Emerald Cocoa Roast Almonds are Divine

51DSDeTdekL._SL500_AA280_I stumbled upon these new Cocoa Roast Almonds when browsing the snack aisles at Target last weekend.  I like to keep a stash of nuts in my office for afternoon noshing. And I must admit, I often look for the pre-portioned packages because I can’t seem to stop with just one handful.

So I was intrigued when I saw 100-calorie packs of dark chocolate almonds.

I bought a box and took them to work with me. Yesterday afternoon I tore into a package to try them and they were amazing! The chocolate is just a light dusting of cocoa powder that’s baked into the roasted almonds.  It’s not too sweet and doesn’t overwhelm the almond.  It’s not at all like the chocolate-dipped almonds that are indulgently good.  But that takes almonds into an entirely different category of candy — with a lot more calories and sugar.

These almonds are very different than the candy-type almonds.  The cocoa powder offers the perfect hint of dark chocolate, but lets the taste of the almonds come through (and without the added calories and sugar).  The package labeling promotes the fact that the chocolate is baked in so there’s no mess on your hands.  True, but they did flake a bit.

Almonds are a fantastic nut — one of the highest in vitamin E (20% of the Daily Value per serving).  The 100-calorie package contains 8 grams of fat (but that’s the good kind!) and 4 grams of carbohydrates (including 2 grams of dietary fiber). They do contain some artificial flavors and sucralose appears in the ingredient list, but that doesn’t bother me.  There’s a tremendous amount of research on almonds, so it’s definitely a nut to eat more often.

The nuts were so good, I had two packages.  Oops.  So much for the 100-calorie portions.

But these cocoa-dusted nuts are a much better choice than many of the 200-calorie “nutrition” bars that are simply vitamin-infused candy bars.  They’re a great option for keeping in your bag for an on-the-go snack. The protein content of the nuts helps tame your appetite, and the chocolate flavor helps satisfy a craving for something sweet.

And by the way…I was not given these products by the company (Diamond Foods, Inc.).  I bought them myself at Target, and had never even heard of these nuts before my shopping trip. If I am ever given free product to review, dear reader, I will most definitely reveal that fact to you.  This has always been my personal policy, and now it’s a policy of the Federal Trade Commission.

Perhaps you’ve heard by now, FTC has released new guidelines for bloggers.  The guidelines are intended to enforce  ethical blogging.  FTC can fine bloggers up to $11,000 for not disclosing payments to recommend products.  Even receiving free products to review must be disclosed.  I will certainly do that, and will never strike a pay-per-post deal.

Let me know if you’ve tried the new Cocoa Roast Almonds or if you’ve found a new snack that you’d recommend.

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