Product Review/A Love Story: Archer Farms’ Peanut Butter Chocolate Overload Trail Mix

I couldn’t be more excited about Crunchy For Me’s first non-peanut butter product review.  I could lie and tell you that it was tough deciding what to feature for this review, but, as an eBay buyer once described me, I’m “[h]onest with integrity.”  Well before my first blog post, I knew this review had to feature Archer Farms’ milk-chocolate covered cereal squares.

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This is the Tickle Me Elmo of your post-Easter Target shopping.  If you see one, GET IT!

You’re probably a little puzzled right now.  After all, a package of trail mix is the featured picture, and all of the other pictures include more than the milk-chocolate covered cereal squares.  I’ll get to those other ingredients in a minute, but let me wax poetic and reminisce about the winter of 2010, or, as I more fondly remember it, the winder of a thousand Archer Farms milk-chocolate cereal squares.

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So much chocolate, so much peanut butter, so much deliciousness!

Now, I have my wonderful wife to thank for putting me onto Target, which is now, without a doubt, my favorite store.  The best time of year to shop at Target is in the winter because of their consistently awesome holiday section.  In 2010, I was lucky enough to discover Archer Farms milk-chocolate cereal squares.  Now, in 2010 and a couple of years thereafter, Archer Farms sold bags of this gold without any of the other ingredients you see pictured.  The packages were about the same size of this trail mix, and inside each package were cereal squares covered in the perfect ratio of milk chocolate, peanut butter, and powdered sugar.  And that’s what separates Archer Farms’ milk-chocolate cereal squares apart from every other variation of puppy chow, monkey munch, muddy buddies, muddy munch, or reindeer chow that you’ll find in stores.  (NOTE: “Monkey munch” and “reindeer chow” are new to me, but I guess expanding your snack vocabulary is one of the great services Wikipedia provides.)  For example, I’ve tried Chex’s Muddy Buddies, and they’re just not the same — they contain very little peanut butter and too much powdered sugar, creating a bittersweet taste.  Contrast that with Archer Farms’ product, which still has a lot of powdered sugar, but there’s a lot more peanut butter to balance this out.  The end product is a milk-chocolate cereal square where the powdered sugar plays more of a complementary role.  (Think Toni Kukoč to peanut butter’s Michael Jordan.  The milk chocolate is Scottie Pippen in this analogy, obviously.)  It’s almost as if Archer Farms commissioned the Keebler Elves to work their elven magic and coat each cereal square in the perfect amount of peanut butter.

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A necessary close-up.  Look at how the chocolate, peanut butter, and powdered sugar magically cling to each cereal square.  Kudos, Archer Farms.

While the milk chocolate cereal squares steal the show, Archer Farms did a wonderful job of selecting other ingredients for this trail mix.  The peanut butter cups, peanuts, chocolate chips, and peanut butter chips create a wonderful sweet and savory trail mix, which tilts more to the sweet side.  It’s impossible to eat just a few handfuls of this stuff, and I admittedly find myself going through at least a third of the bag in each sitting.  (NOTE: The serving size is five.)  The only change I’d recommend to Archer Farms is to alter the peanut butter-to-chocolate ratio in the peanut butter cups, which contain just a little more chocolate than we’re accustomed to.  Otherwise, this is by far my favorite trail mix, and I’m sad to see Archer Farms limit it to just the spring.

Have you tried Archer Farms’ Peanut Butter Chocolate Overload Trail Mix?  What’s your favorite trail mix?  Do you have a great muddy buddy recipe?  Leave a comment below!

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