Found this on the checkout line at the supermarket:
Apparently this is a new or newish product that Welch's has put out, a trail mix with all kinds of stuff in it, as trail mix generally is. Welch's is the grape-intensive outfit owned by the National Grape Cooperative Association, and produces many grape-centered products, like juice, jelly... and even grapes!
So, raisins being a typical ingredient in trail mix, I guess we'll find a lot in this!
Um... Are they behind the cranberries?
The package says (according to Amazon and my own taste test), "A delicious blend of Honey Roasted Peanuts, Salted Peanuts, Grape Flavored Cranberries, Peanut Butter Coated Grape Flavored Cranberries, and Candy Coated Jelly Flavored Gems."
No actual grapes?!
I looked around the Welch's site and found plenty of fruit snacks, but no real raisins. Didn't see that coming! Welch's has branched out into all sorts of non-grape fruit stuff, but the lack of raisin products surprises me. Maybe I just missed them. Anyway, they aren't in this. Why use grape flavored cranberries, tasty as they are, rather than actual grapes?
Don't let that dissuade you, though, raisin fans! The trail mix itself is quite tasty and filling, and is made especially terrific by those little violet things. Those would be the Candy Coated Jelly Flavored Gems. Which would appear to be like a grape-flavored white-chocolate M&M's candy. They are delicious and quite sweet, and make a nice combo with the salty stuff.
But remember, kids, this is trail mix, not candy. Its high caloric content is supposed to make it a lightweight food to keep you going during energy-expending hikes, not to fatten you up while watching cartoons or, uh, writing blog entries. Wait, never mind. Just eat it.