Happy Friday! Sahale Nuts & Rumtopf Update

Today is turning out to be a great Friday – my grape and walnut focaccia just came out of the oven and it smells amazing (more about it on Monday) and I received samples in the mail from Sahale Snacks. I am a nut addict and couldn’t resist the urge to open all of the samples at once.

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Sahale Snacks was founded in Seattle in 2003 by two mountain climbers after enduring days of uninspiring trail mix and energy bars. The company states that they follow a simple product philosophy which focuses on using whole foods and “culinary magic” to create healthy snacks.

Granted, I didn’t read about the company until after trying all of the nuts … I just couldn’t wait to tear open the bags. Joe always reminds me how much he detests nuts when I buy them. He’ll nibble on a few, make a nasty face and tell me that I’m crazy for loving them so much.

I started with the cashews flavored with vanilla and dried pomegranate. I ate a few and then passed the bag to Joe. He ate a few, then a few more … then stated they were great. I didn’t really fancy them so much as the sweet vanilla flavored overpowered the cashew taste. Oddly, this is exactly why Joe liked them, “they don’t taste like cashews, they taste good”.

I continued to the Almond PB&J, a mix of almonds, peanuts and a slightly chewy bits/coating of fruit. I expected to dislike it but found the flavor and texture grew on me. I followed it up with a mix of Almonds and sesame seeds (and you know how much I love sesame), but the texture didn’t seem appealing. The nuts weren’t crisp and the flavor was kind of bland.

The final flavor, Soledad, turned out to be my hands-down favorite. It’s a sweet and spicy mix of almonds, dried apple, flax seeds, dates, balsamic vinegar, and red pepper. I can see why it was voted “Best Trail Mix” by the editors of Men’s Health Magazine (June ’09 issue). I loved the spicy-sweet flavor, as well as the crunchy and chewy mix of nuts and fruit. Very satisfying. Definitely something I would pick up for a long road trip.

Although tempted, I didn’t eat all of the nuts in one sitting. I’ll save a few for this weekend.

What are your favorite nuts or nut snacks? Cashews are my favorite nut and I have frequent cravings for glazed walnuts with sesame seeds.

Update:
I’ve added two cups of the most beautiful, plump raspberries to my Rumtopf Pot

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8 comments

  1. I think my favorite are pecans toasted plain in the oven at 250 for about a half hour. Heavenly. It seems to me Sahale had some other combinations of nuts that I’ve eaten, not the ones you mentioned–maybe with pecans ;-) and some black pepper, and of course a little sweetening and dried fruit. Yum.

  2. Wha wha wha?! Joe is nuts (heh). Cashews are awesome. I really like nuts best when they’re by themselves– not in dessert. Then I can’t stop eating them too :)

  3. oh yeah. soledad is one of my favourites. Have you tried the one with the Pecans? it’s really up there too and may be my alltime favourite. I think it’s called Valdosta. Costco used to carry it in huge bags. yum!

  4. I love any nuts but I think I would love to try the Soledad. They all look really good. Next time I’m shopping in the States I’ll buy some. Thanks for the review.

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