Marisa’s Take: The phrase gogo has all but faded out of the English lexicon. Gone are the good ol’ days of things like go-go boots and “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go“. Thankfully, GoGo SqueeZ has come to the rescue to liven up our language in addition to providing applesauce that comes in a pouch so you don’t need a spoon.
I used to take applesauce in my lunches all the time, from elementary school up through college. I always forgot a spoon so I had to regretfully use the foil lid as a poor substitute, in turn, usually cutting up the sides of my mouth and making people even more uncomfortable in my presence. GoGo SqueeZ would have been godsend back then, both for my poor mouth as well as my social life.
Gogo Squeez is technically meant for children, but those among us with little hands can appreciate it too. Plus, there’s no additional sugar added because that’s the last thing that most kids need these days. It’s pretty tasty – it seems more “pureed” than regular applesauce. If I happen to break my jaw someday, I’ll be set.
When I first picked this item up at Valley Liquidation, they had all of the flavors in stock, but when I stopped buy a week or so later, all but two boxes were gone. I’ve love to try the ApplePeach and AppleStrawberry sometime.
Ben’s Take: If you’ve ever wanted to eat applesauce like a commander of the Space Shuttle you don’t need to look any further than GoGo SqueeZ’s line of apple sauces. It’s applesauce. It’s in a moon pouch. Best of all, it’s easy to eat in zero gravity. (Okay, I don’t actually know how good it is in zero-g but if you want to pay for my trip on the Vomit Comet I’ll be more than happy to give you a field report).
Eating food out of a pouch isn’t a terribly foreign concept even for non-astronauts, kids start learning to drink from a pouch via Capri Sun’s sugary beverages, and in some countries they can purchase their milk in a bag. Not a particularly big stretch from applesauce in a suckable container. Heck, you could even consider Gogurt, camping food, and Meal, Ready to Eat (MREs) as a form of training to GoGo SqueeZ, or as I like to call it, “space commander apple sauce”.
Now that is quite enough about the novelty of the space commander sauce’s pouch. Today, we’re to discuss the banana-applesauce contents of the space commander pouch. At first taste, the tartness of the apple alerts your taste buds to its presence, but once your tongue adjusts to the apple the hint of banana comes out. It’s rather pleasant and complex, especially for what amounts to baby food in astronaut food’s clothing.
Even though Materne adds no sugar added to this particular applesauce, it is pleasantly sweet. I found it interesting that the ingredients were so simple. Each pouch contains four ingredients. “Apple, Banana, Apple Juice Concentrate, Lemon Juice Concentrate.” Surprisingly, and at least in my mind, pleasantly Spartan. Now I’m no mommy, and for the record I’m rather opposed to how many mommy blogs operate, but if I had kids I would consider keeping this stuff on hand. It’s quite tasty and it’s comforting to know that it’s not loaded with extra sugar or salt. Heck. I’d consider keeping this stuff on hand for me. Mmm. Baby astronaut food.
Going back to the pouch, it does have its advantages and disadvantages. I’ll start with the disadvantages: I really liked how this applesauce tasted. It was really tasty, but when I reached the end of the package there was just a little left inside of the hard plastic mouthpiece that I just couldn’t get to. Just a little tasty morsel waiting there. Teasing my taste buds. Begging to be eaten. It was infuriating trying to get to them. At least with a Mott’s applesauce cup I could lick the inside of the cup like a Welsh Corgi trying to get at the peanut butter at the bottom of the jar. But this? Nope. The only way to get to that last morsel is to chew, and chew I did, but it just wasn’t worth the effort once I finally got to my prize.
On the plus side, the pouch doesn’t require the use of tools and you don’t look like an utter fool trying to make a makeshift spoon out o the aluminum foil lid, which invariably leads to me forgetting about my fillings and chewing on the lid. The pouches also fit quite well in my driver’s side map pouch on my car’s door. Handy for when you’re stuck in traffic. Finally, if you’re Jewish, these guys are totally kosher. I guess that’s cool?
Really, these pouches are pretty handy and the product is really tasty. For a buck fifty they’re totally worth the purchase, but I can’t see myself paying much more than two dollars for one of these guys. It’s cool, and it’s nice that there’s no added sugar but I’d go without applesauce before I paid any more than that.
Postscript: Coincidentally, we won some Apple Cinnamon GoGo SqueeZ from Jason at BevNerd.com a couple weeks after we first bought and sampled this product. Not sure which one I prefer (the Apple Cinnamon tastes kind of like pureed apple pie filling), but they’re both tasty. I’m curious though – the front of the box says “99.9% Fruit & Cinnamon” and the ingredients reads “Apple, Cinnamon:. What’s the other 0.1%?