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Emerald Breakfast On The Go! – S’mores Nut Blend

Posted in Confectionaries, Nuts

I am constantly searching for on the go breakfast food that I find somewhat enjoyable. Sure it is easy to grab a Poptart or a bagel, but I like to switch things up a bit. Being the chocolate lover that I am, I was pretty excited when I spotted these on the shelves at my local SaveMart. As I have mentioned in a few previous posts, almonds haven’t always been my favorite, but cocoa roasted? YES PLEASE.

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This mixture is comprised of the following items:

  • cocoa roasted almonds
  • chocolate candies
  • coconut flakes
  • granola bites
  • “marshmallows”
  • honey roasted peanuts
  • graham squares

For 100 calories you get a pretty nice sized baggie of treats. The cocoa roasted almonds have a nice subtle chocolate flavor to them. The chocolate candies taste kind of like a M&M knock off that you would find in most generic store trail mixes. I’m not overly sure where the coconut flakes fit into this mixture but they are okay. I could live without them. The granola bites are pretty good, it has a nice honey flavoring that compliments the rest of the mix.

I am not sure what the marshmallows are. They have the consistency of Play-Doh, but taste good – not at all what I would expect from a marshmallow. The honey roasted peanuts are probably one of my favorite parts. They are exceptionally generous with the candy coating on the outside. The graham squares tie the whole mix together but occasionally can be a bit hard. (That’s what she said)

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Texture: 3/5 – The overall texture of the mix is okay. I tend to be a bit OCD and eat all of each individual item at a time. My least favorite of the mix is the coconut, its like eating a pencil shaving (which I have never done, so it might not be like eating a pencil shaving)
Smell: 5/5 – This mix has a nice nutty, sweet, slightly chocolaty smell to it.
Appearance: 3/5 – This isn’t the prettiest of mixes out there, but it gets the job done.
Taste: 4/5 – I really enjoy this breakfast mix. It is something that I would buy over and over again to add to my morning rotation. Sometimes you really crave the sweetness factor, and this blend does it well without feeling like you ate a spoonful of sugar.

December 5, 2012
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Limited Edition Chex Mix – Cocoa

Posted in Chips, Confectionaries

Evening friends! Hope you all enjoyed my holiday pie from McDonald’s earlier. I’m tellin’ you – they do everything they can to make them the least appealing as possible – but it was delicious. Yesterday while at Walmart I picked up a bag of the Limited Edition Chex Mix – Cocoa flavor. While walking around I was contemplating how this would taste any different than some of the elements of the Turtle Chex Mix and the Dark Chocolate Chex Mix. I am not overly sure where everyone is getting the idea to release Cocoa flavored items – isn’t that just fancy pants chocolate?

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Over on The Impulsive Buy, I griped that companies are making limited edition bags of snacks in THE BIGGEST BAG EVER. This can be a double edge sword. On one hand – if the snack really sucks, you’re not only stuck with the remainder, but most likely enough to feed a small army. On the other hand – if it is really good, then you have more to eat while reviewing your life choices as you consume the entire bag wondering where it all went wrong. I kid. This bag is no exception. I can only assume that they figured that people would be putting this out at a party and would like to have a sizable amount for their guests.

When I opened the bag, I was greeted with the scent of pure chocolate. After inspecting its contents I poured myself a small bowl to examine more closely. This mix is made up of cinnamon roll shaped grahams, chocolate powder covered Chex and pretzels, white chocolate Chex, and “marshmallows”. I am not really following the cinnamon roll element in this mix, but they are good. The chocolate coated Chex and pretzels were OK, I really wish they would have baked the chocolate into the Chex or coated it with real chocolate instead of some weird cocoa powder. After reviewing the ingredients, I found that the white chocolate Chex actually have a yogurt flavor coating, it tastes like white chocolate to me. I honestly felt like they were the best part of the mix. The marshmallows were like the ones you find in breakfast cereals, and there were TONS of them – literally it looked like you mixed your Chex Mix with a bag of those tiny styrofoam beads. They are crunchy and delicious and sink the to the bottom of the mix so you can eat them all at the end. Saves me the trouble of eating around all of them to save them for last.

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Texture: 3/5 – I know that this is made up of all grains and flour, and what not, but this mix is SO DRY. Pretty much all Chex Mix are, but good grief, my jaw was getting tired from chewing. Treat yourself to a beverage while eating this, you’ll need it.

Smell: 4/5 – The chocolate smell was very apparent when opening the bag – but it did not smell like a cup of hot cocoa.

Appearance: 2/5 – The brown powered chocolate all over the place made it look like it was more like Limited Edition Chex Mix – Dirt, than anything else.

Taste: 3.5/5 – Overall, this mix is pretty tasty, but its nothing to write home about. If I had to choose one of the Limited Edition Chex Mix flavors for my holiday party, I can’t say I would go to this one as my first choice. I enjoyed it, but I wouldn’t buy it again – as I can get the Dark Chocolate version and be just as satisfied  (and I get little red chocolates in it!)

November 10, 2012
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3 Musketeers – Hot Cocoa & Marshmallows

Posted in Candy

Good evening everyone! Did you all remember to set your clocks back (if you’re in an area that does this antiquated tradition)? Despite the “extra” hour of sleep, I for one am beat and could doze off right now. It doesn’t help that its not even 6pm yet an darker than dark outside.

When I was a kid, my favorite candy was a tie between 3 Musketeers and 100 Grand. I can no longer stomach the thought of eating a 100 Grand due to overkill but every now and then when the mood strikes me, I’ll go for a 3 Musketeers. I especially liked the mint flavor that they came out with and sadly the coconut flavor was a bit of a let down. There is only so much you can do with a flavor pallet of chocolate and nougat, but I appreciate that they are trying to stay in the snack food game by introducing new flavors.

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Holiday candy is all over the place in various stores. It was like Halloween had never happened. I was a bit surprised to see these when the snack fairy brought them home, because isn’t the flavoring of a 3 Musketeers kind of like a hot chocolate already? I had to give them a try regardless.

I had to eat a couple to form a decent opinion, honestly if you told me that these were regular 3 Musketeers minis in holiday wrappers, I’d believe you. There is nothing that really sets these apart from its predecessor. The only difference I could taste was a slight change in the flavor of the chocolate. It tasted a bit like they mixed the powder from a package of Swiss Miss into the chocolate when they made it, pat themselves on the back for coming up with a new flavor, and called it a day.

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Texture: 3/5 – The chocolate on these seemed a little more gooey than a regular 3 Musketeers. Not good for stealth chocolate eats.

Smell: 5/5 – The smell of these candies is of a delicious chocolate treat.

Appearance: 4/5 – They look nice. Nice enough to eat. I got nothin’.

Taste: 2/5 – This rating is based solely on how they execute the hot cocoa and marshmallow flavor. I think it falls rather short. They are good but nothing spectacular. Put them in your candy dish at work.

November 4, 2012
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Emerald Sweet & Salty Nut Mix – Peanut Butter & Jelly and Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter

Posted in Nuts

Good evening foodies! I do apologize for the late post today, but I was out at the biggest Halloween party in Sacramento last night as part of the medical staff on hand, and didn’t roll into bed until 4:30 this morning. To add insult to injury, I woke up with a lovely migraine to boot. Luckily I’m feeling better and can bring you a brand spankin’ new review.

Apparently it was go nuts week with nut manufacturers. This week I have sampled more flavors of nuts that I have ever tasted in my entire life. This is starting to sound pornographic. Anywho, I knew I had to try the Dark Chocolate and Peanut Butter and Peanut Butter & Jelly Sweet & Salty mixes from Emerald because I know they are destined for the clearance aisles. I have been a cashew lover my whole life, followed closely by my love of peanuts. It wasn’t until this past year that I started to enjoy almonds, and I must admit, pecans are not so tasty in my book. It wasn’t until I got to my car after picking these up at Target that I noticed that the Dark Chocolate & Peanut Butter mix had pecans in it. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous about trying the pecans. But what would a review be if I skipped over part of it?!

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First up are the Peanut Butter & Jelly. I definitely had my apprehensions about this flavor. The picture of the fruit coated almond on the front looked more gelatinous than coated, which I was convinced I was going to be bitting some sort squishy coated almond. Yuck. I also thought for sure that the regular almonds in the mix would have the peanut butter flavor incorporated, but they did not. There are 3 different nuts in this mix:

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• Honey Roasted Peanuts – I LOVE honey roasted peanuts, especially the Frito-Lay brand that you can get 2/$1. I was excited to try the peanuts in this mix but honestly I missed the honey roasted taste. If anything they were just candied and brought a little sweetness to the peanut flavor.

• Plain Almonds – I thought for sure that the plain almonds would be where Emerald brought in the salty factor, but they were completely plain. I’m not overly sure what their purpose in this mix was supposed to serve. If I want plain almonds, I will just buy them.

• Fruit Coated Almonds – The moment of truth, fruit coated almonds. They actually had a hard candy exterior, not a jelly like one that I was concerned about. The first one I tasted was not good. I tried a few more and decided I thought they were rather uninspiring. I feel the fruit flavor is really lacking and all you get is a crunch from the candy and a mild tart flavor from what I’m assuming is raspberry.

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One of these things is not like the other!

Now for an entire handful all together. Meh. I can see what they are trying to do, but I feel like they fell a little short. Better luck next time with these, Emerald.

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Now onto the Dark Chocolate & Peanut Butter Sweet & Salty mix. This flavor profile seemed a lot safer than the other. Honestly I think Emerald should have lead with this one, then introduced the PB&J later, like some sort of series. Peanut butter and chocolate were meant for each other, I don’t care what anyone says. These also contain 3 different nuts.

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• Honey Roasted Peanuts – see above! 🙂 Though I feel that they work better in this mix.

• Peanut Butter Pecans – The flavoring on these are a bit inconsistent. They taste like candied brown sugar and peanut butter. They are SO delicious.

• Dark Chocolate Almonds – These are chocolate roasted vs. coated. The chocolate flavoring is subtle but good.

A handful of all of these together are rather tasty. I opted to have them as dessert tonight, that’s how yummy they are.

Texture: 4/5 – The coatings on the nuts add a nice crunch to the mixture.

Smell: 3/5 – Neither of these have a very strong smell upon opening.

Appearance: 2/4: – The coated nuts look nothing like the pictures on the outside of the container. They aren’t the most appealing looking.

Taste: 3.5/5 – The PB&J flavor is lack luster. I wouldn’t buy these again. The chocolate peanut butter flavor on the other hand are completely addicting. Yum!

October 28, 2012
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