Every fall, battalions of nutcrackers emerge from hibernation, ready to gather the protein-rich bounty needed to energize their holiday break-dance routines. Find your own season-long strength with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of mixed nuts and custom trail mixes from online retailer My Mixed Nuts.
The brainchild of professional poker player Annie Duke and TV producer Ryan Simpkins, My Mixed Nuts grants health conscious snackers the option to innovate their own bag of trail mix, eliminating the need to selectively nibble around the bits they don't like. Customers can create their own fresh, made-to-order mixes, which are available in a 14-ounce pouch or 20 single-serving bags of 1.5 ounces each, and are priced according to the ingredients chosen. Crop a crunchy mix with an ounce of hickory-smoked almonds (from $0.59/oz.), or organic raw cashews (from $1.15/oz.), which pack a legume-leaden punch of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat. Fruit fans can pick and choose from around 15 naturally sweet and dried options such as organic wild blueberries (from $1.85/oz.) and organic goji berries (from $2.05/oz.), and candy cravers can soothe cranky sweet teeth with organic dark-chocolate chips (from $0.85/oz.), peanut-butter-covered pretzels (from $0.70/oz.), or an ample amount of melty Reese’s Pieces (from $0.65/oz.). After finishing your mix masterpiece, you’ll give it a name such as “sweet and salty,” or “Fred," and the recipe for your crunchy, chewy, amalgamation can be stored online should you wish to order more in the future.
If the array of options overstimulates your pancreatic decision-making centers, opt for one of the tried-and-tested featured blends. The gummy delicious ($12.99/14 oz.) combines vegetarian-friendly sunny gummy bears with other treats such as chocolate chips, sour cherries, and raw macadamia nuts, and the Annie’s Ante Up for Africa Trail Mix ($10.49/14 oz.) binds the elements of raw cashews, raisins, and semisweet chocolate chips with the spiritually fulfilling fact that $1 from every bag goes to aid Darfur. Though not all of My Mixed Nuts’ products are organic, the company strives to use organic materials whenever possible, and the snack-pack mixes come in biodegradable, compostable bags.