I have a sweet tooth. Not a little one, but a big ol’ one that gets cranky when it’s not filled. I’ve tried chocolate cereals, sodas, candy and gum. I like it all, I really do, but my experience with Almondina has taught me that less sometimes is more — really. These little cookies.. Well, are they really cookies? They’re like tea biscuits, maybe. I don’t quite know what that is, but I feel like these are certainly something I might drink with tea if I drink it. Anyway, Almondina makes these little cookie biscuits that I’ve never had anything like before. As the name suggests, they’re from an almond base.
They’re tiny, crunchy little cookies. They’re no frills in some ways, but they also lack salt, preservatives and sugar. You might wonder, then, if these cookies could be any good. I understand where you’re coming from, trust me. Then again, I gobbled up several packages pretty quick. Yes, they are good. You might want to know which varieties are the best because, yes, Virginia, there are flavors.
- Chocolate Cherry
- This was my favorite by far. A little chocolate, a strong cherry taste. Some soft, chewy parts that I assume were cherry. Sophisticated while hitting my sweet tooth just right.
- I moved on to these. They seemed the next decadent. Chocolate but not overly sweet. Good without making me forget about my cherry love.
- A surprisingly tasty cinnamon snack. Not exactly spicy but not boring, either.
- Lightly sweet but without any chewy goodness. The most almond of the bunch, of course. This had the most flakes of real almond.
- This one just wasn’t my style. It’s not sweet enough, and the seeds made the texture odd..
- The spiciest of all the cookies I tried. Just not my thing. I like gingersnaps but this didn’t seem enough of a treat to me.
Of course, these aren’t even the only flavors available from this company. Hard to believe, right? They have both chocolate and yogurt dipped cookies. Yum.
I have to admit that I quickly ate the sweeter ones. The original stayed around a little longer as I worked my way through them, but I enjoyed them still. I ate all of these plain, except for one that I tried with some peanut butter. They’re perfect light snacks without a lot of calories. However, you could easily enjoy them with coffee, tea or hot chocolate. A spread of Nutella, chocolate, jam or perhaps even butter would provide you with another alternative. I bet there’s some sweet dip that these would go well with, but you have to be careful because the cookies are a little fragile. Mine broke in the shipping process. I loved all the little pieces, and this won’t be an issue if you’re purchasing them in the store, but they’re not exactly hardy. Acceptable sacrifice in my opinion.
One of the things that I like is the history of this company:
Almondina are unique – a gourmet cookie, health food and snack, all in one. These extraordinary gourmet treats are created from Yuval Zaliouk’s [a musical conductor] secret family recipe which has been passed down from generation to generation and was introduced to the market in 1989. It is wonderfully crunchy and does not have to be dipped. It is a delightful accompaniment for coffee, tea, soft cheeses and fine light wines.
If you’re looking for these cookies in person, you can find them in stores like these:
- The Fresh Market
- Glorioso Italian Market
- Cost Plus World Market
- Sendik’s Food Markets
- TJ Maxx
- Trader Joe’s
Fortunately, you can find them at common stores and some not-so-common stores. Almondina cookies shouldn’t require you to go out of your way to nibble a little. However, if you really aren’t sure, you might want to first enter this giveaway on Reviews by Cole. You’ll get an awesome sampler with all the flavors that I got to try, so you can determine for yourself whether Almondina cookies will become part of your snack life forever. ;)
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