When you first go gluten-free, there are certain hidden sources that tend to be overlooked. Soy sauce. Licorice. Seasoned nuts. The last can result in mixed messaging: “Nuts are safe! … Except when they’re not.”
Playing it safe means opting for raw or unseasoned nuts. While very healthy, that also can get boring.
Enter Sahale Snacks, a variety of gourmet and glazed nuts – all made in a facility that’s certified gluten-free. The flavors can be sweet, salty, savory or spicy, depending on which bag you grab. Here are the flavors we tried:
- Honey Almonds: These hit the sweet tooth with a glazed, candy-like coating, but are filling enough that you don’t overindulge. The addition of dried mini cranberries is a smart touch, as they’re well-distributed and have a chewy factor to offset the hard crunch from almonds. My favorite part, however, were the sesame seeds that studded each almond, which added even more flavor and texture.
- Barbeque Almonds: These almonds have the smokiness and tang classic to barbeque flavors, so they’re a good option for BBQ chip fans. Like good barbeque, you’ll need to do some finger licking after snacking on these.
- Southwest Cashews: After trying so many almonds, the soft crunch of these cashews really showed through. The big bite, however, is in the spice. Take a few at a time and you’ll have a good zing; take too big a handful and you’ll get an eye-popping kick.
- Tuscan Almonds: These are a true savory snack. Coated in parmesan and herbs, the flavor is not for the weak. Great for munching, but they have even more potential for topping salad or grinding up for an aromatic breading.
The most surprising thing about these nuts? The random places I’ve spotted them. Like at the airport (which makes sense since the resealable packs are oh-so-portable). If you haven’t seen them in your travels, visit www.sahalesnacks.com and check the product locator.
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