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Organix Mighty Meals, Mighty Soup and Goodies snacks feedback thread: add in your own feedback on the Organix range and you could win a £50 hamper of product - NOW CLOSED

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AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 21-Jun-13 14:20:19

This is the feedback thread for the 20 MNers who have been trying out the new foods from Organix for little ones aged 1-3yrs old.

You can read all about Organix on their special pages on MN

If you're not a tester - we'd love you to share on this thread your own feedback on existing Organix toddler foods. Everyone who does so will be entered into a prize draw where one MNer will win a hamper of Organix products worth £50 grin

Testers: thanks for taking part in this product test - please add your responses to the questions below - but also feel free to add any additional comments.

On test are....
Organix Mighty Meals: Beef Stew & Dumplings and Veg, Bean & Lamb Hotpot (RRP: £1.99)

Organix Mighty Soups: Hearty Root Veg & Beans and Tasty Sweetcorn & Noodles (RRP £1.69)

Plus a selection of the new Goodies range: Number Jumble; Banana or Raspberry Cereal (£2.69), Apricot Oaty Bars (£2.49), Strawberry Oaty Bars (£2.49), Squeezy multipack; Mango or Apple (£2.79), Fruit Gummies; Mango (59p), Fruit Gummies; Apple (59p), and Squeezy Tubes Strawberry & Pear (£1.99)

Questions for testers:
Q1 What was your overall first impressions of the selection of foods that Organix has just launched? Was it what you were expecting? If not how was it different?
Q2 Did any of the foods you received stand out as very new and different to what other toddler food is out there? Why do you say that?
Q3 In general, when do you think you'd buy these foods again - can you think of specific occasions when they?d really help you?
Q4 Did you / your partner try any of the foods yourself, if so what did you think of them?
Q5 What did you think of the value for money for the items?
Q6 And last, but importantly, what did your little one think of the foods? Were there any firm favourites that you will look to purchase in the future, and if so why?

All testers who add feedback on this thread will be entered into a prize draw where one MNer will win a £50 Love2Shop voucher

Thanks
MNHQ

For free recipes, meals planners and the latest weaning advice visit us at www.organix.com

Just marking place so I can come back smile

BamBam21 Fri 21-Jun-13 16:38:50

Hi! I was chuffed to bits to be selected as one of the lucky 20, so thank you.

1. I like the new products a lot (as does DS2!), and it's nice that there are new varieties of things he already enjoys, such as the oaty bars. When the box arrived, I was really impressed and surprised by the amount of things to try. I thought it was very generous.

2. I haven't seen any other toddler soups on the market tbh, and I just liked the texture of the stews and the fact that they weren't bright orange like most other baby/toddler foods. I like the fact that they look more home-made and natural. I also haven't been aware of any other toddler cereals except porridge-type products, so the Number Jumble was a bit different.

3. I have already bought the beef and dumpling stew again! DS2 really enjoys home-cooked stews and soups, but I'm just not able to make them during the week, so they always tended to be a weekend treat. It's nice that he can have something like this for tea during the week too. The oaty bars are also invaluable as snacks when we are out and about, and substantial enough to fill him up for a while.

4. I thought the stews were nice, but I was surprised at how garlicky they tasted! Not sure if that was just me though! I also tried the mango fruit gummies and wasn't too keen. Very strong taste of mango.

5. Value for money if very good in my opinion. The products are all substantial and, although I couldn't afford to give him a Mighty Meal every day, they are affordable to have a wee stock in the cupboard.

6. DS2 is only 16mo, and he can be a bit boaky and gaggygrin with his food, so I had to very lightly mash up the stews, but he loved both of them. I have bought more for that very reason! He also loves both types of oaty bars, and the strawberry Squeezy Tubes. I tried him with the sweetcorn soup but he wouldn't touch it, I'm afraid, so hopefully better luck with the other one. I will report back. He has also refused to try the cereal and the gummies, but I think that's partly his age and the fact he has never had anything like that before, so I will persevere with them. I haven't tried the mango fruit pouches yet.

So, a bit of a mixed bag from DS2, but I will keep trying him with the things that he has refused so far, as he is only really just into the age group that the foods are aimed at. I will come back later with more. I hope this is helpful though.smile

RachelHRD Fri 21-Jun-13 16:50:09

I wasn't part of recreating panel but we use the Organix snack range regularly with my 2 DC's - DS (5) has a pack of the corn snacks in his lunchbox every day and also has the cereal bars a couple of times a week - the raspberry ones are his particular favourite!

DD (3) also has the corn snacks for lunch during the week and also likes the cereal bars - her favourite ones are the strawberry bars!

I really like the no additives promise of the Organix foods and love that the corn snacks have no salt added so I can give them as snacks instead of ordinary crisps. The cereal bars are handy treats for when we are out and about.

The fruit gummies sound interesting so we might have to do our own taste test on those!! I will also keep a look out for the squeezy tubes as both of my DC's have bowel issues so I use pureed fruit to help them and I'm always on the look out for new new sources!

RachelHRD Fri 21-Jun-13 16:51:12

Testing panel that should be!

We were very excited to be chosen and DS (2.3) got stuck straight in with the testing grin

Q1 The packaging looked good and the products were much as I expected them. I have bought organix/goodies before. There isn't any noticeable difference between the new stuff and the old, looks-wise.

Q2 I haven't seen toddler cereal like these before and they are a hit with my toddler because a) they are banana flavour and b) they are shaped like numbers. Also, I haven't seen anything like the gummy sweets, which would be a nice compromise for toddler demanding sweets if they see older siblings having some. I think the other products are available through other suppliers but I think the goodies ones came first

Q3 I love the snack/oaty bars for just chucking in my bag for emergencies. I do like to keep the occasional ready meal in the house for DS for emergencies. I like the versatility of the squeezy tubes - can be kept in cupboard, fridge or freezer to make ice lollies

Q4 I tried the soups and I thought they were a bit bland. DS wouldn't share the other stuff with me smile

Q5 In all honesty I will only buy this range when on offer in the supermarket as I do think its expensive BUT having said that I know that what I am buying is good quality and junk free so when I do buy convenience food for ds, I would go for this first.

Q6 Organix Mighty Meals: We haven't tried these so will come back

Organix Mighty Soups: DS not a fan of soups but he grudgingly at Hearty Root Veg & Beans once he had tipped some apple juice in it when I wasn't looking. He took one try of the Tasty Sweetcorn & Noodles and wouldn't give it another go even though it has sweetcorn in it (his favourite!)

Number Jumble; Banana Cereal: He likes these, esopecially as I think it makes the milk taste banan-y too
Apricot Oaty Bars and Strawberry Oaty Bars - Both a big hit
Squeezy multipack; Mango or Apple - liked,
Fruit Gummies; Also a big hit
Squeezy Tubes Strawberry & Pear - DS liked these and then I froze them to make them like "tiptop" ice lollies which he loved even more!

Can you see a theme here? DS loved all the sweet stuuf blush Will report back on the meals next week.

prettylucky Fri 21-Jun-13 17:02:04

I'm also not a member of the testing panel, unfortunately. However, I have to say that Organix products are the only snacks I buy for my DS (2.5) and the only ones I bought on a regular basis for my older DS when he was a wee one.

We try to make sure we have gingerbread men in for a supper with a warm drink of milk (though not so much since the warmer weather settled in). It seems to give us a little calm time. smile

The cereal bars and cake bars are also staples in our cupboard. Excellent for sticking in my handbag on the way out of the door in an emergency situation e.g. didn't realise how close it was to lunchtime when I decided on a trip to the park... blush

I also love the rice cakes. DS loves them too, but not as much as me. However, I have to limit them as they are way too expensive to be an adult treat as I won't stop at two or three!

I find Organix to be the most reasonably priced, healthy and nutritious snacks on the market.

Babycarmen Fri 21-Jun-13 17:02:18

Unfortunately we weren't a tester, but my daughter (16m) loves Organix products. She has an Organix fruit pot in her weetabix every morning for breakfast. She is also a big fan of the gingerbread man biscuits. They are such great value for money and we will definitely be trying some of the new range they have out!

MegBusset Fri 21-Jun-13 17:06:55

My DC used to love the Organix oaty bars (particularly the carrot and cocoa ones) but my god they're expensive. They used to be around £1 a box when DS1 was a toddler, then the price went up and up until I stopped buying them because they were just too expensive.

I was also really surprised at how much sugar they contained. I now get Aldi Harvest Morn cereal bars which have about 1/3 the sugar and are 1/3 the price!

mandydave3 Fri 21-Jun-13 17:25:13

We love the organix range and particularly like the fingers foods. MY little boy loves the carrot stick crisps

DinoSnores Fri 21-Jun-13 17:37:05

My DS loves the Oaty bars. We like the gingerbread men as well.

gazzalw Fri 21-Jun-13 17:43:07

Our DD (7) still loves the flavoured rice cakes and the oaty bars - DW always gets a bit furtive going into the toddler food aisle, with a 7 and 12 year old to feed and not a toddler in sight...grin. she is also deeply envious that the range of Organix toddler foods is so much more extensive than when our two were little....

keely79 Fri 21-Jun-13 17:54:30

Wasn't selected, but we already regularly buy Organix snacks. I like the fact that there's no added sugar, they're organic, and that they come in the right size packages. My two love them because they are "treats". We particularly like the Alphabet biscuits, the raisins, and the corn puffs.

Ones that aren't so successful are the tomato stars (not because the kids don't like them, but because of the messy red hands/fingers you end up with) and it would be good if the animal biscuits came in small individual packets.

DS (27 months) likes the alphabet biscuits, the gingerbread men (large and mini!) and he enjoyed the fruit gummies when he tried them yesterday. He wasn't mad keen on the the crisps, but the biscuits are very popular.

Not a tester.

We like the Organix range. (DD is 2). The cereal bars have always been a great hit (although the veg & oat ones were not popular). DH & I often finish off what DD can't manage, although that's less these days. The fruit bars are another great success - we'd like to see more flavours. They're really handy for keeping in your bag as they don't seem to mind being bashed about a bit either. We liked the finger foods too.
The fact that the products are organic doesn't matter to me at all, but the 'no junk promise' is very important.
I like the sound of the new Mighty Meals & Soups and we'll definitely be trying the new Goodies treats. DD loves soup, but I'm not so keen. It's nice to think there's a suitable ready prepared soup as 'adult' soups tend to be full of unsuitable ingredients, especially the amount of salt.

PetiteRaleuse Fri 21-Jun-13 21:17:13

Would have loced to be a tester but anyway... During my recent trip to the UK have been overwhelmed by the choice of age appropriate food and snacks available for my 2yo. We have brought back to France several packs of Organix rice biscuits and 'crisps' - have they thought about expanding abroad? Would be vvv happy to help with the French or Benelux markets..

PetiteRaleuse Fri 21-Jun-13 21:17:41

*loved

Kveta Fri 21-Jun-13 21:20:25

Q1 What was your overall first impressions of the selection of foods that Organix has just launched? Was it what you were expecting? If not how was it different?

it was a really good variety of foods, with breakfast, lunch, and dinners covered, as well as loads of snacks of course! Bit disappointed not to see more savoury snacks though, as I feel like there are not many savoury options other than crisps and rice cakes.

Q2 Did any of the foods you received stand out as very new and different to what other toddler food is out there? Why do you say that?

the fruit tubes and the soups - neither seems to be available elsewhere.

Q3 In general, when do you think you'd buy these foods again - can you think of specific occasions when they?d really help you?

the fruit tubes, definitely (if I could find them in the shops!), I will also buy fruit pouches, and probably the chewy bars too.

Q4 Did you / your partner try any of the foods yourself, if so what did you think of them?

I tried the fruit gummies - found them quite tough compared to other fruity gum things on the market. Also the ready meals - can totally see why my kids spat them out though. The only ready meals I have ever seen them eat have been the little dish ones, which are obviously fresh food. The organix ones were not so tasty.

The children wouldn't let me near any of the other stuff though.

Q5 What did you think of the value for money for the items?

I think it is comparable with other baby/toddler food on the market. Apart from the oaty bars, which are very dear.

Q6 And last, but importantly, what did your little one think of the foods? Were there any firm favourites that you will look to purchase in the future, and if so why?

2 little ones tried them - DD is 1, DS 3.8 (and DD will eat anything she can get her hands on, whereas DS is going through a 3.8 year long fussy phase).

On test are....
Organix Mighty Meals: Beef Stew & Dumplings and Veg, Bean & Lamb Hotpot (RRP: £1.99)

neither child would eat more than a mouthful of either of these.

Organix Mighty Soups: Hearty Root Veg & Beans and Tasty Sweetcorn & Noodles (RRP £1.69)

neither child would eat more than a mouthful of these either.

Plus a selection of the new Goodies range:

Number Jumble; Banana or Raspberry Cereal (£2.69) - DD likes these dry as a snack, DS won't touch them.

Apricot Oaty Bars (£2.49), Strawberry Oaty Bars (£2.49) - DD found these too hard for her 2 toothed mouth, but DS loves them!

Squeezy multipack; Mango or Apple (£2.79) - we got a strawberry one? Both DD and DS loved these!

Fruit Gummies; Mango (59p), Fruit Gummies; Apple (59p) - again, these were quite tough for DD, but DS liked them. Not as much as he likes other gummy things on the market though.

Squeezy Tubes Strawberry & Pear (£1.99) - these were the firm favourite of both children, and we will definitely buy these if we see them in store.

thanks for all the test products!

JamJarOfDaffs Fri 21-Jun-13 21:23:50

Babycarmen That's a great idea to add a fruit pot (Organix) to Weetabix! I will definitely copy that idea to increase fruit and vitamin uptake in my 12 month old!

I'm not a tester, and I only buy one Organix product, but I buy it religiously every week so hopefully that counts for something (otherwise I tend to make baby purees and fruit purees myself...)

The product I buy every week is the Organix 7 month crunch sticks, carrot flavour. They are a lovely crunchy texture, a healthy snack and DS2 gets a few on pick-up from nursery on the way home in the pram, sharing with DS1 too! I have tried them and love the taste, so I can see why they are attractive to babies. They are like a healthy "Wotsit".

Hopezibah Fri 21-Jun-13 21:35:05

Not a tester but a BIG fan of organix - have used organix foods for all three of mine and can't fault the high quality, convenience and range of products / flavours and tastes!

I have to confess that even I have a nibble of a lot of the 'snack' type products e.g. I love the gingerbread biscuits, and I love the flapjack bites sooo much (sometimes the kids don't get a look in!).

I love that I can trust that all of the food is healthy.

My baby girl adores the fruit purees and they are always handy to take out and about.

The 'puff' type snacks make a fantastic alternative to crisps, but I can feel happy that they are a healthier option than having to resort to crisps.

The mighty meals come in such a fab range of recipes - again they look and taste good enough for me to eat (rather than yukky mush like some other brands). They are just the right size for toddlers too that it makes a perfect meal one days when I don't get the chance to cook from scratch for my little girl.

I have so much praise for organix foods that I honestly can't think of any negatives. I find them good value because they do contain much higher quality ingredients and aren't overpriced.

sharond101 Fri 21-Jun-13 22:01:42

NOn-testers but we love the sweetcorn rings.

manfalou Fri 21-Jun-13 22:24:24

Non tester.

We have LOADS of toddler snacks from the organic range in our house, DS (3 in October) loves whatever I buy from your range. We have all ranges of the Crisps... particular faces being the noughts and crosses and carrot sticks. The apple Oaty bars are also a firm favourite in our house, as are the gingerbread men.

Never seen your squeeze tubes in the supermarket before but they would definitely be something Id buy... or try... with DS as he is a fruit and veggie-phobe so ANYTHING that has 1 of his 5 a day in and looks fun we are willing to try!

spottywelly Sat 22-Jun-13 09:11:53

Non tester here too.

I love how much of the snack range is milk, egg and gluten free - it's a godsend when trying to BLW an allergic baby! It's amazing how many other manufacturers manage to at least sneak milk powder in somewhere.

PolkaDottery Sat 22-Jun-13 12:49:46

Non tester but my DD loves the products we have tried.

I see somebody else does this, but I add a fruit pot to her weetabix or sometimes porridge in the mornings (mainly when they have been on offer).

I tend to keep snack items in my bag for her and the cereal bars are very good without being too unhealthy. I actually quite like them myself.

I've not tried any if the savoury products as I try to cook from scratch her main meals but I do like the products I have tried from the range and perceive them to be healthier with less ingredients than some baby food ranges.

Ohhelpohnoitsa Sat 22-Jun-13 13:57:08

1. We were lucky enough to be testers! The range of food looks great with lits of variety in texture, sweet & savoury, meals & snacks.

2. The souos look innovative to me - our local supermarkets are on the smaller so the range they stock is limited, but i have never seen baby soup in them.

3. I tend to cook meals myself but sometimes offer these as convenience or if he is a little off-colour or teething. he seems to like "baby food" texture & dare I say blandness. I will buy the fruit pouch things again as all 3 dcs liked them - though the bigger one contains too much for my baby 15months. Although they have a screw cap I tend to put them in the fridge & forget about them.

4. the foods taste bland to adult taste of course, but the ingredients can be seen and tasted - some brands all taste the same whether its beef hot pot of apple crumble (ok well maybe not that extreme, but you know what I mean). I think Organix and Ella's will shake up the market.

5. Value for mo ey is OK because you pay for the convenience factor. Its cheaper to piree fruit yourself of course, but its a faff, you end up with loads in the freezer and sometimes it needs to be quick l, easy and portable. So value is fine.

6. loved the purees, older onea liked the cereal bars, loved. the savouries too. the on ly none. starter wad the cereal. they didnt like it but have eaten a bit as snacks without milk. So all in all the bix of treats really was a box of treats! Thankyou so so much.
For anyone trying to get kids to eat fruit & veg, get it delivered in a big box wuth packing material & bubble wrap. my dcs were beside themselves with excitrment and would ha e tried whatever wad i side!!

Stropzilla Sat 22-Jun-13 19:32:02

Thank you so much for choosing us!

Q1 What was your overall first impressions of the selection of foods that Organix has just launched? Was it what you were expecting? If not how was it different?

There was a lot more than I'd expected! The packaging was a lot nicer that i had thought it would be.

Q2 Did any of the foods you received stand out as very new and different to what other toddler food is out there? Why do you say that?

The soups were very different! My DD2 loved them, and drinking through a straw was very popular.

Q3 In general, when do you think you'd buy these foods again - can you think of specific occasions when they'd really help you?

The oaty bars would be great in my handbag for me an emergency snack or lunchboxes.

Q4 Did you / your partner try any of the foods yourself, if so what did you think of them?

The whole family tried all of them! The least popular ones were the fruit gum sweets which were very hard, and the cereal which seemed quite tasteless. The ready meals didn't seem to go down that well, but since DD was teething at the time I'll give the benefit of the doubt!

Q5 What did you think of the value for money for the items?
Fairly pricey, but I'd still get for a treat.

Q6 And last, but importantly, what did your little one think of the foods? Were there any firm favourites that you will look to purchase in the future, and if so why?

The oat bars definitely. Even my mum liked those! The squeezy pouches were hugely popular and there was a tantrum when those were gone, but given the size nearly £3 seems very expensive. I might get those occasionally. The most popular thing was the box, which DD2 happily sat in, squishing the packing peanuts.

Again, thanks for this lovely tester!

I am not a tester but have been buying organix for years esp in the first year of my LOs experimenting with food, the carrot said, corn snacks and rice cakes can always be food in our nappy back. Nice size packets and no salt, perfect

firawla Sat 22-Jun-13 21:54:29

non tester - we have tried quite a few organix foods, especially the finger foods ranges and always found them very handy for out and about or as snacks. they taste nice too i have eaten them myself on occasions ;)

tried their baby food too, not sure if we have used the toddler meals

mousebacon Sun 23-Jun-13 08:25:14

Non-tester here but my two boys love the snack range.

We use the apple rice cakes, carrot puffs, tomato stars and the sweetcorn wheels. They're just the right size for little hands and I don't worry about choking with them.

BeanoNoir Sun 23-Jun-13 08:54:05

I was sent the sample of products to test.

Q1 What was your overall first impressions of the selection of foods that Organix has just launched? Was it what you were expecting? If not how was it different?

The selection of the foods was good on first impressions. The packaging looked good and there was lots of variety. I thought I might get one of each type of product so was impressed to get the multipacks - I think they're a good idea as once toddlers get older these snacks don't last two minutes so it's good to buy multiples.

Q2 Did any of the foods you received stand out as very new and different to what other toddler food is out there? Why do you say that?

The cereal stood out to me as new and different - I've not thought about buying a separate cereal before. The banana one looked like a good 'stepping stone' between baby porridge etc and kids' cereal, i.e. packaging aimed more at the toddler than at the mother. A good idea to make it with numbers on as well for older toddlers to start recognising.

The squeezy tubes were new to me too - dd's had the pouches a lot and really enjoys them, but the tubes looked good as would take up less space in a bag and I also really like the idea of freezing them, which I'm going to try with the ones I have left.

Q3 In general, when do you think you'd buy these foods again - can you think of specific occasions when they?d really help you?

The cereal bars I would definitely buy again. They seemed like a substantial snack and dd loved them. I can see myself popping those and a banana in her bag as a snack when we're out for the day.

I would buy the pouches of fruit purees again... dd absolutely loves them but they don't last very long at all so I would only buy these as a special treat rather than as a regular buy.

I would buy the gummies as well, dd said 'mmmm' while she was eating them and was keen to finish the pack. Maybe to give her to keep her amused if we're waiting somewhere or when she's in the trolley going round the supermarket.

Q4 Did you / your partner try any of the foods yourself, if so what did you think of them?

I thought all the snack type food was lovely - the cereal bars were delicious and the fruit purees are like smoothies. I found the cereal a bit tasteless but ok. The soups and meals, however, I didn't like... they seemed to have a funny, metallic sort of taste that I recognise from tinned food. I didn't really rate them at all.

Q5 What did you think of the value for money for the items?

I thought the products were appropriately priced - not amazing value for money but I'd always expect to pay more for a product like organix and get the quality. I think having the snacks in multipacks made them reasonably priced - especially the cereal bars as I think of those as expensive but they work out pretty cheap in the multipack. The gummies are a nice price to sort of add to your shopping basket without really thinking about. The squeezy tubes, if a success when freezing, are good value for money I think.

I don't think the meals are very good value for money, but they are similar price to other baby meals. It's just that if you save a little bit of whatever dinner you made last night it's so much cheaper - however I suppose you're paying for the convenience and the fact you can keep them in the cupboard for ages. I was looking forward to them being a good 'back up meal' for when we got back home late or I was too tired to make a dinner. Unfortunately dd wouldn't eat them.

Q6 And last, but importantly, what did your little one think of the foods? Were there any firm favourites that you will look to purchase in the future, and if so why?

Dd loved all of the snacks, especially the cereal bars and the gummies. The only negative I can say about the gummies is that the packs were quite stiff, narrow and long, so dd was unable to get the gummies out of the pack without help. I'd prefer a wider pack that she could master independently. I will definitely be looking to buy these again in the future.

Dd liked the cereal, but no more than the shreddies and rice crispies we already have in the cupboard, and not as much as her current favourite, porridge. As she will happily eat adult cereals such as weetabix etc that are better value for money and the whole family can eat, I probably wouldn't buy it again, unless for eg we were on holiday and I wanted to buy her a bit of a 'treat'.

The meals and soups I would not be able to buy again. Dd is not a particularly fussy eater but after trying one mouthful of these refused to have any more. The beef hotpot she wouldn't even swallow but scraped it back off her tongue and spat it out. I was looking forward to these meals as I thought they'd make my life a bit easier but instead I had to throw them away and make a different dinner for her, which ended up being more work! She tends to prefer the toddler meals from the chilled section of the supermarket, e.g. spaghetti bolognaise, fish pie etc. She does like homemade soup and meat, potatoes, veg and gravy though so it's not just the type of food she didn't like it seemed to be to do with the flavours or texture.


Overall I was really pleased with the selection of food from organix, but it has cemented for me the idea that I would buy this type of brand for snacks and treats instead of for meals. Dd really enjoys the crisps, which I buy regularly, and now I will also be buying the cereal bars and the gummies.

LarvalFormOfOddSock Sun 23-Jun-13 14:34:56

Tester marking my place for when DS stops screaming and I can think, and perhaps even write, again!

Q1 What was your overall first impressions of the selection of foods that Organix has just launched? Was it what you were expecting? If not how was it different?

The products were mostly what I was expecting, it was a very generous trial package though so thank you. I haven't used Organix since 5yo dd was a baby so it was nice to see a wider range.

Q2 Did any of the foods you received stand out as very new and different to what other toddler food is out there? Why do you say that?

I liked the idea of the toddler soup, I'm always looking for different lunch ideas but am not happy to give 17mo ds canned soup. I gave him the chicken and sweetcorn soup with some pitta fingers and he LOVED it. Unfortunately I knocked the other tub of soup out of the cupboard and it decorated the floor so he didn't get that one :-(

Q3 In general, when do you think you'd buy these foods again - can you think of specific occasions when they?d really help you?

I plan to keep some of the soups in for quick but filling lunchs. I guess the readymeals would be handy when we're dashing to and from after school clubs but I'm not sure I'd buy them. The oaty bars are great for taking out as snacks.

Q4 Did you / your partner try any of the foods yourself, if so what did you think of them?

We tried everything that ds has had, the soup tasted lovely. The veg and bean ready meal seems quite watery but it gave ds a poorly tummy and a blistered bottom so we won't have that again anyway. The Number Jumble reminded me of a cereal from my childhood, ds hasn't had it with milk but dry as a snack.

Q5 What did you think of the value for money for the items?

They are quite expensive but no more so that other similar items, and I'm prepared to pay slightly more for the 'no junk' promise.

Q6 And last, but importantly, what did your little one think of the foods? Were there any firm favourites that you will look to purchase in the future, and if so why?

Ds loved the soup and the oaty bars both of which I plan to buy more of. He liked the squeezies but they are very runny and I think I'll end up freezing the rest to use as toddler lollies. He liked the cereal as a snack but I don't think he'd happily replace his weetabix or porridge with it regularly. As I said, the ready meal didn't agree with him but it's not something I would have bought really anyway. I liked the pouch things, as they were resealable and would go well with natural yoghurt. The only thing we haven't tried is the gummies as I think they're a bit too sweetie like for 17mo ds but I might get dd to try them.

Overall we really enjoyed testing the products (and still have a few left!) so thank you very much for the opportunity to try some new things.

domesticslattern Mon 24-Jun-13 21:45:09

Tester here- very grateful, thankyou.
We are still working our way through the box so I will post later but we are really enjoying the food and will definitely some of it on the shopping list!

TheHuffAndPuffALot Tue 25-Jun-13 12:20:34

Another tester marking place for when we've tried out a few more of the goodies.

domesticslattern Tue 25-Jun-13 16:32:48

Q1 What was your overall first impressions of the selection of foods that Organix has just launched? Was it what you were expecting? If not how was it different?

I think it was what I was expecting and only the soups and ready meals really are very innovative and unusual.

Was pleased to see that there wasn't sweeteners in the ready meals like some toddler meals (Annabel Carmel put apple juice in their bolognese bake, for example, yuk, I've got a feeling I put something back on the shelf in M&S too when I noticed the same a while back).

Q2 Did any of the foods you received stand out as very new and different to what other toddler food is out there? Why do you say that?

Like I said, the soups and the ready meals. It tends to be that you move on from ambient baby food to chilled ready meals so it's really convenient to have something long life for toddlers.

Oaty bars and squeezy fruit thingys we've been eating for ages. The little gummies were new I suppose.

Q3 In general, when do you think you'd buy these foods again - can you think of specific occasions when they?d really help you?

The meals are totally fantastic especially the one with dumplings. I had had one of those days running everywhere, late from work, tube delays, aarrrrgh, did nursery pick up and within 2 minutes literally of walking through the door DD2 was eating it. She snarfed the lot. Loved it. Can feed herself it too which is great, whereas soup she just tries to tip on the floor so that had to be supervised.

Q4 Did you / your partner try any of the foods yourself, if so what did you think of them?

Put it this way, the ready meals and soups don't look very appetising, in fact they look a bit like vomit (sorry, it's all the chopped carrot). But DD2 loved them all, except she refused point blank one of the soups but I think that's because she was tired rather than anything to do with the soup itself!

There is something very weird though about buying meat in a product which is stored at room temperature. It just seems a bit bleurgh somehow, especially with all of the scandals about poor quality meat. I think I would prefer more veggie options. Especially since there is only small quantities of meat in the food anyway. It's mostly stock, let's face it.

I also tried the banana cereal. It was less sweet than I expected but tasted a bit processed. DD1 liked feeding it to herself again, using her fingers or her spoon- it was a good size for her. She's eating it every day at the moment.

Q5 What did you think of the value for money for the items?

About right. Just depressing when they won't touch them and you threw them away- but that's not Organix' fault! Big portions- probably bigger than a 1 year old needs.

The banana cereal had little in the pack so I would probably try to keep DD2 on the weetabix, porridge etc. with the rest of the family, to avoid having millions of different boxes on the table.

Q6 And last, but importantly, what did your little one think of the foods? Were there any firm favourites that you will look to purchase in the future, and if so why?

She liked everything. She really did. If DD2 were in charge of the shopping she would buy the lot. Fortunately she is 1 year old so... grin

I'm already dashing off to buy more of the ready meals with dumplings- anything vaguely healthy which can be cooked in 40 seconds gets my vote. <frazzled working mum emoticon>

The oaty bars she likes but I thought they were too sweet- even DD2 (5) commented that they were very very sweet. I don't think we'd buy those regularly, maybe as a treat for a car journey or something as they are not too crumbly.

The squeezy fruit purees- both sizes- great- I currently buy the Ellas version, would buy again whichever was on special offer. DD1 stole some of these and liked them.

The gummies were a nice treat but a bit small and fiddly for DD2's little fingers, they went everywhere!

Thank you for the opportunity to try these products, very grateful.

GetKnitted Tue 25-Jun-13 20:57:12

Organix baby breakfast: the absolute best. With actual real ingrediants that you could make yourself, if you were so inclined.

Messandmayhem Wed 26-Jun-13 09:36:42

It a tester but we buy the organix finger foods & goodies. My two loved the rice cakes, and the sweet corn rings, though in honesty they like them all. I usually have a few bags knocking around the house / my changing bag for snacks.

Messandmayhem Wed 26-Jun-13 09:37:11

That should say "not a tester"

tchambers108 Wed 26-Jun-13 13:56:21

I wasn't on the panel either but regularly purchase the snacks. The raspberry/apple oat bars are brilliant, as are the crisps. Lots of choices of flavours and shapes and no nasty stuff - great! But I can see why some parents would lean towards other cheaper brands as it does add up...

mejon Wed 26-Jun-13 14:33:48

I wasn't chosen to test them either but the snacks always go down well in this house with a 6yo and a 2yo - youngest especially likes the rice-cakes and the eldest takes a oaty bar to school on swimming days. I saw the new range of ready meals in our local Morrisons last week and bought the pasta Bolognese for DD2 to try. Unfortunately she was not impressed - neither was I when I tried it. It tasted much like any of the other toddler ready meals - pretty bland and quite slushy and it had that familiar jarred baby food smell (just what is that smell?). Quite disappointing really. I won't be buying any more of the meals but will continue with the snacky stuff.

monkeychambers Wed 26-Jun-13 14:59:36

Questions for testers:
Q1 What was your overall first impressions of the selection of foods that Organix has just launched? Was it what you were expecting? If not how was it different?

Very impressive selection, I don't normally use any toddler ready meals but was keen to try the Soups and Meals by Organix.

Q2 Did any of the foods you received stand out as very new and different to what other toddler food is out there? Why do you say that?

I've not seen the fruit tubes and the soups both looked good.

Q3 In general, when do you think you'd buy these foods again - can you think of specific occasions when they?d really help you?

The bars are great when you are out and about for a quick snack. DS loved the Strawberry ones especially. The fruit gummies he didn't seem to enjoy, however my DD (7) was very happy to finish them off.

Q4 Did you / your partner try any of the foods yourself, if so what did you think of them?

I did pick at the Rasberry cereal, DS didn't like it for breakfast with milk, but enjoyed it as a dry snack when out in the pram.

Q5 What did you think of the value for money for the items?
All good value.

Q6 And last, but importantly, what did your little one think of the foods? Were there any firm favourites that you will look to purchase in the future, and if so why?

Squeezy fruit tubes were a winner (also popular when frozen), i would buy these for sure and continue to buy the cereal bars.

He has not been that keen on the meals, but he he is very set in his eating at the moment (fish and veg or chicken and veg) and seems to refuse pretty much everything else. So I don't take his refusal of these as any genuine feedback.

Was great to be selected as a tester - many thanks - was great to see the new products that a brand I am very happy to buy being extened.

AWhistlingWoman Wed 26-Jun-13 15:37:57

Thank you for choosing me and DS1 to test the products!

Q1 What was your overall first impressions of the selection of foods that Organix has just launched? Was it what you were expecting? If not how was it different?

Lovely big box of things which DS was very excited about unpacking. I liked the packaging, nice bright colours. Wide selection of different sorts of products, I had expected new variants of things that I was already familiar with but there were some completely new lines (to me!) included.

Q2 Did any of the foods you received stand out as very new and different to what other toddler food is out there? Why do you say that?

I haven't seen ready made soups for toddlers before, that was something new and different to me. The squeezy fruit tubes were something that I had not purchased before and the cereal was also something slightly different to what is currently available, kind of the next step up from baby rice or smoother porridges / cereals.

Q3 In general, when do you think you'd buy these foods again - can you think of specific occasions when they?d really help you?

I would probably buy most of these foods again. The snacks, like the gummies and the oat bars, are handy to carry in your handbag (the oat bars are more robust than some of the other snacks so hopefully will survive being slightly battered in my bag!) and the fruit purees are good for salving your conscience if you have children (like mine) who are not particularly keen on eating fruit.

The ready meals and soups are something that it is handy to have in the cupboard. I work part time and tend to finish late in the day so I need to have either 'something I made earlier' or a ready meal to hand to quickly heat up. Really good for a plan B dinner! However, as with most toddler food, you have to steel yourself to serve it up, have it ignored and then put it in the bin!

Q4 Did you / your partner try any of the foods yourself, if so what did you think of them?

I tried most of them blush no wonder DS1 is rather protective of his food! I tried the soups which I thought were very nice indeed. I wasn't quite so keen on the ready meals but that might be psychological! Like domestic it seems a bit strange to store a meal containing meat just in the cupboard. In fact DH was so opposed to this idea that he kept moving the meals into the fridge!

I liked the apricot oat bars very much, we haven't opened the strawberry flavour yet. The gummies were also nice. Wasn't keen on the banana cereal myself. Really dislike the squeezy fruit oddly enough as love the fruits that go into it, just the texture I think!

Q5 What did you think of the value for money for the items?

I think that they are relatively good value for money. Although they are expensive when compared to some of the 'adult' alternatives (particularly the cereal) you are paying for convenience and for the reassurance that there isn't anything nasty lurking inside. Less so with DS1 but with my PFB I was very conscious of salt content and so on.

Difficult to assess value for money when a lot of the food that I end up serving my two goes in the bin. But I always think that if I have offered a nutritionally 'ok' meal and they choose not to eat it, I have done my part!

Q6 And last, but importantly, what did your little one think of the foods? Were there any firm favourites that you will look to purchase in the future, and if so why?

The fruit squeezies were gone almost instantly. DD2 (4) and DS1 both asked for them to be opened straight away, finished and asked for the remaining one each within five minutes of the box being opened! Will definitely be buying these again, particularly if they were on special offer. They have a long shelf life and are good for getting fruit into my fussy lot!

Interestingly, I couldn't get either child to try the tubes although (I think) we had exactly the same flavour as the pouches. They didn't seem to understand the concept to sucking it out of the tubes and so they just squirted it all over themselves and me! I tried to show them but, as I hate the contents, I probably wasn't the best example! I've still got some left so will have another go.

The soups got a mixed result. DS1 liked dipping oat cakes and bread in them but freaked out every time he got a bean or a sweetcorn kernel. Both of mine seem to struggle with smooth textures with lumps contained within (like soup) wonder if there are any plans for completely smooth soups at all? Oh and we don't have a microwave (teeny workspace in kitchen) which seemed to be all that there was cooking instructions for?

DS1 liked the meals with dumplings and ate it all. He was not so happy about the lamb hotpot but I think it might, again, be the presence of the kidney beans that put him off!

The cereal we have tried with milk and dry. Neither was a success although DS1 was VERY interested in the box and the shape of the cereal. Was surprised that he didn't eat more of this but he has already progressed to Weetabix and Cheerios in the morning which, I assume, probably have sugar and salt in them? And porridge which definitely has lots of sugar put on top Perhaps the cereal was too bland for his corrupted taste buds?

Gummies were a success but I agree with the previous posters comments about the packaging (too inflexible and narrow for little fingers) but I would buy these again as they would be handy to keep in your bag and for keeping little ones occupied for five minutes or so in an emergency. Under those circumstances perhaps the slightly tricky packaging could be an advantage!

Oat bars . . . the reaction was a bit 'meh' from both children. DD2 kind of half heartedly chomped but gave up half way through. DS1 smelt it and put it to his lips but wouldn't try any further. However, I thought that they were very nice and I'm sure they would eat them if they were all that I had to offer out of my handbag.

Definitely will buy the snack options again (including the fruit tubes if I can persuade them to try them!) and all of mine have loved the Organix crisps, pouches and biscuits (especially gingerbread men) over the years. Nice to test out some new ideas and I'm sure I'll be looking to purchase more when DD3 arrives in the autumn!

LarvalFormOfOddSock Wed 26-Jun-13 15:41:40

Thanks again for selecting us. My feedback is as follows...

1.The selection looked good but there seemed to be a lot of cereal bars. I was expecting more meals like the soup and hotpots as well as snacks. Also, flavour-wise, a lot of mango and apple or strawberry. A wider variety of fruit flavours might be interesting.

2.The fruit gummies are quite unlike anything else I’ve seen on the market. Nice and soft. I think they’re a great option for parents who don’t want their young kids eating proper sweets (particularly due to the choking hazard).

The cereal is something else I haven’t seen before. It’s a nice alternative to porridge or toast. Adult cereals are usually too hard but most other cereals aimed at kids are really sugary and sticky and not of much nutritional value.

3.We’d certainly buy some of the snacks again, particularly when travelling. The fruit gummies also as a special treat. We may buy the meals and soups as a back-up when DS can’t share our home-cooked evening meal (we do like a hot hot curry from time to time)! We’re also going camping soon so may take some of the meals as an easy option.

4.We tried all of the foods and most were really nice. The soup seemed really bland to my taste but that’s because I like salt. Same with the cereal-it tasted really bland to me and not at all fruity but it’s not aimed at me!

5.I do think the items are quite pricy but that’s because we don’t spend much on food in our house- we buy on offer and often opt for value products and cook from scratch. Compared to making your own versions of the meals they’re really expensive but that’s the premium you pay for ready-made products of course. Compared to other baby/toddler food brands they don’t seem terribly different in price.

6.He liked everything except the cereal and squeezy tubes. I suppose he just didn’t like the taste of the cereal but the problem with the squeezy tubes was the packaging. He just couldn’t work out what to do with it! He hasn’t got the hang of squirting things out of tubes and into his mouth- they went everywhere but his mouth including the walls and furniture. The edges of the tubes seemed really sharp too! We would not buy them again.

Everything else went down well. We will probably buy some products in future as stated in Q3 above. His friends at toddler group enjoyed the cereal bars too so we may buy them for future parties/picnics with friends.

Hope that helps!

LarvalFormOfOddSock Wed 26-Jun-13 15:43:57

Oh yes, I've just skimmed through some feedback from others and I agree the fruit gummy packets are too narrow!

carabossse Wed 26-Jun-13 17:47:28

I've bought the sauce pot recipe bases. The Indian one wasn't popular but the Thai and Italian ones will be bought again.

The oaty bars are handy to have as emergency snacks but seem high in sugar. The veg ones e.g. tomato and carrot have disappeared from the shelves, possibly discontinued?

I'd be interested in fresh refrigerated meals if made.

Theonlyoneiknow Wed 26-Jun-13 20:01:23

Q1 What was your overall first impressions of the selection of foods that Organix has just launched? Was it what you were expecting? If not how was it different?

I was really impressed when I opened the box. There were lots of products that I hadn't bought before (but had thought about it as had seen them on the supermarket shelf). I was expecting there to be less things to test.

Q2 Did any of the foods you received stand out as very new and different to what other toddler food is out there? Why do you say that?

The soups and little pots stood out to me the most as I had seen the other things from other brands in some shape or form before. Also the gummies.

Q3 In general, when do you think you'd buy these foods again - can you think of specific occasions when they?d really help you?

I haven't tried everything yet but of what we have tried I would buy the snack bars again although they are quite expensive. The soups and stews (if go down well) would come in really useful of we were camping or in a rush and didnt have time to cook a meal. Would like more veggie options though as others above have said.

Q4 Did you / your partner try any of the foods yourself, if so what did you think of them?

Only the oat bars and thought they were a bit dry and sweet but went down well with DD! Will report back when we have tried the others.

Q5 What did you think of the value for money for the items?

I think the oat bars are quite expensive but comparable i guess with other organic snacks of the market.

Q6 And last, but importantly, what did your little one think of the foods? Were there any firm favourites that you will look to purchase in the future, and if so why?

We haven't tried everything yet but will report back later when we do.

DD loves the strawberry bars (she is only newly one so at the younger end of your range) DS is 3.5, he doesn't like them at all I'm afraid but he used to when he was younger! I would buy these again.

she also really liked the cereal and enjoyed eating it bit by bit off the highchair! Not sure if I would buy this again as she loves weetabix, oatabix etc too, if I had bought it when she was younger though I would probably have bought it again.

Both DD and DS love your rice cakes, carrot puffs, tomato stars etc, in fact all of your range like that so we are a frequent buyer of those.

Will report back on the rest of the stuff on the next few days, thanks so much for sending me the box to try!

karatekimmi Wed 26-Jun-13 20:10:44

Q1 What was your overall first impressions of the selection of foods that Organix has just launched? Was it what you were expecting? If not how was it different?
I was impressed with the different types of food, and the size of the hamper sent. I’m not sure what I was expecting but it definitely had more variety. I have used some of the organix products before.

Q2 Did any of the foods you received stand out as very new and different to what other toddler food is out there? Why do you say that?
I was especially impressed with the soups (and loved the fact the pot is resealable and therefore reusable!). I hadn’t used the ready meals before and karate baby enjoyed them, although as he usually feeds himself they were a bit messy then a fair bit of the food he has. The cereal bars and fruit purees were something we’ve had before, and we love the purees, but Karate baby can be a bit funny with the cereal bars, sometime he wont touch them, other times he finishes them off (although I find them rather sweet)

Q3 In general, when do you think you'd buy these foods again - can you think of specific occasions when they?d really help you?
I’d buy the ready meals, and soup again, as it fills a gap if we are eating out, or sending him to the grandparents. The squeezy fruit tubes were good, but he ended up with flakes of silver all over him from messing around with the packing too much. I am sure it’s not poisonous, but id rather the packaging didn’t flake all over him!! The fruit pouches were good and we’d get those for outings. The cereal was good, but normal cereal is much better value.

Q4 Did you / your partner try any of the foods yourself, if so what did you think of them?
We tried almost all of it!! The ready meals were tasty and so were the soups. The cereal bars I found too sweet, the fruit purees were nice.

Q5 What did you think of the value for money for the items?
I think that baby food products generally are overpriced, but appreciate that there is a niche market for goods that contain no salt. Compared with other products they are priced in a similar way.

Q6 And last, but importantly, what did your little one think of the foods? Were there any firm favourites that you will look to purchase in the future, and if so why?
Karate baby is a good eater and this range was no exception. I like him to feed himself and he enjoyed the fruit purees and the squeezy tubes. The ready meals went down well and we’ll look out for those and the soups in future. There only thing I wouldn’t buy again is the cereal as it seems over priced for such a small amount, and we get adult cereal which is much better value.

Thank you so much Mumsnet and Organix for the opportunity for us to try the new foods. I tested the goodies with DD (2) and unofficially DS (5).

Q1 What was your overall first impressions of the selection of foods that Organix has just launched? Was it what you were expecting? If not how was it different?
The Mighty Meals are similar to what is already on the market, but seemed better. Most others are still quite babyish in their textures whereas the Organix ones are more like small home made chunks. The soups are a great idea - not any other toddler-aimed ones out there. The cereal & snacks were pretty good too. All of the food was pretty much what I expected, based on the descriptions given.

Q2 Did any of the foods you received stand out as very new and different to what other toddler food is out there? Why do you say that?
Again, the soups are novel - I think other manufacturers are going to jump on that quite quickly. The fruit squeezy tubes are similar to Frubes, but obviously dont need to be chilled. The other foods seem to be variations on what is already out there from Organix and other brands.

Q3 In general, when do you think you'd buy these foods again - can you think of specific occasions when they?d really help you?
I may buy the soups in winter for a quick & easy hot lunch for DCs. I would possibly buy the squeezy tubes & squeezies again, again as a quick healthy snack, both DCs are good fruit eaters though, so the products would be more of a treat.

Q4 Did you / your partner try any of the foods yourself, if so what did you think of them?
DH & I have tried all of the food used so far (only the noodle soup left). I thought the Mighty Meals were very bland and had an odd taste to them, but I think its because there is no salt in them. They also smelled a wee bit nasty when opened. The bean soup was yummy, as were all the other things except the Gummies. The gummies were vile!

Q5 What did you think of the value for money for the items?
As an occasional purchase, they would be fine. We couldn't afford to buy these things every week. The oaty bars in particular are very expensive - last year (or over the last 18 months or so), they have increased in price by approx £1. We used to buy these (obviously the 'old' flavours) for DS, but stopped because of the price. Most supermarkets do their own versions of the squeezies, but at a lower price.

Q6 And last, but importantly, what did your little one think of the foods? Were there any firm favourites that you will look to purchase in the future, and if so why?
DD (the official tester) is very fussy (fruit, yogurt, cheese, beans, chips & toast is all she will eat), so we were hopeful. Sadly, she did not like the Mighty Meals or the bean soup. However, I don't think that is a reflection of how they taste, as DS (5) hoovered them up and declared them 'delicimous'.
The cereal was not a hit with either of them, but they are used to Cheerios, Rice Krispie shapes and other childrens cereal, so I think they found it a bit bland. It made nice chocolate crispie cakes though.
The gummies got spat out, again my two get ordinary sweets, so the less sweet taste may not have agreed.
The Mango & Apple squeezies and the Strawberry & Pear squeezy tubes were an absolutely HUGE hit. DD couldn't get enough of them, and DS managed to sneak a wee taste too and loved them. I think we will probably buy these more often than any of the other things, especially for our summer holidays.
The oaty bars weren't a hit with DD (she isn't keen on similar textured things to these), but DS was very glad to see them again! He thought both new flavours were fantastic. Again, we will probably buy these as a treat over our holidays.

koolforcats Wed 26-Jun-13 21:46:37

Q1 The selection of products was just what I was hoping for - a great first impression. I was especially looking forward to testing the gummies and the cereal.

Q2 The gummies stood out as none of the other 'big brands' of organic baby foods produce anything similar. The same applied to the squeezy tubes. I've seen these in the cold aisle as yoghurt products (made by other brands) but not with pureed fruit.

Q3 I'd buy the gummies - they'd make a nice change to raisins, when out and about. They're fruity and healthy yet seem a bit like sweets, so they could also be used as a treat.

Q4 I tried most of the foods. I thought the gummies were delicious and could have happily eaten the whole packet! I found the cereal quite disappointing, my baby liked it though. I found the packaging misleading as I found it leads one to believe that it might contain freeze dried raspberries. The whole fruitiness seemed to be a big picture but the actual ingredients listed just 2% of raspberry powder. I thought the squeezies and squeezy tubes had a good, genuine fruity flavour. I found the soup a little bland.

Q5 I thought that all of the products were priced appropriately, in line with other brands of a similar quality.

Q6

Cereal - he enjoyed these and likes them as a dry snack, too.

Squeezy tubes - he'd never had anything in this sort of packaging before so he squeezed the first half over himself with an impressive whoosh, after which he got the hang of it and loved it. I also gave a friend one to try. Her DS was keen to chew the tube rather than its contents and worryingly all of the paint/coating came off in his mouth.

Squeezies (mango and apple) - he really enjoys sucking these from the pouch. They're just the right size for a snack.

Strawberry and apple bar, which he chomped through in its entirety.

Gummies - loved these, wanting "ma, ma" (more!)

Soup and mighty meals - unfortunately he didn't enjoy either of these. With regards to savoury ready meals, he really only seems to like fresh ones (like Little dish). On a second try of the mighty meal I added some peas but he just wanted to pick these out and eat them and not the rest of the meal.

I was so happy to get the chance to be a tester and love that these new products have been made. Thank you!

idlevice Wed 26-Jun-13 23:25:06

Q1 It was a generous selection, pretty much the type of thing I was expecting but more of it than I thought would be sent.

Q2 The soups as I haven't seen any soups for younger ages here - I did buy some from another range a few years ago for DS1 when we lived abroad so was looking for them here but haven't found them to be available at all before these. Also the cereal was unusual, it being a novelty/educational shape rather than just a bland version of cereals for grown ups. The fruit sticks & buttons were also different - seen them before as snacks for school age children but not for younger children.

Q3 I would buy the buttons & fruit sticks again, so that DS2 can have them as a treat when DS1 has something similar rather than having to modify something to make it suitable. Also the ready meals - I would keep a couple on hand for taking out if we're going out on a day trip or in the week just for a change.

Q4 I just had tastes of the ready meals, which I thought were reasonable. I was more impressed with the look & texture as they looked very close to home-made.

Q5 A little pricey for everyday or very frequent use, apart from the multipacks but fine for occasional use. I would probably get at least one thing from the range with every weekly shop.

Q6 DS2 loved it all but he is bit of a dustbin & will eat most things! He particularly liked the dumplings in the ready meal as he could pick those up & eat himself, also the kidney beans as they were whole (but soft enough to break up once in his mouth). I would also get the fruit sticks in the summer to keep in the freezer as ice pops - a nice size for this & I found them to be a bit too messy unfrozen compared to the pouches.

DoItTooJulia Thu 27-Jun-13 07:48:00

Not a tester, but do use and love the Organix range. I used to use tem with ds1, 8 years ago. Now that ds2 has come along I am really peased to find the range has grown. Today we tried the corn snacks that look like giant whotsits. Ds2 loved them. He is only 7 mo but he could grab the snack, get it into his mouth, it had an unusual crunchy texture and melted to nothing's so I wasn't worried about him choking.....the perfect snack, so thank you!

Theonlyoneiknow Thu 27-Jun-13 20:00:10

Q6 And last, but importantly, what did your little one think of the foods? Were there any firm favourites that you will look to purchase in the future, and if so why?

Ok so we tried a few more things today. The squeezy tubes weren't really suitable for DD (she was only 1 last week) unless I squeezed them out into a bowl, I did this and she loved the taste but is too young to master squeezing it out herself just yet. I offered one to DS (3.5yrs) but he snubbed it! She also loved the mango pouches but I gave her it off a spoon and she sucked the last little bit out of the pouch.

The beef and dumpling stew came in very handy for dinner as we had been stuck in a traffic jam and didnt get home until 545pm. She hoffed it down! The dumplings were a good size for her to fish out with her fingers herself and the rest she just used her hands, or a spoon and ate the whole thing! I would probably keep one of these on the cupboard for a time saver like today. Would be nice to see ones with chunky bits of butternut squash or pumpkin maybe? A chunky root vegetable stew?

Will try the soups and last stew I have over the weekend!

sealight123 Thu 27-Jun-13 22:02:12

My daughter has always loved the organix fingerfoods range and almost aaaalllll of the goodies range as well but truthfully we haven't tried Mighty meals yet. We try to make all of her meals to be similar/the same to ours so we don't end up making lots of different meals every dinnertime. I think we will be trying them pretty soon, for times when what me and my partner want to eat isn't suitable for her...WE MISS SPICY CHILLI CON CARNE!!!

v3an Thu 27-Jun-13 22:40:58

Non tester but my little one loves many products from the Organix range.
He used to have the baby rice, now he is into the raspberry rice cakes, and the different fruit pots.

peronel Fri 28-Jun-13 13:58:20

Not a tester but the little boxes of raisins are great just to have in the house - handy for snacks, picnics and pack lunches. Reasonably priced, healthy and organically grown, what's not to like?

Sleepyfergus Fri 28-Jun-13 15:03:03

We were selected to test, so thanks very much!

Questions for testers:
Q1 What was your overall first impressions of the selection of foods that Organix has just launched? Was it what you were expecting? If not how was it different?
The products received didn't look massively different from the existing range except the soups and meals. They look 'healthy' and wholesome.

Q2 Did any of the foods you received stand out as very new and different to what other toddler food is out there? Why do you say that?
The soup of course seems quite new and innovative, but is essentially watered down meals in my opinion. If I was being cynical, I'd say Organix looked around to see what was missing from the (getting very) overcrowded baby/kids meal market to see what avenue hadn't been exploited, and soup was it.

Q3 In general, when do you think you'd buy these foods again - can you think of specific occasions when they?d really help you?
I might buy the squeezy multipack and mighty meals if they were on offer. They offer convenience and handy to have in the cupboard for an emergency.

Q4 Did you / your partner try any of the foods yourself, if so what did you think of them? What we tried was okay, the nicest thing was the squeezy. Otherwise, it was a bit bland for me. I wasn't particularly fond of the goodies bars or the meals/soup with beans.

Q5 What did you think of the value for money for the items?
I honestly think they are fearfully expensive, and tend to only buy if I absolutely have to (ie. if there is a limits choice and it is the better choice of what's on offer), or if they are on a pricing offer.

Q6 And last, but importantly, what did your little one think of the foods? Were there any firm favourites that you will look to purchase in the future, and if so why?
Mighty Meals - massive portion for my Dd2 who is 1 yo. She's a big eater but half was more than enough. So I halved the tub and used over 2 nights. The beef stew was quite nice and was wolfed down. the bean and lamb hotspot was horrid! She spat it out and refused anymore.
Soup - hearty root veg and beans was ok, and we've yet to try the sweet corn soup. I found the soup too watery and anticipated it would have been hard to feed to her without making a lot of mess so I bulked it out with some torn up bread. Also, the tub was pretty full, and got very hot in the microwave which then meant it was hard to carry out to the table (I should have put the tub on a plate). I think in future (if i bought again) I will warm slowly on the hob in a pan so that its not the temp of lava in a roasting hot container!
Number Jumble Raspberry - gimmicky and not liked. She prefers good old weetabix.
Apricot Oaty Bars and Strawberry Oaty Bars - I've NEVER liked these! Sorry! I bought them for dd1 when she was young and she didn't like them much and I swear I am still finding the crumbs. They are messy to eat, crumble too easy, and not convenient in my opinion. They also 'deform' too easily in the bottom of my handbag! Dd2 also didn't like them.
Squeezy multipack; Mango - now these were great. It so happened that dd2 came down with chicken pox last week, and we ran out of yogurts so I offered one of these to her and she loved it. I think it must have been refreshing when she was feeling lousy.
Fruit Gummies- Mango. Not a fan. They taste nice but they are too small for a 1yo even with guidance, and look pretty unappealing.
Squeezy Tubes Strawberry & Pear- again, not practical for a 1yo. Messy. I prefer my yoghurts in a tub.

Sorry, I feel a lot of my feedback has been pretty negative, but we're really not that impressed with much of the range but do appreciate the opportunity to try things out.

Schwen Fri 28-Jun-13 19:10:25

I'm sadly not a tester, but have tried several products. My little one not only LOVES the porridges over any other brand, he's now an avid fan of the finger foods - mainly the berry rice cakes. I perceive the brand to be far healthier than others, and think the strap line of 'No Junk Promise' is genius. I'm a fan of the packaging also.

flidididi Fri 28-Jun-13 23:23:47

Not a tester.

was determined to make all homemade food for my daughter from the start, and very conscious of ingredients. However, I love the Organix range. I started first with the rice cakes, then tried a meal as a backup. Fab. Really nice flavours and real ingredients, no added extras. We now also have the fruit pots and the stir in pots are fantastic when you are stuck for ideas. I love thai curry so introducing a mild toddler friendly version by using the stir in pots is great.

Hope they make some more flavours.

Thanks

Q1 What was your overall first impressions of the selection of foods that Organix has just launched? Was it what you were expecting? If not how was it different?

Was impressed with the range of foods, a good variety of savoury and sweet treats. It was a lot more than I was expecting!

Q2 Did any of the foods you received stand out as very new and different to what other toddler food is out there? Why do you say that?

The soups stood out, it's the first time I've seen soups specifically for toddlers and was pleased to have something different to try.

Q3 In general, when do you think you'd buy these foods again - can you think of specific occasions when they?d really help you?

I'd usually buy foods like this of planning a trip or visiting people so not having to fuss sorting lo's foods, would buy these in the same way.

Q4 Did you / your partner try any of the foods yourself, if so what did you think of them?

I didn't try the foods myself.

Q5 What did you think of the value for money for the items?

I think they're reasonable value for money, not the cheapest option but a good range and good ingredients so worth it.

Q6 And last, but importantly, what did your little one think of the foods? Were there any firm favourites that you will look to purchase in the future, and if so why?

Lo loved most of the foods, apart from the soups which I expected her to love! She especially liked the squeezy strawberry tubes smile

goldenretriever Sat 29-Jun-13 17:19:53

Non tester, but both my children adore the carrot flavoured crunch sticks.

Pozzled Sun 30-Jun-13 19:52:57

Not a tester, but used the Organic snack range with both my DDs. I really liked the tomato crisp type things as they were very low in salt compared to 'normal' crisps. And as other posters have said, the cereal bars were really good for chucking in the change bag when going out- an easy, fairly healthy and not too messy toddler snack- what's not to like!

prakattack Mon 01-Jul-13 10:58:53

Not a tester but have used the Organix range since DS1 was weaned. We use the fruit pots -with cereal for breakfast, or with natural yoghurt as a pudding - and the rice cakes.
I'd agree with a couple of previous posters that the prices have gone up dramatically, especially the cereal bars. I often used to buy these for DS1 but by the time DS2 was old enough, they were far too expensive to buy regularly! Grandparents still get them though and both boys do enjoy them, though they are far too crumbly in my opinion.
Other favourites are the Alphabet Biscuits and the Gingerbread Men which I love as both boys enjoy them and see them as a treat, without there being any sugary dried fruit involved... Again, they're expensive and I tend to look out for offers and stock up when there's a multibuy deal.

domesticslattern Mon 01-Jul-13 13:47:50

Just wanted to add to my previous comment. We had the squeezy tubes yesterday while out and about (on the Bakerloo line, to be precise). I take back anything positive which I said about them. The packaging is a monumental nightmare if you don't have a pair of scissors and if your children are not sat quietly in a saintly fashion at a table. Firstly it takes many attempts to rip the end off, and when you helpfully do it for the children it explodes all down your cream jacket. The 5 year old does it with her teeth and ends up scraping the colour and print off the foil packet and eating it- so much for an organic diet. The 1 year old can't master the art of gentle squeezing and fires puree all over her head. Then you are left with two really disgusting sticky packets and nowhere to put them.
The versions with screw caps are a hundred times more convenient. We liked the Organix ones and found them on a par with those offered by other brands including Ellas and Plum.

Theonlyoneiknow Mon 01-Jul-13 14:21:26

Tried the hearty beef casserole and Dd scoffed the lot. I do occasionally buy toddler meals for emergencies and would buy this again. The reason I havent bought the organix toddler meals before is i think the packaging is quite dull (for the toddler meals ). and DP and I were looking at it and dont think it stands out on the shelves ?

One more thing to try, sweetcorn soup!

Theonlyoneiknow Mon 01-Jul-13 14:24:29

Forgot to give my thoughts on one hearty root veg and bean soup. Again DD ate the lot but quite hard for a,just one year old to eat without being spoon fed. We gavé her bread to dip in which worked.

Not sure if i would buy that soup again, although she loved it i would normally just give her some family soup.

ThePskettiIncident Mon 01-Jul-13 15:44:40

Not a tester but Ds loves all the crisps (I jus wonder why they don't make adult crisps with no junk, as they are very nice)

Also like the flapjack bars which are dead easy to grab when I'm heading out the door. There is always one in my handbag for emergency snacking. Sometimes buy a few of the meals for back of the cupboard dinners too.

The quality is good and love that they have no junk in any of the meals. It's very good for baby food.

cheeseandcrackers Mon 01-Jul-13 18:52:07

Not a tester but an Organix fan.

DS(2) is a vegetable refuser but loves the veg & oat bars and has one most days with lunch. It's nice to see a savoury snack bar as most snacks for toddlers seem to be sweet. I used to give him the carrot cake oat bars too, but was shocked at how sweet they were when I tried one so I don't buy them anymore.

The fruit pots are also great & taste much nicer than the other brands I have tried. DS has one with his cereal for breakfast most days.

The gingerbread men are fab and don't instantly turn to crumbs when I pop a few in my bag for when we're out and about.

Just coming back to comment on Beef Stew & Dumplings and Veg. DS wouldn't touch the veg as they were a bit bland, but once I had mushed up the dumplings, which were quite herby, they gave the rest of the meal some flavour.

There are so many herbs I don't understand why baby/toddler food needs to be bland? It can't be just my ds who enjoys strong flavours?

Doobiedoobedoobie Mon 01-Jul-13 22:02:02

Not a tester here but would love to be entered into the draw for the hamper.

We use a lot of the goodies things here, the crisps, oaty bars and gingerbread men on a regular basis. I'd second a previous poster who said it'd be nice if the animal biscuits came in smaller handy packs. At the moment I keep a giant pack in the car glove box for shutting them up emergencies.

Obviously I haven't tried them but I'm liking the sound of the gummy things too. I probably wouldn't pay for the meals as I've ever given DDs a ready meal, just ready made snacks iyswim.

Doobiedoobedoobie Mon 01-Jul-13 22:04:15

Oooh, also a fan of the veg oat bars here. Well, DD2 is, Dd1 not so much, she much prefers the sweet ones but won't eat my savoury flapjacks either. Agree with PP, to nice to have more choice of savoury snack, most you can buy are sweet.

BananaramaLlama Tue 02-Jul-13 19:55:21

All of my three enjoyed the Organix crisp-style snacks when they were little, and still like the fruity rice cakes (Apple, Blueberry) at ages 5 and 8!

tinypumpkin Tue 02-Jul-13 20:25:36

Not a tester either but I do buy the oaty bars. Apple/orange and raspberry/apple are favourites in this house, particularly with the 21 month old. The 3 1/2 yr old is less keen these days! I do think they are very expensive thought but still buy them!

Ohhelpohnoitsa Tue 02-Jul-13 22:41:29

update from a tester here, ds refused the soup with beans in (not. the sweetcorn. one) point. blank refused 4 times after. tasting it - not a texture issue, just taste. On the positive vibe he LOVED. the gummie things, loved them!

TheHuffAndPuffALot Thu 04-Jul-13 11:40:14

Doing feedback from phone, so advance apologies for typos and individual answers!

Q1 - very impressed by number of items sent, even tho they had all been listed on the original thread.

Gummies and pouches looked enticing, whilst Mighty Meals and Soups looked a bit bland and boring.

Dd was very excited opening the box!

Q2 - afraid nothing really stood as innovative, I'd say I'd seen most of the products on supermarket shelves previously, with the exception of Gummies.

TheHuffAndPuffALot Thu 04-Jul-13 11:55:13

Q3 - I would definitely buy Squeezy Pouches and Oaty bars in the future as they are ideal snacks to chuck in my handbag as we got out the door.

Might consider Squeezy Tubes for the freezer as they make great ice poles.

A 'no' for the rest, even though I like the idea of a ready meal in the cupboard for emergencies, I'd rather a different meal eg mild curry

Wheresthecoffee Thu 04-Jul-13 21:42:56

Not a tester, but we buy Organix. I fed their snacks to DS 6 years ago and I'm about to do the same with DS!

riojabotherer Fri 05-Jul-13 19:50:07

Never without the gingerbread men in our house/handbag/car!

HannahLI Fri 05-Jul-13 20:36:01

I love the organix snacks in particular my two love the rice crackers and they are always been asked for. Its great to know that a company is thinking about what goes into baby food so that I don't have to worry about it!

stephgr Sat 06-Jul-13 01:32:40

Not a tester but my children love Organix products and I'm happy to buy them. My son loves the gingerbread men and alphabet biscuits whilst my daughter adores the mango and apple gummies. They both love the fruit tubes which they take to nursery and school.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 08-Jul-13 10:44:01

Hello - thanks for all the feedback and comments.
Am pleased to say TotallyEggFlipped is selected as the winner for the non testers and wins a hamper of Organix products worth £50 and Karatekimmi wins a £50 Love2Shop voucher for being the winning tester! thanks again.

TheHuffAndPuffALot Mon 08-Jul-13 20:51:37

Darn - my last post appears to have vanished into the ether, but I'd like to reiterate the point about the Squeezy Tubes delaminating. Organix need to sort the packaging out as this would put me off buying that product again.

Thanks for the opportunity to be a tester, and Congrats to the winners.

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