Product Review: Clancy’s Party Mix, Bold

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Picked this up last week. It was only $2.29 for a 15-oz bag which seemed reasonable. It is clearly Aldi’s answer to Chex mix and includes pretzels, crackers, corn, wheat and rice cereal and bagel chips. I don’t normally buy Chex mix but I am pretty sure this is exactly what is in the traditional bagged mix.

Personally, I prefer making my own Chex mix so I can make it exactly how I’d like it but we do not generally eat cold cereal and even at Aldi, the cost of buying three kinds of cereal, crackers, pretzels and other mix-ins really adds up for a snack you still have to make yourself. So unless I have the urge for something special I do on very rare occasions (like once every few years) buy pre-made Chex mix. So I might not be the best judge it if it is exactly like bagged Chex mix or not.

That said, I thought it was pretty good. The wheat “Chex” was a little hard at times–the squares weren’t as 3-D as the rice and corn ones were but I think that is true of regular wheat Chex too. The pretzels were fine and I liked the bagel chips. The flavor overall was good but I do not know if I would call it bold. It was pretty onion/garlic/herb-forward but I felt like there could have been more seasoning in the bag overall, some pieces were seemly untouched by the spice mixture entirely. There were no pieces with a ton of seasoning either like you normally get in homemade or store-bought Chex Mix. Which could be a good or bad thing depending on your preference but to me, that was another signal that there weren’t enough of the seasonings in the bag.

Overall, it was very affordable and I would buy it again. This week the traditional mix is on sale but if this was the “bold” version of that, I’m not sure if I would bother picking it up out of fear it would be too bland. If you’ve tried it, let me know in the comments!

Final score: 1 thumb up. I’d buy it again but I’m not disappointed it isn’t a regular item on the shelf. Good for satisfying the craving but not a new favorite.

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