My Number 3 GF Favorite Thing for 2009

Continuing with the Indian theme of my recent favorite thing, I have chosen these wonderful Bhuja Indian snacks from Majans for the number 3 slot in my Favorite Things series. The taste and texture of these snacks will have you wondering Is this really gluten-free? Thankfully, yes they are and they are really unique to boot. I always have a few bags on-hand as you never know when guests will pop-in or when a snack craving will strike.

I came across these snacks when I was putting together my gluten-free contingency travel pack for my previous trip. I actually sampled two varieties but will start with the original variety. What’s nice about this snack is that you really feel like you are indulging in a gluten-filled snack. There are wonderfully crunchy multi-grain noodles (from chick pea, yellow peas, and some GF starches) that are just AMAZING paired with wonderfully flavorful rice crackers scattered throughout. The mix is also chock-full of green peas, peanuts, and sweet sultanas – all in a great spicy coating that has a bit of a kick but is not overly powering.

The spicy variety makes for a piquant surprise and makes for a great snack that will definitely please the pickiest of guests. The spicy version is much like the original mix but features a eider crunch noodle throughout in lieu of the assorted rice crackers featured in the mild variety. If you are a fan of spicy then I highly recommend picking-up a package and giving it a try.These snacks go extremely well with cocktails (making a great little bar mix) as the savory snacks subtle saltiness with hint of sweetness makes for the perfect combination with a nice wine, gluten-free beer or cider, or mixed cocktail. You can check out their complete product line on their Web site.

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