Trail mix doesn't need a dozen different crunchy things to be awesome. In this snack sack there's Bananas, Pecans, Cashews. Yes, bananas. Stay with me. Drizzle on some honey, toss with some spices and herbs and oh-my-gawsh. Just take one look at the dude on the package: the hipsterish looking guy who is your concierge to what I think is the best snack mix on the planet. This is Bubba's Chipotle Honey BBQ Snack Mix and it will change your munching life for the smoky sweet better.
When you look at the package of Bubba's, there's a bearded dude staring you down, so you might think that what's inside is trendy or hipsterish or just too artisanal to be good. Not by a long shot. And there's no relation whatsoever to that super popular movie about the running guy, which is a good thing, because life is not like a box of chocolates. Life is more like this sweet spicy crunchy medley of Bubba's Chipotle Honey BBQ Snack Mix. There's simplicity, there's intrigue, there's real ingredients, and there's surprise. Bananas in a savory snack? Absolutely!
One handful of Bubba's snack mix and I was ready to renounce my earlier prejudices against regular old trail mixes and my dubiousness about things hipsterish and artisanal. Why would I say such things? Because this crazy mix of banana chips, salty pecans, and cashews is about the most delicious savory crunchtacular snack I have ever eaten. Add to it a touch of honey and crazy good seasonings like paprika, chili, and turmeric and the flavors just get better.
The greater-than-the-sum-of-its-parts is hard to explain until you taste Bubba's. All they've done is taken two nuts and a crunchy fried fruit and made something worth fighting over like the first french fry or the very last scoop of guacamole. The real food seasonings of apple cider vinegar, smoked salt, paprika, turmeric, chili, mustard, and garlic just add smoky complexity just like an amazing BBQ night out. Like a tight three-piece rock band that sounds clean yet complex, this mix is genius.
Bubba's makes my favorite packaged snack mix, ever.
In a word: simplicity. In a few more words: just enough ingredients. The formula for Bubba's original mix is banana chips plus two kinds of nuts, then add a little honey, a little spice and heat and some apple cider vinegar for bite. That's all. It's simple, but not too simple. Real foods, really crunchy, really amazing.
In their own words: Bubba's Chipotle Honey BBQ Snack Mix will put your senses smack in the middle of your local BBQ joint... tangy, smokey, sweet...and no high-glycemic grains.
This amazing grain-free snack mix is a dream come true for the health conscious snacker! Packed with only real food that treats your body with the respect it deserves...
Bananas provide some natural fiber along with prebiotics, potassium, and that delectable sweetness. The coconut oil used to crisp them also has its own great healthy fats; that's just a bonus.
Cashews have a rich supply of oleic acid, a classically beautifying oil, great for skin and hair. It also reduces your blood triglyceride and low-density lipoproteins (LDL), and elevates your high-density lipoprotein (HDL) concentration. Cashews are also rich in linolenic acid, which can effectively lower your blood pressure, and also has antioxidant properties which defend your blood vessels from free radicals.
Cashews are an excellent source of vitamin K, which is indispensable to maintaining healthy bones, and has tumor suppression abilities. Cashew nuts are very rich source of essential minerals, especially manganese, potassium, copper, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium.
Pecans are one of the top 15 food sources of antioxidants, and are especially celebrated for their ability to reduce your blood cholesterol level and prevent heart diseases.
They’ve got an amazingly high content of healthy omega fats. Pecans are high in phytosterols — the best cholesterol reducing nutrient available in nature.
Pecans are very high in manganese. This trace nutrient is a powerful antioxidant that can help strengthen your immunity and protect your nerve cells from free-radical damage. Sufficient intake of manganese is mandatory for proper nerve conduction and brain function. Pecans are also a rich source of many phytochemical substances that may contribute to their overall antioxidant activity, including polyphenolic antioxidant ellagic acid, vitamin E, beta-carotene, lutein and zea-xanthin.
Pecans are very rich sources of several important B-complex groups of vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6, and folates. Together, these vitamins work as co-factors for enzyme metabolism inside the human body. Pecans are also rich source of additional essential minerals, such as potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and selenium.
Now, you could just eat it out of the bag. That's pretty much the only way that I eat this crazy good stuff. Why think of any other ways to eat it when the package lasts about a couple of minutes? Ok, I kid. More like 12 minutes.
Anyway, the guys at Bubba's say that their snack mix makes for a pretty amazing salad topping, kind of like croutons but way tastier and paleo-er, if that's a word. Sounds great. I'll have to try it the next time I tear open a bag. Maybe.
I'll let them tell it, the story of crunchtacular invention.
"Bubba's Fine Foods originated in 2014 by Jared Menzel, Head Chef, and his brother-in-law, Jeff Schmidgall, Head Peddler. Every bag of our gourmet grain-free snacks is artisan hand-crafted in small batches in the front range of the Colorado Rockies.
Jared, nick-named Bubba as a child, is a self-taught gourmet cook. He had recently started changing his diet to clean, high nutrient, and low glycemic foods. In order to make that happen, he replaced the processed foods that were pantry staples for most of his life. Being the connoisseur of fine foods that he is, Jared found a lot of the clean convenience foods on the market lacking in taste... and especially crunch. So he started experimenting and creating his own clean, real-food snacks in his kitchen.
Jeff, a CrossFit Trainer and Health Coach, had recently transformed his health with a Paleo life-style. While their families vacationed together in the summer of 2014, Jeff fell head-over-heels in love with Jared's crunchy, grain-free snack mix. Selfishly hoping to simply buy the snack mix to satisfy his new-found addiction, Jeff encouraged Jared to start a business selling the amazing product... and bought a domain name for a future web site right there at the breakfast table.
One month later the first bag of Bubba's Snack Mix was sold and enjoyed. The rest, as they say, is history..."
Is Bubba's Snack Mix vegan? Grain Free? Gluten-free? Paleo?
Yes. Heck, yes. Yes. Yes.