Thursday, March 8, 2012

Almondina: The Delicious Cookie Without the Guilt (GIVEAWAY!)

Pretty much everyone finds some form of comfort in their grandmother's cooking. Even if your grandmother wasn't a great cook, I'm sure there's something about her over-cooked pork chops that send you right down memory lane. But it's not every day that you can find that same comfort in someone else's grandmother's cooking. Case in point: Almondina Cookies. Former internationally acclaimed symphony conductor Yuval Zaliouk has taken his grandmother Dina's lovable almond cookie recipe and turned it into a widely popular treat.

Her crunchy cookies are reminiscent of very thin and crunchy biscotti. They are actually made quite similarly, but in this case contain no added fat or salt. Thus they contain no cholesterol (egg whites are used instead of whole eggs). Three of these addictive cookies are under 100 calories, although I dare you to eat only three. They are crisp, like sweet crackers, and much like a Lay's potato chip, you can't eat just one. Fortunately for us, these babies are healthier than potato chips.

The fat in these cookies come solely from the almonds, and as we all know nuts are a healthy source of fat. They contain omega 3 fatty acids which are good for your brain. So maybe eating these Almondina cookies will make you smarter? I can't comment on that, but they ARE a smart choice for a sweet indulgence. I recently received a sampler from the folks at Almondina that contained 7 varieties of their cookies (and a couple extra samples of the same flavors). From the Original to the Chocolate Cherry and everything in between (flavors like Gingerspice, Cinnaroma, and Sesame) my family and I really loved these cookies. At first I was surprised at how crunchy they actually were, but the texture became one of the addictive qualities of the cookies. I loved the intense toasted almond flavor, and the incredibly chewy raisins (or dried cherries in the Chocolate Cherry cookies) that added another great textural element.

I not only recommend these yummy cookies to my readers, but I'm hosting a giveaway for the exact same sampler I received! You have a few chances to win, so here are the rules...

1) Leave a comment telling me what flavor you're most excited to try. You can see all of them on the Almondina Website.

2) Like the Almondina Facebook page. Then leave a comment telling me you did.

3) Like the Mission: Food Facebook page. Then leave a comment telling me you did.

Each person can have a maximum of 3 entries/comments. Leave a separate comment for each entry. You don't have to do all three, you can do one, or two, but three will give you a better chance of winning. The contest will end in a week, on March 15, 2012 at 11:59 pm EST and the winner will be chosen by a random number generator. Don't forget to include your email address when you leave a comment so I can contact you if you win. Only US residents are eligible. Thanks and have a great day!


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