It’s been a while since I reviewed a product, so when I opened my inbox to find an email asking if I’d be keen to review True North nut snacks, I was a very happy chappy, especially since they sounded like a pretty healthy option for me to nibble away on between stuffing my face with street food whilst working with Streats.
Now, you probably haven’t heard of these snacks given that they’re only just launching in Europe, having just touched down from Stateside. I was sent the Almond Pecan Crunch and the Cashew Crunch to get my greedy gob on, so here’s my two pennies worth:
The texture of both of these is somehow crunchy and chewy at the same time; kind of like a peanut brittle I suppose. I thought the Almond Pecan crunch would be crunchier than the cashew given that they are naturally crunchier nuts than cashews, but the Cashew Crunch had just as good a texture, although naturally tasted slightly creamier and so perhaps just about took first place for me.
I popped the first cashew bite in my mouth and despite the deliciousness going on, my heart sank a little. “These aren’t healthy, are they?” I whinged to my co-workers who were also happily munching away on my contribution to the mid-morning snack round. “Yeah… No. They’re so satisfyingly sticky and clearly loaded with sugar” they concurred. Cue me desperately searching for the macros on the back of the packet. I cannot believe (although am delighted to tell you) that FIVE of these bites only rack up 130 calories and 8 grams of sugar, not that I would ever really need as many as five of these in one sitting. I’ve got this awful habit for needing something sweet every time I eat something savoury (it actually got so bad earlier this year that I started going for the chocolate after breakfast… Gross, I know), anyway, if 5 of these are 130 calories and 8g sugar then two of them (what I’ve been having since opening these packs since they’re so chewy, sweet and satisfying that I’ve found 2 is enough) only clock up 52 calories and 3.2 grams of sugar.
‘What is this sorcery?!’ I hear you cry… I don’t really know the answer to that question to be honest, since I’m not particularly well-versed in nutrition, but I’m guessing it’s something to do with the fact that the sweetness comes from brown rice syrup and organic sugar? I don’t really care how those numbers ended up so low, I’m just happy my level of guilt can be equally as low every time I dip into the packet. Each packet also proudly boasts that the bites have 0g of trans fats, that they are non-GMO and have no cholesterol, artificial colours, preservatives, dairy or gluten.
You want to know where to get your hands on these little beauties now, don’t you?
Since they’re so new here in Europe, they’re only currently available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=bl_dp_s_web_0?ie=UTF8&field-keywords=DolcelaDolce&index=grocery&search-type=ss
Give it a few weeks and you’ll also be seeing them in Holland and Barrett and Ocado, as well as room service at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, although True North is rebranding to ‘Dolce la Dolce’ for their upcoming snack-sized packets, so when you spot those lil’ bags of guilt-free glory, you’ll know exactly what they are! Harrods, Selfridges and Harvey Nichols are also currently reviewing the products, so you know they’re pretty good if all these big dogs are taking an interest.
Let me know if you’re nuts for them when you get your hands on a packet after they hit the shelves!
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