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What's for Snack Time? Almondina Biscuits ( A Review)

Posted by Truffle Shuffle

Almondina~A Review and a Snack


We were recently contacted by Almondnia, who offered to send us a sampling of their products to review.  Almondina makes a wide variety of almond biscuits in many tasty flavors.  They sent us a selection of seven different flavors, but they also have more available on their Web site, including a yogurt-dipped version.


First off, here is a little bit of background information provided by the company:

Above images courtesy of Almondina

Almondina Brand
Yuval Zaliouk was a world renown musical conductor, and for the past two decades has been the owner of Almondina.  Zaliouk's company is based in Ohio and his  Almondina  cookies are sold in all 50 States and several foreign countries. 
Almondina distribution has expanded and is now readily available at stores such as Mollie Stone’s, Whole Foods, Sprout’s, Rainbow Co-op, Andronico’s, Trader Joes, Berkley Bowl, TJ Maxx, Marshalls and many others.   
These all-natural, wonderfully crunchy almond biscuits do not contain cholesterol, added fat, trans-fats, salt, or preservatives. Unlike biscotti, ALMONDINA Brand Biscuits do not have to be dipped. They are a delightful accompaniment for coffee, tea, soft cheeses and dessert wines, or just as an everyday snack. 

The Review 
Almondina brand biscuits are available in a variety of flavors, including original almond, cinnamon, chocolate almond, chocolate cherry, ginger, sesame, and bran.  Check out the Web site, or visit your local retailer to test them out.
I tried all seven types we were sent, and I found each of them to be quite tasty.  I first though they were going to be like a biscotti, a sort of Italian twice-baked cookie.  The biscuits resemble very thin biscotti.  However, they have a mouth feel more reminiscent of a cracker, and indeed (as you will see in our recipe) work very well as a replacement for a standard cracker.  They are also great with tea and coffee ( I had my samples with my morning coffee).
All of the biscuits are packed with almonds, but each flavor is unique.  My personal favorites were the chocolate cherry, which had a nice sweet flavor with the tart and tang of the cherry pieces; and the sesame, which had a deliciously-rich sesame flavor that lingered on my tongue.  The other flavors were great as well, so you'll have to try them all to find your favorite!
These snacks are healthy, delicious, and work great in a variety of situations, from a brunch platter, to a breakfast cookie, to a snack.  Whichever flavor you pick, you really can't go wrong!


Almondina Original with Orange, Cheese and Honey
We decided to use the biscuit more as a cracker replacement for our snack time recipe.  Here we took the bran Almondina and served them with orange slices, Delice de Mourgogne cheese (a cow's milk cheese from France, similar to brie), and drizzled with honey.  However, you can use your favorite cheese, and any type of fruit slices, such as apple, pear, or even cherries. 


Serve with additional slices of cheese and your favorite tea or sweet white wine (such as Prosecco).
For more information regarding Almondia brand products, please visit Almondina.com.  For more information regarding Yuval Zaliouk, please visit Zaliouk.com.  


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Recipe and pictures by Alisha (Magic of Spice).
Review by Adam (Truffle Shuffle)

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