Welcome to this week’s Try Me Tuesday. Each week I will grab a new set of products and test them out. I’ll put the Publix brand up against a national brand product and report back.
I know many times I struggle with what brand to choose. Often a sale or a coupon/sale combination make that an easier decision…but what about those times when you need an item and there is not a sale? Do you grab the house brand or pay more and get the national brand? More importantly, is there really a difference in taste?
This week we tried Publix Trail Mix. It was a good way to grab some snacks for the boys while they were home last week…great way to kill two birds with one stone!
Publix Nuts & Chocolate Trail Mix (serving 1/4 cup), $2 (reg price)
Calories – 160
Total Fat – 8 g
Sodium – 55 mg
Total Carbohydrate – 14 g
Dietary Fiber – 1 g
Sugars – 11 g
Protein – 3 g
Peanuts, Chocolate Gems (Milk Chocolate [Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Whole Milk Powder, Chocolate Liquor, Soy Lecithin <Emulsifier>, Vanilla], Sugar, Corn Syrup, Dextrin, Confectioners Glaze, Calcium Sulfate, Artificial Colors [Yellow 5, Yellow 5 Lake, Yellow 6, Yellow 6 Lake, Blue 1, Blue 1 Lake, Blue 2 Lake, Red 40 Lake,]) Raisins, Almonds, Cashews, Contains 2% or less of: Canola and/or Cottonseed Oil, Sea Salt
Planters Nut & Chocolate Trail Mix (serving 3 tablespoons), ($2.59 reg price)
Calories – 150
Total Fat – 9 g
Sodium – 5 mg
Total Carbohydrate – 13 g
Dietary Fiber – 2 g
Sugars – 11 g
Protein – 4 g
Peanuts, Chocolate Candy Pieces (Milk Chocolate [Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Milk Chocolate, Lactose, Soy Lecithin -Emulsifier, Vanillin- Artificial Flavor], Sugar, Artificial Color [Includes Yellow 5 Lake, Yellow 6, Blue 1, Blue 1 Lake, Red 40 Lake,] Gum Arabic, Corn Syrup, Carnauba Wax, Beeswax, Confectioners Glaze) Raisins, Almonds, Cottonseed Oil.
- Publix Trail Mix – 2
- Planters Trail Mix – 2
This week there was a tie! We had a very hard time choosing a favorite but I made everyone pick just to make it easier on me
In all honesty they tasted pretty much identical. There was some discussion about the nuts tasting better in the Planters bag and the chocolate pieces tasted better in the Publix bag. I am confident that my boys will finish off both bags with no complaints.
My husband was the only one who was able to identify immediately that the Publix had more sodium. There was quite a bit more in the Publix version. That might be something to watch if you have dietary restrictions.
Now from a price stand point the Publix bag is cheaper. As you can see I got them both while they were on sale. In all honesty, I wish I had stocked up while there was a sale. So while they are both delicious, based on the price I am declaring the Publix the winner!
Have you guys tried both? Which did you prefer?