“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Snacks „
I recently purchased a 135g bag of Roasted Salted Cashew Nuts from the Tesco Valuer range for 89p. It is packaged in a foil bag similar to other products in this range, white background, red stripe for the product name and Tesco Value logo in the top left corner. There is also a picture of some delicious looking cashew nuts on the front as well.
I was a little dubious as to whether the Value contents would live up to the picture, but they did, both in appearance and taste. The cashew nuts weren't broken, small or in anyway inferior to ones found in non-Value bags. They also tasted very good. So good in fact that I ate the whole bag in one sitting. Oops. They were quite salty which I like, although may be a little overpowering for some tastes, but then they probably shouldn't be buying salted nuts.
Don't be put off by the fact this is in the Value range, I will definitely be buying these again, as soon as they're out of the bag you can't tell the difference anyway!
If any of you have been kind enough to read any of my reviews then you've probably realised I'm a bit nutty - maybe because I've eaten too many of the things in the last 30 years or so lol!
I guess nuts are THE fast-food snack - easy to access, full of protein & carbohydrate so, unless you are a young child or have a nut allergy, they're probably one of the best products to give instant energy & fibre. Shame about the fat & calories though....
Like most food products nuts seem to have increased in price on almost a weekly basis so I decided to try these Tesco Value cashews for 82p per 150g gram bag as opposed to the Fairtrade ones which are £1.99 ( I can always donate my savings later).
Like all Value products they don't look very exciting but appearances can be deceiving my friends & I personally think these are a nice nuts. I'm sure I wouldn't be able to tell the difference between these & other more expensive brands such as KP if they were presented in a bowl.
The bag has a foil lining so when you open the bag the smell of 'fresh' nuts really hits the spot. They were pretty uniform in size - I'd expected for the price to find some small or broken ones - but they look really good.
I somehow expected them to be either too greasy or too salty but again I was wrong - they aren't dry either so I'll definitely be buying these again.
Obviously they're fine for vegetarians but if, like me, you are watching your weight then these should be eaten in moderation when you consider the following (as given on the reverse of the pack) -
100g = 620 calories. 49.8g of fat & 21.5g carbohydrate. However, there's 20.4g protein & only 0.8g salt so these could be regarded as a good snack for those who are lucky enough to be slim & active!
I was really surprised by the texture, appearance & richness of these cashews so I'm awarding 5 stars especially considering the price.
When I did a recent review about Tesco Value Roasted Salted Peanuts I mentioned that they also did a value version of cashew nuts too and someone added a comment asking me to be sure and review the cashew nuts if I tried them. Well I aim to please so here goes!
Since the peanuts were so good we have bought a few more packs ready for the festivities and we got a couple of bags of the cashew nuts too. I opened one of the bags as soon as we got home so that I could review it in time for you all to be able to buy some for Christmas - assuming they were OK of course!
The nuts in question are Tesco Value Roasted Salted Cashew Nuts and they cost £1.07 for a bag containing 150g of nuts.
I have just done a bit of research to see what the others cost these days so that we can all see just what we're saving by buying these nuts. 200g of Tesco Salted Cashew Nuts costs £1.65p and 400g costs £2.73 and 160g of KP Cashews costs £2.20. So the value ones are the best so far then!
The foil lined packet is white with the striped Tesco value logo in red and blue at the top right hand corner and Roasted Salted Cashew Nuts written across the middle. The rest of the front of the packet shows a picture of the cashew nuts and the usual information giving the nutrition per serving, expressed as a percentage of your recommend daily allowance. There is a lot more information on the back of the packet as well including a more detailed list of the nutritional values.
This is where you will need to decide how much the snob factor matters to you. Some people might well be put off by the value cashew nuts as, of course, other shoppers will see the value logo on your purchase as you walk around the store and go through the checkouts. As far as I am concerned I consider that buying the value products where they are at least as good as the more expensive ones makes me a shopper with good sense and I couldn't care less who knows it! You won't find me being a snob where value for money is concerned that's for sure!
When I opened the pack the smell from the nuts was pleasant and not overpoweringly greasy. I poured them into a bowl and they looked as good as any I have ever purchased.
The really important thing of course is - do they taste as good as the others? The answer is - yes they do! I don't think that they taste quite as rich as the more expensive ones which suits me - I actually think that they taste much nicer! They are neither too oily nor too salty, but just right.
So there you have it, providing you are not a snob, I would recommend these cashew nuts without hesitation and I am glad I tried both these and the peanuts in time to save money over Christmas!
The nutritional values per 100g are as follows:
Calories 620 - ouch!
Of which sugars 6.2g
Fat 49.8g - ouch again!
Of which saturates 10.1g
They are obviously suitable for vegetarians too.
So now you know the fat and calorie values it might be wise to limit how many of these you eat - although it will be difficult as they do taste so nice. I also find that they are far too easy to eat in quantity when I am drinking alcohol!
Anyway the bottom line is that I would recommend these and the salted peanuts without hesitation.