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MELODY LAN is a member of THE NIBBLE editorial staff.

 

 

August 2006

Product Reviews / Main Nibbles / Snacks

Sahale Snacks

Nut Blends With Ethnic Twists

Page 1: Introduction

 


CAPSULE REPORT: Sahale Snacks is a line of all-natural nut snack mixes made with exciting international seasonings. The sweet-savory combinations are addicting for their fresh, crunchy nuts and chewy, dried fruits; and for the gorgeous colors and shapes that look beautiful in a bowl. The point, though, is that they can be enjoyed on-the-go. This is Page 1 of a 3-page review. Click on the black links below to visit other pages.

Overview

When we looked at the ingredients list of the Sahale Snacks line, we anticipated grab-and-go snacks that were more interesting than the usual store-bought kinds. They include not-so-average ingredients like balsamic vinegar, dried papaya, saké, Moroccan harissa spice, pumpkin seeds and dried figs. After we placed all the flavors side by side and opened them, we hoped for the best and snacked on. Our hopes were answered. The mixes exceeded our expectations: exciting and glamorous nibbles that are equally at home at cocktail parties and at casual gatherings.

Sahale (pronounced sa-HA-lee) is a Chinook* word for a high, lofty place; it has come to infer a secondary meaning of “sacred.” Although these are certainly snacks worth treasuring, the company founders took the name from a peak called Sahale in the Northern Cascades in Washington State, where the product is produced. The company founders were in fact climbing Washington’s Mount Rainier when they got the inspiration for these fabulous nut blends. They may have been climbing one mountain, but the line gives one’s taste buds a gourmet flavor tour around the world.

*A Native American tribe from the Northwest

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The Sing Buri nut blend with soy-glazed cashews, peanuts, pineapple and sesame seeds, dusted with lemongrass and Chinese chili. Photo by Melody Lan | THE NIBBLE.

The flavors of the spices and seasonings are distinct, the nuts are fresh and crispy, and the dried fruits are sweet and chewy. The separate ingredients complement the whole flavor experience, and as you can see in the photos, the blends are glossy, glazed nuggets that look as good as they taste. They’re in cozy clusters—the tapioca syrup, organic evaporated cane juice and natural sugars from the fruit keep the ingredients together in convenient bites—you don’t have to scoop up pieces to get a sufficient mouthful, they’re already clinging together for you. On top of great taste and visual appeal, each time the bags were opened we were treated to the wonderful fragrance of the spices.

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