Posted July 3, 2006 by Nick Lindauer in Makers

Review: Dave’s Smokin’ BBQ’d Nuts

Everyone is grabbing Dave’s nuts. They are smoky, spicy and a delicious snack. The Piquin chiles and other spices will make your taste buds jump for joy. Warning: this product may be addictive to those with taste buds, but don’t worry we’ll make more.

Dave's Smokin' BBQ'd Nuts

After reading Anthony’s review of the Acid Rain Hot Nuts, I jumped at the chance to try Dave’s newest nut – Smokin’ BBQ’d Hot Nuts. Everyone get all the hot nut jokes out of their mind? Good, now let’s proceed with the review.

Ingredients: Peanuts, Chipotle Pepper, Salt, Monosodium Glutamate, Dextrose, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Paprika, Spice, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Natural Flavor, Corn Syrup Solids, Modified Food Starch, Soy Protein Isolate, Malic Acid, less than 2 percent silicon dioxide (added to prevent caking), peanut oil.

Smell / Appearance: Unlike other flavored nuts I’ve tried in the past, these nuts actually did smell like they were advertised: smokey with a hint of BBQ. And each nut was evenly coated with seasoning.

Dave's Smokin' BBQ'd Nuts

Truth be told, I was expecting a lot more heat then these nuts have. But the label does say they are “warm” – I guess it’s the history with Dave’s other products that led me to think these would be hotter then that. But that being said the lack of heat is not a bad thing in this case. The wife thought they had plenty of kick, but that they were also a nut that we could serve at a party without worrying about people eating them and getting an overdose of heat.

Flavor: With my burnt out taste buds, I could taste the smokey chipotle but had a hard time finding the BBQ’d flavor. The wife however did think they had a bit of BBQ taste – so it’s just a matter of your taste buds. The Smokin’ BBQ’d Nuts are definitely smokey with just a tad bit of heat that will make your taste buds tingle and come back for more.

Overall: The label says: “Warning: this product may be addictive to those with taste buds, but don’t worry we’ll make more.” and they aren’t kidding. These suckers are very addictive for anyone that’s into hot nuts. The flavor is consistent throughout the jar and whether or not you taste the BBQ, there’s still plenty of smokey heat to keep you eating. The wife and I managed to destroy a jar between the two of us in no time. I highly recommend these for your next party or as an office snack.

Dave’s Gourmet, Inc.
2000 McKinnon Ave., Bldg. 428, #5
San Francisco, CA 94124-1621
Phone: (800) 758-0372 / (415) 401-9100

Nick Lindauer

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