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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  • Ooh, dark chocolate almonds sans-sugar…my deplorably understocked local supermarkets might not have them, but if they do I’m so there!

    I didn’t know about the new FTC laws. I’ll keep that in mind, though I’m ten years away from being popular enough to receive free products for review.

  • Katie

    I just received a free sample of these the other day – the campus where I am doing my dietetic internship is thinking about stocking them in the markets. I love almonds…and chocolate…and I couldn’t have enjoyed the combination more! It was the perfect snack. Now I’m just glad to find out they come in smaller portions for a quick grab.

  • Brandon

    That 100 Calorie pack had what, 10 almonds?

    While nuts are great for keeping you full, they don’t help me much actually get full.

    I think what’s probably the scariest about these 100 Calorie packs is their price tag.

  • Kim

    Chocolate dusting – double yum! I have been a fan of the Blue Diamond cinnamon (tho not in 100 calorie packs, so self-control is a must), but now will definitely try the chocolate.

  • Xanya

    I gotta say. This stuff is poison.

    Dry roasted renders the oils in the almonds harmful. Natural and artificial flavors and artificial sweeteners make this product even more poisonous.

    Stay away and eat a piece of fruit or some really raw almonds: even better if you can soak them

    Ingredients: Dry roasted almonds, modified food starch (potato), natural & artificial flavors, cocoa powder (processed with alkali), salt, acesulfame potassium, sucralose.

  • Janet

    Wow…didn’t expect such strong reactions about this little snack I found. Brandon, there are 19 almonds in each pack. So, not a lot, but more than 10. You’re right, it didn’t fill me up, that ‘s why I ended up having 2 packages! And you’re right to bring up price. I should have addressed that. You can shave off some $ by buying a bigger bag and not the individual packets. Still, there are more economical options for nuts, you’re right.

    And Xanya, I don’t agree. Don’t think you have your facts right about the oil, but I know I won’t convince you otherwise. Yes, I mentioned the artificial flavors and sweeteners, but the amounts are truly small. That’s not a deal breaker for me. That’s a personal choice, but I can assure you the product is not “poison.”

  • Rob

    i just recently bought a bulk container of these nuts from sams club and they are absolutely amazing. It really feels like you are cheating on your diet b/c they are so good and they are perfectly sweet enough to curb your cravings while filling you up. I would love to see a comparison of a natural almonds health benefits versus these cocoa roasted ones as i am just not educated on the pros and cons between the two food manufacturing processes. Def recommended for any health conscious person who fights sweet cravings.

  • Steph

    I found these amazing snacks during this past year at college and let me tell you, they are great for munching on in between classes on a long day, because they curb my appetite and make it so I can sit through class without my stomach growling. They also tend to curb my chocolate craving that I get about once a day (I love chocolate!) and they are a lot better for you. I eat one pack of these a day, like I have for the last 8 months, and they never get old. I’m so glad I found them!

  • Cheryl

    Great snack… Finally a tasty healthy treat. I read the back of everything I buy and most consumers are fooled by marketing – “low fat”, ” low calorie” , “healthy”, etc… This is a good fat with low sugar and carb and will full you up.

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