Take the son of a cashew broker and a self-described life-long cashew nut, add two guys who used to work for a big granola company (two words: the first name is another word for “grizzly” and the other means “emperor’s clothes”), and add a brand management guy – all of whom are athletes – and what do you have? Four guys who realized the market was in dire need of a lightly seasoned, dry-roasted cashew that makes people say “yum” as in “wow, these are delicious, please give me the whole bag so I can devour them right now.” That’s exactly what I thought when I tasted Yumnuts Cashews, of which there are five varieties:
Yumnuts Cashews Sea Salt: The original, the great lightly salted slow-roasted cashew. With three ingredients – cashews, sea salt, and gum acacia (from the acacia tree), these set the standard for what a cashew should taste like.
Yumnuts Cashews Coconut: If you’re as nuts about coconut as cashews, then this is the ultimate snack. In our home, coconut is a food group in which we indulge daily. These cashews are seasoned with coconut, organic evaporated cane juice, and tapioca syrup and then slow-roasted to perfection. Slightly sweet, crunchy, and delicious. Definitely worthy of cabinet space.
Yumnuts Cashews Touch of Honey: Pure, simple, delicious…and, better than any other honey roasted nut out there, Touch of Honey Cashews are made of cashews, honey, and organic evaporated cane juice. That’s it. Slightly sweet yet, still crunchy. Scrumptious.
Yumnuts Cashews Chocolate: Roasted cashews are dusted with real cocoa powder to create one perfectly paired snack. The slight sweetness comes from a bit of honey and organic evaporated cane juice. Milk powder and soy lecithin are also used to add flavor and keep the cocoa on the nut. Chocolate and nuts just go together and this treat proves it.
Yumnuts Cashews Easy Cajun: For those who like a little spice in their nuts (but not too much heat), the Easy Cajun Cashews fit the bill. Made with cashews, spices, garlic, chili powder, tapioca syrup, and organic evaporated cane juice.
The company also sells three types of flavor-roasted almonds:
Yumnuts Almonds Cinnamon: Light and crunchy, these dry-roasted almonds are made with evaporated cane juice, tapioca syrup, cinnamon, molasses, cornstarch, and allspice. Cinnamon lovers (including my daughter) rejoice over these.
Yumnuts Almonds Ginger Orange: The Ginger Orange Almonds are made with dry-roasted almonds, evaporated cane juice, tapioca syrup, ground ginger, cornstarch, and ground orange peel. Delicious chopped up with brown rice, scallions, grilled tofu, chopped avocado, and freshly diced mango.
Yumnuts Almonds Dark Chocolate: These dry-roasted crunchy almonds are coated with cocoa which allows both ingredients to share the spotlight. Made with almonds, evaporated cane juice, tapioca syrup, cocoa, natural flavors, corn starch, and vanilla extract, these almonds are a stand-out among almonds.
The guys at Yumnuts are clearly nuts about great taste, especially when it comes to cashews and almonds. Unlike most nuts that are cooked at high temperatures and in bad-for-you oils with copious amounts of salt, Yumnuts area lightly seasoned nuts that are flavored and dry-roasted in the oven. Each 1/4 cup serving of contains:
- 150-160 calories
- 5-6 grams of protein
- 0-105 mg of sodium
- 0-7 grams of sugar
- 1-3 grams of fiber
- 10-11 grams of fat (from the nut)
Yumnuts are sold in 5 ounce resealable packets (cashews) and 5.75 ounce resealable packets (almonds) and can be purchased on-line directly through the company’s website: www.yumnutsnaturals.com (4 packets for $19.96 or about $5 per packet) with free shipping on all orders over $90; or through www.vitacost.com where each packet sells for $4.17 – $5.09 depending on the flavor, with free shipping for all orders over $49; or www.luckyvitamin.com where each packet sells for $4.19 – $4.49, with free shipping on all orders over $49.