New Sriracha Almonds Are Hitting Shelves And Here’s Your First Look


You can never get enough sriracha. At least that’s the consensus in this office. And therefore, Blue Diamond took it upon themselves to ensure every FOODBEAST team member had a least two cans of Sriracha Almonds a piece to satisfy our tastebuds. The Sriracha Almonds are the newest addition to its BOLD line up that already consists of Wasabi & Soy, Habañero BBQ and Jalapeño Smokehouse.


These little beauties even came with a unique red and green design that resembled the infamous chipotle pepper. As we eagerly cracked open the can, we instantly caught a whiff of that intoxicating sriracha scent.


As we picked one up, our fingers were immediately coated with the special seasoning. Hints of sweet, spicy and salty all hit our tastebuds at once. Needless to say, they nailed the sriracha.


The sriracha almonds will be available on July 8 at all participating retail locations.  Look for them in 6-ounce cans, 1.5-ounce tubes or just swing by our office. We should have enough to last us the rest of the week.

Packaged Food

Planters Is Releasing A Limited Edition S’MORES Nut Mix


We’ve seen tons of wacky flavors when it came to peanut mixes, but we’ve yet to see anyone create a s’mores option. Yep, you can now capture the magic of a warm campfire experience in a tiny tin can. Just make sure you don’t have peanut allergies.

Planters Peanuts is releasing a new S’mores & Nut Mix. Yes, s’mores and nuts will be available together in one snack-sized tin. Filled with peanuts, cocoa almonds, pieces of chocolate, yogurt-covered grahams and marshmallows. The sweet new nut mix is said to pack a decent amount of protein for your diet. Also, you can’t go wrong with marshmallows.

Available for a limited time, the S’mores & Nut Mix is sold in both 6.5-oz re-sealable bags for $2.99 or 16-oz cans for $7.99.


Packaged Food

We Dig It: Planters Pumpkin Spice Almonds Taste Like Cupcakes


We got a chance to test out the new seasonal Planters line and were pleasantly surprised by the palatable taste. With everything from vile Pumpkin Pie Vodka and questionable Pumpkin Pie Spice Pringles (among other things), we were wary to say the least.

However, lo and behold, the Planters Pumpkin Spice Almonds are a seasonal Pumpkin-flavored treat that doesn’t make you want to gag. In fact, we wanted more. While the general response for the Winter Spiced Mix was, “I’m not mad at it,” the Pumpkin Spice Almonds were absolutely exquisite. They were like munching on crunchy pumpkin pie cupcakes, while still retaining the nutty flavor. Think a nutmeg, cinnamon cupcake minus the mounds of icing.

Hmm…possible clutch ingredient for a holiday recipe? Stay tuned.



Chocolate Cashew and Almond Clusters

You would think that with how often I bake treats, I would have a sea of “Sweet Tooths” around me.  While part of this is true, there are some very far-from sweet tooths in my household. What do you make for someone whose favorite and only choice of baked goods is….

  1. Anything Apple; Apple muffins, Apple Tart, Baked Apples, Apple Crisp. Apples.
  2. Chocolate Chip Cookies.
  3. Skittles. If you even count those as “baked goods”.

It is my mission to find more things I can bake that they will love.

Chocolate-Cashew Clusters
  • Chocolate bits
  • Cashews
  • Almonds
  • (All of whatever amount you would like)
In a double broiler, melt your chocolate. While melting, lay a piece of parchment on top of a baking sheet. Once the chocolate is melted, toss in the cashews (or nut of your choice) and stir until all cashews look fully coated. With a spoon, fish out several coated cashews (or more) with extra melted chocolate, and drop it onto the parchment-lined baking sheet. Once the baking sheet is filled, place in the freezer for 15 minutes, or refrigerator for 35m or until hardened.
These work great for stocking stuffers and Holiday gift basket treats! Just wrap up in some plastic wrap and tie it off with some cute holiday ribbon!

Dark Chocolate Blackberry-Almond Pie

I have a hidden, very ardent love for pies. They are probably one of the most beautiful desserts I have ever seen; so delicate and divine. No family get-together, holiday, dinner party, special occasion is seen without a pie.

A piece of pie has been known to heal a hurt, change a mood, and cure a ‘tummy-ache’. Not only do they sit pretty on a cake stand, but also in your belly.
I made a pie. But, this isn’t your ordinary pie. This pie is different. It is dense, incredibly rich and absolutely magical. With a cinnamon-graham cracker crust, dark chocolate filling, topped off with sliced almond and blackberries; A single bite and you’ve been changed. A single bite may be all that you can handle.
Best served chilled with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or a cup of joe, this ‘upscale, better than a candy bar’ pie is the perfect Summer time dessert after a long day spent in the sun. I’ve fallen in love all over again. This, completely changes the game for all pies.
Dark Chocolate Blackberry-Almond Pie
Graham cracker crust (store bought-I cheated)
2 bags of mini semi-sweet dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup half and half
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1 cup sliced blackberries
1 cup sliced almonds
Bake pie crust until lightly browned, by brushing it with an egg white and baking at 350F for 5-8 minutes. Once finished, set aside.
Make chocolate ganache by using a double broiler. Place your 2 bags of dark chocolate chips and 1/2 cup of half and half in a glass bowl, set over a sauce pan of simmering water. Mix chocolate and half & half until melted. Pour chocolate into baked graham cracker crust.
Slice your blackberries in half, and chop your almonds; Sprinkle the blackberries over the top of the pie letting them lightly sink into the pie. Then, sprinkle your almonds across the top of that to finish it off. You can either 1) refrigerate overnight, or freeze for 2 1/2 hours (then move to the refrigerator to keep cool).

Maple-Bacon Mousse Tart

What you’re looking at is perfection on a plate. It is a basic maple mousse married with a bacon-nut crust and topped with meringue and bacon bits! The bacon-nut crust is made with a mixture of bacon and nuts (your imagination can definitely be used here, almonds, hazelnuts or walnuts all work well). The maple mousse has a base of maple syrup that has been combined with eggs, whipping cream and some gelatin for its nice fluffy texture. All of the ingredients are assembled out comes your own Maple-Bacon Mousse Tarts! (Thx UneGamineDanSlaCuisine)


Cream Cheese Pie With Nutella and Strawberries

You can rarely go wrong in my book with any of baked good when Nutella is involved, which is why this Cream Cheese Pie with Nutella and Strawberries looks like a home run! This basic cream cheese is enhanced with a graham cracker crust and then topped with fresh cut strawberries, a healthy amount of Nutella and a handful of almonds! (Thx MissInTheKitchen)

Cravings Sweets

Chocolate Madeleines

Madeleines are one of the desserts that look just as good as they taste. Being known for their soft cake like texture, they originally hail from France and are notorious for their shell-shaped exterior. Traditional recipes call for ground nuts, almonds or even variations of lemon zest for a pronounced lemony taste. However, like most of the things we get our hands on, there are always modern twists on classic favorites. Which is why these Chocolate Madeleines are to die for!