Should Snapple Sorbet Bars Disclose They Contain Absolutely No Fruit?

Fruit-flavored snacks are notorious for their lack of fruit content, but most items with “sorbet” in the name at least use some fruit juice or fruit base. And one might look at the box for Snapple Sorbet Bars and think that the phrase “naturally flavored” implies some fruit content. But a look at the ingredients panel says otherwise.

There are only three main ingredients listed on the box — water, sugar, maltodextrin — with the following listed under the heading of “contains less than 2%”: natural flavor, pectin, citric acid, sodium benzoate, and potassium sorbate.

While nothing on the ingredients list seems incredibly bizarre, Lisa at Snack-Girl.com takes issue with the lack of any sort of fruit in the bars.

“There is a photograph on the box of fruit and the words ‘mango,’ and ;strawberry’ grace the front of the box – but THERE IS ZERO mango or strawberry in the bars,” she writes.

Back in 2009, following controversy surrounding the company’s use of “all natural” to describe a product that contains high fructose corn syrup, Snapple changed its recipe to replace HFCS with cane sugar.

But we wanted to know from the Consumerist hive mind if it’s misleading for Snapple to sell sorbet bars without any fruit content: