Brown & Haley Dark ROCA, review

Brown & Haley is an over 80-year-old company in Tacoma,WA. Fortunately for me, Brown & Haley has an office and outlet store one block away from my workplace in Fife, WA. I can quickly stop in and pick up treats for friends, family and myself. We know Brown & Haley for their iconic Almond ROCA, the candy you'd sneak from the candy dish on your grandmother's coffee table. Brown & Haley continuously releases new products including Dark ROCA. Dark ROCA is so good, it won an award for the most innovative gourmet & premium product at the annual National Confectioners Association Sweet & Snack Expo (http://www.sweetsandsnacks.com/learn_more.cfm) Usually, See's candy is my preferred gourmet chocolate of choice, but Dark … [Read more...]

Nature Valley 100% natural, Protein Chewy bars review

There were two new Nature Valley chewy bars in the grocery store last week:  Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate and Peanut as well as Almond and Dark Chocolate. The last breakfast snack (belVita Breakfast biscuits) I choose lacked protein, these Nature Valley bars with 10 grams of protein might redeem me. The peanut butter dark chocolate naturally flavored bar was eaten quickly in the car, while drinking a latte. It was confusing: lots of peanut butter flavor, slightly sweet, very chewy with a lingering aftertaste. The fullness of the product seemed to be missing. My expectations were that the bar would be extremely nutty, very sweet and crunchy as well as chewy. After all, the bars appeared to be packed with nuts. When I read the … [Read more...]

Blue Diamond Almonds BOLD Wasabi & Soy Sauce review

Smart Snacking I'm glad the container of these almonds is labeled "smart snacking", because I have almost finished the entire container. These seasoned almonds are amazingly delicious. The aroma off the container is nutty, roasted and spicy (nasal clearing).  The taste is a wonderful balance of sweet, salty, roasted notes with the pungency of wasabi. There is no vegetative/broccoli like off notes that wasabi or horseradish sometimes have. The savory character of the almonds balance beautifully with the heat of the wasabi. Umami The delicious savory character is described as Umami  in flavor science. Umami means "pleasant savory taste" in Japanese  and is usually attributed to glutamates or nucleotides. This boldly seasoned almond does … [Read more...]