Food Reviews

Setton Farms Chipotle BBQ Pistachio Kernels

The best nut-based snack of 2021.

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This snack is a piquant take on the humble pistachio. Our testers declared the chipotle BBQ flavor the best of any flavored pistachios they tried, a sweet and salty blend that harmonized zest with smoke. Crunchier than cashews and meatier than peanuts, the pre-shelled pistachios made us wonder why we rarely brought them on the trail before. The hiker-friendly packet is resealable, but we usually polished off this addictive snack in one sitting.


“After a few months on the Pacific Crest Trail, we weren’t eating a ‘lunch’ anymore, preferring not to get bogged down by full stomachs,” one tester says. “At 510 calories, 39 grams of healthy fats, and 18 grams of protein per package, which includes three servings, this was an efficient way to keep us moving.”