BOSTON (CBS) — Phantom recently purchased four bags of granola at a local supermarket. the crunchy contenders were Bear Naked, Chappaqua Crunch, Kellogg’s, and Kind. See if you can guess which wholesome snack ended up at the top of the food chain.

Chappaqua Crunch finished at the bottom of the barrel. This mix of oats, almonds, raisins and cranberries was severely lacking when it came to the almonds, raisins and cranberries. Even worse, the pieces of dried fruit Phantom did find were small and sad looking. When it comes to flavor, the best way to describe this brand is that it tastes the way a ‘Whole Foods’ store smells. Just because this stuff is supposed to be good for you, doesn’t mean it has to taste that way.

At the opposite end of the granola spectrum is Kellogg’s. This bag delivers big clusters of way too sweet granola with barely noticeable slivered almonds, and scant sugar coated raisins. While the hint of cinnamon was a nice touch, Phantom just can’t get past the fact that this brand is loaded with sugar and fortified with all kinds of vitamins and minerals.

The runner up is Bear Naked. On the upside, this brand delivers the best flavor by far. Loaded with plump raisins and dried cranberries, plenty of roasted almonds and pecans, and hints of coconut and honey, this mix offers up delicious variety. On the downside, the texture of the oats is way too soft, leading to a disappointingly flaccid eating experience.

At the top of the food chain is Kind. With huge clusters imparting a crunch factor that’s off the charts, Kind promises to give your mouth a serious workout. It’s made with chia seeds and five super grains, plus dried raspberries, making this mix a delicious change of pace from the typical granola. In a bowl or straight out of the bag, this is a snack that tastes good and lets you feel good too. That’s why Kind raspberry clusters granola is at the top of the food chain.

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