Review & Giveaway: Oloves Tasty Mediterranean, Lemony Lover & Hot Chilli Mama Olives

Oloves lemony lover olivesIf 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.

Oloves mediterranean olivesI 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.

Olove lemony olivesThe 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.

Oloves hot chilli olives packageFinally, 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.

oloves hot chilli mama olivesYou 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!

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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.  


  1. Those olives have tempted me at World Market before, but I agree that the price is prohibitive. It would be amazing to have little packs of olives in my purse, though.

  2. acookinthemaking says:

    Your top 10 list is remarkably similar to mine! I think an individual pack of olives for a purse snack sounds divine.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Love the olive bar at whole foods – especially the bright green (castelvetrano?) olives!

  4. Anonymous says:

    I love the idea of small packs to go!

  5. My mouth is watering!!!!!

  6. I don’t remember seeing Oloves at World Market. Will look for them next time I’m there.

  7. So how do I get on the Olove giveaway.contest?

    As someone of (mostly) Croatian descent, I love seeing the “renaissance” in olives that began a few years ago. Even small town Indiana grocery stores now have small barrels of olives where people try something other than the usual canned black olives and green-olives-with-pimentos. I think one of the reasons our grandparents lived longer than the Baby Boomers seem to be is because they ate whole grain “peasant” breads instead of Wonder Bread, fresh fruits and veggies instead of canned or frozen, home churned ice creams instead of ice milks (Dairy Queen) and eskimo pies, and so on.

    • Do you see the giveaway box at the bottom of the blog post? Just click on each thing that you do. For example, you’ve already left a comment, and so you can hit the box that says “Leave a comment below.” You follow my page on Facebook, and so you could also hit “Easy Entry for all Cadry’s Kitchen fans on Facebook.”

  8. I’m with you on olives being in my top ten favorite foods. I remember when I was little I used to put them on my fingers and eat them that way…and one time I ate an entire can. Oops! I think that was my sodium for the month.

  9. Judging from the comments, I got a different question than everyone else! My favorite way to prepare tofu is marinated and baked.

    Thanks for the chance to win some tasty olives! If I win I’ll be sharing with my olive loving family.

  10. LOVE oloves!! Such an awesome idea!

  11. I actually love tofu plain with salad dressing. But one of my fav ways is to make coconut tofu by dredging squares in batter, then rolling them in coconut and sauteing. I often add some chile spice, sometimes use sweetened coconut, sometimes plain. They are good in salads, or to eat just as is!

  12. I love olives, so the idea of individual serving packs is great. Hopefully the packaging is recyclable.

  13. I love to pan fry tofu in toasted sesame oil. Delicious and super simple.

  14. i love just regular baked ole tofu

  15. These were one of my most favorite items from a prior vegan cuts snack box. I love the idea of having them in my purse or snack drawer at work.

  16. Anonymous says:

    I have such a hard time picking favorite foods, but I believe that chocolate, peanut butter, sesame oil, and avocado make everything better! I recently made beet ravioli (not the raw kind – regular ravioli stuffed with mashed red beets) with a creamy garlicky sauce, and topped it off with black olives. I had no idea that combination would work so well, but it did!

  17. Such a neat idea! Great snack at work. I am a huge salt person and find olives really capture my craving.

  18. I’m an olive lover too–all types! Especially with Italian and Mexican dishes and I sub them anywhere I see capers :)

  19. Oh my goodness, I love these! They were in a Vegan Cuts box once! Fave vegan foods—chocolate, berries, garlic & onions, and olives of course! I’m making olive tapenade this week!

  20. My vegan food list is long! Coconut Bacon, Beanfields chips, Eat Pastry cookies, So Delicious ice cream, Gardein breakfast sandwiches, and on and on and on! I looooooooove olives so I would love to try these out!

  21. At the top of my favorite foods list would be peanut butter and dark chocolate!

  22. Anything salty caramel 😉 or passionfruit juices!

  23. I’m in a chocolate coconut milk Andrea bar phase at the moment.

  24. Favorite vegan foods – avocados, pineapple, and mushrooms

  25. Deanne O'Donnell says:

    I love homemade Seitan, whole grains, nut butters, tofu, soy curls, Beyond Meat, broccoli, pasta, rices, and soy milk!

  26. Favourite foods – I’m having a serious wasabi popcorn and smoked almonds phases. Managed to put my Twitter in wrong up there – doh! I’m on @flickingthevs

  27. I love the idea of small packets of olives! Olives make my top 10 list as well. Let’s see: I gotta have Go Veggie! Parm…tempeh…coconut milk yogurt…Shall I go on ;-)?

  28. I actually hated olives for most of my life, until about 2 years ago when I was in Portugal and for a few days there olives were the only food I could eat! So now I love them. They seem a bit on the messy side for portable snacking, but that wouldn’t stop me.

  29. Funnily enough, our list of favourite vegan foods are not too dissimilar – at the moment I can often be found sheepishly eating sauerkraut straight from the jar… The rest of the list includes olives of course, avocados, mangoes, sundried tomatoes, tahini, peanut butter, marzipan, and of course everything chocolate!

  30. My top 10 foods: olives (duh!), tofu, steamed white seitan (from THR’s Viva Vegan! cookbook), avocados, kale, pickled beets, watermelon, any vegan cupcakes, pinto beans, salsa made with roasted vegetables….

  31. I love humus. Funny thing is I was just thinking next batch I make I will try Olives! I would love to win this!

  32. I’ve been an olive lover since birth, going so far as to drink the brine after the olives themselves are long gone, so the these new flavors and convenient packaging really have me excited! I hate picking favorites but it’s save to say that olives would definitely make the list.

  33. DB Johnson says:

    Kale! I am addicted to it….

  34. Sinc ei dont like olives i am going talk about Tofu. Recently the only way i like tofu(fresh not too beany tasting) is hubb’s scramble with tons of herbs, veggies and cheese!

  35. Favorite Vegan Foods: Mandarin Ginger Tofu, olives, quinoa and Chickpea Salad

  36. My favorite vegan foods are dates, almond butter, cashew “cheese”, every vegetable under the sun, garlic. I could go on and on!

  37. I love all nut and seed butters.

  38. How cool that these are available in the UK too! I’ll keep my eyes out for them. I’d definitely love those “tasty Mediterranean” ones- garlic & basil = yum!
    Favourite foods- chickpeas, broccoli, chocolate, bananas, almond butter, tahini, avocado, tempeh, sweet potatoes….far too many to list.

  39. As simple as it might be, almond butter and plain graham crackers are my two favorites

  40. I’m (uncreatively) a tofu fan :) But oatmeal is also one of my favorites – love to mix in fruits and nuts!

  41. karen tross says:

    Great way to try new foods!

  42. Olives are definitely on my favorites list. I tend to but very large jars of kalamata olives, but I appreciate all kinds.

  43. These look amazing!!

  44. I mean it when I say that tofu is my favorite food!

  45. Olives, peanut/almond butter, dark chocolate, tempeh, greens!

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