Food Biz Kids: Emerald Cocoa Roast Almonds

Our junior high testers thought Diamond Foods Dark Chocolate Almonds were 'Like hot cocoa on a cold winter day.'

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Ruby Schneider, 8th grade:
This extremely yummy nut has a small dark chocolate coating. The eye is easily drawn by the bright green package. The chocolate shown on it makes my mouth water. This package is easy to open because there is a [tear strip]. Once you open the bag, the chocolate smell will overwhelm you. The first bite is like taking a sip of hot cocoa on a cold winter day. Then you get to the nut; it is so fresh. The crunch makes it the best. The texture is just everything you'd expect from an almond. In my opinion, it is a great, small, healthy snack that will keep you going through the day. I recommend this!

Angel Giordano, 8th grade:
The packaging of the almonds is very colorful, bright and healthy looking and made we want to eat the product. The taste is very natural with no bad chemicals. The aftertaste is of healthy carrots. The texture is hard and crunchy. It smells fake, and after eating three, I got a headache. Middle-aged people, 25-45, would buy this product. The taste is good in the beginning, but the aftertaste is dry and gross. I do not recommend this for people with braces. I think that diet-, health- and figure-conscious people with good teeth will use this product; it is very natural.

Erica Gardner, 8th grade:
When I opened the package of Emerald Cocoa Roast Almonds, they smelled just like a warm hot chocolate. The texture of the almonds is rough, but almonds are kind of rough. The taste of these almonds is very tart but chocolaty. I would suggest buying these because they are tasteful and leave a nice chocolaty taste in your mouth.

Mikey Barrett, 8th grade:
The almonds are served in a tiny bag with a nice easy-open slit. When I took a bite out of the almonds, I could taste the almond and the essence of the crunch, but no chocolate. When kids see chocolate [on a package], they are going to want a lot of it. In this product, you simply can't taste the chocolate. This is not appealing to kids, so it is not something we need in the stores.

Wali Deutsch, 8th grade:
I love this product. Its slightly chocolate taste with the nice crunch of the almond gives a nice sweet but not overpowering taste. The package is small and slim for a good convenient on-the-go snack. Its 100-calorie value makes you feel good about eating such a tasty and healthy snack. This is a great product for people who have great taste but who also want to watch their waist.

Daphney Ambroise, 8th grade:
The package is a nice size and opens easily. It has a refreshing smell; it smells like chocolate. The chocolate-covered almonds have sort of an edgy or lightly rough texture. I think people who like almonds or chocolate would buy it. I would buy it because it has a nice flavored taste.
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