The Wonderful Halos package arrived today and perfect timing with the cooler weather that just arrived. We get lots of products to review and this one put a smile on our face today. In full disclosure, we were not financially compensated for this post. The opinions are completely our own based on our experience.
Now I’ve always referred to these as “oranges”, but they’re actually mandarins. And according to the Wonderful Halos website “while every Halo is a mandarin, not every mandarin can be a Halo.” To be a Halo, every fruit must meet three requirements – easy to peel, seedless, and super sweet. Moreover, Halos are all natural, non-GMO (non-genetically modified).
This package was a first for me –receiving oranges, oops, I mean mandarins in the mail. I’ve sent them many times, but never received them. I’m a Floridian native and growing up in Florida; the orange trees were pretty much everywhere. My family had the trinity of oranges, lemons and grapefruits right in our yard. Even though they were everywhere, they really weren’t convenient to eat. You’d get cut by the tree thorns trying to pick them. They would be too difficult to peel. Or they were just too messy, especially when I ran over the fallen fruit with the lawn mower. But my all time favorite were tangerines and mandarins, which to me are the “snack-pack” of oranges.
I can’t pretend, seeing that Wonderful Halos box at the door made me happy. I raced inside with the heavy box. Inside were two 5-pound bags and a love note from the government that the box was opened, inspected and resealed. Now, I can’t be sure but one of the bags might have seemed to be slightly lighter than the other and there might be an mandarin peel in one of the inspector’s trash cans. Just kidding.
The fruit inside was at its peak of ripeness. Bright orange color and very sweet. Then I thought, what the hell are we going to do with all this fruit? Fortunately, we love to share and have hungry neighbors that are now happy neighbors. I checked the MyFitnessPal phone application and found each fruit only has about 40 calories and 34% of my daily Vitamin C.
These little snack pack fruits were very easy to peel. I like playing a game to see if I can peel the orange in one unbroken strip, remove the inside fruit, then place the peel back to its original shape. Okay sometimes I really don’t act my age.
Not only were these super easy to peel, they were all fruit with no seeds. Growing up as a kid you could just spit the seeds on your plate or try to make the trash can from across the room. As an adult, spitting is frowned upon. I think HR would pull me aside because of the mess in the break room.
About every other Wonderful Halos fruit had a cute sticker with cartoons of mandarins with halos. I counted five different stickers.
Trivia: Do you know how they make Halos seedless? Answer, most citrus fruits contain seeds is because the flowers on the trees are pollinated by bees. However, they’re able to make Halos seedless by keeping bees away, either by protecting the trees with nets or by situating our groves far from where the bees live.
In Summary, the Wonderful Halos from California was a real hit with these Floridian foodies. It was a first for me to receive mandarins in the mail. Little natural snack pack juice
boxes balls. They were the perfect portion size, super easy to peel, seedless and very sweet.