Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Marich Chocolate Sea Salt Cashews

Organic Chocolate Sea Salt CashewsWhen on vacation I often pick up candy that fits in the intersection between my candy tastes (pretty broad) and The Man’s (not quite as broad but also includes many red flavors). Often we share things like Swedish Fish, Goetze’s Caramel Creams, dark chocolate with nuts or gianduia.

On our travels we selected some Marich 72% Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Cashews at the Sweet Offerings shop. Yes, they were expensive at $6.95 for a 4.5 ounce package but they weren’t for Candy Blog, they were just for eating. But I enjoyed them so much and was positive that I’d be referring to them again that I needed to review them.

Well, I couldn’t find them. Instead I ended up with the pictured Marich Organic Chocolate Sea Salt Cashews which were similarly priced at Whole Foods.

The box seems like a little bit of overpackaging, but they do the job of protecting the candy inside (which is just in a cellophane bag). The box is 9 inches tall and 3 and a half inches at the base ... far larger than a four and a half ounce packet of candy really needs to be. It could easily be two inches shorter and not press on the candy at all. (But maybe they use the same format for a large variety of weights and this is simply efficient.)

Chocolate Sea Salt Cashews from Marich

Even though they’re called a Sea Salt Cashews, the sodium levels are quite responsible. The package says that there are 60 mg in a 40 gram serving (about 1/3 of the package).

First, these cashews are huge ... and then the thick dark chocolate coating is, well, thick. So they’re amazingly large. (I would compare them to my thumb, but I don’t really want to repeat the photos of my digits & candy.)

The chocolate is dark and slightly bitter, the grassy and clean flavors of the cashews come through with the deep woodsy and coffee notes of the chocolate. Just three or four of them were quite satisfying. They hardly seemed like a sweet treat though. I honestly did a double take with the first few 72% ones I ate - they hardly seemed like candy because they’re not sweet. It wasn’t the little bit of salt in there that made them seem like they weren’t sugary ... it was the fact that they weren’t sugary. The salt just brought out the flavors.

Some of the cashews seemed over-toasted, to the point that they were actually a creamy brown color, so they were far crunchier and of course had a darker, breadier flavor. I liked the lighter cashews, personally.

72% Dark Chocolate Sea Salt CashewsI kept the package from the 72% and a couple of the cashews and found that the non-organic ones were made with a darker chocolate, if that’s possible for it to be more savory. (Okay, full confession, that photo includes the packet of cashews from the organic in there, instead of photographing it empty, but believe me, you really can’t tell them apart by looking at them.)

These are incredibly tasty, easy to eat and even though the packages are small and expensive, it’s easy to be satisfied with only a handful. The ingredients and panning is superb - both packages were fresh & shiny.

Inside the flap on the organic version it says Brown is the new Green. Inside the 72% it says Rich, Dark and Gorgeous Has Never Looked Better.

Unfortunately the last ingredient on the list is resinous glaze, so even though the chocolate contains no dairy products, these aren’t vegan. (But they are Kosher.) Another curious note, the 72% dark version contains 20% of your daily RDA of iron! Finally, though I paid the same amount for both versions, Whole Foods is actually cheaper overall - they have the non-organic items for $4.85, which felt kind of like a deal at this point.

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Name: Chocolate Sea Salt Cashews (Organic & 72%)
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Marich Confectionery Co.
Place Purchased: Sweet Offerings (Cambria, CA) & Whole Foods (Park La Brea)
Price: $6.95
Size: 4.5 ounces
Calories per ounce: 142
Categories: Chocolate, Nuts, United States, Marich, All Natural, Organic, Kosher

POSTED BY Cybele AT 10:31 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

Comments
  1. Just an idea for size comparisons, rather than one’s digits, how about a ruler?

    Comment by Michael on 8/26/09 at 6:46 am #
  2. What are the ingredients? When you say that they “weren’t sweet,” do you mean that they literally didn’t have any sugar in them, or that they were less sweet than most chocolate covered nuts?

    Comment by Emma on 8/31/09 at 11:57 am #
  3. Cybele's avatar

    Michael - you are correct, measurements are just fine (though I’ve had complaints about that). The truly big ones are 1.5 inches long - though most were between 1 and 1.25.

    Emma - the ingredients were similar for each (just throw organic before everything for the organic one and reverse cocoa beans & sugar): Dark Chocolate (cacao beans, cane sugar, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, vanilla), Cashews, sea salt, sugar, tapioca dextrin, confectioner’s glaze.

    For the 72% the grams of sugar per 40 gram serving were 8
    For the organic the grams of sugar per 40 gram serving were 14

    For any “candy” to have so little sugar is pretty rare.

    Comment by Cybele on 8/31/09 at 12:10 pm #

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