What Makes a Great Cheese Snack Mix?

Bring to the next Superbowl party for your favorite variety of chips! High quality snack mix is a salty variety of small bites with toasty, grainy and aromatic notes. The pieces are crunchy and crispy. Specifically, the assortment has a variety of shapes and shades, from dark and toasty to pale and light. The aroma and flavor profiles combine toasty grains with seasonings such as garlic and onion powder, and earthy notes like dried mushrooms or bouillon. For the cheese flavored segment there is the expectation of cheese notes in the aroma and flavor. The mix is salty with some sweetness, umami and sourness. The pieces are crunchy and crispy. They may stick to the teeth a little but do not feel stale when chewed.

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Tasting terms

  • grainy

    A texture consisting of grain particles; unsmooth. Example: Whole-grain bread, corn chips and brown rice can have a grainy texture.

  • aroma

    The smell that emanates from food. Along with appearance, texture, flavor and taste, aroma is one of the five dimensions used to evaluate a product. Example: Brownies should have an aroma that includes chocolate as well as egg, toasty and sweet notes.

  • flavor

    A combination of a food's basic taste and its accompanying aroma, flavor is the distinctive taste of a food or ingredient while it is in the mouth. Along with aroma, appearance, texture and taste, flavor is one of the five dimensions considered by ChefsBest Master Tasters. Example: Chocolate chip cookies should have a moderate chocolate flavor accompanied by a slightly lower level of complex dough flavor that includes egg, flour, vanilla and brown sugar notes.

  • umami

    One of the basic tastes; the savory flavor in meat and broths; sometimes an additive (MSG). Example: Natural Parmesan cheese, meats, seaweed, fish sauce and sesame exhibit an umami taste.