Every morning, around 11 a.m., I have a little snack at my desk. Usually a handful of nuts or seeds is enough to tide me over until noon, when I can break into whatever lunch I've packed. Pumpkin seeds, which are great sources of protein, iron, and zinc, are a personal fave. And I think I've found a new go-to snack in SuperSeedz Gourmet Pumpkin Seeds. They sent one a bag of every one of their flavors to review!
There's Sea Salt, Curious Curry, and Tomato Italiano.
And Really Naked, Somewhat Spicy, and Super Spicy.
And Coco Joe, Cinnamon & Sugar, and Maple Sugar & Sea Salt.
Whew! That's a lot of pumpkin seeds! But I've done the "tough" research of sampling every one, and I'm here to tell you my thoughts. Overall, I'm really impressed with the very distinct individual flavors of SuperSeedz. The spiced and sweet ones — excluding Really Naked and Sea Salt — are coated with lots of herbs and spices or sugars, so the flavor really shines. And all of these dry-roasted seeds are flavored with all-natural ingredients I can recognize and pronounce. No artificial flavors or preservatives. The Really Naked and Sea Salt varieties may not have as much spicy oomph, but they're delicious in their own right and allow the natural flavor of the seed to shine.
Here's a rundown of each flavor:
Sea Salt — Just the right amount of salt. These remind me of roasted sunflower seeds, and they're perfect for snacking before a meeting when you don't want garlic breath. Paul actually preferred these over all the flavors, and he ate a bunch in the car on the way to my parents' house for Thanksgiving.
Curious Curry — Seasoned with madras curry powder and non-gmo soy sauce, these are my fave of the bunch. I love anything with curry, and I could eat these all day long.
Tomato Italiano — Tastes like pizza! These are loaded with fresh Italian herbs, tomato, and garlic. I appreciate that the herbs are fine-ground, so they don't get stuck in your teeth. You will have garlic breath though! But who cares?
Really Naked — Pure pumpkin seed flavor. I was afraid these would be too bland for me since I'm a salt-a-holic, but they're actually perfect. I prefer these sprinkled over a salad. You wouldn't want to use the super-flavored ones on a salad, but these are made for that.
Somewhat Spicy — We love spice in our house! Paul grows hot peppers, and we put sriracha on everything. These get a slight amount of heat from cayenne pepper, so they're just a tad spicy. I'd label these as mild. They also get great flavor from garlic, onion, black pepper, paprika, and herbs.
Super Spicy — Now these are spicy! They're seasoned with habanero pepper, and if you eat just one or two seeds, they don't seem too spicy. But when you eat a full serving — 1/4th cup — the heat builds. I love it, but I do have to blow my nose a few times while eating these. Definitely my second fave of the bunch.
Coco Joe — I'm always prefer savory snacks over sweet ones, but sometimes, you need a little chocolate. These are seasoned with cocoa, coffee, and vanilla, and there's added sweetness from organic sugar. The coffee is a nice touch. Good snack to accompany my morning cup.
Cinnamon & Sugar — These were my least fave of the bunch. They're delicious. But compared with the rest, they're just not my favorite. They're coated in cinnamon and sugar and taste a little like cinnamon toast. I think they'd be best enjoyed as an ice cream topping.
Maple Sugar & Sea Salt — Out of the three sweet ones, I loved these the most. Probably because I adore the combo of sweetness and salt. Plus, there's a strong maple flavor that reminds me of pancakes.
These are so good that I really don't want to share! So if you work with me and you're reading this, stay out of my pumpkin seeds! :-) Jk. I may share a few.