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I tested 12 Blue Diamond almond flavors and I would never buy these again

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Clear as blue diamond

It’s much better to grab a handful of almonds at snack time than to grab a candy bar. We all know this. That doesn’t make the decision to do this any easier, so how do you dress up those boring little stones to make them edible? Blue Diamond Almonds sit on top, slinging more flavors than we know what to do with. Thanks to this handy variety pack I was able to try out 12 of them; here’s how they stack up.

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Best: Wasabi and soy sauce

$10.92 from Amazon

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Love. This. If you soak a bunch of almonds in wasabi and soy sauce all night and they retain their crunch, then I imagine they would taste like this. The wasabi flavor is fully present, but the sting of the horseradish is not overpowering at all. I imagine people with all spice tolerances could make a dent in a bag of these things. Right now I can’t imagine eating any other kind of almond. My two thumbs are emphatically up.

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2. Habanero BBQ

$9.33 from Amazon

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I guess no one will be surprised to hear that I was a big fan of Corn Nuts. The seasoning on these Habanero BBQ almonds – which again are barely spicy – ​​reminds me a lot of corn nuts. I like the BBQ flavor here, and while I wish they had more spice, I really like them.

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3. Smokehouse

$6.98 at Amazon

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Mmmm. This is a fun, smoky barbecue experience. I honestly wouldn’t hate to eat some of these alongside a nice piece of brisket and some macaroni and cheese. Better yet, grind some up and bake them on top of your Mac. You could also put these on the tables of a brewery for a tasty beer snack.

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4. Salt and vinegar

$9.33 from Amazon

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I suspect this varies from bag to bag, but I would like a little more salt and a little less vinegar. Otherwise, this is pretty solid and I would even consider grabbing this if I saw it staring me in the face at 7-Eleven.

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5. Spicy dill pickle

$10.80 from Amazon

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I don’t often go down the pickle flavored rabbit hole, but I like this one. There’s definitely a bit of heat in this seasoning, and while the salty pickle aroma is a little jarring at first, it builds quite quickly. I’m excited.

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6. Sriracha

$3.14 from Amazon

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This is about an almond. It is not sticky and not coated with olive oil, so it is difficult to get powder to stick to it. For the most part, these seasonings just slide off, leaving your fingers a Hot Cheeto-like mess. I wish these Sriracha Almonds were Hot Cheeto style spicy. Turn up the heat, Blue Diamond. How is the pickle flavor spicier than Sriracha?

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7. Sweet Thai chili

$10.80 from Amazon

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I feel deprived of taste again. Even after covering these almonds with as much powder as possible, it was difficult to get anything out. I love Thai sweet chili sauce. I wish these tasted like this.

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8. Roasted Salted

$8.78 from Amazon

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I think it would be difficult for any “unflavored” almond to top these little nuggets here. The roasted salted almonds are crunchy, full of roasted flavor and not overly salty. If you’re craving a classic almond, look no further. This is your champion.

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9. Lightly salted

$11.63 from Amazon

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While these are a step up from the Whole Naturals, I’m still not impressed. If you want a low-sodium, semi-healthy snack, this will do the trick. I see the utility here, but I probably don’t reach for it.

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10. Blueberry

$15.20 from Amazon

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I have no idea what’s going on here. Are these for dessert? Are these part of a charcuterie board? Trail mix? Maybe trail mix. They are purple, which is generally a no-go for me when it comes to the things I eat, and taste a bit like a yogurt-covered almond soaked in artificial blueberry flavor. I don’t despise this as much as I thought, but there is no way on this green earth that I would eat this again.

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11. Toasted coconut

$8.19 from Amazon

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I’m not really into coconuts. The only reason these aren’t in last place is because those Whole Naturals are so terrible. That said, if you like coconut, these are probably for you, as they taste a lot like real coconut.

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12. Very natural

$9.77 from Amazon

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I mean it: who is this for? A single Whole Natural has to be the most dry, bland and lifeless thing you can eat. They’re not even crispy. I’ll be picking these little bits out of my teeth for weeks.

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