It seems I am on a real nut kick recently. That is probably because I am choosing to eat nuts as a snack food instead of turning to more unhealthy options like cookies or ice cream. After all, nuts are full of protein and it takes fewer of them to fill you up than some of the high sugar options out there today.
Recently, while looking frantically for my favorite nuts ‘” Planters NUT-rition Energy Mix, I discovered a new and unusual nut snack option. They are called Fisher Cinnamon Pecans.
These nuts offer something a bit out of the ordinary, but the question remains. Are they good for you? Let’s take a look.
A serving size of Fisher Cinnamon Pecans is 1 oz. Each serving represents 160 calories. That is about 40 20 to 30 calories less than many other options available today. The bad news is that most of those calories ‘” 110 to be exact ‘” come from fat.
There are approximately nine servings of nuts in each 9-oz can. That seems to be pretty much the standard, with very few options. The can is the about 3 Â¼” and 4″ in diameter, which is also about the same as most nut cans on the market today.
Each serving contains 12 grams of fat, 1 gram of which comes from saturated fat. Additionally there are 65 grams of sodium, 13 grams of sugar and 5 grams of carbohydrates.
While the salt and carb intake is lower than a lot of nuts available today, the sugar intake is outrageous. That is predominantly due to the fact that these pecans are over coated with the sweet stuff.
They could easily do with about one-quarter the amount of sugar cinnamon coating. It would take nothing away from the taste. In fact, it might improve it. I find the nuts way too sweet.
On a positive note Fisher Cinnamon Pecans contain 2 grams of fiber and 1 gram of protein. While that is good, there are a lot of nut options available today that are much higher in both.
Additionally, Fisher Cinnamon Pecans also provide 2% of the recommended-daily amount of calcium and iron. Those extra nutrients are always appreciated.
I like that these nuts contain a lot less of the pesky, and unhealthy, preservatives and chemicals than some of their competitors hold. Fisher Cinnamon Pecans only include butter, cinnamon, pecans, salt and sugar
I love using pecans as a snack. I also enjoy putting them into my salad to add a bit of sweetness and texture. Fisher Cinnamon Pecans; however, are far too sweet for either one.
On the positive side, the pecans themselves are fresh and flavorful. Unfortunately, the huge sugar cinnamon coating actually detracts from their taste and makes them difficult to stomach.
Fishers claims they are “sugar and spice.” The sugar is evident. In fact it is nauseatingly so. But the spice is not there at all. Therefore, I could never in good conscience recommend these nuts.
Here is my summary review:
Taste: 0 stars. Fisher Cinnamon Pecans are too sweet. It is like eating sugar right out of a sugar bowl. A lot less coating would allow the taste of the pecan to shine through. As it is, you barely taste the nut at all.
Appearance: 5 stars: These pecans do look pretty. I’ll give them that. They are perfectly cinnamon coated. If all you are looking for a nut that looks pretty, then this is the choice to make. However, if you want taste to match the appearance, you might want to look elsewhere.
Nutrition: 3 stars. Lower amounts of salt and carbohydrates help to offset the higher fat content. But these nuts contain way too much sugar.
Packaging: 5 stars. The can is red with brown trim and black and white lettering. The Fisher logo type is featured alone with an accurate graphic representation of the way the cinnamon pecans look. It is a beautiful package altogether.
Ease of storage: 5 stars. The can measures about the same as any standard sized nut can at 3 Â¼” in height by 4″ in diameter. It should fit well into any kitchen cabinet or pantry. It will also likely fit into some kitchen drawers.
Green value: 3 stars. The can may definitely be re-purposed, but it is not biodegradable.
Availability: 4 stars. Fisher nuts are pretty well accepted these days and can be found in a lot of grocery markets, discount department stores and drug stores. I found my can at Wal-Mart.
Price: 4 stars. The cost is likely to vary from store to store. I purchased mine for $4.99, which is about standard, or even a bit on the low side, for a 9 oz can of nuts.
Product purchase probability: 0 stars. These are just too sweet. I can’t see myself ever purchasing them again.
Final rating: 3.2 stars. These nuts are good but they are not the best ones available.
5 stars – outstanding
4 stars – good
3 stars – average
2 stars – below average
1 star – poor