January 8th—Fearlessly Archived—Still a fun read; price & availability may have changed.
Trader Joe's Mesquite Smoked Almonds are carefully roasted in oil to draw out their naturally nutty flavor, then seasoned with a blend of onion, salt, sugar and spices. After adding a bit of molasses, which gives them a richer, deeper flavor, we finish them with natural mesquite smoke. This is one of the main differences between our Smoked Almonds and some of the others. Most of the recognizable brands use hickory smoke. We considered going that route, but in the end, we just liked the mesquite smoke better. Its flavor is light and a little sweet, pronounced, yet subdued. Most importantly, we're confident that we have the best-tasting smoked almonds on the market.
If you're on a mission to make your holiday hors d'oeuvres more exciting, adding Mesquite Smoked Almonds to a meat & cheese platter is your ticket to success. Joined by our Italian or Spanish Deli Meat Combo Packs, the cheeses of your choice, and perhaps some Turkish Apricots, you'll have a spread that says "Mission Accomplished."
Our ultimate mission -- during the holidays and every day -- is great value, and we've succeeded there as well. We're selling each 16 ounce bag of Mesquite Smoked Almonds for $5.99, every day.