Snakaroons In The News

 

Laughing Giraffe Organics' Lemon Snakaroons were just mentioned in the The Mercury News and East Bay Times as part of a taste-off between different coconut snacks! See what they had to say:


Sunday, January 27, 2019


TASTE- OFF

The best coconut snacks — and worst

Apologies to those who hate coconut. This taste-off is for those of us who crave the sweet, nutty flavor and welcome it served every which way — in pudding, ice cream, candy and cookies. A little coconut is good, but more is so much better.

Coconut, which is a fruit — not a nut — is wildly versatile and distinctly unique, in part because of its high fat content. Pressed coconut makes a great substitute for cream, milk and butter, making it a great go-to for those on vegan and gluten-free diets.

For this feature, we rounded up all manner of coconut snacks, including bites, clusters, rolls and balls. Some look like cookies. Others look like candy or cereal, but all of them use coconut as a main ingredient and all are gluten-free.

Great coconut snacks are minimally sweet, crispy or chewy and delicious enough to make you want more. The bad ones are tough, sticky, stale, flavorless or all of the above.

Here’s the scoop on the best coconut treats — and those best left in the bag. Nutrition details refer to a 28 to 30 gram serving.

Laughing Giraffe Organics Lemon Snakaroons

These soft, moist, bite-size balls rolled in coconut are packed with juicy Meyer lemon flavor. 140 cal, 11 g fat, 15 mg sodium, 7 g sugar, 1 g protein. $6.49 for 6 ounces at Sprouts. 4 stars

Hippie Snacks Organic Coconut Clusters

Crispy slivers of coconut and sesame seeds make for an addictive snack. These are toasted to perfection. 160 calories, 10 g fat, 75 mg sodium, 7 g sugar, 3 g protein. Note that the Seed & Nut variety is far less coconut- forward and not quite as crunchy, due to dried fruit in the mix. $1.99 for 2.8 ounces at Grocery Outlet. 4 stars

Emmy’s Organic Vanilla Bean Coconut Cookies

Big vanilla flavor and fresh, chewy coconut make for a tender, delicious bite. These are a bit crumbly, but worth the mess. 150 calories, 12 g fat, no sodium, 9 g sugar, 2 g protein.

$5.99 for 6 ounces at Whole Foods. 3.5 stars

Innofoods Organic Coconut Clusters with Super Seeds

The combination of seeds and coconut in these large, crispy clusters is perfectly balanced. 160 calories, 13 g fat, 53 mg sodium, 7 g sugar, 9 g protein. $13.70 for 16 ounces on Amazon. Also available at some Costco stores. 3.5 stars

Sun Tropics Original Rolled Coco Rolls

The toasted edges on these delicate, flaky rolls underscore the light coconut flavor. These also come in salted caramel and espresso flavors. 130 calories, 5 g fat, 80 mg sodium, 8 g sugar, 2 g protein. $2.99 for 4 ounces at Walmart, Safeway and Lucky stores. 3 stars

Becca’s Petites Bouchees Original Snack Mix

The cinnamon note in this fresh blend of nuts and seeds makes it taste like apple pie. It’s really good, but it’s not going to satisfy a craving for coconut. 147 calories, 11 g fat, 13 mg sodium, 4 g sugar, 4.5 g protein. 4 ounces. 3 stars

GrandyOats Original Coconola

As a granola, this is awesome. It has lots of toasted nuts and seeds and great flavor. But the coconut is very understated. 150 calories, 12 g fat, no sodium, 4 g sugar, 4 g protein. $10.99 a pound in bulk at Whole Foods. 3 stars

Sejoyia Vanilla Maple Coco-Roons

Chewy fresh coconut and the right hit of sweetness make these tasty nuggets satisfying, but the maple dominates. 130 calories, 10 g fat, 55 mg sodium, 7 g sugar, 2 g protein. $3.99 for 3 ounces at Whole Foods. 2.5 stars

Sprouts Coconut Rolls

These crisp little rolls are fun, but the coconut is a bit subtle, perhaps because of the extra-light toast on the cookie. 140 calories, 5 g fat, 95 mg sodium, 11 g sugar, 2 g protein. $2.50 for 3.5 ounces. 2.5 stars

Alter Eco Dark Chocolate Coconut Clusters

Way too much salt kills the deal on these otherwise promising crispy bites. 160 calories, 13 g fat, 150mg sodium, 5 g sugar, 2 g protein. $2.99 for 3.2 ounces at Whole Foods. 2 stars

Nourish Snacks Coconut Vanilla Granola Bites

These bitty-sized bites have good crunch, but they are a bit dry and they taste more like oats than coconut. 28 g has 120 calories 5 g fat, 100 mg sodium, 6 g sugar, 3 g protein. $3.99 for 4 ounces at Whole Foods. 1.5 stars

Go Raw Choco Chunk Coconut Crisps

These sound appetizing, but these hard, extra salty clusters are hard on the teeth. 140 calories, 11 g fat, 55 mg sodium, 1 g sugar, 2 g protein. $4.69 for 2 ounces at Whole Foods. half a star

Jennies Organic Coconut Bites with Cacao Nibs and Chocolate

It’s bad enough that these are sticky and stale, but they’re also devoid of coconut flavor. 140 cal, 7.5 g fat, 30 mg sodium, 7.5 g sugar, 1.5 g sugar. $3.99 for 5.25 ounces at Sprouts. (No stars) 



Reviews are based on product samples purchased by this newspaper or provided by manufacturers. Contact Jolene Thym at timespickyeater@gmail.com .