Monday, February 21, 2011
CHARMING ALMOND COOKIES
I rarely get excited about products on the market-especially cookies. When you are a chef, you tend to make everything yourself and only purchase raw ingredients, not packaged foods.
Well, that has all changed now. I recently tried Almondina Biscuits and I cannot stop eating them. I must admit I was a little iffy on the product at first, with its unusual name and modest packaging, but now I am hooked. Not only am I hooked but I got my son and husband onto the Almondina habit as well.
Last Shabbat I opened up a package and spread it on a plate and started munching and crunching my way through a very satisfying treat. The biscuits are mildly sweet and generously adorned with enormous almond slices-like a cobblestone pavement of almondy goodness. These biscuits/cookies are a bit of a problem. I simply cannot stop eating them.
Sure, they are good on their own-all crunchy and delicious. But, I found that they make quite the delicious confection when schmeared with a little jelly, peanut butter and my favorite, nutella. I must confess that after a while I stopped schmearing the nutella on them-I just used the Almondina as chips and had myself a little chip and dip party.
My husband called from the car last week and between loud crunching noises-let me know that he had just scarfed up an entire package of the Almonduo with chunks of almonds and pistachios.
Yesterday we took a little road trip and almost simultaneously announced that we wished we had some Almondina with us. So, not only am I unable to stop eating these biscuits when I have them-but now I am craving them.
Almondina are kosher,low fat and extremely crunchy. They have no artificial or ersatz ingredients in them (my pet peeve) and I think that is part of their appeal. You feel pretty good about them and are quickly seduced into thinking that no harm done here with this low fat, chock full of almond treats and before you know it-you have decimated an entire package.
So, I have a new product to add to my list of ready to eat things I buy-I love these charming biscuits but can we do something about the name and the packaging?