We tried all 18 renditions of the humble nut.
Here at Food & Wine, we're big proponents of snack food. We're also big proponents of taste-testing snack foods, as we've done with all sorts of products — from Pop-Tarts to Cheez-Its. Though we love our Oreos and Goldfish, we also know that sometimes it's best to eat something that isn't so, well, unhealthy.
Almonds fit that bill, whether mixed into a bag of trail mix or candied with salt and spices. They can provide a quick boost of protein or even just a satisfying crunch. So, for our latest snack food taste test, we gathered our team together to try all of Blue Diamond Almonds' inventive flavors, ranging from sea salt to sriracha.
Here's our definitive ranking:
"Not my cup o' bloobs!"
"Not bad, but not necessary."
17. Salted Caramel
"Might be good on ice cream."
"I don't hate them."
"I miss the salt."
"I enjoy these a lot! Not too sweet, good for snacking."
15. Toasted Coconut
"Great little healthy-tasting snack."
"Smells like sunblock."
"What I'd expect."
"A classic and good salted almond."
13. Lightly Salted
"Good — as described."
"Would eat, but prefer more salt."
12. Whole Natural
"Would be good with some dark chocolate."
"Nutty and a little sweet, as usual."
11. Honey Roasted
"I don't taste honey, just sugar."
"Not enough honey!"
"Sweet and spicy."
"Sort of taste BBQ sauce."
"Yummy and not so spicy."
"Super savory and addicting."
"Unexpected for an almond but awesome."
"As a salt and vinegar fan, these are 100 percent my jam. Admittedly the vinegar is on the aggressive side, but I love it."
"I'm oddly into these, and I don't like salt and vinegar chips!"
"Yes. Deeper and salty."
"These are the OG and they are great."
"Love cinnamon. Love these."
"Tastes like Swiss Miss."
"Would prefer plain almonds with real chocolate."
"Sweeter than it is hot, but the flavor is addictive."
"Just spicy enough to keep eating."
"A lot happening. Mini explosions. 10/10 would eat again."
"Really like the flavor. This one is worth experimenting with for other applications. Chocolate pairing?"
"Zero heat but tastes like BBQ chips."
2. Bold: Wasabi & Soy Sauce — THE RUNNER UP
"My all-time favorite. The perfect kick."
"Ooh! I like these a lot! Would eat a lot of these."
1. Bold: Sriracha — THE WINNER
"Slight spice, real nice."
"Surprised how much I like these!
"Spicy and sour. I think almonds are a better delivery vehicle for some of these spicier, vinegar-y flavors than I expected."
Check out these recipes for fun ways to cook with almonds.