March 19, 2012 - Fearlessly Archived - Still a fun read, price & availability may have changed.
Soup to Nuts
From soup to nuts – literally. The unique flavoring in Thai Lime & Chili Cashews is derived from a popular Thai plate, Tom Yum Soup. Its abundantly aromatic, spicy-sour profile is provoked by the addition of Thai lime, lemongrass and chili peppers. These very same ingredients are ground together into a distinctive seasoning that defines these sensational snacking nuts.
Our buyer happened upon some of these vibrant cashews while waiting for a flight in an off-the-beaten-path airport in Thailand. As she crunched into them, she was tickled by how the tang of the roasted lime leaves and the citrusy lemongrass notes played with the kicky chili punch and the salty-sweet bite of the cashews. She bought a package on the spot, and carried them home in her suitcase for the tasting panel to try. A resounding hit, they were greeted with finger-licking and cheers of “pass the beer!” Trader Joe’s Thai Lime & Chili Cashews have since become a bit of sensation in snacking circles. Some even admit to driving more than an hour, just for a bag. They’re that unusual and delightfully addictive, especially at our price of $6.99 for a 16 ounce bag.
Culinary Curiosity: According to an international travel website, Tom Yum Soup is ranked in the top 10 of the World’s 50 most delicious foods in 2011 – right after ice cream. Can Tom Yum Ice Cream be far behind?
Gross Origins: The late Latin grossus, meaning large or bulky, gave rise to the word grossarius, the name of someone who sold merchandise in large quantities. In French the word evolved to grossier, and in English to grocer. What does a grocer sell? Grocery!