TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Squirrel Brand Gourmet Nuts
|Categorizing Squirrel Brand as just a nut company is simplifying things a bit too much,” says the company website. “We prefer to consider ourselves as more of a sensory experience.” While we normally skip over glowing marketing statements, in this case, we totally agree.
In its earlier days, Squirrel Brand was not targeted to gourmets, but to folks looking for a simple bag of fresh, salted peanuts. Old radio commercials on the company website urge the average Joe to enjoy them, and tell parents to buy a bag for the kids.
Today, average Joe has been left behind; he would not be too interested in the sophisticated, transcendent truffled almonds which we think are to die for—a fusion of California nuts and Ritrovo’s Italian truffle salt. Meyer Private Reserve cashews from Brazil are dusted with a delicate blend of five peppercorns from the Pacific Rim that accents—never overwhelms—the fine cashew flavor. The same seasoning is available on “blistered” Virginia peanuts, roasted with a special technique for extra crunchiness. And yes, there are the sweet offerings—Crème Caramel Pecans, Crème Brûlée Almonds—and the “plain” nuts, including mixed nuts and pistachios salted with Fleur de Sel.
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Squirrel Brand opens your eyes to a category called “gourmet nuts”—not just the best quality nuts, but the best quality handled by master roasters and flavored by great palates. With Father’s Day coming up, you don’t have to go nuts or squirrely figuring out how to treat Dad to something special. Just hop over to Squirrel Brand and shell out for something special. Read the full review, including recipe ideas and serving suggestions.