Virginia Cocktail Peanuts are setting out to challenge common notions about America’s favorite nut.
I live in Georgia, which is the nation's No. 1 producer of peanuts. But Virgina isn't just the name of the state growing these peanuts, it's also the name of the specific peanut varietal being grown -- a type of peanut that's significantly larger than what's commonly grown in Georgia.
These Virginia peanuts are quite delicious. They're plump, crispy, salty -- I tested the sea salt version -- and not in any way “oily."
According to the press materials, "their consistency differs from all other brands." These nuts are carefully hand-prepared, first soaked in water for a full hour (which helps the nuts build resistance to oil absorption) before briefly dropped in hot organic canola oil.
Virginia peanuts grow in southeastern Virginia, northeastern North Carolina and South Carolina. Virginia Cocktail Peanuts uses only product grown in Virginia.
Virginia peanuts are the largest of the four peanut types (others are: Runner, Spanish and Valencia).
"Large Virginia peanuts are hard to obtain," the press materials state. "The highest grade of Virginia peanuts, super extra large, accounts for a very small percentage of the Virginia peanuts produced in the United States. These superior quality peanuts are select and difficult to find."
Virginia Cocktail Peanuts are now available worldwide via online order and in specialty grocers across the U.S. They are available in Sea Salt, Unsalted, Jalapeño, Cajun, Toffee and Milk Chocolate flavors.
Bottom Line: According to the National Peanut Board, more than 1,000 new products with peanuts or peanut butter have been created in the past five years. This tasty treat is worthy of notice in the crowded field.