Wednesday, March 23, 2011

ChocolateBet: March 23, 2011

Chocolate(s) of the Day:

1 package
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (distributed by)
Great Value Indulgent Trail Mix
Good - Good+
Weight: 2 oz. (57 g.) (sold in package of 8)
Calories: 300 calories in 1 package
Cost: $ --
Purchased from: Wal-Mart, in American Canyon, CA

Today was Day #6 of Chocolate and Nut Theme Week. Some school friends and I used to make our own trail mix. Many interesting things were thrown into a bag, without any measuring. But, the common denominator in my trail mixes seemed to be nuts and chocolate-containing items, and dried apricots (since they were grown locally and widely available).

Now pre-packaged trail mixes are easy to find, such as today's Great Value Indulgent Trail Mix, that contained "white chocolatey" drops, chocolate drops, peanut butter drops, almonds, peanuts, cashews, golden raisins and cranberries.  I found these at a Wal-Mart, while I was out taking a hike on the San Francisco Bay Trail a few months back. There were 8 small bags packaged together in a cardboard box, plenty to last for several hikes, with enough leftover to pour into a cocktail glass and enjoy later.

I also tried a second mix. Details below.

1 serving
Trader Joe's (distributed by)
Nuts About Raspberries and Chocolate Trek Mix
Good +
Weight: 1.1 oz. (30 g.) serving/ 12 oz. (340 g.) total bag
Calories: 150 calories in 1 serving
Cost: $3.99 total bag
Purchased from: Trader Joe's in Mountain View, CA

Later in the day, I enjoyed 1 serving (see second cocktail glass) of Nuts About Raspberries and Chocolate Trek Mix, distributed by Trader Joe's. This bag of (Kosher) mix contained peanuts, almonds, raspberries, and Belgian chocolate chips. It was not quite as sweet (or caloric); and it was quite good.

So, whether you are trekking, hitting a trail somewhere, or just relaxing, I hope you enjoy whatever mix you're in.

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