As far as my wife is concerned, going on a trip anywhere in the car is an occasion to eat snacks. If there are no snacks, it will be a very unpleasant situation for all involved. I kept that fact in mind as I was planning our latest trip, a five-hour car trip to visit family in Toronto. On my last visit to Costco before leaving, I picked up a bag of Kirkland Signature Trail Mix, for $12.99. Here are our impressions.
As you can see from the picture of the bag, as well as that of the ingredients (just below), the ingredients are peanuts, M&M- brand candies, raisins, almonds and cashews, in that order. I find it quite impressive that the M&Ms are so far up the list, in other brands they are few and far between .
Of course, when you put raisins, almonds and cashews in your trail mix, it’s no surprise that M&Ms come out as just about the cheapest ingredient, and you put a lot in. That says a lot about other brands, where M&Ms are rare.
The Kirkland Signature Trail Mix boasts an almost perfect balance of sweet and salty components. The sweet M&Ms and raisins are nicely balanced by the salty peanuts, almonds and cashews, and I can assure you that they are easy to eat by the handful.
When it comes to nutrition, I must admit that I am a little annoyed. The bag is labeled in weight – 1.36 kilograms – while the nutrition information is calculated by volume, in milliliters. Have a look at the fact sheet. There is no comfortable way of calculating how many servings are in a bag, short of measuring out the number of cups of Trail Mix are in the bag, and multiplying by 3. Let’s say that I eat this in 100-gram portions, which means that there are 13.6 portions per bag, and each of them costs 95 cents.
What I can absolutely share with you, is that 1/3 of a cup really isn’t that much, and I can easily eat several servings in one go. That’s kind of the point of driving food. The good news is that you’ll get 9 grams of proteins per serving, and there are no trans fats in Costco’s Trail Mix. Also, there is surprisingly little salt, considering the ingredients list.
The bad news is that there is plenty of both fat and sugar, which is great if you’re out there hiking it out on the trail, not so awesome when you’re driving a minivan full of wife and kids and luggage and noise.
Overall, I would gladly recommend Costco’s Kirkland Signature Trail Mix. Despite its lack of candied fruits, which are a personal favorite, it is composed of expensive, quality ingredients, just as you would expect from any Kirkland Signature products, and it’s made in the USA. You can buy and eat this with confidence!