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These delicious snacks are way beyond chips

Among the many gourmet snacks from Sahale of Seattle are black-peppered pecan halves with dried cranberries and orange zest.
Among the many gourmet snacks from Sahale of Seattle are black-peppered pecan halves with dried cranberries and orange zest. Mark Morris

Sahale of Seattle keeps coming out with some of the most interesting snacks on the market — among them, mixtures of nuts, dried fruits and spices. In October, we taste-tested its Crunchers Fruit & Almond Snack. We demolished the mix of roasted sliced almonds, dried cherries and apples, glazed with maple and finished with cinnamon.

We found another flavor we like even better, black-peppered Valdosta (as in the Georgia town) pecan halves with dried cranberries and orange zest. The mixture is zingy, crunchy and chewy, and just sweet enough ($4.50 for four ounces).

Now we’re searching supermarket shelves for Sahale’s maple pecans, soy-glazed cashews with pineapple, cayenne-blasted almonds with dates and apples, and pistachios with pomegranate, cherries and lemon. Oh, wait — we can order them online at www.sahalesnacks.com.

Call The Bee’s Allen Pierleoni, (916) 321-1128. Follow him on Twitter @apierleonisacbe.

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