Friday 15 December 2017

Taste test Snacks On The Move

- Katy McGuinness

The range of snacks geared towards eating on the go has improved in recent years: it's no longer the case that the only options are chocolate bars and crisps. We tried a few of the more elevated alternatives, some sweet, some savoury.

Nutmost Activated Nuts, Tamari Flavoured Almonds, 50g, €3.50, 9/10

Activated nuts are soaked to wash away enzyme inhibitors that can make them bitter and difficult to digest. Whatever about the science, these Irish-made nuts taste great - the almond flavour is not overpowered by the tamari - and are utterly addictive: be warned, 628 calories per 100g.

The Raw Chocolate Company, Organic Raw Chocolate Mulberries, 28g, €2.50, 9/10

The tiny packet is probably the ideal snack size, even if does feel a little on the small side. Sophisticated dark chocolate and dried mulberries - delicious. 461 calories per 100g.

Cambrook Brilliantly Caramelised Sesame Peanuts, 80g, €3.19, 8/10

A cut above your average packet of peanuts, roasted with sugar, honey and a little salt before being sprinkled with sesame seeds. Our testers were hooked. 541 calories per 100g.

Nicoya Enrichment, Chilli & Lemon Activated Seeds, 110g, €2.95, 5/10

Our testers were disconcerted by the raisins and honey in this Irish-made snack, as the chilli and lemon descriptor led them to assume that they'd be getting something wholly savoury. Messy to eat, and no calorie count given.

Forest Feast Street Food Ir de Tapas, 40g, €1.29, 4/10

Billed as something to take you 'bar hopping though Spain's original fast food haunts', this snack consists of chilli lime broad beans and peas, with corn, almonds and peanuts. 465 calories per 100g. More suited to eating with a cold beer than in the car.

Irish Independent

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