For the Love of Olives: Oloves (Review/Giveaway)

This is a product review, not a sponsored post. I was provided the product free of charge, but received no additional compensation.

Like most bloggers, I get lots of pitches for products to review. Most I turn down, for one reason or another, but the only reason I would turn down a pitch that opened with, “Do you love olives?”, would be if they claimed to have some sort of magical weight loss effect.

Thank goodness for me, the Oloves company makes no outlandish health or fitness claims. The company does point out that their snack-sized portions of seasoned olives are vegan, dairy-free, nut-free, gluten-free, and low in fat, which is fair enough. No empty promises of flat abs or fat-burning boosts.

I received packages of three flavors of Oloves: Tasty Mediterranean (basil and garlic), Lemony Lover (lemon and garlic), and Hot Chilli Mama (habanero pepper sprinkles). Each package is 1.1 ounces and contains about a dozen olives, equaling 50 calories per pouch. That’s a nice low-calorie snack if you want to eat a dozen olives. It’s even lower calorie is you only want 3 or 4 olives. (Yaay!)

Unlike most packaged olives, the Olove olives aren’t packed in brine. While there is a light coating of oil on the olives, the packet doesn’t drip with it. This is good news for those of us who might enjoy these on a road trip! No mess! (No pits, either.)

oloves hot chilli mamaFor my official taste testing, I tried each olive variety two ways: 1) straight out of the packet, and 2) sliced into or onto some of my standard entrees.

The olives are good on their own, but I enjoyed them more as part of my meal, starting with the Hot Chilli Mama olives on my Mexican chicken wrap. Nii-i-ce! Spicy, but not in an in-your-face way. On first bite, I thought these olives could do with a little more heat, but after a few seconds, I felt a nice little after kick. I love when that happens.

My next experiment was with adding the Tasty Mediterranean olives to my faux Chicken Parmagiana (chicken, marinara, panko, and mozzarella). Usually I slice some black olives for this dish, but I have to say, that the basil-garlic olives really did take it up a notch.

salad with oloves lemon garlicFinally, one night I sliced the Lemony Lover olives on top of a simple salad. The lemony, garlic flavors worked well with the Pomegranate dressing and really brightened things up.

Three varieties of olives, three successes. It doesn’t get much better than that. If the olives came in a resealable packet, I’d have called them perfect. (I only eat 3 or 4 at a time and had to rely on a binder clip to keep them nice and fresh between servings.)

TWO lucky U.S. readers have an opportunity to win sample packs of their very own! All you have to do is leave a comment letting us know your favorite way to eat olives. On Thursday (01/23), I’ll pick the winners via random draw.

On the off-chance you don’t win one of the sample packs, you can check out the Oloves website to find a store near you that carries them. Or you can find them on Amazon (affiliate link).

26 thoughts on “For the Love of Olives: Oloves (Review/Giveaway)

  1. By themselves, w/garlic, w/tobasco, on pizza, on burgers, on hot dogs, in salads-I am an olive nut!!

  2. Mostly I put them on my gigantic salads, but I usually manage to pop two or three directly into my mouth as a pre-salad treat. Love olives and especially the green ones. :)

    • They really do perk up a salad, don’t they, Caron? My favorite combo to add to a salad is green olives and pineapple. Perfect blend of sweet and salty!

  3. These sound delicious – definitely going to have to check them out on Amazon (hopefully Prime!!).
    I like olives plain and in salads and as a snack and……

  4. Oh my goodness I do love me some olives. On enchiladas, lasagna, in a salad or just pop them right in my mouth! YUM.

  5. Would love to try these as I just love all kind of olives. Straight from the jar, as a snack, or on pizza, pasta or many other things. However, I don’t live in the US :( I’ll just have to go out and buy some for myself.

  6. I love them in my tuna and mayo salad with a sprinkle of curry powder and a few sliced almond pieces thrown in. But, that could just be my thing.

  7. I like it on salad! I used to be scared of them because of the smell but benefits and flavor definitely gained my trust. I’m still an olive newbie though, I searching for more ways. I mean I cook their oil?

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