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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Archer Farms Pumpkin Spice Almonds

As a child growing up with a plethora of food allergies, I always felt fortunate that none of them were to nuts of any kind. I had to avoid foods like wheat, milk, and sugar, so naturally, I had all varieties of nuts as a snack on many occasions. My childhood favorites were macadamias, filberts, and pecans...and, of course, almonds.

Although I don't often wind up snacking on macadamias and filberts, mostly because of their relative lack of availability and/or high price, I still enjoy pecans and almonds fairly regularly.

Thanks to treatments and changing body chemistry, the vast majority of my food allergies eventually dwindled and subsided—so the sugar and milk powder in the ingredients here don't pose a threat.

Good thing, because these snacks are tasty.

There's a healthy dose of pumpkin spice mixed in with the coating here, but the creamy sweetness of the white chocolate can still be detected. As you can see there in the window on the bag, the snacks are just slightly larger than normal almonds, egg-shaped, and robed in two different shades of autumnal veneer.

Each almond is whole and pristine. There's more than enough nutty flavor coming through in the mix. I'm actually surprised to see that "white chocolate" appears above "almonds" on the ingredients list.

And of course just a little pumpkin spice goes a long way, so the "less than 2%" of spices including cinnamon still flavors each bite quite adequately. Even though it's not mentioned specifically on the ingredients, I taste something decidedly nutmeggy here, much like the Pumpkin Spice Pretzels I tried recently.

I think this bag was $2.99 here in South Jersey. Not something I'd crave outside of October and November, but a nice seasonal snack if you ask me.

These almonds get 8 out of 10 stars from me.

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