Sunday, July 18, 2010
Review: Enjoy Life Nut-Free Trail Mix
These trail mixes rely on seeds instead of nuts for their crunch and protein, and like all Enjoy Life products, are made in dedicated nut-free and gluten-free facility. It's so awesome to be able to have a reliable manufacturer committed to allergy issues! (Case in point: the packaging says "no nuts, no dairy, no soy, no gluten, nut and gluten free", "nut free trail mix", has a big blurb on the front of the package noting it's "allergy friendly" AND it says "made in a dedicated facility". THAT, my friends, is committed to food allergy issues!)
There are two varieties of "not nuts!" trail mix: Beach Bash, and Mountain Mambo. I went for the Beach Bash first, here are the ingredients:
Sunflower kernels, dried pineapple, pumpkin seeds, sunflower oil, citric acid, salt, cranberries and apricots.
Most trail mix for me tastes flat, but not Beach Bash. There was a nice blend of crunch, salt and sweetness from the dried fruit (most trail mix I've had underutilizes the salt), but I would have preferred just a bit more of the seeds to add some heft to the mix. (And of course, I removed the apricots since I'm allergic to stone fruits. Luckily they were a pretty vivid orange, and easy to spot.)
The Mountain Mambo I didn't care for as much. The ingredients: sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower oil, citric acid, salt, raisins, apples, chocolate chips, cranberries. And as much as it pains me to say it, there was a bit too much chocolate (yeah, I know!) and it made the whole thing too sweet since it also had three other dried fruits in it.
But in the end, both were great tasting. I would probably only use Beach Bash for my yogurt, and Mountain Mambo for a hand snack or dessert, since it's sweeter. For nut-free people, you should be good to go, since these seeds are processed in a dedicated facility, you won't have to worry about cross-contamination issues.
Dare I say it? ("Say it! Say it!") Okay people, go nuts!
Thanks again to the Enjoy Life folks for asking me to taste their product, and sorry for the delay.