Impromptu Product Review: Planter's Flavor Grove Skinless Almonds Chili Lime

I was at my pharmacy today, and spotted these on the shelf: Planter's Flavor Grove Skinless Almonds Chili Lime. I like almonds and I like hot food, so I thought I'd check 'em out.

The stats include 6 grams of carb per serving, with 3 grams of fiber, for a usable carb count of 3 grams; well and good. 6 grams of protein, too, and 15 grams of fat -- something the label actually boasts about, maybe we're making inroads. The ingredient list reads:

Almonds, vegetable oil (peanut, cottonseed and olive), contains 2% or less of sea salt, sugar, dried chili pepper, spices, citric acid (for tartness), lime oil, lime peel, natural flavor.

I wasn't thrilled about the sugar, but found the carb count unalarming. I bought a bag, and cracked 'em as soon as I got to the car.

My reaction? Meh. Not terrible, just... meh. These must be the frailest-flavored chili lime anything I've ever tried. Almost no heat at all, just a bare suggestion of chili on the tongue. Not much lime zing, either, and not enough salt. The sugar, however, I could taste; these seemed oddly sweet to me. Coming from the company that does those yummy "Heat Peanuts," and the nose-twisting Soy and Wasabi Almonds, these were a real disappointment.

Add to that the fact that they were a little soggy. I'm used to roasted almonds being good and crunchy -- think Smokehouse Almonds, which are quite crisp. Just roasting these a little longer would have improved them to my mind.

I'll probably finish the bag. And if I had a choice between Planter's Chili Lime almonds and, say, pretzels, I'd eat the almonds. But given a choice between these and Soy and Wasabi Almonds or Heat Peanuts? Or good old Smokehouse Almonds? I'd never give the Chili Lime almonds another glance.

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Soy & Wasabi Almonds!!!

Soy & Wasabi Almonds!!! Why haven't I thought of that. I can do that. I am so going to make that.

England doesn't really do low-carb snack/junk (even the pork rinds have sugar in them (why???)). I have to invent my own.

Soy & Wasabi Almonds!!!

Soy & Wasabi Almonds!!! Why haven't I thought of that. I can do that. I am so going to make that.

England doesn't really do low-carb snack/junk (even the pork rinds have sugar in them (why???)). I have to invent my own.

I don't like them either

I tried the Chili Lime almonds, too, and found them insipid. Hated the sogginess. Give me crunchy any time. I didn't even finish the package, just threw it away. Never again.

Oh, and I adore the wasabi almonds. The peas, too, but they have too many carbs for me.

Erica

Wasabi Snacks

Yeah, the peas are tasty, but don't fit my carb limit.

Years ago, when I was a baby health food freak, I liked "vegetable chips" -- a Japanese snack of little round crackery-chippy things made from potato starch and vegetables. Once or twice, I got an odd one in a bag that was so hot it made my nose run -- and loved it! Finally discovered that the same company also made "wasabi chips" -- the same chips, coated with wasabi. Never looked back.

Allright! Another Wasabi

Allright! Another Wasabi Almond fan. We are rare.

Thanks for the review.

-Steve

Wasabi Almonds

We are? Those wasabi peas are popular. I would have thought there were quite a few wasabi fans out there.

Mmmm. Wasabi. Maybe I need to buy some wasabi almonds. But not today; I'm on an egg fast.