to leave some chilled on the door in the fridge, so that they can grab a snack when they want one, and will bring a few along for car rides, and to tide the girls over, as they wait for meals to come to the table at restaurants.  My parents are also fans of Buddy Fruits pouches, as they are easy to store and clean up is breeze come snack time.  They simple twist the cap and hand the pouch to the girls.  Once done, the girls can simply through the pouch away.  Easy as that...and, they always have a smile on their face, after eating these delicious and oh so healthy fruit pouches.

Pure Blended Fruit
Have you tried Buddy Fruits today?  If not, why not look for them the next time you go food shopping?  You and your kids will go crazy for these 100% pure fruit snacks, while you have fun sampling the different fruit blends and jiggle gels Buddy Fruits offers.  I can't wait to hear which flavors you and your kids enjoy most. :-)

Pure Fruit Jiggle Gel

To learn more about Buddy Fruits, including where to purchase these fruit pouches, click here to visit the official website now --

Blended Fruit and Skim Milk

About Thomas & Friends™
Thomas the Tank Engine was created by a father for his son nearly 70 years ago and today is enjoyed by families in more than 185 territories and in 30 languages.  The #1 blue engine and his friends invite children to enter a world of imagination through the tracks of a train and the words of a story. Children embark on adventures with their engine friends while experiencing timeless life lessons of discovery, friendship and cooperation.  Thomas & Friends makes tracks to great destinations on PBS KIDS®, Sprout® and with downloadable episodes available through iTunes. For more information about the world of Thomas the Tank Engineand his friends, please visit www.thomasandfriends.comFollow Thomas on Facebook at and Twitter @TrueBlueEngine.

About Buddy Fruits
Buddy Fruits offers a variety of the highest quality fruit snacks on the market. The line of tasty 100% pure fruit products are vegan, gluten-free, and guilt-free, 100 calories or less. For more information and a full product line, visit and follow Buddy Fruits on Twitter and Facebook.

About HIT Entertainment 
HIT Entertainment is one of the world's leading preschool entertainment companies, specializing in building powerful brands based on engaging stories.  HIT Entertainment’s world-class portfolio includes  Thomas & Friends®, Mike the Knight™, Fireman Sam®, Bob the Builder, Barney®, Angelina Ballerina®, Pingu® and Rainbow Magic®.

HIT Entertainment excels at creating and building globally successful brands which capture the hearts and imaginations of preschoolers and their families.  This is achieved through exceptional storytelling in multiple formats, enhanced by creating high quality character-based products and experiences with best-in-class partners. HIT Entertainment’s lines of business span television and home entertainment production, content distribution, digital media, publishing, consumer products and live events and attractions.  HIT Entertainment, a division of Fisher-Price, has operations in the UK, US, Canada, Hong Kong and Japan. For more information visit

Disclosure:  I was sent a sample from the vendor in order to write up an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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