Food Crush – Chocolate Covered Sunflower Seeds

Gluten-Free Products - Candy Coated Sunfllower Seeds

Occasionally I find new products or foods that I absolutely adore and develop a massive crush on them – so I’m introducing a new feature called “food crush” to share them with you.  I discovered these candied sunflower seeds at Trader Joe’s – little bites of chocolate and candy wrapped around a sunflower seed.  They are chewy and crispy with a hint of sweet and savory.  I can’t get enough of them. I served them at my crush party this year and when anyone would ask what they were – I said “ooh, just taste them, they will change your life.”  Ok, so I admit my use of hyperbole can be a bit dramatic at times, but that’s how much I love them. 

Well, I’m not the only one – my friend Jared shares the obsession and explained it to me this way: “the reason I find them so addictive is twofold. One, the crunch of the candy coating is a tactile experience that you just want over and over.. it’s just such a pleasant feeling to bite into and feel the texture of the candy shell. Two, there’s only just enough chocolate and nut meat to make you want more.. not enough to be satisfying at all… just enough to make you crave another handful… though it’d be wrong and gross to just chew a mouthful of them. They’re best enjoyed just popping a few at a time in your mouth distractedly until you discover that the container is empty (and you still want more!)”

Unfortunately Trader Joe’s is so hit and miss with products – I sometimes get there only to find them sold out.  Luckily, even if you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you, the Sunflower Food and Spice Co offers them online and the “All Natural” variety is gluten-free! Their shipping is a bit pricey so get a group of friends to order them or you may be able to find them at your Whole Foods (if you are in NYC, the Bowery location carries them).  Trust me, you won’t be sorry!

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Carol, Simply...Gluten-free said,

February 23, 2009 @ 10:39 pm

Oh, YUM! Thanks for this.

Check out my latest blog post for a great gluten book give away http://simplygluten-free.blogspot.com/2009/02/gluten-book-give-away.html

Absolutely Not Martha said,

February 27, 2009 @ 5:55 am

hi! just wanted to mention that I’m doing a post about favorite gluten free food products on absolutely not martha. I’d LOVE to hear what yours is–just leave me a comment (if you haven’t already).

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