We Tried It: Justin's New Snack Packs
Nut butters are among the best snacks you can have. I'm not ashamed to admit I keep stacks of nut butter packets at my desk so I can get a quick bite when I've hit an afternoon slump. They're rich in protein and unsaturated fats. They're also high in filling fiber, and if you pick an all-natural one (or better yet—make your own nut butter), you can control the added sugars and sodium for a really delectable, healthy treat. Pair them with fruit and veggie slices for an even better treat-worthy snack.
We've been a fan of Justin's for quite some time. A few years ago, we crowned their then-brand-new Natural Maple Almond Butter Squeeze Packs one of the best new foods. Since then, they've launched a variety of new products with their all-natural nut butters. My favorite, of course, was their launch of Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups. (I may or may not treat myself to a pack every time I venture over to Whole Foods.)
However, vying for another special snacking place in my heart, they just launched their new line of Snack Packs at Target. We recently tried the new varieties—Chocolate Hazelnut Butter with Pretzels; Classic Almond Butter with Pretzels; Maple Almond Butter with Pretzels—and here is our verdict.
Overall, they're great for convenience and ease of use. They'd make great road-trip or carry-on snacks so you can stave off hunger. They're also no-mess, so they're perfect for your desk or keeping in your bag when you're hiking, shopping, or just out and about. With only 200-210 calories per pack, they're ideal for people who need a filling snack quickly. The three nut butters are the ones you've come to know and love from their squeezable packets and jars, so they have a delicious balance of salty-sweet nuttiness.
The one downside: Like many good all-natural butters, the nut butters in these packets separate a bit. That makes them really difficult to scoop with a pretzel, so make sure you give them a stir with a knife if you have one handy. If you don't, they're still totally dippable. You just might lose a pretzel rod or two.