"Almondina® is the inspiring success story of a man whose great loves include both music and wonderful food. For generations his family loved his grandmother Dina's most secret cookie, which she called Petit Gateau Sec. Yuval Zaliouk, an internationally known symphony conductor and gourmet chef, always had a special place in his heart (and stomach) for this exquisite, crunchy wafer with the delicate flavor of roasted almonds, the natural sweetness of plump raisins and the warmth of vanilla.
"Generous as she was in giving away her recipes, Grandma Dina kept the one for Petit Gateau Sec a total secret until the end of her life. Only then did she finally reveal the secret to her daughter, Ahuda, my mother.”
"It is with her blessing and with pride that my family shares these delicious, healthful wonders with your family," says Yuval.
Long after his grandmother's death, Zaliouk became aware that the remarkable characteristics of this addictively delicious but extremely nutritious cookie fell squarely in line with the growing demands of health-conscious consumers at the end of the century. Within seven years, having started baking in his kitchen, the biscuits (renamed Almondina® after Dina, his grandmother), were available in all fifty states, sought after in seven foreign countries, and had brought him recognition as Entrepreneur of the Year.
These all-natural, wonderfully crunchy almond biscuits do not contain cholesterol, added fat, trans-fats, salt, or preservatives. Unlike biscotti, ALMONDINA Brand Biscuits do not have to be dipped. They are a delightful accompaniment for coffee, tea, soft cheeses and dessert wines, or just as an everyday snack.
The rush to eliminate fat from gourmet foods too often has also eliminated most of the flavor, a fact which is in sharp contrast to these enticingly delicious biscuits.
Since the introduction in 1989 of the classic The Original flavor, eight more distinctive variations have been introduced, all of which continue to be packed with roasted almonds.
The Company is Celebrating a Delicious Crunch for More Than 20 Years.
Its mission remains the same:
Its mission remains the same:
“TO PUT A DELICIOUS HEALTHFUL COOKIE ON EVERY TABLE.”"
I was sent an Almondina sampler to review. It contained:
*The Original (2 packages) - The delicious cookie without the guilt™ - this is the cookie that made us famous and it is still our #1 bestseller. Based on Grandma Dina's original secret recipe that she called Petit Gateau Sec, we begin with top quality almonds, plump raisins, and a blend of other natural flavors, then cook this to a perfect crispness. Delicious. Crunchy. All-natural. No Cholesterol.
*Gingerspice - A surprising Slice of Spice™ - zesty chunks of flavorful real ginger give this cookie a real kick. The sweet, chewy pieces of ginger add an exciting flavor dimension to this crunchy cookie. Delicious. Crunchy. All-natural.No Cholesterol.
*Choconut - Indulge without the Guilt™ - The world's finest chocolate in a delicious crunchy cookie. If you are a chocolate lover, then this is the cookie for you! We took the Almondina cookie recipe and added some of the best chocolate in the world. The result is a delicious, chocolaty, crunchy cookie that is still low in calories. No wonder it is a bestseller. Delicious. Crunchy. All-natural. No Cholesterol. Indulge!
*Cinnaroma - The Cinn-full Treat™ - The Original for cinnamon lovers. Almonds, raisins, and cinnamon just seem to be made to go together - so we combined them in our Cinnaroma cookie. These make a wonderful snack, but we like them best on a Sunday morning with tea of coffee. Delicious. Crunchy. All-natural. No Cholesterol.
*Sesame - Open Sesame Release the Magic - an Almondina® cookie with an exotic twist. The roasted sesame adds a flavor that magically complements the almonds and raisins for a truly irresistible taste. Delicious. Crunchy. All-natural. No Cholesterol. Have a nice CRUNCH!™
*Pumpkin Spice - A delightful touch of fall spices combined with the highest quality almonds and pepitas (pumpkin seeds). Enjoy these cookies with your favorite hot beverage or by themselves as an exquisite snack. Delicious. Healthful. Crunchy. All-natural. No added fat, cholesterol or salt. Have a nice CRUNCH!™
*Chocolate Cherry - For chocolate lovers everywhere. We combined the world's finest dark chocolate with plump cherries to produce an irresistible, decadent treat without guilt. Delicious. Crunchy. All-Natural. No Cholesterol. Indulge!
One of my goals for 2013 is to eat healthier. When I discovered Almondina I knew that they would be able to help me with that goal. What I didn't expect was for them to be so incredibly tasty. I love that they are all natural with no added salt, fats or preservatives. These cookies are healthy and delicious and while they are addicting, they are also filling.
Honestly, I loved all 7 flavors that I received. Some of them are very different, but they are all good. I can't pick one favorite, but I can narrow it down to two: Chocolate Cherry and Pumpkin Spice. The Chocolate Cherry is the perfect combination of cherries, chocolate and almonds. The cherries make this cookie perfectly sweet, but the chocolate is light and fresh with just the right amount of flavor. The Pumpkin Spice cookies are very well done. They go great with coffee or tea. They have a complex flavor with a nice light pumpkin and spice combination. Neither one of these flavors lasted long in my house.
I enjoyed the other flavors as well. They all have a complex balance of flavors that could only be achieved through years of experimentation. I even liked the Gingerspice and I am not a fan of ginger. The Choconut tasted very similar to the Chocolate Cherry minus the cherries. Choconut, Chocolate Cherry and Cinnaroma are definitely "dessert" flavors. The Original, Sesame, Pumpkin Spice and Gingerspice are better for an afternoon snack. They go well by themselves or with coffee or tea.
If you haven't tried Almondina; you need to! Visit Almondina online to order or find out which stores carry Almondina.
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Disclaimer: I received the mentioned product(s) in exchange for this review. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions are completely my own.