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Jordan almonds for Christmas...just head to Nazareth

 

I'll always remember Saturday afternoons at the Paramount Theater in St. Cloud, MN, going to see movies for a buck.  We didn't care what was showing, as long as it was PG and my folks could drop me and a friend off for the afternoon.  Part of the thrill, of course, was that we could eat whatever we wanted: popcorn fried up in (most likely) coconut oil, Twizzlers, Whoppers, and my all-time favorite: Jordan Almonds.

I think it was during the "Towering Inferno" that I really solidified my love for these matinee snacks.  Watching Paul Newman and Steve McQueen play tough while I devoured an entire box of these candy-coated nuts is, oddly enough, one of my earliest food memories.  (Did I mention I had a minor problem with cavities at a young age?)  So when I saw a container of them recently at Nazareth Sweets in Albany Park, my eyes lit up like Cindy Brady on a game show.  

Innocently, of course, I imagine a healthy almond beneath that thin sheath of candy coating.  When I take a closer look at the ingredient list, I realize why they taste so damn good: not only do sugar and clarified butter play a starring role, but there's also a combination of cashews, pistachios, walnuts and almonds; not to mention the rose and orange water, plus a small amount of lemon juice.  They stick a little bit to your teeth, but not nearly as bad as a Tootsie Roll or a Starburst.  Strangely enough, even after all these years, I still can't have just one.

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