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December 2, 2008

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Nutty Girl Gourmet Nuts

Even guys go nuts for Nutty Girl gourmet mixed nuts: heart-healthy nuts and high antioxidant cranberries. Photography by Daniela Cuevas | THE NIBBLE.

WHAT IT IS: Gourmet nut mixes.
WHY IT’S DIFFERENT: Roasted pecans, almonds and walnuts are charmingly accented with rosemary and other seasonings.
WHY WE LOVE IT: It tastes great, and the gift packaging is a real standout—no other wrapping required.

Nutty Girl: Rosemary-Tossed Mixed Nut Gifts

CAPSULE REPORT: Some people struggle to break free of the shackles of their current jobs and get into the specialty food business, where they hope to make others happy with delicious foods or beverages. Carolyn Cary’s journey was short and swift: Her sister, a boutique owner, tasted Carolyn’s rosemary pecans one Thanksgiving, and asked her to make them to sell at the store. Customers loved them, and Nutty Girl was in business. Sis even babysat for a day so that Carolyn, a professional artist, could paint her bright and beckoning package art.

The boxed nuts make a great stocking stuffer, party favor or teacher gift (we can’t bear to throw our empty box away), but Nutty Girl can also be purchased in bulk plastic bags for folks who want a more cost-effective way to eat lots of it (or who own a very chic bar). Those looking for good-for-you gifts will be happy to know that these nuts are heart-healthy, give or take a wee bit of salt, butter and sugar. Read the full review below.

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Nutty Girl: Rosemary-Tossed Mixed Nut Gifts


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Introduction To Nutty Girl

Many artists pray for a second line of income that is satisfying and rewarding. Carolyn Cary fell into hers. One day, her sister opened a boutique.  That Thanksgiving, Carolyn recreated her mother’s roasted rosemary pecans, and her sister couldn’t stop eating them. She commissioned them for the boutique, where they became best-sellers. A friend in the packaging business convinced Carolyn to use her artistic talent to create a unique gift box...and the artist transformed into the Nutty Girl.

That was four years ago, and Nutty Girl has been bringing nutty joy ever since, to thousands who taste her wonderful recipe...and can’t wait to buy another box. In fact, we tried to duplicate the recipe, but couldn’t come anywhere close.

The original roasted pecans and fresh rosemary have evolved into a mix of pecans, almonds and walnuts, plus high-antioxidant dried cranberries. Those just happen to be Carolyn’s favorites; Who knew that the FDA would pronounce pecans, almonds and walnuts as heart-healthy foods, fighting bad cholesterol? Here’s a snack that is actually good for you—assuming you stick to a two-ounce portion and don’t polish off the whole box in one sitting.

Nutty Girl Gift Box

Portrait of the artist as a specialty food entrepreneur.

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