The Trail Mix Trials
Feeding an Addiction or Feeding Your Face?

And You Thought I Was Nutty …

Believe it or not, there are folks out there nuttier than me.  Example:  Brett and his chipmunk/squirrel/woodchuck (what is he, Brett?) friend Bucky Diggs.  This duo is responsible for the custom trail mix store

We previewed the site last week and eluded to the possibility that they might be offering the Nordstrom’s of trail mix.  By Nordstrom’s, I mean higher price, better quality and more exclusive.

So I think I was right in my hypothesis.  I ordered a one-pound custom bag, filled with:

I'll remember it forever.

I'll remember it forever.

  • 4 oz of raisins
  • 2 oz of sunflower seeds
  • 2 oz of papaya tidbits
  • 2 oz of sesame sticks
  • 2 oz of almonds
  • 2 oz of chocolate morsels
  • 2 oz of dried strawberries

Unlike your standard bag of potato chips, this bag of custom trail mix arrived filled to the brim, with fun stickers and gracious messages on the invoice.  My friends Brett and Bucky also kicked in some pistachios, mangoes and pineapples for me to try … I think because they are TMT fans (don’t expect this special treatment unless you have your own blog dedicated to trail mix). 

What I like most about Nutty Idea and its management is that they are honest, forthcoming and deliver upon what they promise.

Just as Brett had told me, his items were amongst the freshest I’ve had.  And as I expected, it was pricier than regular store-bought blends.  He even had me pegged when I was turned off by the fact that the shipping for my order was more than the price of the actual product (bag of mix $6.02; shipping $8.09; total $14.11).  Before I had a chance to open my trap about shipping costs,  he sent a message saying the more you order, the less the shipping becomes. Intuitive.

All of the ingredients were outstanding – alone and combined with the others – but the coup-de-grace were the dried strawberries.  It has been a week and I am still thinking about them.  So sweet and chewy, they tasted like candy.  Brett – are you sure they didn’t have anything else added to them? (If he writes back and says no, go to right now and order a pound of them).

So there you have it.  I love the idea; I love the product; and mostly, I love their customer service and marketing.  Give  a shot. 

Here’s the catch (I wouldn’t be a fair and balanced blogger without some criticism) … I don’t shop at Nordstrom’s.  For one, I feel way too under- dressed, fat and ugly walking around the store.  Two, its too expensive (I continually remind you that I’m a cheap skate).  And finally, I am just more at home with the average people (Target shoppers).

While I wish I had the means to buy from Nutty Idea all the time, I’ll probably just hold off for a special treat to myself or for a gift (they have amazing gift options).  However, if I didn’t have to pay shipping, it would be a regular staple in my cupboards – $6 isn’t bad; $14 is.  There a grumblings about Nutty Idea retail stores in the future (Brett, I want one in SD), which will alleviate the shipping cost issues. 

That being said, what I consider expensive and what you consider expensive could be completely different.  I cringe at a $60 pair of jeans, but have friends that buy jeans for $200 a pair. 

Moral of the story – do your own trials.  Visit  Brett and Bucky Diggs at  and decide for yourself how much it is worth to you. 

Thanks Brett and Bucky!  I will be back!


4 Responses to “And You Thought I Was Nutty …”

  1. Angie,

    Thank you for those kind words, I was confident we would meet your expectations!

    Many of our customer’s buy in bulk which drastically reduces their shipping costs but I’ll tell you and your readers a little secrect . . . retail stores are coming. We are set to open our first in Northeast FL later this year and if all goes as planned will be opening across the country over the next 5 – 8 years. This will eliminate shipping costs, customers will still place their orders online and pick them up at their local Nutty Idea.

    Same quality yet cutting the customers costs drastically. Anyone interested in a franchise should contact Brett at

    And yes Bucky is a TMT lover but for our regulars we often throw in a little extra here and there to wet their whistle 🙂

    For your readers that might be interested in purchasing use the promo code “USA” during checkout to receive an added discount on their first five orders (You will need to sign up as a customer to use this . . . . or if you place a 5 lb order or more use the promo code “5 lb” for a discount as well.

    Angie i believe we could ship 5 lbs to you for about the same price one lb was shipped . . . thats where you have a drastic cut in shipping costs. Thank you for your objective review, see you soon in San
    Diego when we open our first Nutty Idea store 🙂

    • Good info. Thanks, Brett. But you didn’t answer the most important question of the day – What is Bucky Diggs? Chipmunk? Squirell? Woodchuck?


  2. Well I will answer for myself. My family is ethnically diverse so I truly am one with all people. Squirrel, Chipmunk and a few other genes make me the special creature I am today 🙂 What you see is what I am. I have a Facebook page for myself . . . .search Bucky Diggs and you will be able to see my family and better understand.

    My sweet mother (a squirrel) always said i was specially made for a reason and then Brett came along with Nutty Idea and I have found my place in life! In the next couple of days I will be throughout the website, even on the custom mix page . . . keep an eye out for me and Nutty Idea we are coming!

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