For convenience, taste and nutrition, dried fruit is a sound snack choice. There's a reason raisins were dubbed nature's candy. And craisins -- dried cranberries -- are closing in on the raisin's longstanding popularity. By comparison, dried fruit is easier to deal with than fresh, and you don't have to worry about getting it in season. But that convenience does come at a price: The water in fresh fruit is part of what fills you up, and in terms of nutrients, although dried fruit is pretty much the equal of fresh, the serving size is about halved for the dried version. Furthermore, some dried fruits contain added sugar, so be sure to check the label if you're watching your waistline. And if plain dried fruit isn't particularly tempting, consider some enrobed in rich dark chocolate, which is said to have certain health benefits -- such as lowering cholesterol and blood pressure -- due to the flavonoids it can contain [source: DeNoon].