Awww yeah. It’s about that time to go ding-donging for treats again.

HALLOWEEN.

If you live on my street, it means the only kids visiting your house will be mine.

And that also means you will be dumping your whole bag of candy into their four bags, since you’ll be saying stuff to me like…

“Oh, I don’t want to keep it around, I’ll eat it all” or “Gosh, you are the only ones tonight, you might as well take the bag.”

And I will be lugging home about forty pounds of sug…err, candy.

Four kids + forty pounds of sugar = parental meltdown

Okay, so lately we’ve been on quite a health kick around the house. Vegan. Raw food. Juicing. Smoothies.

My wife has the industrial juicer, the Vita-Mix and our new dehydrator going 24/7.

Star will tell you I’m a meat-and-potatoes guy to the core, but I’m really liking it and the kids have done pretty good so far.

So why ruin this tree-hugging diet with a bunch of junk?

Enter Funky Monkey® Snacks

It seems that the new candy around here is fruit. Whether raw, in a smoothie, made into leather or dried and crunchy, fruit is awesome.

And even better when you don’t have to fire up a bunch of appliances to get yer four daily servings.

The good folks at Funky Monkey Snack Company sent Dadand a smorgasbord of their freeze-dried fruit snacks, and all I had to do was open the cool foil bag.

They can send you some too, as we are giving away a Funky Monkey Sampler Pack, which consists of one bag of each flavor. Enter below, but read on for the goodness.

The Funky Monkey sample pack of freeze-dried fruit. Win some by commenting on this post.

Now we’ve had freeze-dried fruit before. It usually tastes worse than the old guy who gives you those nasty orange Styrofoam circus peanuts for Halloween. Y’know, he got them last December at the drug store for 50% off and they taste kinda like the musty pharmacy smells.

Well Funky Monkey has some “proprietary” freeze-drying process and it makes the fruit all awesome.

Star and I tried the Carnival Mix, it seemed to have a little of everything in it. Some organic bananas, pineapples, apples and papaya. I really liked the pineapple. And the cool part was you could tell it was real fruit, not just diced up bits of stuff.

Here's a shot of the Carnival Mix that Star and I tried. Initially, it may not be as appealing as some of the other stuff you see in the store, but the other stuff has fake coloring and crap like sulfites in it to preserve it. Believe me, this tastes better.

That allowed me to hand-pick all the pineapple pieces right out of the bag first.

Aside from just being good, there was a bunch of good stuff on the package.

See the ingredients? I don’t see any big, impossible-to-pronounce words there. And for those of you who like free stuff, they are gluten-, wheat-, dairy-, peanut- and preservative-free. Plus no added sugar, colors, flavors.

Well, the fruit was crunchy, so I could see them fighting off the kids’ urges for processed food…like chips or those golden fish crackers. Shhhhh, don’t say it aloud.

Next was the kid test.

My daughter will eat any fruit, anytime. No matter what. But the boys are a bit more demanding. They tend to stick to the fruit mainstays like apples, oranges, bananas, berries.

Well, the remaining four bags we had were gone in seconds. I wanted to try the Purple Funk® (organic banana and organic açai) but wasn’t fast enough to get my hands on some. My youngest had the Applemon®, which was apples and organic cinnamon. He looked at me and just said “more”, which is one of the few words in his one-year-old vocabulary.

But most of all, I knew they liked them ‘cause they were quiet.

And quiet won’t happen if my little clone trooper, mermaid, bounty hunter and other clone trooper get forty pounds of candy next week.

So dear neighbors, go to amazon to order some of these awesome snacks to give out on Hallloween.

They also have them at major retailers like Target, Whole Foods and Safeway.

Or visit http://www.FunkyMonkeySnacks.com to learn more.

Tell ‘em Dadand said Trick or Treat.

Now. If you wear patchouli, or just care about what you feed your family, then maybe you want to win some.

Here’s how to enter:

Leave us a comment on this post (1 entry)

Tell us about the worst stuff you got in your halloween swag bag. Y’know…pennies, bulk candy repackaged in baggies, toothbrushes, stray socks. Or just candy you hate.

and then just to be nice

Also, PLEASE like us on Facebook.

It won’t get you any kind of entry, but we like you. And want you to like us. Even if we’re forty-year-old men dressed up for halloween.

Contest runs from 8:30AM Friday, 10/21/2011 until 10PM EST Thursday, 10/27/2011. 

Here’s some legal info we used last time we had a contest.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising“.

A list of all qualified entrants will be compiled and a winner chosen using random.org. We will notify the winner and if there’s no response within a week we will pick another winner.

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