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Knoshbox is the only box that I’ll be receiving this month … and I’m glad that Knoshbox is the box that I’m getting because this box rocks!

The theme of this month’s Knoshbox is “Autumn Harvest,” and what a fun theme!  The first product I got really excited about was the box of taffies from Salty Road.  (Seriously, people, these guys make the best taffy ever.)  Salty Caramel Apple taffy even!  This was the next flavor on the list of flavors that I wanted to try from Salty Road.

And if Knoshbox is reading this … the next flavor I want to try is the Salted Caramel, but I’d be really happy with the Peppermint too, if you want to go with that for the December box.  You know … Christmas … peppermint.  YUM.

But the yumminess of Knoshbox doesn’t stop with the taffies … it’s just begun!  Also in this month’s box are two items that I’ve already sampled and reviewed:  Organic Pumpkin Seeds from CB’s Nuts and Apple Cinnamon Pecan Energy Bars from Off The Farm.  And another product that I’ve previously tried … but not reviewed:  Justin’s Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups.

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But just because I’ve already tried these … doesn’t mean that I’m not happy to get more of them!  I loved these products when I tasted them the first time … and I’ll enjoy revisiting them!

Also in this month’s box is a full size box of Burnt Sugar and Fennel cookies from Lark Fine Foods.  As you may recall, I’ve sampled a couple of other cookies from Lark Fine Foods, and I enjoyed those immensely – the Salted Rosemary Shortbread cookies are to die for!  So I am excited to try these too.

Another stunning box from Knoshbox!

Product Description:

Pistachios are certainly better when they are processed with love. CB’s Nuts USDA Certified Organic Pistachios are treated with care from day one. Grown on soil that is protected from environmental threats by fastidious farmers and picked when they’re ripe, these pistachios are naturally delicious. (Ever wonder about pistachios that haven’t opened? Don’t break you’re teeth – the shell opens when it’s ripe, so if it’s not open it was picked early – Mother Nature wanted it to be easy for us!)

Learn more about CB’s Nuts on their website.

Tea Suggestion:

I would normally suggest an iced tea with these, because snacking on pistachios seems to go naturally with iced tea, but, just for fun I decided to brew up a cup of this Honey Nut Biscotti tea from Kally Tea and drink it hot.  The delicious, nutty flavor of the pistachios really brought out the nutty tones of the tea in a beautiful way.  A really nice, somewhat unconventional tea time snack!

What I Think:

While I love pistachios, I wasn’t all that excited about receiving a bag of these pistachios in the Boardwalk Box.  I mean, I’ve had pistachios before, and I’ll be honest, I always bargain shop when it comes to these nuts.  They aren’t cheap, you know?  So, paying $7.00 for an 8 ounce bag of pistachios seems a little steep for me.

All these thoughts occurred to me BEFORE I opened the pouch and tried my first pistachio.  These are SO good… and seriously, they are better than any pistachios I’ve had in the past … err, with the possible exception of the Garlic Onion Pistachios … so I guess it would be more accurate for me to say these are the best roasted and salted pistachios I’ve ever had.

The first thing that I noticed is that my hands are not covered in salt.  These say “Lightly Salted” and they mean it.  They are salted just enough to bring out some of the natural goodness of the nut without making them taste like a typical salty snack.  Drawing from the theme of the Boardwalk Box from which they came, these taste as though they were seasoned by the sea air… salted, yes, but, they don’t taste like I just ran my tongue across a salt lick.

And this makes a huge difference.  I can TASTE the pistachio.  As I mentioned before, I love the taste of pistachios, but this may be the first time I have actually been able to explore the true flavor of the nut uninterrupted by excess flavoring.  The result is a delicious, toasty, sweet, nutty flavor.

Now that I’m more than halfway through the bag, I’ve noticed something else as well.  Every single shell is opened.  With the bargain bags of pistachios, I usually find at least one closed shell out of every ten pistachios.  That’s an estimate, of course, I’ve not actually conducted a study or anything.  But based upon what the description from the CB’s Nuts website, a closed pistachio shell means that the nuts were picked too early.  And the fact that these have been carefully selected and I’ve not found one shell that’s closed, that’s pretty impressive!

My Final Thoughts:

I really liked these much more than I thought I would.  I mean, I knew I’d like them, I love pistachios!  But, I wasn’t expecting to be as impressed with them as I am.  I didn’t expect them to be so different from the bargain bag of pistachios.  But they are!  And I love that these are a locally crafted product.

Product Description:

photo from Foodzie – click on the photo to go there!

Styrian pumpkin seeds are the kings of the pumpkin seed world for flavor. These seeds have a rich, nutty flavor and are hulless so you get straight to the good stuff. CB’s is one of the few domestic growers, so they don’t come with a heavy carbon footprint to get to you.

Learn more about CB’s Nuts on their website.

Tea Suggestion:

With this delicious, slightly salty snack, I wanted a refreshing glass of iced tea.  This Cold Brew Mango Green Tea from Culinary Teas is perfect – the sweet, fruity goodness of the tea complimented the rich, nutty flavor of the pumpkin seeds very well.

What I Think:

I have tried pumpkin seeds from CB’s Nuts before, so I figured these would be more of the same.  Whoa!  Was I in for a big surprise!  Sure, those pumpkin seeds from October 2011’s Tasting Box were pretty amazing, but these are so much better … there just really is no comparison.

What makes these so different from all the other pumpkin seeds out there?  Well, first of all, these are hull-less.  Sure, pumpkin seeds hulls are usually edible, but they are still fibrous, and let’s face it, if faced with the choice between eating the hull of a pumpkin seed and the nut of the pumpkin seed, which are you going to choose?  The nut, of course!

These Styrian Pumpkin Seeds have no hulls on them, so there is nothing between me and that rich, delicious nutty flavor.  These seeds are a little bit crunchy, very tender, and so incredibly yummy.  They are lightly salted with sea salt – just enough salt to enhance the natural flavors of the seeds – and really that’s all that’s needed because these taste so good that you don’t need anything extra.

My Final Thoughts:

More, please!

Where to Buy:  CB’s Nuts on Foodzie

Price:  $22.50 for five 5-oz. packages

Product Description:

At CB’s Nuts, we feel it’s important to know where our food comes from, that’s why we cultivate relationships directly with the Oregon farmers who grow our organic pumpkin seeds. The pumpkin seeds are brought to our roasting facility in Kingston, WA where they have a sea salt bath and are roasted to crunchy perfection in small batches. They are a great source of vitamins and minerals, including most of the B vitamins, C, D, E and K as well as magnesium, zinc, calcium and iron.

What I Think:

This was certainly an enjoyable addition to this month’s tasting box!

Usually, when I buy pumpkin seeds, I buy them from the bulk bin in my local grocery store.  I never really gave much thought about the pumpkin seeds, but I can say that there are some notable difference between these pumpkin seeds from CB’s Nuts and the seeds from the bulk bin.

Most notably, these are “cleaner” than the pumpkin seeds from the grocery.  Not to say those pumpkin seeds were “dirty” because they were not, but they weren’t cleaned from the pumpkin/squash fibers very well.  I always seemed to find bits of the squash still clinging to the seeds, and well, it’s kind of unappetizing.  These are free of “pumpkin debris” and that makes it much more enjoyable to just sit and snack on them.

Also, when I opened the package of these, they smelled like roasted nuts.  As if they were very freshly roasted.  My tummy growled in response – as if to say:  eat those now!

But what I seem to be enjoying most about them is that there is nothing particularly unusual about them.  They are pumpkin seeds that have been lightly roasted and salted with sea salt.  But it is in this simplicity that a sort of perfection has been acquired:  They are roasted just right and not too salty.  Just a very flavorful, delicious and healthy snack.

Sure, I appreciate that these were harvested in Oregon and then processed in Washington.  I like that this is a local product.  I appreciate that these are organically grown.  I like that I can taste the nutty sweetness of the pumpkin seed.  The salt is used here to highlight the flavor of the pumpkin seed rather than create a salty snack.

But what I like best is that these are simple … simply delicious.

My Final Thoughts: 

Delicious and tasty, these pumpkin seeds are a hit!  No more bulk bin pumpkin seeds for me!