Monday, November 23, 2015

Snack Healthy with ZOUQ Exotic Snacks....#review



Do you want to add a little flavor to your snacks?  You should check out ZOUQ snacks.  They are crunchy, exotic and healthy!!  I love them.  I received samples of all 4 of the snacks.  The Curry Crunch is a sweet and sour trail mix.  Fiery Sticks are hot and crispy potato snacks.  Golden Lentils are a high protein lentil snack.  Jubilee Mix is spicy wholesome trail mix. I have tried all of them and my favorites are the Jubilee Mix and the Fiery Sticks.  The Fiery Sticks are like the potato sticks that I already love but with a little kick.  Not too hot but I did have to get a drink while I was enjoying them.  They are so good!!  I also really enjoyed the Jubilee Mix. Trail mix is one of my favorite snacks and this one was so unique.  I love the peas and crispy lentils that are in this snack mix.  I tried the Curry Crunch but I'm not a big fan of the Curry taste.  My husband enjoyed that one a lot.  He asked if there were more when it was all gone.  So, I guess we will be ordering some of those!!  I liked the Golden Lentils also.  I love the sea salt on the Golden Lentils and so did Aiden.  He took these in his lunchbox twice.  I was glad to pack those in place of chips or other salty snacks.  They were a hit.  

Excited to see what was inside.

A box full of goodies.

I pulled this one right out and opened it. 

Love this mix.  

Information card that was included.

Good info on the back.

The other 3 snack size packages we received.

I also received a can of each flavor.  

Crunch goodness.

My hubby's favorite.

Yum with a little kick!

Close up of the Fiery Sticks.  I love these. 

Some information about Zouq Snacks....

Mission Statement
Zouq is a social enterprise with the mission to foster the celebration and welcoming of cultural differences from across the globe. We see a future where understanding and appreciation is second nature and all people are free to express their culture wherever they go.
Food is a great cultural equalizer! ZOUQ aims to bring the taste of cultures together for greater understanding and appreciation.
Food has the power to create bonds and to start conversations. People invite folks to their homes to strengthen these very bonds, to share with others a part of their culture and identity. By breaking bread with folks from a different cultural background, we build the most organic types of meaningful connections.
Zouq uses its brand to bring awareness of cultures from around the world to the mainstream United States.


Our Story
When I began travelling and exploring various cultures I found one thing to be paramount: Food is a great cultural equalizer! From there my journey to create a food brand that encapsulates that ideal came to being. ZOUQ aims to bring the taste of cultures together for greater understanding and appreciation.
My entrepreneurial commitments have taken me all over the world and what quickly became a universal truth for me is the power of food to create bonds and to start conversations. People invite folks to their homes to strengthen these very bonds, to share with others a part of their culture and identity. By breaking bread with folks from a different cultural background, we build the most organic types of meaningful connections. ZOUQ takes the essence of cultural discovery and brings it to your kitchen without you having to travel to distant shores.
Uzair ZK Anjarwalla
(Founder & Foodie-In-Chief)

The Zouq Brand
We find exotic tastes and explosions of flavors and bring them to foodies and epicureans all over the world. These foods represent the cultures and rich heritage behind them and ZOUQ aims to bring this cultural understanding to the mainstream.
Our food is All-Natural, GMO Free and Gluten Free. It is also made with the same love that the hosts countries bestow on all the visitors who drop by.
Giving Back to Cultures
ZOUQ practices “Conscious Capitalism” we want to benefit as many stakeholders associated with discovering the exotic, because everyone has their unique place in the process. From Laxmi Rani’s recipe, to Kumar and Farhan working in the factory, to James who is driving around California distributing products everyone is involved and everyone has something to add to the Zouq conversation around exotic food.
We partner with and give back to organizations who work to spread understanding, appreciation and acceptance.


The Crunch of Kathak
When the sweet moves of the dancer meet the tanginess of the musician, the sensual Kathak is observed. Bringing together rice flakes, chick peas, flour, peanuts and turmeric in a fusion of flavors both crunchy yet sweet, Zouq’s Curry Crunch will have you dancing for sure!
Kathak is a regional dance form which has the intricacy of martial arts with the grace of a swan. Zouq believes that the unique blend of flavors that Curry Crunch offers is best embodied through this art form. It is fascinating yet distracting. It is tangy yet mild. In its simplest form, it is an experience like no other. Curry Crunch is the symbolic South Asian snack which has no other par, not unlike the Kathak dance. The sensual moves which were once meant to captivate nobility and the elite are present in every serving of Zouq’s Curry Crunch.






The Golden Festival of Basant
The festival of Basant welcomes the onset of spring in South Asia. Basant pervades religions and countries: Hindus pay tribute to the goddess of learning, Sarasvati, while Muslims celebrate the festival in the memory of Sufi saints. Lahore and Ferozepur – two centers of culture separated by a few hundred miles but situated in different countries – are both draped in the color yellow as millions take to kite-flying in honor of spring. Basant is the time of the year that fuels not just competition but also love and passion. Golden Lentils is a yellow lentil-based snack that captures the romance and chutzpah of Basant through its sprinkling of exquisite sea salts and just the right touch of lime. Feel the freshness of a South Asian spring in a mouthful of Golden Lentils.




The Fiery Ramayana
The greatest epics of the sub-continent region, The Ramayana has captured the imagination of millions across South Asia. Passed along in Hindu scriptures, The Ramayana follows the adventures and relationships of the principle character Rama. This epic covers topics such as Love and Betrayal, Urges and Desires, Trials and Accomplishments and in doing so covers the roles of the Ideal Brother, the Ideal Father, the Ideal Wife and the Ideal Warrior.
Baked in the same intensity and ecstasy of the Ramayana, ZOUQ Fiery Sticks tests the mettle of each warrior and survivors can become the legend they were meant to be. How much can you endure?


The Jubilee of a South Asian Wedding
South Asian Weddings are celebrations which have families and friends partying together for days on end regardless of race, color or religion. From religious ceremonies with humility, to dance sessions that last from dusk till dawn, to young cousins playing pranks on the newlyweds to parents relishing in the new found addition to their families, the jubilation is unmatched. The Jubilee Mix brings together these spices of the South together to offer a homely warmth in every mouthful. Kids, Spouses and Friends love the Jubilee Mix as it has something for everyone to love!

Want it? Buy It!
Head over to the webpage to learn more about Zouq Snacks.  You can also search for a store near you in the store locator.  Or connect with them through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vimeo or Pinterest.  Lots of ways to reach them.  

Special thanks to Amy and my friends at ZOUQ for allowing me to sample and learn more about these delicious snacks.  It was a pleasure to work with you!


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