I have found that pistachios are almost a love or hate food. They were something I discovered when I was a teenager. My Mum and sister would munch on them and I would look at them and think that they must taste vile. That was until the day I tried them. Yummers!
Pistachios, the (ground) nut with a little jacket on. It’s part of the fun of eating them. It’s a bit like the “how do you eat yours” saying. How do you shell your pistachios?
As my culinary skills leaned towards Indian cooking sixteen years ago when my eldest was only a baby, I discovered that pistachios were commonly used in Indian dishes. Not only that, but shopping at an Indian supermarket meant I could buy large bags for relatively little.
Now I live a great distance from any Indian supermarket, and pistachios have become more of a luxury or a treat. But I do buy them, because the children love them and they are a healthier snack. The husband hates them. So a packet of Sweet Chili Wonderful Pistachios was welcomed with smiles and taste buds ready to go from the children, but not the husband.
Saturday night and the children and I sat down to watch a film together. It was one of those pile on the sofa moments, which of course needs a light snack to seal the deal.
Out came the 150g packet of sweet chilli Wonderful pistachios. Instead of the usual “what’s happening” and random musings of the day that we normally have before the film grips their attention, there was talk of pistachios. The first analysis from my son was “they are too tasty, help me”. Followed by “they are addictive” as he delved further into the packet. My ever so talkative 10 year old daughter meanwhile was silenced as she nibbled her way through a handful of the little nuts. Taking great care when she opened them, like it was a precision task.
The verdict from the two of them was that they were very tasty and they would definitely like them again. The chilli flavour is not too much, it’s a subtle tasty flavour rather than a kick.
The bag was a good size for sharing. I can see these being a good thing to have in for the colder darker nights, and ideal at Christmas and New Year. Pistachios are a healthier snack, certainly preferable to crisps and sweets.
Wonderful pistachios are the only flavoured pistachios available in the UK. Usually they are just lightly salted. Wonderful pistachios come in Sweet Chili, salted, salt and pepper and unsalted.
Wonderful Pistachios are available from Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Holland and Barratt and Julian Graves. RSP £1.99 for 150g and £3.19 for 250g.
Nutritional information per 100g
Energy 571 kcal
Fuss Free Ratings: Wonderful Pistachios
Taste: 5/5 Very yummy. In my son’s words “too tasty”. A subtle chilli flavour, but not too much for the palate.
Value: 3/5 The price is about the same as other packets of pistachios from supermarkets. But with the added flavour these are probably more preferable. Certainly better than spending money on less healthy snacks.
Convenience: 5/5 A great snack to have in for watching a film, for offering to guests, for just simply having a munch when you feel like it. A decent size bag that can be shared of spread out over time.