Friday, October 28, 2016

Bear Naked Custom Granola

A few years back, it seemed like everyone was intent on sending me or giving me granola. There were samples at the farmer's market, samples in the mail, samples at the grocery store.

At first, I was like ... "Oooooh, granola." Then after a while, I was like, "Ewwww, granola." It's not that I disliked it. It was more that I was tired of it.

But ... it's been a while since I had any granola, so when the folks at Bear Naked offered me the opportunity to make my own granola blend, I figured I'd give it a try. I mean, if I was making a custom blend, it would have things I liked, right?

The custom blends start with three different bases. I chose the chocolate. Then you add three extra ingredients. I added bourbon flavor, little pretzels, and walnuts. the bourbon flavor is pretty unusual, right? But it's not the most unusual of the choices. There were some that were even more unusual, like beet powder or dried olives or oregano.

Then, once you've figured out ingredients, you choose a bear for the front of the canister, and a name for the mix that goes on the label.

And a short time later, the granola arrived at my door, with the canister inside a sturdy box. The bourbon was an interesting flavor. At first, I wasn't sure if I loved it, but the more I ate, the more I liked it. It really was a good mix, but if I order again, I'd probably do something completely different. Just because I can.

If you want to give it a try, you can get 10% off your order with the code READ039. I don't get anything for the referral. It's just a little extra for you. I'm nice like that.

Bear Naked also sells pre-made granola mixes. Maybe at your local store, but I found a whole lot of Bear Naked Granolas on Amazon. But you can only get the custom blends from their site.

Who's it for: People who want to create a custom granola blend without messing up the kitchen.

Pros: It's kind of fun. I liked the result.

Cons: It's not the cheapest granola on the market.

Wishes: I wish they listed the ingredients in the base mixes on the page where you choose them. You can look at the ingredients once the blend is made by looking at the nutrition label, but that's at the very end of the process.

Source: I received this from the manufacturer for the purpose of a review.

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