melT: The Almond Drop

I met Melissa Thomas on a progressive dining tour with Local Table Tours. We got to talking about cooking, food blogging, the gluten free trend and just how terrible some of the “healthy” gluten free pre-packaged foods taste. Melissa mentioned that she actually made a gluten free treat called The Almond Drop. She told me┬áthat her original intentions were not to create a gluten free product, but it just so happened to be delicious and naturally gluten free, so she found herself right in the middle of the gluten free industry. As she was incredibly friendly, a knowledgable foodie, and passionate about her craft, I told her I’d love to sample them and write a post to help spread the word.

I was expecting a small sample, perhaps one or two of each flavor, so I was really surprised when she gave me four whole packages: Walnut White Chocolate Dried Cherries, Cranberry Chocolate, Apricot Chocolate, and Simply Apricot (a vegan treat). I’m really glad she was generous with me because these things were my nightly dessert for a week or so.

Almond Drops

A combination of almonds, dates, almond butter, unsweetened coconut, and flax has never tasted so good. These little bite-sized balls are sweet enough (agave syrup) to satisfy my sweet tooth, yet wholesome enough to indulge in more than just one, as those calories (140 per ball) are mostly comprised of nuts and healthy fats. I loved each variety of Almond Drop almost equally, and found that having all four in one sitting made for a most satiating dessert.

You can purchase The Almond Drop here in Boulder at Whole Foods and Lucky’s Market. Way to go, melT Foods! That’s a well-deserved product placement.

 

Olomomo… Oh My Goodness!

I can’t believe I have no self control. Zero self control. One large bag of Olomomo Righteous Cinnamom Cayenne Roasted Almonds was totally devoured by two people (me included) in what I’m remembering to be less than 30 minutes.

They are seriously good nuts!

Olomomo Nut Co.

It was a typical night: I was sitting on the couch with a glass of wine, flipping between the Food Network and the Cooking Channel. The clock approached midnight… then 12:30. I decided to go to bed. But then, it happened again. A Boulder food business was being featured on a Cooking Channel show. I feel like I’m constantly seeing Boulder food businesses on TV, so I recorded it… but stayed up til 1:00 am just to hear about these nuts.
Olomomo. What in the what kind of name is that? Justin Perkins, the founder and CEO of Olomomo, talked about his company’s name. He apparently created the word. It’s a mouthful, but, in my opinion, describes these flavorful nuts, in some kind of odd way.

I enjoyed watching Justin talk about his company on TV. He talked about world travel as an inspiration for his nut flavors, such as Chai Bliss Almonds, Maple Masala Pecans, Mango Chipotle Zinger Almonds, and Cinnamon and Cayenne Almonds. I’d love to sit down with him and talk travel/food inspiration, being an extensive world traveler myself…. but, I digress…
I’ve seen Olomomo’s stand at the Boulder Farmers’ Market all summer, so I decided to buy a few bags. I tried the Maple Masala Pecans, Mango Chipotle Zinger Almonds, and Chai Bliss Almonds.
The verdict: These are my new favorite snack. I had to show real self control to not devour all of the nuts before even taking a quick photo. Great job Olomomo! I’m so happy to have you here in Boulder and look forward to eating lots of Olomomo nuts in the future. Ski season is approaching, and these small packs are a perfect snack.
If you’re in Boulder, make sure to stop by one of the last few farmers’ markets and sample some nuts. If not, order online. Your taste buds will thank you.

Nuts

Most of these nuts are going to wind up in the Vita-Mix. I don’t think I’ve ever had so many nuts.

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