When you buy a can of mixed nuts, you usually get a very significant amount of peanuts presumably because it’s a cheaper nut. Planters must have received significant feedback about their mixes being overly peanut-y (or they did other market research) and decided to add this to the front of their mixed nuts: “Less than 50% peanuts”.
The Weigh In
My sister was a little curious as to whether or not this was true. So I sat down one night and separated out the peanuts to weigh them to see if their claim was accurate. It was. The peanuts weighted in at exactly 48.54% peanuts.
Almonds are the New Filler
But as I was separating, I was noticing a LOT of almonds. Not exactly the most exciting of all the nuts listed on the label, which included peanuts, almonds, cashews, brazil nuts, hazelnuts, and pecans. So I decided to separate the nuts out by type of nut. As you can see, there were significant numbers of peanuts AND almonds and only 22 pieces of cashews (some whole and some halved), 7 little brazil nuts, a whopping FOUR hazelnuts and a very sad 4 little bits (probably 3 whole) pecans.