“ Brand: Red Sky / Type: Condiment „
Red Sky Peanut Clusters are a new snack item available in many supermarkets and the recommended price is £2.49 for a 140g bag. Regularly on offer these are well worth looking out for, as at their full price seems to me to be on the expensive side for what they are.
The bag is a lovely shade of mango and the words "nature's promise of a good day" are written above a semi circle arch linking images of the sun and the moon. Below this a picture of the product sits in the foreground of a dark field bathed in an evening sunset, in which trees disappear into the horizon. Aesthetically you can't fault this at all.
The snacks are little cubes of peanuts which have been clustered together with brown rice syrup, golden cane sugar,sesame seeds, and sea salt, so a natural product this really is.
These snacks are actually made by Walkers, though you will not find anything on the pack to give this away, but it does account for why their relatives, the luxury crisp range, have had prime time TV advertising, which of course no new company could afford.
The peanuts themselves are roasted so they have an intense peanut flavour and they make up 76% of the product, so it would be suicide for anyone with a nut allergy. This is actually really important to remember even if you are eating these in the presence of another person who is allergic to nuts, as it can still be very serious indeed, so don't pack these in your hand luggage to nibble on a flight, as you could make someone really unwell, that goes for nuts too of course!
Another danger with these is to young children who can of course choke on nuts.
A 30 gram serving of these is 182 calories so the entire bag contains over 4 times this-more than 700 calories! This make them very fattening and certainly not for anyone watching their weight. It would be so easy to eat the bag and anyone could easily achieve this in no time as they are very delicious. They actually contain 46.4 g of fat per 100g which of course comes from the nuts mainly.
The taste is lovely, they actually make me think someone has coated them in a maple syrup, and they are not too hard that you need to book in with the dentist every time you venture near to them. They are a lovely marriage between the savoury nuts, and the sweetness of the brown rice syrup.
The smell when you open the bag is divine, a lovely nutty aroma and each little cube is made up of little nut pieces which form mosaics. They are not perfectly cube shaped, but are defined by the natural nut pieces. You can see the sea salt glistening over them, and the whole product is to me something worth trying as long as you are happy to go with the calorie loaded content!
The company promise that for every bag of these that you purchase they will buy 10 feet squared of rain forest, and will protect it, in association with an organisation called Cool Earth, who specialise in this. So for me it certainly makes me more inclined to purchase in the future.
If you like these they also make Red Sky Almonds, Pecans & Peanuts which is a similar product, just using different nuts, also very delicious.
I don't think these are something I would buy every week, but they are great for a change, and the packaging is outstanding in every way.
I have never seen seen this product advertised but when out at my local Sainsbury's felt drawn to the packaging design and arty brand name! These are found in the savoury snacks section of the supermarket and are alongside packets of plain and flavoured nuts and seeds.
The 'peanut clusters' come in a sturdy plastic bag. The top has an easy tear open strip but unfortunately the bag is not resealable. I actually haven't found this to be a problem anyway - the clusters tend to stay fresh if you scrumple the top of the bag or fold it. I think the packaging design is very attractive. The 'Red Sky' logo is depicted by a modernist drawing of a sun and a moon on an axis with the poetic term " Nature's promise of a good day" written beside this. A romantic sunset over a rich, dark landscape is also depicted. A picture of the golden clusters appears in the centre.
Red Sky seem to be a company that promote environmental issues. They use only natural ingredients in the clusters . They also have a 'Forest Stewardship Council' stamp on the packaging - with the promise that the product group is from "well managed forests and controlled sources". Not only that but the brand promise the customer that for every 140g bag of this size that is purchased they will commit to buy and look after 10 square foot of rainforest - this directive in association with 'Coolearth' (a carbon offset organisation). All of this makes me feel really positive about purchasing the clusters!
When I opened the pack there was a strong smell of peanuts and sugar that is similar to sweet products like Snickers bars. I was really surprised by the shape of the clusters. They are perfect squares! They are approcimately 1cm on each side. They stay in shape even when you hold them hard between your fingers and there is no crumbling at all! The clusters are fawn coloured with parts of the outer peanut pieces having a darker honey glaze. In the square I can see chopped nuts, half pieces and smaller and also some sesame seeds stuck into the mix with the sugary coating.
I was worried the syrupy mix used to hold the square clusters in shape would mean they might be too crunchy. Infact they are not much more crunchy than regular peanuts. The clusters are actually very easy to eat and I'm sure would pose no problem for denture wearers or people with sensitive teeth. When you chew the clusters the nuts dissolve and it is like eating a few peanuts at a time - it is a hearty mouthful.
When I first put a cluster into my mouth I can taste two things - firstly a strong salty taste, then a strong sugary taste! They are described as 'sweet peanut clusters' on the packet but they really satisfy both sweet and savoury taste cravings! When you bite into the cluster the peanut taste comes out more and there is a rich, earthy taste that combines beautifully with the shockingly sweet and harsh salty flavours. The sesame seeds also provide their distinctive slightly smoky flavour but have a much milder influence on the overall taste. The peanuts are ultra smooth in texture and are very flavoursome - perhaps the finest quality peanut I've ever tasted.
Ingredients and nutritional values are listed on the packet. Ingredients are: 76% peanuts, 2% sesame seeds, brown rice syrup, golden cane sugar and sea salt. A 30g serving (not sure how many clusters this would amount to though!) provides 183 calories and 13.9 grams of fat which is quite a lot. They are energy providing though and the peanuts and seed ingredients provide important nutrients so it's not all bad!
I am really impressed by the company and the product and fully intend buying these regularly. I think they are great for snacking anytime and they also would be fantastic taken on a train or long bus journey as they are mess free, satisfying snacks that provide a balanced savoury/sweet taste sensation with every bite! I don't know of any other product on the market like this either, so they are unique too!
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