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Planters Snack Mix – Bold, Original, and Sweet & Salty

Hello hello! The weather here in Northern California has been rainy and windy and has done nothing more than make me want to stay in bed all day. When I woke up this morning and saw a text from my boss telling me not to come in today, I did what any girl would do in my situation. I curled back up in bed and cat napped my day away watching Private Practice on Netflix.

I’ve had this Planters Snack Mix in my stash for quite some time, but it kept getting bumped by various holiday treats. Please enjoy this 3 part rainy day review.

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I started with the Bold flavor. The mix consists of wheat squares, almonds, peanuts, sesame sticks, small bread cracker crouton things (scientific term), pretzels, and Corn Nuts? Sadly because Planters is late to the snack mix game, I couldn’t help but subconsciously compare these to Chex Mix. The flavor was mostly smoky, slightly spicy, and salty. I could not put my finger on exactly what flavors make up this mix but it wasn’t too bad. I however remember how much I do not like Corn Nuts. I have been spoiled by Blue Diamond and Emerald by their giant almonds as the ones in this mix were barely bigger than their peanut counterpart.

Next up was the Original flavor. What is Original flavor anyways? Upon first bite, it didn’t taste like the mix had any seasoning at all. After giving the bag a little shake, I noticed that it had a little salt to it but not much more. This mix also ditched the Corn Nuts. I wish that there was a more equal mix of ingredients, as this mix was mostly comprised of those little mini toast deals (also a scientific term). It was okay, if you only wanted a handful, past that its rather bland.

Lastly, the Sweet & Salty mix. This was made up of the same components as the Original mix. In fact, I think they just took the Original mix and dumped a huge helping of sugar and a little bit of cinnamon on it. Sadly the salty part of this duo has gone into hiding. I also did not like the sesame sticks in this mix coated with the sugar mixture. Not tasty at all.

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Texture:

  • Bold: 3/5 – Because all of the elements in this mix are crunchy, it makes for a nice snacking experience. The flavoring does not add anything to the texture.
  • Original: 3/5 – (see above)
  • Sweet & Salty: 3/5 – (see above)

Smell:

  • Bold: 3/5 – You can definitely smell the slight spiciness when you open the bag.
  • Original: 1/5 – The bag was practically devoid of any sort of smell, it was weird.
  • Sweet & Salty: 3/5 – There was a hint of sweetness to the bag when opened.

Appearance:

  • Bold: 3/5 – The Bold offering was covered in little black specks of flavoring, which would almost lead you to believe that it is peppery, which it is not.
  • Original: 2/5 – Nothing special about the Original flavor, all of the elements looked like they were in their raw form.
  • Sweet & Salty: 3/5 – On the Sweet & Salty mix, you could see the white specks covering the majority of the mix, which one can only assume was some sort of sugar type material. I hope.

Taste:

  • Bold: 2/5 – I did not overly enjoy the flavor chosen for the Bold mixture. The only way I could describe it would be that it kind of tastes like how BO smells. Yep, that good.
  • Original: 2.5/5 – The Original mix mostly tasted like you took all of the ingredients and poured them together, sprinkled a little salt and called it a day. It is not bad, but it is not spectacular. If you are looking for something with flavor, go for a bag of regular Chex Mix instead.
  • Sweet & Salty: 2.5/5 – Despite my love for overly sweet things, this mix does it in all the wrong ways. I especially did not care for the sesame sticks (in any of the mixes but in this one mostly) as they just tasted like greasy sweet… things. This mix may be somewhat redeemable if you combined it with the Original flavor.

If I had to rate these in order of enjoyment, 1. Original 2. Sweet & Salty 3. Bold

November 30, 2012
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Blue Diamond Almonds – Bold Lime ‘n Chili

Posted in Nuts

Happy Thanksgiving Eve Eve… if that’s even a thing. Are you guys as excited about Thanksgiving dinner as I am? I honestly feel like a kid counting down to Christmas. I think its because I am longing for a home cooked meal like no other.

Tonight I gave these Blue Diamond Almonds – Bold Lime n’ Chili a go. I am not overly sure what prompted me to grab these from my stash, as I already felt like I was breathing fire from the Tapatio smothered tacos I had at lunch today. And if you don’t love Tapatio, well, I don’t know what’s wrong with you.

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I mentioned a while back that almonds and I have not always been friends. There was just something about them that I could not palate. I don’t know if it was the pointy ends, the weird skin or the texture, but it wasn’t until this year that I decided that almonds and I could give it another go. Now I am slightly obsessed. I enjoy spicy foods or foods with bold flavors. I also really enjoy lime flavored things, so these almonds seemed right up my alley. These were picked up at Walgreen’s on a late night snack run, and ran a whopping $4.00 for this measly tin.

Upon popping the tin open, I was immediately slapped in the face with the lime smell. There was also no shortage of flavor coating on these bad boys. I popped a few in my mouth and instantly tasted the lime, but where was the chili? The chili flavoring in these is rather subdued and honestly only brings a smidgen of heat to the almond. The lime however is very bold and is a nice compliment to the almond flavor. I was expecting more of a spice with these due to the mass quantity of visible flavoring, but honestly all I could taste was lime.

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Texture: 4/5 – These almonds have the standard texture that we are all used to. The flavor coating on the outside dissolves immediately in your mouth, which does not leave a gritty taste like I would have expected it to.

Smell: 4/5 – The lime flavoring is very pungent upon opening the tin of almonds. They smell delicious but sadly the smell is stronger than the taste.

Appearance: 3/5 – You definitely know what you’re getting into by the looks of these almonds. But at the same time, they also look like you maybe dropped them under the refrigerator and put them back in the tin. You decide.

Taste: 3.5/5 – These almonds were tasty, but they were not outstanding. I was really hoping for more heat from the chili, but was honestly just met with a lime almond, which is a combination that I would have never would have thought would work. They are good, and would be nice as a change up kind of snack in your desk drawer. The flavor is rather dominating which would keep me from consuming the entire thing. (Unlike the Cinnamon Roast AlmondsYUM!)

November 20, 2012
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