Wednesday, September 15, 2010
It all started with a climb up Mount Rainier in Washington State in August 2003. We had some beautiful views but nothing delicious to eat. The trail mix and stale nuts we brought on our trip helped to replenish lost energy, but did nothing to satisfy our desire for something great tasting, nutritious and as adventurous as our travels. That experience inspired us to create Sahale Snacks.
Our first line of snacks, the nut blends, are unique combinations of premium nuts, dried fruits, and exotic spices, each reflecting a beautiful location, culture and/or culinary tradition somewhere in the world. They are all natural, delicious, conveniently packaged, and full of nutrition. Recently we added a line of lightly glazed nuts with great fruits like raspberry, strawberry, and pomegranate.
We use whole ingredients in their natural form -- such as cashews, almonds, pecans, hazelnuts, pumpkin seeds, macadamia nuts, and peanuts -- and combine them with naturally dried and preservative-free (unsulphured) fruits, then add fabulous ingredients like organic orange blossom honey, lemongrass, balsamic vinegar, Moroccan harissa, or pure ground Madagascar vanilla beans.
Sahale Snacks sent me four super awesome snacks to try! Each snack was equally delicious in it's own unique way.
The first item I tried was Barbeque Almonds with Mild Chipotle + Ranch. Enjoy the harmony of classic tastes with an all-natural twist. Our Barbeque Almonds are seasoned with a proprietary “Dry Rub” spice blend and accented with tangy buttermilk ranch. Then, they’re slow roasted to a smoky, spicy-sweet perfection.
These were absolutely delicious! They have a very smoky flavor which is something I love. I even crunched some up and pressed it into a chicken breast before grilling which made for a very delicious and unique flavor that I plan on experiencing again and again!
The second item I tried was the Almonds with Cranberries, Honey + Sea Salt. We're taking honey-roasted almonds in a brand new direction. We start with whole almonds and the finest orange blossom honey, add our naturally dried cranberries and top them with toasted sesame seeds and sea salt for an exquisite salty-sweet symmetry. Our light glaze adds just the right amount of sweetness.
I was a little leery to try almonds, mixed with honey cranberries, sesame seed and sea salt. It sounds crazy right?? But it's not! It couldn't be more perfect! It's a truly delicious blend of sweet and salty to get you through that mid afternoon snack hump!
The third item I tried was the Cashews with Pomegranate + Vanilla. We think we've found a perfect combination of sublime flavors: Pomegranate, Vanilla, and Cashews. Our whole roasted Cashews are teamed with Pomegranate and Apple, and balanced with pure Vanilla bean. Our light glaze adds just the right amount of sweetness.
Yummy, yummy! In my tummy!! This was probably my most favorite item that I tried. I loved the sweetness of the vanilla combined with the chewiness of the pomegranate and crunchiness of the cashews. What a perfect blend!
And last but not least... I tried the Pecans with Sweet Cranberries, Black Pepper + Orange Zest. Made with black-peppered pecans and sweet cranberries, this sumptuous departure from everyday snack food evokes the classic taste of the American South.
The flavor of these pecans was the most interesting flavor of the four I tried. It was sweet and spicy at the same time. The black pepper definitely brought out the flavor of the cranberries and orange zest. I recommend that everyone tries these!
For the Blogiversary event, Sahale Snacks has offered to giveaway a sampling of nuts and an apron to one lucky winner!
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Disclosure: I received mixed nut samples from Sahale Snacks to review for free. No monetary compensation has been offered or accepted. The opinions above are my own.