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Monday, December 31, 2012

BLUE DIAMOND ALMONDS, HABANERO BBQ




‘Sometimes you feel like a nut sometimes you don’t.” ‘Blue Diamond Almonds Habanero BBQ’ flavored nuts showed up in my Christmas stocking this festive day. Did Blue Diamond make this flavor just for me? Spicy hot & fruity habaneros combined with bbq has me sold even before the top has been popped. Let’s give them a taste.

Ingredients:

Almonds, vegetable oil, (canola safflower and or sunflower), sugar, salt, tomato, molasses, powder (Cane refinery syrup, molasses) vinegar powder, (maltodextrin, vinegar solids) onion, garlic, natural smoke flavor (contains soybean oil) yeast extract, habanero chile pepper, mustard, malic acid, spices and extractive of paprika are the long list of ingredients. We are also informed that this is peanut free and may contain other tree nuts.
  
The top is popped and freshly roasted almond aroma starts the anticipation glands to kick in. Immediately a handful was placed in my awaiting snack food receptacle. WOW!!! Are you ready for this not so original take; ‘There was a party in my mouth”. Sweet, onions, tomato/paprika, mustard, tomato with a hint of smoke all collided and melded on a crunchy almond. They were so salty good. A tiny small hint of heat finished off this flavor bomb almond treat. I really wanted to taste the fruity habanero sting but was only teased. There is a problem with this product. Once you start eating the almonds it is almost impossible to stop.

Heat:

This ingredients list habanero chile peppers but a light hand is used. The heat meter will barely tip the scale to 1 star out of 5.


Overall:

I admit that I have always been a fan of Blue Diamond Almonds. It is hard to go wrong with fresh, salty flavored almonds. Habanero BBQ is just another great flavor to snack on. The sweet, smoky flavor with just a tease of peppers is a success. Of course my inner Chilehead persona wants some more heat but this snack delivers on all other levels. Thankyou  Santa Claus.

6 comments:

Three Dogs BBQ said...

I must admit, smoked almonds are right at the top of the nut food chain for me. A close second is a good pecan. Thanks for the review on this product Mr. Genius. I will be keeping my eyes open for this one...

Happy New Year,

Bill

Chilebrown said...

Happy New Year Three Dogs BBQ. I have loved Blue Diamond ever since I was a wee smoky joe. I remember them being a stocking stuffer from many moons ago.

Chris said...

Would you say that the heat level is similar to the wasabi ones?

Chilebrown said...

Chris, I will have to go pick up a can of Wasabi. These habanero nuts are pretty mild.

Greg said...

Blue Diamond rocks!

Chilebrown said...

Greg, Oh Yeah!