Blue Diamond Almond Flavors, Taste-Tested and Ranked

We tried 14 renditions of the humble nut.

Photo: Abby Hocking

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, sometimes we want to reach for something a bit more satiating.

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 energy between meals 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:

14. Oven Roasted: Blueberry

"Not my cup o' bloobs!"

"Not bad, but not necessary."

Oven Roasted Blueberry Almonds
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13. Toasted Coconut

"Great little healthy-tasting snack."

"Smells like sunblock."

Toasted Coconut Almonds
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12. Oven Roasted: Sea Salt

"What I'd expect."

"A classic and good salted almond."

Oven Roasted Sea Salt Almonds
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11. Lightly Salted

"Good — as described."

"Would eat, but prefer more salt."

Lightly Salted Almonds
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10. Whole Natural

"Would be good with some dark chocolate."

"Nutty and a little sweet, as usual."

Whole Natural Almonds
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9. Honey Roasted

"I don't taste honey, just sugar."

"Not enough honey!"

Honey Roasted Almonds
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8. Smokehouse

"Yummy and not so spicy."

"Super savory."

Smokehouse Almonds
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7. Bold: Salt 'n Vinegar

"Unexpected for an almond but awesome."

"As a salt and vinegar fan, these are 100% 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!"

Salt n Vinegar Almonds
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6. Roasted Salted

"Yes. Deeper and salty."

"These are the OG and they are great."

Roasted Salted Almonds
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5. Oven Roasted: Dark Chocolate

"Tastes like Swiss Miss."

"Would prefer plain almonds with real chocolate."

Oven Roasted Dark Chocolate Almonds
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4. Bold: Sweet Thai Chili

"Sweeter than it is hot."

"Just spicy enough to keep eating."

"A lot happening. Mini explosions. 10/10 would eat again."

Sweet Thai Chili Almonds
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3. Bold: Habanero BBQ

"Really like the flavor. This one is worth experimenting with for other applications. Chocolate pairing?"

"Zero heat but tastes like BBQ chips."

Habanero BBQ Almonds
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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."

Wasabi and Soy Sauce Almonds
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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."

Sriracha Almonds
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Blue Diamond's lineup of snack almond flavors changes over time. Since publication, new flavors have been added.

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