Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Review: 180 Snacks Cranberry Pomegranate Trail Mix Crunch

The delightful and magical time known as company-provided snack time it me again at the office recently and the treat of choice on this day was this single serving size bag of 180 Snacks Cranberry Pomegranate Trail Mix Crunch.  I'm sure the company picked this up as part of a megabox from Costco or some wholesaler, so I don't have a price.  What I do have is that this bag came in at 1.25 ounces and had 150 calories per serving.  In a tricky math switcheroo, this 1.25 ounce bag was actually 1.25 servings.  That means that the bag was roughly 188 calories.  I've obviously seen packaging with multiple servings before, I don't think I've ever seen something this small packaged so specially with multiple servings before.  There's a first time for everything, I guess.

As you can see from my picture above, this bag is pretty much full of tightly back cubes that contain each of the ingredients.  Within each of these cubs are a trio of large and easily visible nuts (almonds, cashews, pistachios) along with some dried cranberries.  There's a variety of dry ingredients, including sea salt and the named pomegranates which reveal themselves as a powder.  That's another new one for me.  I've seen pomegranates in the raw, I've seen them dried and I've seen products with pomegranate juice in them to bring that flavor.  I have never (knowingly) seen pomegranate powder before.  We are breaking all sort of records here, aren't we?  Anyway, these cubes had both a sweet and nutty smell, so I was ready to dive in.

After taking my first crunchy bite, I was trying to think of something to compare the texture of this too and I would say it was almost like a peanut brittle in how it felt in my mouth.  It was crunchy, but it was a snappy crunch.  The nuts all had great flavor, albeit salty, which was clearly helped out by the presence of sea salt in the mix.  At first, the berry flavors were extremely mild and only moderately sweet, but once I chewed through this and swallowed, the remnants of the berries stayed in my mouth and almost became a bit tooth-rattling in how overly sweet and tart they had become.  It bordered on extreme.  After that flavor sat in my mouth a bit, it was overcome by a late arriving salty-flavored addition which re-appeared after its initial punch when I still had the cube in my mouth.  It truly was amazing how this small cube just vacillated between sweet and salty several times over.

Buy It or Fly By It?  If you are a big sweet and salty person, this is right up your alley.  I'm not a huge sweet and salty person, but I am a monster crunch person, so because of that crunchy characteristic along with some decent flavoring, I give this a BUY IT rating.  This was a good pickup by my company for snack time and I think it would be a good pick up for you if you were looking for a snack as well.


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