The folks at Planters know a good nut when they see one. And so do we.
The 104-year-old company is known mostly for its peanut products. And, yes, for Mr. Peanut, its iconic man-about-town legume dressed to the nines in top hat, monocle, white gloves, spats and cane.
But Planters is thinking outside the shell, so to speak, with its new Flavor Grove line: three kinds of flavored skinless almonds (sea salt-olive oil; chili-lime; cracked pepper-onion-garlic) and two types of cashews (chipotle; sea salt-cracked pepper).
I put together an impromptu, informal tasting of some samples. All 10 tasters liked the crunchy, fresh-tasting nuts a lot and definitely would buy them, adding they would team the nuts with something cold to drink. Yes, there was some heat in the chili-lime almonds and the chipotle cashews - a good thing.
The nuts sell for $3.49 per 5.75-ounce package. Look for them to populate the snack aisles of more stores as the summer rolls on. Right now, they're at Safeway and CVS Pharmacy stores, said a Planters spokesman.
Tip: Sprinkle a handful over a big bowl of Breyers vanilla bean ice cream.
More information: www.planters.com.