Im a big fan of nuts - all kinds of nuts, but my particular favourites are honey roasted cashews. When I saw these on the shelf I just had to try them, hoping they would be as good as honey roasted cashews, but I was disappointed. The nuts come in a foil pack for freshness, the bag itself is brown and blue with the usual KP design and logo on the front. The nuts are the same size as salted KP nuts and have the same crunch to them when you eat them. They appear to be covered in some brown sugary style coating and are golden in colour. The taste... I have to say I am not a big fan of these, I was expecting some sweet and sugary snack with a really strong honey flavour, as all other KP nuts are really high in flavour. However rather than sweet and honey like, I found them to be very salty. So salty that my fingers end up with salt all over them whilst eating them. They do taste a bit sweet, but its like a mixture of brown sugar and salt rather than a rich honey flavour. They definitely didnt taste like I expected them to or hoped that they would, so I was rather disappointed. They're flavour however is unique and isnt a horrible one, it just wasnt what I was expecting. Overall these nuts are tasty and crunchy, but just dont resemble honey to me at all and are more salty. I wont be buying these again, and I wouldnt recommend them for their honey flavour. Like all nuts they are high in fat so not great if you are watching the calories, but good for you as part of a balanced diet as they are high in fibre which aids digestion. These nuts arent readily available everywhere, and you mostly only find them around christmas time when shops stock up on their extra nibbles and treats for the holidays. The best place to find them is in good supermarkets.
I think most of us are guilty of buying far too many 'nibbles' and snacks over the festive season, and my family are no exception. The result of this over-spend is that each Boxing day, my mother lays out a huge table worth of food and snacks, leftovers and nibbles, and all are divided up amongst the lot of us. Last Christmas was no exception, and I ended up with a tub of KP peanuts (475g in size) that I had neither purchased nor sampled. The peanuts in question were the 'Honey Roast' variety and proved to be such a hit with my husband and I that we have since purchased them ourselves.... several times, in fact. The KP Honey Roast peanuts seem to be a bit of a mystery in terms of whether they are a 'seasonal' item or not. That is, an item of confectionery that is produced by the manufacturer for the Christmas season, such as Christmas cakes and the like. This remains a mystery to this day, as I have had a bit of bother in trying to track down the KP Honey Roast peanuts in some stores and supermarkets, whilst others do have them for sale, and with a healthy 'use by' date intact. I can only assume from this fact therefore, that the peanuts are NOT a seasonal item, given my local grocery store's more than generous supply of them. Anyway, the nuts are supplied in a cylinder-shaped container which is made of a sort of heavy-duty cardboard. There is a plastic lid on top of the tub which can be removed very easily. Underneath this lid there is a foil "seal" of sorts, which ensures the nuts are kept fresh and dry. The seal can be peeled back very easily and I have found no problems with doing this. I have also found that the plastic lid that is supplied on the top of the tub is more than sufficient for keeping out moisture and air, and it keeps the nuts extremely fresh for a reasonable amount of time. The nuts themselves are the same size as your average roasted or salted peanut, and are a similar shape and consistency. The colour of the Honey Roast variety is the major noticeable difference when they are compared to other peanuts however, as this variety is a lovely golden colour, in a yellow/orange shade. I can see also that they are generously 'coated' in the Honey Roast flavouring and they smell very sweet when the lid is removed from the tub. The KP Honey Roast peanuts have a very pleasant 'crunch' to their consistency, and I find that they manage to retain their crunchiness for a fairly long time after the tub has been opened... as long as you make sure the container is airtight, they will last for a reasonable amount of time. I cannot give exact timescales however, as the nuts have proven to be such a big hit with my husband and I that they do not last very long in this particular household! The taste and flavour of the Honey Roast peanuts is simply delicious in my opinion, and the Honey really comes through when I am eating them. The peanuts do have the same 'bite' in terms of flavour that I would expect from my usual brand of 'plain' roasted peanuts, so I do not feel that I am missing out at all when it comes to this alternative. In addition though, the Honey Roast variety have a lovely sweetness to them, presumably from the Honey in the flavouring, and this makes the combination of sweet and savoury an absolute winner! The taste is simply divine and both my husband and myself find them rather delicious. Similarly, the Honey Roast peanuts are extremely more-ish, and I find that a small handful just isn't enough to satisfy my craving. There has been several occasions where my husband and I have quite easily polished off a small (but full!) bowl of peanuts between us, and this has been replenished before the process has been repeated! Take my word for it that once you start eating these little golden nuggets, it is very hard to stop. This is not particularly good news for those of you who are watching your figures or your calorie intake, as I can see from the nutritional information printed on the side of the tub that a 50g serving of the KP Honey Roast peanuts will provide 284 Kcal and 21.4g of fat! I personally find all nuts and similar savoury snacks do contain a high fat content though, so I won't be knocking off any marks for this. The only gripe I have with this particular snack is that they can prove to be difficult to come by. When I see them on sale therefore, I tend to stock up if I can. My local grocery store is currently selling the large tubs - which are 475g in size - for £1.70, but there are smaller bags available to buy too, although these tend to only be available from larger stores or supermarkets. I have found the bags in a local branch of Sainsbury's and they cost around £1.30 for the 180g bag. If you are a fan of savoury snacks like peanuts, then I would whole-heartedly recommend that you keep an eye out for the KP Honey Roast peanuts the next time you are shopping as I really cannot fault them.
Are you on a diet? Then avoid at all costs! Are you looking for something moreish and gorgeous? Then give them a go! My Dad likes nuts and brought home a packet of these from Tesco (I'm unable to find the price online) and we tucked in. The peanuts are like normal KP ones but with a lovely honey and a sugary/salty coating. They remind me very much of a tub of expensive honey roast cashews I get in my stocking every year. Those cashew and these peanuts are now my all time favourite nuts, I won't be buying them often though as they are so moreish! The nutritional information on the front says that for every 45gram serving there are 256 calories, 7.8grams of salt, 19.3 grams of fat (Hello gallbladder attack!) and 0.4grams of salt so they are hardly healthy, however this is made worse by the fact its so incredibly hard to eat on 45grams, you get 180 grams in a packet which the 3 of us in our house got through very quickly- and to be honest I could probably of eaten the whole pack if no one had been around with the same intention! These are really lovely as an occasional treat, and I will be buying them very occasionally (unless I decide to try and put on weight!)
I love NUTS! whatever shape or size, be it almonds, brazils, walnuts ect....I thought I had found my perfect nut in Sainsburys Smoked Almonds, but have found yet another winner. These come in the form of the king of nuts KP and are Honey Roast Peanuts!. Now not being a big fan of honey I wasn't sure if I was going to like these or not, so opening the bag carefully incase I didn't like them then I could rubber band them back up for someone else to try. Coming in an attractive eyecatching foil bag the smell from the bag smells a very fresh peanutty smell without the smell of honey so far so good ( yes I know they are peanuts!) which straight away maked me think that I'm going to enjoy these!. Pouring some into my hand I notice that they are all nearly the same size and resemble the look of dry roasted peanuts with a salty powdery ( sorry for keep on adding "Y" to the end of every word!) looking coating. So when I popped some into my mouth it was a bit of a shock to find that they tasted very sweet instead of salty!. Again with another few popped in, it was starting to become a morish thing as these tasted absolutely delicious, in a very generous coating of whatever it is, (it almost resembles brown sugar) the honey taste is there but not too overpowering which I was pleased with. The only downfall with these ( apart from the calories!!) is that they do make your hands very messy so are best served in a bowl to pick at, rather than like me pouring them into my hand. As with most nuts they contain a fair few calories which is a shame as this means I can only really eat these on the very odd occasion, but they are high in fibre so some good news there and a good source of protein. Of course these are not suitable for small children as they could choke on these or anyone with a peanut allergy. They come in a 180g bag and a 45g serving contains; ~~~Calories 256~~~ ~~~Sugars 7.8g~~~ ~~~Fat 19.3g~~~ ~~~Saturates 3.6g~~~ ~~~Salt 0.4g~~~ With not having any artificial colours or flavours, they do contain milk, soya and gluten. As I said before these are very morish and a whole bag could quite easily get devoured in one sitting, as I think where they are not too salty and are quite sweet these are easier to eat more! SO BEWARE! When I bought these they were on special offer in Tescos 2 bags for £2.00 which is a pretty good price for KP nuts, they also had Jumbo Salt & Pepper Nuts, Jumbo Spicy Chilli Nuts, Jumbo Salt & Vinegar Nuts, Dry Roasted Nuts and of course these ones. ( I've just looked online and the offer is on until the 04/07/10 so thats good!) I will give these 5 Dooyoo stars as they are that good!.