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on November 28, 2011
While this fruit basket looks nice enough, it is not exactly as it is described here.

According to my inventory and the actual product label, the basket contains:

dates, apricots (preserved with sulphur dioxide), prunes (preserved with potassium sorbate), pineapple (processed with cane sugar and citric acid, preserved with sulphur dioxide), coconut date roll (dates, almonds and coconut), cherries (processed with corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, water citric acid, natural and artificial flavor, preserved with potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate and sulphur dioxide, artificial color - FD&C red no. 40).

The basket does not contain:

Apples, Figs, Pears or Peaches

- All of which are listed as included in the Amazon product description.

Also the Amazon description says "Made of assorted dried fruit from the fertile California Valley" and "This generous, large basket provides two pounds, 12 ounces of sweet, healthy, and delicious dried fruit from the fertile California Valley," but according to the actual product label, the product contains fruit from The Philippines, Thailand, Turkey and the USA (in that order). I wouldn't have even purchased it if I knew that. At least China isn't listed.

Additionally, some of the fruit just isn't that great. For instance, some of the dried apricots were moist and some of them were tough and dry - some of the dates were moist but some were bone dry. The cherries are basically maraschino cherries without the jar - IMO, they don't really belong in there. The prunes were all pretty good and the dried pineapple was okay. The coconut covered dates were also good, but there are only six of those.

Also, it's not really "healthy" to consume all of those preservatives (that aren't mentioned in the description) such as sulphur dioxide, potassium sorbate or sodium benzoate. I'm not even going to get into the problems with those colored fructose soaked cherry hulls.

If you spent $40 on assorted dried fruits and made up your own baskets, you could probably make four of five baskets of fruit of better quality than this. It's not that this basket is bad, but it just wasn't worth $40. I's say $15, tops.

Please see my photos of the actual item and the label to see for yourself.
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on December 2, 2011
I bought this during the lightning deals specials and thought it would make a nice snack tray for everyone to pick at instead of eating junk. I was rather disappointed when I read the ingredients and found that the fruit not only has fake color (I'm allergic to Red 40) but is also injected with High Fructose Corn Syrup. Why do manufacturers constantly seem to seek out new ways to ruin something that should be good? Overall, the pineapples (and cherries, according to my kids) are too sweet and taste a little wrong, but I'm pretty happy with the figs and apricots.
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on November 29, 2011
The actual package received is not at all as shown in the product picture. This seriously reduces the value.

Beware the other Black Friday or Cyber Monday savings from this company.

Shame on Amazon for kicking off the holiday season with this bait and switch.

I'm happy with Amazon 95% of the time. They missed on this one.

Postscript: Amazon refunded a large enough portion of the purchase price to satisfy me. Kudos for their honorable response.
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on December 17, 2014
My daughter bought this for me as a gift. It looks nice but, the advertising is very misleading. This "basket" is 1-1/8" deep. Further down in the advertisement, they more honestly refer to the so-called "basket" as a "tray".

The contents are noted on the product page to include apples, pears, peaches, and figs. However, none of these are included in the package. Instead they have been replaced with extra prunes. This should be called the senior citizen special. They claim "This 2 lb. 12 oz. tray contains a gourmet assortment of succulant dried fruit from the fertile California valley." However, on the package they state, the fruits come from The Philippines, Thailand, Turkey and last but not least, the USA (in that order). I guess, one of those dates actually came came California.

The quality of the fruit leaves much to be desired. The apricots come in two styles, soft and mushy darker orange colored, and hard and dried out, the lighter colored ones. The figs you see and everything outside of them are where you find nothing but prunes. The cherries have virtually no flavor. The so-called rolled dates will make you wonder what you just placed in your mouth. The little yellowish white items packed between the cherries are of an unknown origin. They might be a by-product from the manufacture of some petroleum product.

All in all, do yourself a favor and don't waste your money on this product. Don't just take my word for it. Read the first couple of reviews. I see the same complaints have been rolling in for a couple of years yet, Amazon continues to sell this product.
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on September 21, 2013
More cons than pros here. The only pro I have about this basket is that the coconut date rolls were tasty, but the con is that I wish there were more of them because the rest of the basket was disappointing. I ordered this basket 2 weeks before Father's day to assure I would get it in time, but it never came and Father's day passed. I let Amazon know and they quickly resubmitted my order with next day shipping. As soon as it arrived my family tore into it.

The basket did not look like the one pictured. The fruit was arranged differently and the regular dried dates dominated. The date to other fruit ratio was way off. The picture shows only a few dates, but I promise you that they are the main fruit on the platter. The peaches were delicious, but only a few of them. The apricots were OK but kind of tough to chew. The cherries are more like bits of candy since they are 99% sugar and dye.

I definitely won't be buying any of these dried fruit baskets again.
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on January 26, 2012
Hate to give a gift that turns bad...and this was horrible. The absolute worst fruit. I tried this and the only thing that was decent were the apricots and pineapple rings.
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on December 31, 2013
I bought this as a gift. The gift was beautiful to look at and the fruit was juicy not dry and chewy. Th recipient of the gift is still enjoying it. I would buy this again and serve it during the holidays to my guests.
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on February 22, 2014
I bought this basket of fruit for myself at Christmas time. Some of the reviews said the baskets arrived looking pretty sad but I figured I could accept that if the fruit was good. Well, my basket looked really nice and the fruit was good. I am particularly fond of dates and pineapple. The dates were all soft and chewy. The pineapple was sweet and tender. The rest of the fruit was just a bonus.
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on December 28, 2009
I ordered this dried fruit selection as a Chanukah gift for my mother. She loved it. Her gift was well packed and arrived (after a serveral day delay due to mishandling by USPS) in perfect condition. The fruit quality was excellent. She and her friends have really enjoyed it.
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on November 1, 2010
This is the second time I've sent this assortment as a gift and both recipients (one age 20 and one age 50) raved about the beautiful arrangement and the delicious taste of each and every piece of fruit. Both times the present was shipped promptly and arrived exactly on time as promised and in excellent condition.
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