Posts Tagged ‘Sahale’

Product Description:

This delectable snacking experience features almonds, apples, and flax seeds, tickled with date, balsamic vinegar and cayenne.

Learn more about Sahale Snacks on their website.

Tea Suggestion:

I highly recommend that you have a glass of iced tea nearby when you start eating these snacks!  I really like this Apple Pearadise from Big Tea House. It makes a stunning iced tea, and the sweet, fruity notes of the tea go very well with the fruit flavors of this snack mix.

What I Think:

This tasty snack mix is a wonderful juxtaposition of flavors and textures.

The flavor is all at once spicy from the cayenne pepper, sweet from the apples and dates, nutty from the almonds, and just a little tangy from the balsamic vinegar.  Add a little salt just to keep it interesting, and WOW!  So good.  It’s an exciting balance of flavors that is sure to make the palate happy.

But it is, first and foremost, a spicy snack.  So if you tend to prefer your snacks on the timid side, this is not the snack mix for you.  But if you like your snacks with a little bite – you should definitely look for these the next time you’re in your local Whole Foods Market.

The almonds are lightly glazed with a cayenne balsamic glaze and then sprinkled with flax seeds.  This gives them a nice crunchy texture and a spicy, tangy flavor to go along with the natural, nutty sweetness of the almonds.  Then chunks of apple and dates are added, which give the mix a pleasing sweetness and a chewy texture to contrast with the crunch of the nuts.

My Final Thoughts:

As much as I enjoyed the Sahale Cashews with Pomegranate and Vanilla, I think I might like this snack mix even more!  I love the spicy flavor of this one… it is very warm but not what I would call spicy-hot… although as I said above, you’ll want to have that iced cold tea nearby to help cool the palate.  YUM!  Seriously, I loved both of these snack mixes … so much so that I may have to try some of Sahale’s other intriguing snacks!

Product Description:

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.

Learn more about Sahale Snacks on their website.

Sahale Snacks can be found at Whole Foods Market.

Tea Suggestion:

While these would be delicious served with a hearty black tea, I recommend trying a green tea with this delicious snack.  Try this Valley Peak (Ding Gu Da Fang) from Madala Tea.  The sweet, nutty flavor of the tea is very reminiscent of a cashew, and I think that it highlights the nutty taste of this snack.  A delicious pairing!

What I Think:

After reading the name of this snack from Sahale I knew it would be something I loved.  Cashews with Pomegranate & Vanilla?  As my husband would say, “it’s got YOU written all over it.”

And I was not wrong about loving it.  It is really delicious.  With the first few bites, the cashew flavor was a little obscured by the sweetness of the glaze and the vanilla overtones, but, after those initial bites, the cashew flavor started to come through.

The glaze gives the nut a sweetness without adding a tremendous amount of texture.  It isn’t a heavy or candy-crunchy kind of glaze that you might experience from a brittle.  The vanilla is a strong note at the beginning but after popping a few morsels in my mouth the vanilla tones started to taper as the other flavors emerged.

The dried pomegranate arils lend a slight tangy note to the flavor, but it isn’t sour or overpowering. They also add a very pleasing texture to the snack:  chewy and satisfying.  In fact, I think what I am enjoying most about this snack is contrasts in texture as well as flavor.  It is crunchy and chewy, while tasting sweet, nutty, salty, and tangy.

My Final Thoughts:

This is a deliciously different, healthy (and certified gluten free) snack that satisfies many different types of cravings.  The best part, at least in my sweet tooth’s opinion, was the last bit that was at the very bottom of the pouch that was loaded with vanilla powder and loose pomegranate arils.  It was deliciously chewy and sweet.  YUM!  And I also LOVE that these are local treats, made right here in the great state of Washington!