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Shar Snacks Trail Mix
|6' 4" (193 cm)
|230 lbs (105 kg)
|kwpapke (at) gmail (dot) com
|City, State, Country:
|Tucson, Arizona USA
|4.5 oz (128 g)
6 packages were supplied for testing
|Country of manufacture
|4.9 oz (139 g) total weight with packaging and carabiner
|Plastic packaging, almonds, pecans, pistachios, dark
chocolate, cranberries, cherries, cashews, wild blueberries,
Also includes evaporated cane juice (sugar), and sunflower oil.
This trail mix looks and sounds pretty delicious and filling. I can't wait to get out on the trail and tear into a package.
|September 1-8, 2018
|Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness near
|Our base camp was about a 12 mile (19 km)
paddle from the drop-off point. We paddled several
hours each day in pursuit of fish and scenery.
|About 420 ft
Sunny several days, all day rain one day
|October 4-6, 2018
|Long Valley campgrounds near Payson, Arizona
National Scenic Trail
|1.3 miles (2.1 km)
Sunny and clear
|October 22-25, 2018
|Gila Wilderness in Western New Mexico
|24 miles (39 km)
Rain and more rain
This was an 8-day/7-night canoe expedition into the wilderness of northern Minnesota right near the Canadian border. I took three packages of the trail mix with me and demolished them all, with some assistance from the other seven paddlers.
This stuff is dang tasty. There is a "clean" flavor and aroma to it that I have not experienced in a trail mix before. I don't know if it's the freshness of the ingredients, but it's a real treat. I really like the pecans in the mix, they really add a nice crunch and flavor. The blueberries are exceptionally flavorful - they actually taste like real blueberries. The only issue I had with it was if I left a bag out in the sun the chocolate had a tendency to melt. I understand the goal to have pure chocolate in the mix, but a candy-coating, like an M&M, might be prudent.
I shared the snacks with my fellow paddlers and they judged it "excellent".
This was an annual weekend get-together of the hammock aficionados of the desert southwest held at a campsite on the Mogollon Rim just north of Payson, Arizona. We do a bit of hiking, but the main activity is consumption of adult beverages and eating massive quantities of grilled meat.
I took a package of the Shar mix on our one hike along the Arizona National Scenic trail, descending down the Rim to an attempt at making a railroad tunnel in the last century. I was a bit ahead of my fellow hikers, and lunchtime was nigh, so I managed to consume a half-bag of the snack mix as shown in the photo at left. FWIW, I find that half a bag is just right for a snack, and since I typically have two snacks per day on the trail, one whole bag is perfect.
I enjoyed partaking of the Shar snack mix for the last few months. It is delicious and I felt healthy somehow eating it. It can be hard to get fruit into the diet on the trail, and the cherries and blueberries in the mix were a welcome addition to my normal trail diet.
The weak link in the mix is the chocolate chips: they melt in the
heat, and it eventually "bloomed" in the unopened package. I
guess there's a reason why so many trail mixes use M&M's or
their equivalent as they don't melt and if the chocolate blooms
inside the candy coating it is not visible. I also think the
mix could do with a bit lighter packaging: use a lightweight bag
and lose the carabiner. When I was carrying 3-4 bags of the
stuff I thought the overall weight was a bit on the high side.