Run Oregon Test Kitchen: Wonderful Pistachios – No Shells (!)


We all need a little bit more protein in our lives. I don’t know about you, but when I crave a snack, I tend to go more salty and savory than sweet. I will still break into a pint of ice cream at times, but basic carbs like crackers, chips, and the like is what makes my tastebuds salivating. However, I also know that this really isn’t going to do much for me other then a minor boost before I soon feel hungry again (and guilty because I didn’t actually feed my body what it “needed”). I now often have trail mix or other nut mixes on hand or in my pantry as a way to fulfill that need. So when I found out that Wonderful Pistachios was not only doing a shell-free version, in addition to some flavor options, I was all in.

You see, pistachios are my nut of choice. I remember always having them in a jar in my kitchen growing up. I loved (and still love) the taste, but it can be kind of a pain to open – first world problems I know. I like to take them camping or when I was driving, but it always felt a little wasteful to just dispose of a bunch of shells outside, and a little gross to keep a spit cup with the discarded outsides. So a shell-free version takes the waste and nasty out of a truly delicious nut.

  • Roasted & Salted
  • Lightly Salted
  • Chili Roasted
  • Honey Roasted

The Honey Roasted are quite amazing and a pouch didn’t last very long in the house. They are a sweet take on the nut – very similar to those honey roasted peanuts we all know well, but with the added benefit of the pistachio. The Chili Roasted was also really nice with just a little kick of heat. The two more mainstreamed options – Roasted & Salted and Lightly Salted are great in their own rite. The classic pistachio nut can shine through quite nicely with this a little bit of salting and roasting.

The Chili & Honey Roasted flavors are new to the line-up and launched in 55k stores last summer – so you should be able to find somewhere nearby.

Now that these are available, I absolutely anticipate these finding their way into our roadtrip grocery list, as well as on some trail runs this summer and fall. I truly believe these are great for trail runners and hikers, as they are very packable and provide a solid amount (6 grams/serving) of plant-based protein to keep you moving strong. Can’t wait to get crackin’ without crackin.

Items: Wonderful Pistachios

About Wonderful Pistachios

Wonderful Pistachios is the world’s largest vertically integrated pistachio grower and processor. Grown in California’s Central Valley, our high-quality nuts can be found in the produce department of grocery stores across America.

Known for our iconic Get Crackin’ campaign, Wonderful Pistachios is part of The Wonderful Company, a privately held $4 billion company. For more, visit:, or follow on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Thank you to Wonderful Pistachios for providing us with samples. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.

About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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