Snack Mix Flavor Profiles

November 13, 2014

Taste. It’s one of our most vibrant senses and the leading factor when choosing what to eat. The sensation of taste is categorized into five basic tastes: sweetness, sourness, saltiness, bitterness, and umami. Umami is a meaty or savory taste, and can also be found in cheese and soy sauce.  The sense of taste is especially important in snacking. While main meals are often chosen to nourish the body and offer important nutrients, snacks are usually selected because of their taste appeal. With two-thirds of Americans snacking between meals, the sales of snacks continue to skyrocket with more competition than ever before.

In addition to bulk nuts, seeds, and candy, Tropical Foods offers custom snack mixes that highlight the basic tastes and a few that combine flavors for a unique experience.  Read on about some of Tropical’s most flavorful snack mixes and what taste category they fit into:

Salty is the most traditional flavor profile of snack mixes and is usually associated with nuts, potato chips, and pretzels. Tropical takes saltiness to the next level with some layered snack mixes that combine multiple salty flavors with some additional savory flavors to balance the profile. Some of our favorite include:
Capitol Crunch – A tasty blend of honey roasted peanuts, pretzels, oat bran sticks, and cheese crackers.
French Quarter Blend – A blend of butter toasted peanuts, sesame sticks, roasted and salted peanuts, almonds and cashews.

You’ve probably heard people say they either have a sweet tooth or prefer salty snacks. While true for some, there is a growing number of people who reach for a combination of both. Tropical offers some unique Sweet & Salty snack mixes that are the best of both worlds:
Autumn Delight – A textured mix of candy corn, peanuts, peanut butter gems and raisins.
Sunburst – The classic mix of chocolate gems, roasted and salted peanuts, almonds and raisins.

An emerging taste profile, especially in snack foods, Bold flavor combinations continue to rise in popularity. This can include everything from smoky notes to spicy hot that features a strong flavor profile. Tropical is a leading manufacturer in bold flavors and the snack mixes below are consistently some of our best-sellers:
Ah Soy – Crunchy and spicy with Wasabi peas, rice snack and Asian flare of Tamari.
Firecracker Hot & Spicy –  Roasted and salted almonds, pumpkin seeds, charrito fritos, nacho peanuts and taco sesame sticks.

Finally, there are a few Tropical snack mixes that are completely unique since they borrow from multiple flavor profiles to create some of the most original flavors on the market:
Mango Tango – The sweet taste of mango, combined with crunchy coconut toffee peanuts and a slightly spicy bite in chili & lime noodles.
Banana Split –  Banana Split is the sundae snack you crave without the ice cream calories. Roasted and salted peanuts, pineapple, chocolate chunks, caramel bits, cranberries, banana chips, and marshmallow bits.
Sweet Heat – Spicy blend of nacho peanuts, roasted pecans, hot and spicy sesame sticks, Cajun corn sticks and Cajun blackening seasoning with butter toffee peanuts and honey roasted peanuts.
Happy Hour – Pecans, cashews, almonds, with Cajun hot corn sticks, Wasabi peas, hot mustard pretzels, rice snacks, and butter toffee peanuts.

Download a PDF with more info on all of Tropical’s snack mixes and contact a Tropical Foods rep to place an order.

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