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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Almondina Review

Let's talk about another tasty healthy snacking option today. What would you say about a cookie that only has 30 calories? I knew that would get your attention! I want to introduce you to a company that is committed to offering natural, healthy cookies with a generations old family recipe - Almondina.

Almondina is the inspiring success story of a man, Yuval Zaliouk, whose great loves include both music and wonderful food. For generations his family loved his grandmother Dina's most secret cookie, which she called Petit Gateau Sec. Yuval Zaliouk, an internationally known symphony conductor and gourmet chef, always had a special place in his heart (and stomach) for this exquisite, crispy wafer with the delicate flavor of roasted almonds and the natural sweetness of plump raisins. That is why he decided to create the Almondina treats from this secret family recipe, and he introduced it to the market in 1989.
So, what exactly are Almondina cookies?  They are a gourmet cookie, health food and snack, all in one. Almondina - The Delicious Cookie Without the Guilt, this all-natural, crispy almond cookie has no cholesterol and no added fat, salt, or preservatives and has only 30 calories. Also,after checking with the company, I found out Almondinas have NO GM ingredients in them either. Thank you!

At first, I thought they were like biscotti, and that you would only want to eat them dipped in coffee or some other liquid. But, they aren't. I have been just snacking on them plain, and they are great! They are full of the great natural taste of almonds, raisins and other spices. And they are not too crunchy either. I hate it when you feel like your teeth are going to break when you bite into something, but that is not the case here.

They come in lots of different varieties, and each one is just as good as the last.

• Original - America's all natural favorite with almonds and raisins
• New - Chocolate Cherry - We combined the world's finest dark chocolate
with plump cherries to produce an irresistible, decadent treat without guilt.
• Choconut - Rich tasting crunchy chocolate, but low in calories
• Cinnaroma - The original biscuit for cinnamon lovers
• Gingerspice - Trend setting, with chunks of Australian ginger
• AlmonDuo - Double-nut wonder with almonds and pistachios
• AnniversaryT - Award winning delight with a touch of anise
• NEW - BranTreats - Made with oat bran and the finest cinnamon "Cookies For Breakfast"
• Sesame - Irresistible, exotic, flavorful
- Seasonal - Pumpkin Spice - A seasonal attraction with a delightful touch of fall spices combined with the highest quality almonds and pepitas(pumpkin seeds)

If I had to choose my favorite, I guess it would be a tie between the Original and the Chocolate Cherry. The dried fruit inside of each of these varities is perfectly chewy and goes great with the crispiness of the cookie. And I just love the almond chunks inside all the Almondinas.

They are great as a snack, crumbled on top of ice cream, dipped into hot chocolate or coffee, or I even like them cumbled in my oatmeal.
Almondina cookies are sold in all 50 States and several foreign countries.  Almondina distribution has expanded and is now readily available at stores such as Kroger, A&P, Winn Dixie, Publix, Food Lion, Market Basket, JH Harvey and Blooms, Whole Foods, Trader Joes, TJ Maxx/Marshalls and many others. Or you can order them online.


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