freeze dried fruits are always more expensive than traditionally dried fruits. not only is more water removed, rendering them lighter and more concentrated, also the proccess is more expensive than traditional fruit drying. the texture is different, and much easier for infants to deal with. the fruit has a pouros texture due to having the water removed while frozen, mainting the structure of the fruit. It is not chewy or spoungy. this is a great diaper bag emergency snack because it will last forever untill it is opened but be warned, once it is opened it will absorbe water quickly and lose its freeze dried appeal if it is not eaten in a day or two, even if resealed.
TL;DR: this is a good product for todlers, but at this price only buy if you have free shipping.