GrubGrade Giveaway: Emerald Breakfast on the Go

I’ll admit that I’m painstakingly habitual when it comes to breakfast. Oatmeal is pretty much a staple for me, as are eggs, as well as fruit and all of those other deliciously healthy things that fill you up. Problem is, for a good four weeks at the beginning of the summer, my daily routine couldn’t stomach a big and hearty breakfast.  Morning training runs demand much more compact yet still energy-dense nutrition.

Emerald Breakfast on the Go definitely deliver on that kind of energy dense nutrition, and also serve up the unmistakably nutty sweetness that has long made the company’s signature nut products some of my favorite snacks. And while a package of these 200 calorie or less “on the go” packets didn’t quite make it in time for my half-marathon in early June (no, I relied on a baggie of Cap’n Crunch Berries to keep me going through that) they have helped me power through my first few days of a new job.

Breakfast on the Go comes in three flavors – Berry Nut, Breakfast Nut and S’mores Nut.  I like the S’mores Nuts the best. The cocoa roasted almonds are deep and have a chocolate-licorice aftertaste, while the honey roasted peanuts add a nice earthy and salty-sweet bite. The mini marshmallows and chocolate candies make you feel like you’re eating a candy bar, but at only 200 calories and 3 grams of saturated fat, it makes a reasonable pick-me-up kind of snack. The Berry Blend and Breakfast Blend are good as well, although I wasn’t crazy about the “yogurt covered raisins” in either pack, and found the dried apples in the Breakfast pack to be too chewy and lacking the astringent taste of apples.

You want to know what else is awesome? The fact that Emerald is looking to hook-up one lucky reader with some sample boxes of their new Breakfasts on the Go packets. All you have to do to be eligible to win is leave a comment on this post between now and 12:00 AM Thursday telling us the single oddest thing you ever had for breakfast was. Me, you ask? Frozen peas. I used to eat those things like candy before the bus came in high school.

94 comments on “GrubGrade Giveaway: Emerald Breakfast on the Go

  1. I’ve had a lot of odd things for breakfast, but I think the oddest would be when I re-created Thanksgiving and had turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce and vegetable casserole. It was a delight.

  2. jrdunn says:

    one time I had a chinese buffet for breakfast not exactly odd but kind ofdifferent

  3. SkippyMom says:

    These really good for my kids’ lunches – I wonder if they are available around here.

    Your question made me smile because just last night while eating [my amazing] fried chicken, beans and coleslaw for dinner my youngest looked at me and asked “Are we allowed to eat this for breakfast Mom?” So I will have to say – the fried chicken we are having for breakfast today is probably the weirdest.

    Nothing is going to beat frozen peas tho’ – guaranteed! 😀

  4. Courtney says:

    When I was 4 and my grandfather would babysit me, he was a fan of whatever I wanted. Not the best babysitter lol. So I remember having ice cream straight from a half gallon, and one morning an uncooked ballpark hot dog. Delicious.

  5. Stew says:

    When I was in high school, Keebler Magic Middles were the new thing and I LOVED them. I would eat them in the morning before school while listening to The Who.

  6. Jordan says:

    Yeah, when I was sick, I drank a can of cream thinking it was ensure..that was pretty bad..

  7. Adam Bomb says:

    I absolutely love the idea of these as a power snack. They’ll be in my shopping cart as soon as I see them at the grocery store! Hmmm… I’m an odd duck to the core, so I’ve created many crazy breakfasts over the years. The oddest would probably have to be cooked ramen noodles mixed with black beans and yellow corn. Believe it or not, it was actually really good. So yeah, I’d totally love some free samples! 🙂

  8. Matt says:

    I am constantly experimenting with bizarre breakfast combinations. The weirdest might be ground beef, peanut butter, maple syrup, cinnamon, bananas, and plantains, all stir-fried together. So wrong, but so good.

  9. Jill N. says:

    If I have leftovers in my refrigerator from the night before, you can bet that’s what I”ll be eating for breakfast. Doesn’t matter what: meatloaf? Panda Express? The kids’ mac and cheese? It will be my breakfast!

    Makes me think that a box of these yummy breakfast packets would be good for me.

  10. Rhiannon says:

    Beenie weenies(with bread and butter pickels) and dry toast.

  11. I’d have to say probably re-fried beans and strawberries. The cupboards were running pretty bare that day….

  12. Eric says:

    How are we supposed to beat frozen peas?

    Not sure if it really counts as breakfast, but on my 21st birthday I recall falling asleep at around 5am and waking up around 7am to immediately pop open a few beers. Had class at 9:30, so the next few had to be cleverly disguised in a 24oz Mountain Dew bottle.

    Emerald makes some great stuff and I would love to try these. I was thinking something like this would be great to have in the office for energy on a slow day.

  13. Katie says:

    Chinese food or pizza, nothing too crazy

  14. rob says:

    In college I had beer for breakfast a few times.

  15. Dave says:

    One time I had Reese’s for breakfast. CANDY!! For Breakfast! People thought that was pretty odd.

  16. Jonathan says:

    I’ve had a lot of odd breakfasts, but I think pretty high up on the list would be one time in middle school when I was making myself a bagel sandwich with massive amounts of cream cheese and pepperoni. When I was cutting the pepperoni, I actually ended up slicing my finger a bit (I still have a tiny scar)…. Somehow, though, I still ran and caught the bus AND got to enjoy my sandwich on the way to school, albeit with a massive wad of paper towel held on my finger to stop the bleeding.

  17. Ellie says:

    Cold leftover chicken and mac & cheese…
    haha yeah…

  18. Malika says:

    oh my gosh well when I was younger one day we ran out of milk and we only had… orange juice…
    Orange juice & cherrios became a new thing in my house :p

  19. Sam says:

    I’m such a loser when it comes to weird combos.. Honestly the “weirdest” thing is yogurt atop of waffles. WILD I know.

  20. Bubbs says:

    Bush Breakfast: Turtle that had wrapped in pandanus leaves and left to cook in the hot ash of the previous night’s fire. Picked the meat, put onto crackers with some mustard and slices of boiled egg. A great breakfast, really brought me out of my shell so-to-speak.

  21. Jenny Loveridge says:

    Chilighetti or chili 5-ways as some call it…

  22. Tristan says:

    I’ve had ramen noodles for breakfast before, not too crazy I guess.

  23. Tazeen says:

    When I visited India in 1995, I woke up the next morning to find a massive breakfast of parathas, naan, chicken curry, and fish. As a 5 year old, I loved fish, but even then I thought it was straight up weird to be eating fish (and chicken curry) in the morning….

  24. John Upton says:

    A frozen bag of broccoli and carrots with mustard “eating it out on the porch last sunday morning” strange but healthy.

  25. Meg says:

    Funny you say frozen peas. Mine was canned peas. Right before I left for vacation. I actually accidently left the can out on my kitchen counter and found it growing mold when I got back. I almost ralphed.

  26. Kyla says:

    about 3 years ago, EVERY single morning started out with a packet of chicken flavored ramen noodles. mmm..not TOO crazy, but not exactly breakfast food, either. but now it’s pretty much whatever is leftover from dinner the previous night. OH! i did have Sriracha on a chocolate cupcake for breakfast once

  27. Parrish says:

    Well I have eaten leftovers for breakfast quite a few times but when I was in school I loved a toasted english muffin with mayo on it. Way to go cholesterol!!!

  28. j says:

    I don’t really care for breakfast food, so when I do eat in the morning, it is a turkey sandwich, pasta, pizza, grilled chicken, etc. Maybe this giveaway will change my mind about breakfast…

  29. Dina says:

    Leftover lobster bisque….it actually was really good!

  30. Courtney says:

    A pint of Ben & Jerry’s Flourless chocolate cake ice cream. It was so good with my Chick-fil-a chicken biscuit. 🙂

  31. Nicki says:

    The weirdest thing I have had for breakfast is…leftover Taco Bake which consists of – layers of tortillas, refriend beans, shreeded cheese, Taco Bell Taco Sauce. And, I ate it cold with additional Taco Bell Sauce on the side. Delish.

  32. David Sattler says:

    Wasabi peas from Trader Joe’s. I grab a handful every time I go through the kitchen, regardless of the time of day.

  33. Hil says:

    Are you kidding me-I have weird breakfast combos EVERY WORK DAY! Since I can’t make bacon, eggs & biscuits, I keep soup & ramen noodles in my desk drawer.

    However, I’m known for eating fried rice, cole slaw, meatloaf, mashed potatoes & my all time favorite, mac n cheez!

  34. Lisa says:

    I saw these in stores- they look yummy! too bad the yogurt covered apples are a bit of a let down 🙁

    weirdest thing I had for breakfast? Im like you- rituals of cereal or fruit. BUT, once I did have dry cereal mixed with rice pudding. I guess that’s kind of weird? ha 🙂

  35. Andrew says:

    For some reason for about a week in 9th grade, every morning I would enjoy a glass of diet coke with with ice and a pepperoni hot pocket.

    The ensuing heartburn was a terrible start to the day. Yet, I continued this behavior for a week.


  36. Adam says:

    I’ve had non-breakfast tacos for breakfast before. Who needs eggs when you’ve got steak fajitas?

  37. RT says:

    A tie between a bag of microwave popcorn (while frantically studying for a final) OR a partially frozen (due to it being February) Wendy’s cheeseburger I had left in my car from its purchase the night before. Just admitting that last one took courage…

  38. Microwave baked potato with a fast food packet of ranch dressing and canned carrots. I was urban camping in a dorm room during my college’s winter break. I had a microwave but no fridge, and no money.

  39. Amy says:

    Anything in the house is fair game. Leftover pizza is classic. Icecream happens. Salads are not obscure but I do feel awkward in the preparation of them in the dawn hours. The strangest would probably be freeze pops, pickles, and chocolate milk (yes I was pregnant at the time).

  40. michelle says:

    My weirdest breakfast was probably hamburger helper and chocolate milk.

  41. Echo710 says:

    I used to eat baked potatoes for breakfast all the time… baked sweet potatoes were even better.

  42. russ says:

    I would have to say the oddest breakfast I ate was a uncooked can of campbell’s cream of mushroom soup. I just grabbed a spoon and dug in.

  43. Mandy says:

    Man! These are some weird breakfast combos! I thought I was weird when I used to eat my tuna straight out of the can with a nice dollop of ketchup on top. Grossssssss lol

  44. Brandon says:

    Had to settle for a popsicle and sweet tea one morning in high school.

  45. amy marantino says:

    I like popcorn for breakfast

  46. Lindsey says:

    The oddest thing I ever ate for breakfast was half a jar of sour garlic pickles and a peanut butter dipped banana! breakfast of champions! lol

  47. Natalie says:

    Oddly enough, I bought a box of the breakfast pouches and had my first one this morning. It was pretty good, I considered buying the smores one but decided to avoid eating chocolate for breakfast (would make a good snack though.)

    As a kid, I had a habit of eating ice cream for breakfast every summer. My weirdest as an adult would have to be eating beef jerky for breakfast from time to time.

  48. laniza says:

    The weirdest thing I’ve eaten for breakfast is a peanut butter and banana sandwich on raisin bread, toasted. Not too adventurous, but oh so tasty!

  49. missouri says:

    Taco Bell.

    Left over from the night before. Still hungover from the night before.

  50. Bianca says:

    Soft-baked chocolate chip cookies

  51. Frankie says:

    The oddest thing i have ever eaten for breakfast would have to be leftover Pho.

  52. Sherm says:

    The school where I went for middle school used to serve fresh (under) baked chocolate chip cookies for breakfast. It ended up being like a big mound of hot cookie dough, obviously the cornerstone of any nutritious breakfast.

  53. Nick says:

    All I had in my fridge that morning was a bag of mixed greens and left over french fries so of course I made a french fry salad out of it. Now i I ever have some frozen fries in my freezer I’ll consider adding them to my salad as a topping instead of the conventional ideas. It’s pretty good.

  54. Mark says:

    Once as a kid, there was no milk, but there was Diet Coke. Sooooo…I figured that would work fine. Hence, Diet Coke on Cheerios. Sort of disgusting, now that I think of it.

  55. The Duke of Prunes says:

    The strangest thing I’ve eaten for breakfast would have to be chicken feet at a dim sum restaurant.

  56. Francois says:

    A beer and a carrot.

  57. Clevegal42 says:

    I’m not a big breakfast person, so often my first meal of the day is really lunch. However, when I would stay with my grandma, she would give me leftover spaghetti straight from the fridge. Even now sometimes if I have leftover spaghetti for lunch I won’t nuke it till it is hot, I’ll just remove the chill. It’s tasty!

  58. jperonto says:

    Great giveaway! Ok you asked for the old school breakfast goods… I used to take Tang mix (the mix with the monkey on it where you just added water) and I would add drops of water to the container and shake it to make little candies. I would then add those candies to a plastic bag and eat them on the way to school. It was an easy way to have sour candy in the morning!

  59. Melanie says:

    I was so hungry at 4am one morning that I made my dinner to eat: risotto, pork chops, and salad…oh and I needed something sweet so I had some strawberry ice cream.

  60. Reanna says:

    When I was 8, I went on a huge family vacation (aunts, uncles, cousins, grand…) to palm springs. My relatives packed truck loads of stuff – food, medicine, shoes for every possible climate. But when we arrived at our vacation house at 10am, my aunts realized they had a weeks worth of cereal but not an ounce of milk. As famished as we were, no one was able to convince us kids that orange juice and water would “taste just the same” as milk with cereal. We ate nothing but a five pound bucked of redvines until our grocery trip that evening.

  61. Jesse says:

    A bag of stale cotton candy. Like i’m talking a huge sack of rock-hard candy floss.

  62. Aaron says:

    Having breakfast at all is weird for me.

  63. Rachel* says:

    After a crazy night partying, I woke up still quite drunk. I proceeded to dump baking powder (what I thought was sugar) on to Grapenuts (under the belief they were Rice Krispies). I promptly spent the whole morning puking.

  64. Julien says:

    Call it choosing a night of drinking over shopping, but I once threw together a packet of instant mashed potatoes and threw some cubed ham into it; that’s what you call breakfast!

  65. Caroline says:

    My brother and I were very picky eaters as children. We both normally only ate parts of things. Our parents had split boxes of Lucky Charms. I would only eat the marshmallow charms. I hated the ‘dry’ cereal. My brother only LIKED the dry cereal and hated the charms (he was weird). Each morning my parents would separate the cereal so I recieved a bowl of marshmallow charms and he got a bowl of the dry stuff.

    One morning, I remember being served a bowl of marshmallow charms along with a salted hard giant pretzel, a chocolate chip granola bar, and some eggs (I don’t know why parents thought this was breakfesty). I ignored the eggs, ate the charms, licked the salt off the pretzel, picked out the mini chocolate chips from the granola bar and ate the chips.

  66. Helldog says:

    Frozen burritos in Hawaii the morning after Mike Tyson lost to Buster Douglas. Maybe not the single oddest thing had, but it it was a strange breakfast to wake up and find out Iron Mike was no longer invincible.

  67. Sarah says:

    lol… i thought i would be the only one whose had Chinese buffet for Breakfast, but i guess i was wrong.

  68. Patrick says:

    Hmm, the weirded thing I ever ate for breakfast was probably a grilled cheese sandwich, or a chicken patty with buffalo sauce. Not too extreme, but hey.

  69. Zachary Jacob Zblewski says:

    One morning I was running late, so I grabbed a cold grilled brat out of the fridge from the night before. I didn’t have time to heat it up or put it in a bun. Really weird.

  70. gakkun says:

    I had a lot of odd breakfasts growing up because my parents were traditionalist chinese who cooked a lot of meals. Suffice to say, my favorite breakfasts either contained thousand year old eggs and salted pork or cold rice with fermented spicy bean curd.

    The weirdest thing and possibly the most desperate thing I had for breakfast was the little cheese scraps left in the pizza box from the night before. Oh and cold burnt pizza and espresso from a separate occasion.

  71. Tiffani says:

    One morning I realized I hadn’t gone to the grocery store to stock up on necessary breakfast items, so I poured a bowl of caramel popcorn, covered it with milk and ate that as cereal, along with a microwaved three-musketeers “hot dog.” I had no trouble staying awake after that haha.

  72. Missy says:

    raw carrots, shredded cheddar and pickled jalepenos in a bowl with an almond milk iced coffee…apparently someone was hungover!

  73. VanessaG says:

    Wow! I don’t even have a chance at the weird bfast compared to everybody else. I’d day the weirdest thing I’ve had for bfast is cold spaghetti. Yummy! I’d love to win these. I don’t like to eat much before I run. These would be perfect to eat and would help me get throug some mile repeats,haha. I’m obsessed with nuts and nut butters so I know I’d love them! 🙂

  74. Michele H says:

    My mom wasn’t ever around whenever I woke up to go to school, so I got to eat a variety of things but i think the thing i ate most often for breakfast was ramen or ice cream. Then i stopped and ate eggs.

  75. Annie says:

    I would say one of my most interesting breakfasts would have been my self made donut-chicken-fried-steak sandwich. Of course I was overly health conscious at the time of this creation.

    Left overs made into burrito/sandwich form almost always become instant breakfasts.

  76. Wilson says:

    Single weirdest breakfast I’ve had..

    Corn pops w/ ants in milk. Of course, I didn’t know the ants were in there until I had lifted my bowl and was pouring the milk into my mouth…

  77. Piggly Winks says:

    Dry ramen noodles with the dry seasonings mixed in. Mmm wut a crunchy delite. Nissin beef was my preffered crunchomatic breakfast fix.

  78. Caleb says:

    Mountain Dew with an ice cream sundae

  79. Shannon says:

    Edy’s light butter pecan ice cream

  80. david says:

    cereal but all we had to use with it was beer from the night before, best hangover cure ever

  81. Kate says:

    Weird breakfast? Oh god. My apartment isn’t air conditioned and we’ve had a series of positively sweltering days, so I went to my freezer to check on my ice cream (which had been melting the night before, despite the refrigeration), and before I knew it I was finishing off the pint.


  82. Mandy says:

    My weirdest breakfast was cold german leftovers. Nothing like sauerkraut in the morning!

  83. Drewd says:

    The strange Japanese candies I found in my desk at work, presumably (hopefully) left behind by the person who last sat at my desk.

  84. Chris says:

    I would love to try these 🙂

  85. Susie D. says:

    Well, I can’t remember, because I haven’t eaten breakfast in about 3 years. But my kids would sure love these.

  86. susitravl says:

    Leftover Liver & Onions (I got in trouble for it too, it was supposed to be my dads lunch that day).

  87. Grant says:

    Check this out:

    I actually TOASTED Pop Tarts. Weeeeeeeeeeeeird.

  88. Jlowans says:

    Paun Haus with jelly, and pudding and corn cakes. Pork tongue souse loaf. All made with the “less desirable” parts of the hog. Wierd to some, but delicious to this West Virginia boy.

  89. karina says:

    i know this isnt exactly weird but i cant believe i used to eat poptarts for breakfast everyday ughh what a horrible way to start the day

  90. Nicole says:

    My regular Saturday morning breakfast as a kid used to be a pita pocket dipped in ranch dressing. I don’t know if it started because it required no cooking or because it’s all we had in the fridge? But I ate it every Saturday for…longer than I would like to say. But we all know anything dipped in ranch dressing is delicious.

  91. Laura says:

    I actually really like to eat salads for breakfast. Case in point: this morning I had an arugula salad, with rotisserie chicken, tomato, cucumber, avocado, flax seed, and carrots topped with olive oil. so freakin delicious

  92. Cecilia DeLong says:

    I guess I was craving salt, because I pulled some leftover shrimp fried rice out of the fridge, and crushed up some sour cream and onion potato chips in it!

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