Fisher's new Martini Mix adds olives to snack food

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Fisher nuts has rolled out a line of seven new snack mixes featuring nuts mixed with everything from wasabi peas to banana chips. We tried the Martini Mix, which throws dried, sliced green olives in with a mixture of cashews, walnuts, almonds and peanuts.

The mix would make a fun snack option for cocktail parties. The dried olives were definitely an unexpected twist - olives don't dry out as well as fruit, but olive lovers should enjoy them.

The snack mix was really, really salty. It would probably taste great with an actual martini, but unfortunately, we didn't have any on hand when doing the taste-testing. An ice-cold Coke helped cut the saltiness in a pinch.

Other varieties include Asian Spice, Cheddar Crunch, Trail Blazer, Sweet Harvest Tropical Twist and Country Honey.

The suggested retail price is $3.50 for a 4-6-ounce bag.

- Lifestyle Editor Shelley Mann

Vitamin Water

We tried the kiwi-strawberry flavored Focus, one of about a dozen of Glaceau's Vitamin Water flavors. Each Vitamin Water option is enhanced with nutrients, and Focus' blend is supposed to help you stay focused.

We found that the water's kiwi-strawberry flavor reminded us a bit of Kool-Aid, but without so much sugar. Still, it's pretty tasty, but be aware of the drink's calorie count. The 20-ounce bottle, which contains 2.5 servings, has a total of 125 calories.

While Vitamin Water does include healthy doses of vitamins A and C, as well as several B vitamins, electrolytes, gingko biloba and gotu kola extract, we wouldn't recommend drinking it as a replacement for plain water. If you're concentrating on weight loss, this mid-calorie beverage should be an occasional treat rather than an everyday habit.

The suggested retail price is $1.49 for a 20-ounce bottle.

- Staff writer Rachael Mason


Green Teas

Just on the heels of its white tea line, Snapple has introduced a new collection of authentic green teas. The teas are available in original, mango and Asian pear flavors.

Green teas are loaded with antioxidants, and Snapple claims its teas have more antioxidants than other ready-to-drink green teas. Just like the white teas, these Snapple offerings are made with real sugar. Each serving contains 60 calories, and each bottle comes with two servings. A diet green tea, also recently released, is sweetened with Splenda and contains no calories.

We found the teas to have a light, refreshing flavor and none of the bitterness sometimes found with green tea. But one serving from the oversized, 17.5-ounce bottle didn't quench our thirst, which meant the "healthy" tea packs 120 calories a pop.

The suggested retail price is $1.39 for a 17.5 ounce bottle

- SM