Bumble Bee Sensations Seasoned Tuna Medleys with Crackers

Bumble Bee Sensations Seasoned Tuna Medleys with Crackers

I Paid $1.54 per 3.6-ounce snack pack (prices may vary by region)

Taste: 4 stars

Marketing: 4 stars

Snack packs of relatively healthful foods are a smart idea for everyone involved: The maker gets to sell small amounts of food and mark it up for the cute packaging and convenience factor; the consumer gets to eat something healthier than Doritos or Oreos in a handy not-quite-a-meal serving size.

Thus: snack packs of shelf-stable tuna fish plus crackers, plus a small disposable tuna-fish-spackler-applier-tongue-depressor thing.

Bumble Bee’s approach with its Sensations snack packs tarts up the tuna with a variety of flavors: Lemon & Pepper, Sundried Tomato & Basil, and Spicy Thai Chili. In short: They all work. The Spiced Thai Chili variety has real chile bits mixed in with the tuna, and offers sweetness, heat, and spice. It’s a little intense, but the Ritz-like crackers that come as part of the snack pack help moderate that. Sundried Tomato & Basil has some real tomato sweetness and acid (although the basil gets lost), and there’s real lemon-juice zing opening the Lemon & Pepper variety, which closes with a noticeable peppery kick.

Sensations work equally well with bread (a hot dog roll is a nice route to take) and herald two welcome trends in the world of packaged foods: snack packs that aren’t just sugar and corn byproducts, and flavorful reimaginings of traditional household standards that make use of simple, quality ingredients to achieve their flavor boosts.

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