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My family has been camping for years. I find it to be a healing experience, getting away from crowds and out into nature. Setting up a tent, cooking over a portable grill, and sitting by a campfire make for great memories.
But it’s work, too. Setting up a tent involves labor, as does taking it down. Between the lifting, the walking, the hiking, and everything else, I tend to get a lot of moderate exercise. For that reason, having easy snack food around is helpful.
Trail mix is a personal favorite. It’s both salty and sweet, with nuts that fill up me up and a few raisins and pieces of chocolate as a bonus. I can get trail mix from a lot of grocers and box stores, including Aldi. What I only recently learned is that Dollar Tree not only sells trail mix, but that it’s something out of its own house brand.
Island Choice Dollar Tree Mountain Trail Mix is a Dollar Tree exclusive. You can find it among the other room temperature foods on store shelves. It comes in a 5-ounce bag and costs $1.25. That comes out to exactly 25 cents an ounce. For comparison, Walmart’s Great Value Mountain Trail Mix, which comes in a 26 ounce bag, costs 23 cents an ounce.
The bag boasts that it is “a blend of peanuts, raisins, M&M’s milk chocolate candies, almonds, and cashews.” One bag has about 4 servings. Nutritionally, each 1/4 cup serving has 150 calories, 9 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat, 55 milligrams of cholesterol, and 15 grams of carbs, including 11 grams of total sugars and 3 grams of added sugars.
The allergen list, unsurprisingly, is quite long: it contains tree nuts (almonds, cashews), milk, soy, and peanuts. In addition, it was manufactured in a facility that processes peanuts, tree nuts, milk, soy, wheat, eggs, and sesame. And it “may contain pits, shell pieces, or other naturally occurring objects.”
I have to say that I was a little surprised that a Dollar Tree generic trail mix would have name brand M&M’s. I was doubly surprised when I saw said M&M’s, which have no iconic Ms printed on them and look a little lackluster in the coloring department. We joked that they might have been rejected M&M’s. We were only half-kidding.
All in all, though, we were pleasantly surprised. I like trail mix, and this is a really decent trail mix. It’s got a nice blend of nuts, raisins, and chocolates that hits that trail mix note. It might have a smaller proportion of cashews and almonds compared to some mixes, but they’re there. It’s a tasty blend.
I found Dollar Tree’s mountain trail mix to be a pleasant surprise. It’s a good blend of nuts, raisins, and (brand-name!) chocolate. And while the cashew and almond count might be a little light and the M&M’s aren’t the prettiest, the mix still delivers. What’s more, both the total price and the per ounce price are competitively low. This is worth a look if you need a small bag of trail mix.