Tuk Tuk Asian Snacks (DISCONTINUED)

Review of: Tuk Tuk Snacks
Thai Summer Heat Spicy Cashews and Spicy Peanuts
$2.83 per 2-ounce package

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On November 1, 2014
Last modified:November 12, 2016


If you are craving an authentic taste of Thai, then these nutty blends are well worth an adventure. Though they are bold and richly flavored snacks, the chunky herbs, onions, and spices also make both varieties amazing as garnish for Asian-inspired meals.

I was fascinated when a successful dairy-free ice cream creator turned his interests to spicy Asian snacks. His new venture, Tuk Tuk Herbs & Spices, sources bold flavors and manufactures them into munchies right at the source: in Thailand.

Tuk Tuk Asian Snacks - nutty, spicy, dairy-free!

Asian cuisine is like a culinary paradise for the dairy-free diet, so there was no way I was going to turn down the chance to sample these new products. And while I hoped for intense and fragrant flavors, I kept in mind that most Americanized “Thai” snacks tend to fall short. But not Tuk Tuk. Rich nuts, aromatic seasonings, and a wonderful heat give Tuk Tuk Asian snacks authentic appeal.

Tuk Tuk Asian Snacks - nutty, spicy, dairy-free!

The fledgling products from Tuk Tuk include Thai Summer Heat Spicy Peanuts and Spicy Cashews, both in 2-ounce double-serve bags. The ingredients are very similar (with red onion, salt, sugar (but just 1 to 2 grams of sugars per serving), garlic, lemongrass, makrut lime leaf, and Thai chili), but the cashews also have sesame seeds.

I’ve never been a big peanut fan, so by my tastes, the Spicy Peanut snack was good, flavorful, full of spice, but just not my favorite. The Spicy Cashews, however, had a creamy sweetness that I adored combined with an abundance of complimentary spices and the perfect smattering of seeds. And in terms of heat, I would describe both as spicy, but not on fire.

Both varieties of these Tuk Tuk Asian snacks have thin, intense onion wafers for textural interest and loads of chunky, dehydrated herbs and spices. While good as a snack, they also make an amazing garnish on salads and Asian-inspired soup, rice and noodle dishes.

Tuk Tuk Asian Snacks - nutty, spicy, dairy-free!

Certifications: I did not notice any certifications on Tuk Tuk Asian Snacks.

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Tuk Tuk Asian Snacks are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. Nonetheless, verify on the label and check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes, ingredients, and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.

For More Product Information: Visit the Tuk Tuk website at www.tuktuksnacks.com.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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