Who doesn’t love a good nut mix? I mean, aside from people who get sick whenever they’re within 10 metres of a peanut. In this case, the packaging drew me in, and the description on the bag of Sing Buri cashews convinced me to part with my $4.29 for a stingy quantity of nuts. Cashews with pineapple? Hell, yes!
The Pitch: “Lemongrass, soy-glazed cashews, pineapple, peanuts and sesame seeds, lightly dusted with mild Chinese chili make up this exceptional, aromatic blend reminiscent of a great Thai dish.” What a combination!
The Look: Fancy! Lovely packaging. Very slick, very pretty. Features a picture of the nut mix paired with lovely colours. The nut mix itself mostly looks like the picture on the package, minus the gorgeous, dramatic lighting.
The Taste: Whhaaaat? Kind of bland, to be perfectly honest. Sweet (hello there, bits of dried pineapple) with a bit of salt and some soy sauce. You can obviously taste the cashews and peanuts, as well as some sesame, but the lemongrass – the last ingredient on the ingredients list – is missing in action. The one flavour I keep getting is sunflower seed, even though there are none of those in the mix. Even the chili is more muted than I expected.
RATINGS AND DETAILS
Cost: $4.29 for a 142 gram bag at Planet Organic in Calgary.
Value for cash money: Not great.
Availability: Not sure. Planet Organic is the only place I’ve seen it.
Nutrition?: Per 1/3 cup (40 grams): 190 calories, 13 grams of fat, 150 mg of sodium, 2 grams of fibre, 6 grams of protein. Also, 20% daily value of iron.
The verdict: Meh. A pretty big disappointment. If the overall flavour was better, yeah, sure, it would be a decent snack. But it tastes incomplete – a squandered opportunity to dazzle my taste buds.