Cuties® Offers Sweet Valentine’s Treat Alternatives

Give your loved ones something they love, but with no added sugar

PASADENA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–If you are looking for an alternative to all those sugary treats this
Valentine’s Day, Cuties – American’s most preferred fresh fruit brand –
is offering up some sweet-as-candy ideas sure to please your little

Cutting back on sugar is an increasing goal for many Americans,
particularly in light of the new
U.S. government recommendations
encouraging limiting intake of added
sugars to less than 10 percent of daily calories. A recent Reuters/Ipsos
showed that 58 percent of U.S. adults report trying to limit
sugar in their diets in the last month.

That’s why Cuties partnered with parenting and health bloggers to create
unique Valentine’s Day recipes, tips, and crafts that are #SweetAsCandy.
These fun ideas can help start new traditions that include thoughtfully
gifting a different kind of sweet, without all the added sugar. Swapping
candy for fresh fruit helps satisfy candy cravings, because it is
naturally sweet, but also provide fiber that helps you feel full, along
with essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Try these fun ways to naturally sweeten up this Valentine’s Day
developed by some of our favorite experts:

  • Send your little Valentines to the classroom with Cuties
    instead of candy. Cuties are an allergy-friendly treat every kid can
    enjoy. Lady and The Blog shows
    you how to make your own
    and A Helicopter Mom offers
    adorable free
    Valentine’s card printables
    . Drop Cuties in a cellophane bag, tie
    with a bow and include a store-bought or personalized Valentine card
    tied to the bag.
  • A heart shaped box of chocolates is expected. Go for the unexpected
    with a heart shaped box of sweet-as-candy Cuties or arrange your
    families favorite fresh
    fruits in a heart shape on a pretty platter
    , like this one from
    blogger Mom Endeavors to serve as a study-time snack, or
    post-workout treat.
  • Indulge a little, while still being sugar conscious, with this
    popular and irresistible dark-chocolate
    dipped Cuties and sorbet recipe
    created by Super Healthy Kids.
  • Refresh your kids’ morning with a Cuties
    , like this one from Dear Crissy or these raspberry/clementine
    yogurt cups
    from Healthy Seasonal Recipes, to go along with
    a few verbal reminders of why you think your kid is great. Your kids
    will get an energy kick from the Vitamin C and an endorphin boost from
    the confidence-building praise.

Search #SweetAsCandy on Facebook or Twitter to find additional tips,
recipes and crafts to inspire your family’s new sweet-swapping
Valentine’s Day tradition.

About Cuties
Cuties, grown by Sun Pacific, are America’s
favorite fresh fruit brand and most preferred brand of mandarins.
Headquartered in Pasadena, California, Sun Pacific pioneered Cuties
California grown mandarins in the early 2000s and continues to expand
their growing to meet consumer demand for Cuties. One Cuties® clementine
has about 45 calories, 1 gram of protein, 18 grams of natural sugar and
is loaded with 280 mg of potassium, 3 grams of dietary fiber, and no
fat. For more information visit
or visit
and follow on Twitter at @CutiesCitrus


For Cuties
Kathleen Al-Marhoon, 402-968-0517