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More savory than sweet, these crunchy peanuts are tossed lightly with maple syrup, a dash of cayenne, thyme, and small chunks of salty, smoky bacon. Holiday snack, solved.
What I Think:
This was one of two items featured in the Bacon and Bourbon box that prompted me to choose it for my tasting box this month. I’ve had my eye on this product for months now! I knew I had to – at some point, when finances would allow me to – try it.
And it is the first item to be sampled this month too. I tried to hold off on trying them, but these actually seemed to be calling out to me. I do try not to devour everything once I get them, trying to find just the right time to try them and the right tea with which to taste them, but these just could not wait… so I made a mad dash for the kitchen and brewed some tea!
The name of this product is a little deceiving, at least for me. When I think of “brittle” I think of the hard, candied sugar and nut type treat. What I have before me are more like “candied nuts” that are more on the spiced savory side than on the sweet side.
They are deliciously crunchy, with a crispy shell of maple and spices. These spices creep up on you, let me tell you! It starts out rather mild, and after a few handfuls, you’re in need of a beverage to cool things down. The shell is also salty, of course, not just from the peanuts, but also from the teensiest, tiniest morsels of bacon. The bacon delivers a hint of smoky flavor, but every once in a while, I encounter a slightly larger bit of bacon and it is slightly chewy, smoked bacon-y and YUMMY!
Surprisingly, though, I learned that these yummy bits of goodness are not for everyone. I gave some to my oldest daughter to try and she did not care for them, and neither did my husband, whom I was actually afraid to share some with because I thought for sure he’d love them and want to eat them all before I had a chance to write this article.
Ahhh, well, that’s just fine by me, because I’m loving them, and now I don’t have to share them! As for tea … well, the first tea that came to mind was Maple Bacon Tea from ManTeas, but since I do not have any of that on hand, a good smoky Keemun like this Premium Keemun Hao Ya from Teavivre is what I chose to sip along with these delicious bits of peanut and bacon goodness. The smoky tones of the Keemun encouraged some of the smoky tones of these “confections” to come out and play. A really delicious combination.
My Final Thoughts:
These are really good … and I’m really glad I had the opportunity to finally try them. But as they don’t appeal to everyone … if you’re on the fence about it, you might do well to find a couple of other people who might be interested in trying it and purchase the 3-pack and split it amongst you. However, you might find yourself ordering them again soon!