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.)
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.
Finally, 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.