Just before Thanksgiving, I sent one of my children to the store to pick up some fancy peanuts to serve with appetizers. For what I thought would be an easy mission, I received three text messages seeking advice about different flavor combinations available at the local grocery store. I figured it was time to check out the peanut aisle myself. My shopper was correct — the choices were overwhelming. I found salted peanuts, chocolate-covered varieties and jars of mixed nuts claiming to be good for everything from heart health to men's health. Our judges also like to serve nuts on their New Year's party charcuterie plates. So, this week, we tried a selection of uniquely flavored nuts and ranked them in order of our favorites.
Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent