Tonight we are snacking on some gourmet peanuts from right here in the United States. To be precise, our nuts came to us from Rogers Brothers Farms in Hartsville, South Carolina. A multi-generational farming family, they currently produce cotton, corn, wheat, soybeans, and of course - peanuts!
Peanuts are a major ingredient in many of the snacks from around the world we sell today. In fact, four out of the top 10 American Candy Bars contain peanut or peanut butter. However peanuts by themselves are not something we stock much of. So when Rogers Brothers Farms reached out to us and asked us to sample some of their nuts we jumped at the opportunity!
If you have a keen eye you may have noticed the cans are labeled Gillespie's Peanuts. Not to worry, the enterprising brothers named their line of gourmet nuts after their grandfather, R.P. Gillespie. So let's get onto the taste test. As you may have guessed from the title of this post, we are sampling 3 different flavors: Honey Roasted, Carolina BBQ, and Sriracha Peanuts.
We started off strong with Gillespie's Peanuts Honey Roasted. If you've ever snacked on peanuts chances are you've sampled nuts of the honey roasted variety. Typically our international snack blog focuses on wild and crazy flavors, so we didn't expect much from a honey roasted peanut. We could not be more wrong! We discovered the perfect Honey Roasted Peanut. Roasted in sweet honey and just lightly salted, this sweet treat really impressed us. The honey coating emulsified and created the ideal crunch and we could not get enough of the real honey flavor. Our youngest taster practically ran away with the can!
Next up was the Gillespie's Peanuts Carolina BBQ. We take BBQ pretty serious so we were excited to pop open this can. Unlike the Honey Roasted, the Carolina BBQ flavoring was much more subtle. It made for an enjoyable snack that put the high-quality US grown peanut at the forefront. However, I found myself hoping for more flavor and the other tasters agreed. We could seek out little morals of tasty BBQ goodness but the flavoring was not even distributed.
Last but not least - Gillespie's Peanuts Sriracha! We love Sriracha and even offer Sriracha Peas from Thailand in our store. At first it seemed this gourmet peanut flavor was subtle like the Carolina BBQ, however a slow spicy burn crept on us. The more we ate, the more we loved it. Although the Honey Roasted Peanuts are our favorite we still really enjoyed this spicy version.
Will we stock Gillespie's Gourmet Peanuts in our International Snack Store? Unfortunately we will not. They don't really fit our target audience but we really did enjoy them and are glad the folks from Rogers Brothers Farms took time to send them. Craving peanuts? Check them out here. Looking for other foreign and exotic flavors? Check our our selection of snacks from around the world. As always - keep on snacking world!
The Snack Blog
Follow along as we explore cookies, cakes, candies, chips, crackers, and nuts from all across the world. Many of the international snacks that we highlight will be offered in our store over the course of the next year. We currently offer British Snacks, American Snacks, German Snacks, Mexican Snacks, Filipino Snacks, Japanese Kit Kats, Pakistani Snacks, Italian Snacks, & Korean Snacks. Each month this year we will add a new country and their best snacks inventory.