Thursday, May 27, 2010
How did a professional poker player, a reality TV producer and an actor get together to start a custom mixed nuts and trail mix company? Well, when Annie Duke, the hot-shot poker player was a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice where Ryan Simpkins one of the producers, it was a match made it nut heaven. We know that seems an odd genesis but, really, can you think of a better place to start a fruitful business relationship than on a show that is all about running fake businesses for reality TV?
During the show, Annie and Ryan really hit it off and, after the show was in the can, they continued their friendship in their hometown of Los Angeles. As they spent more time together, Annie and Ryan started banging around ideas for everything from TV concepts to businesses they could get into together. Then Ryan mentioned casually he had an idea for a custom trail mix company where folks could come and design their own mixed nuts or trail mix and have them shipped right to their door. Annie thought that was just about the most brilliant idea she had ever heard. You see, before we started this company, Annie would spend way too much of her time mixing her own trail mixes to take with her while traveling on the poker tour. She really is pretty picky. She likes things raw, organic and hates those little date things. So you can imagine how excited she was about the idea of a custom trail mix company. No more picking around the stuff you don’t like in a mix!
For those of you who don't know Annie personally, when she gets excited about something, it becomes contagious, and as those of you who saw her on the Celebrity Apprentice, when she puts her mind to something, it pretty much happens.
She came home and with a beaming smile told her boyfriend, Joe Reitman, that they should get into this custom mixed nut and trail mix business immediately! Joe, a Hollywood actor, also loves food (only slightly less than he loves Annie) and also hates some of the stuff they put in pre-packages trail mixes. So in the hopes of eradicating this serious deficiency of good trail mix in the world, Joe joined the team.
With the team in place, Annie, Ryan and Joe started MY MIXED NUTS. But who would actually have time to do the day-to-day operations? Who was the most qualified to handle all these nuts? That’s where Ryan’s mom, Susan Colby, came into the picture. If you have ever met Ryan, you would understand that his mom must be supremely qualified to handle nutcases, so Annie and Joe were sold on the idea. Susan would handle each order with care and love.
At MY MIXED NUTS we are committed to providing the best quality ingredients so you can truly have it your way. After all, that is why Annie was so excited about the idea in the first place. She just wants things her way, just like you do. So Susan is ready to get your order going. Don't keep mom waiting. :)
My Mixed Nuts sent me two feature mixes to try out.
The first mix called Nuts for Organic is a blend of almonds, cashews, peanuts, hazelnuts, pecans, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts and pure deliciousness! I am a big fan of noshing on mixed nuts throughout the late morning and late afternoon. Nothing settles cravings better for me than a handful of nuts. What better way to do it than organically?? They’re so yummy!
The second mix called Sugar and Spice Trail Mix is a blend of nuts and all that yummy sweet stuff! It includes cashews, ginger, jelly beans, macadamia nuts, pecans, golden raisins, chocolate covered raisins, and sunny bears. Yummy! This is the perfect blend to get your through that afternoon slump!
One of the things I really like about My Mixed Nuts is the ability to Create Your Own Mix! You can choose various different seeds, nuts, dried fruit, and of course all the yummy goodies! All you do is choose the ingredients from the nuts, fruit and goodies for your own 14 ounce bag. If you want more than one ounce, simply click the Add button for more. Each click adds an ounce. Or you can change the number in the shopping cart, click update and your cart will have more goodies in it! There are soooo many selections you may have to make more than one bag! I know I will!
And now for the GIVEAWAY! One of you will a bag of Nuts for Organic and a bag of Sugar and Spice Trail Mix! *This giveaway is open to the US only!*
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Disclosure: I received samples from My Mixed Nuts to review for free. No monetary compensation has been offered or accepted. The opinions above are my own.