If I had to make a list of my top ten favorite foods, olives would definitely be there… (Along with avocados, cherries, garlic, chickpeas, cashews, figs, jalapenos, sauerkraut, and summer tomatoes.) So when the folks at Oloves contacted me about trying a few of their individual packs of olives for a review, I was all over the idea. Like potato chips but in olive form, they come in a variety of flavor options. The packages they sent me were Tasty Mediterranean, Lemony Lover, and Hot Chilli Mama. Each package is 1.1 ounces and contains about 10 olives, equaling 50 calories per pouch.
I started with the Tasty Mediterranean, which ended up being my favorite of the bunch. The olives were marinated with basil and garlic. (Since garlic made the short list above, is it any wonder that they were my favorite?) They reminded me of the marinated olives I make sometimes for parties. In addition to the basil and garlic notes, there was a hint of lemon underneath. The olives were firm, and since I usually only eat four or five olives in a sitting, the serving size felt quite generous.
The next day I moved on to the Lemony Lover flavor, while having a lunch of toasted tortillas slathered with baba ganoush inside. The lemon flavor didn’t overpower the olives, but added a nice dimension to the taste.
Finally, I tried the Hot Chilli Mama, which gets its heat from flecks of habanero peppers. The olives were still pretty mild with just a tinge of heat on the tongue after the olive was almost finished.
The little packs of olives would be great for keeping in one’s purse for an afternoon snack or as a grab and go treat for the road. Since I’m more of a savory person rather than a sweet person, it’s nice to have quick treats that are still whole foods based and not your typical health bar. With a mind to the holidays, they would also make for a fun stocking stuffer for any olive lovers on your list.
You can check out all of the places they are available in the U.S. and the U.K. on their website. I read online that lots of people have discovered these olives while on flights, as part of the in-service options on airplanes or in airports. The closest place near me that sells them is Cost Plus World Market.
In regards to price, that would be my only hesitation about this product. At World Market, they are selling for $1.99/package. That’s not prohibitively high, but since you only get ten olives in a package, it would probably not be something I’d buy all the time, knowing that I could get a whole jar of olives for a few dollars more. That said, if you’re open to buying in bulk, they come out to about $1.64/package on Amazon, which is a better deal.
Now for the fun part! Oloves is offering a giveaway for 30 packages of their flavored olives! One winner will receive 10 packs of each flavor. Please note, this giveaway is only open to people in the United States, the U.K., and Europe. Be sure to leave an email address or blog, so that I have a way of contacting you!
Disclaimer: I was not paid for this review, but I did receive 3 complimentary packages of Oloves. The thoughts & opinions are totally my own. There is an Amazon affiliate link in this post.