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Snack Almond FAQs

This page contains frequently asked questions about our snack almonds. If you have a question that you don't see answered here, please send it to us using our Contact form and we'll respond as quickly as possible.


Back to Top How should I store Blue Diamond almonds?

Our snack almonds are packaged in air tight containers to preserve freshness.  Once the packages are opened the almonds should be consumed within one to two weeks.  Storing almonds in the refrigerator will extend the shelf life after opening to about four weeks.  When storing products in the refrigerator use sealed containers to protect against absorption of moisture and odor.

Back to Top How do I toast whole natural or raw almonds?

Spread almonds uniformly in a shallow layer on an ungreased baking pan.  Bake in a preheated oven at 325-350°F for 15-30 minutes until the internal nut color is golden in color.  Stir occasionally for an even roast.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool.  Almonds will continue to roast slightly and darken while cooling.

Back to Top How do I blanch or remove the skin from whole natural almonds?

Add almonds to a sauce pan containing water.  Bring the water to a boil for about one minute.  Remove the almonds from the heat and let stand for several minutes.  Pour the almonds and hot water through a colander.  Rinse the hot almonds with cold water until they are cool and can be safely handled.  Remove the skin by pinching the almond between your thumb and forefinger.  Dry the blanched almonds in a 250°F oven until crisp.

Back to Top Are Blue Diamond almonds genetically engineered (GMO)?

No.  Blue Diamond uses California almonds grown by our grower co-operative members without the use of genetic engineering or gene manipulation. The varieties of almonds available were developed using traditional agricultural breeding techniques.

Back to Top Are Blue Diamond products “peanut free”?

Blue Diamond branded products produced in our facilities are peanut free.  We do not process, manufacture, store, or handle peanuts or peanut products in our facilities.

Back to Top Are Blue Diamond products “gluten free”?

Most of our products do not contain ingredients derived from wheat or other gluten grains.  The following Blue Diamond products contain gluten.

  • Jordan Almonds
  • Wasabi & Soy Sauce Almonds

Back to Top Why do some of your seasoned products such as Smokehouse® have fewer carbohydrates per serving than your Whole Natural?

Products such as Smokehouse contain ingredients other than almonds.  These additional ingredients have fewer carbohydrates than the almonds resulting in a product with fewer carbohydrates per serving overall.

Back to Top Does Blue Diamond sell organic products?

We currently do not offer organic products.

Back to Top Do Blue Diamond products contain the ingredient MSG?

Blue Diamond does not add the ingredient MSG (monosodium glutamate) to our products.

Back to Top Is the salt used in your products iodized?

The salt is not iodized.

Back to Top Some of your products contain the ingredient “maltodextrin”.  Does maltodextrin contain gluten?

While some forms of maltodextrin can contain gluten, we utilize maltodextrin made from corn.  Corn does not contain gluten.

Back to Top Do you use “soy” in your products?

Some of our products use soy ingredients such as hydrolyzed soy protein, soybean oil, and soy lecithin.  Whenever we utilize soy ingredients you will find “soy” indicated in the ingredient statement.

Back to Top Where does the “Smoke” in your Smokehouse® Almonds come from?  Is it vegan?

Our Smokehouse® almonds contain an FDA approved natural smoke flavor derived from the burning of hickory wood and is considered vegan.

Back to Top Do any of your snack almonds products contain dairy ingredients?

The following Blue Diamond snack almond products contain dairy ingredients.

  • Bold Lime ‘n Chili
  • Bold Maui Onion & Garlic
  • Bold Salt & Vinegar