The Good Bean Chickpea Snacks, Product and Company Review
The Good Bean is a medium-sized natural food products company that was founded in 2010. Sarah Wallace and Suzanne Slatcher started the privately held, 100% women-owned, company in Berkley, CA and the company has since grown to a handful of employees. The Good Bean Chickpea snacks began with roasted chickpea snacks, but have grown to include a variety of snacks staring chickpeas.
Like many natural food companies, The Good Bean does not do the actual manufacturing of their snacks. They use contract manufacturers to make the snacks.
The Good Bean Roasted Chickpea Snacks
The Good Bean started producing six flavors of roasted chickpea snacks in 2010. Over the years the flavors have changed and they are now producing three of the original flavors, sea salt, sweet cinnamon, and several new flavors including sweet siracha, classic hummus, and Thai coconut.
The Good Bean’s roasted chickpea snacks are gluten-free, vegan, non-GMO and Kosher. The 18-ounce bags, sold only at Costco and Amazon, are also organic. It is important to note that although the snacks are not made with tree nuts and are gluten-free, the facilities that they are produced in do process tree nuts and products with gluten.
The roasted chickpea snacks are light and crunchy. They have a slight chickpea taste. I prefer the less bold flavors since you can get more of the delicate chickpea taste.
The Good Bean Chocolate Covered Chickpeas
The Good Bean Chocolate Covered Chickpeas are a unique snack for sure. They are literally what it sounds like, a chocolate-covered roasted chickpea. A candy coating is added to the outside so they do not melt in your hands and then a layer of chocolate. The chickpea is light and airy on the inside, creating a good crunch. It is a great tree nut free chocolate-covered snack (the facility that produces these is not a tree nut free facility).
The Good Bean Chocolate Covered Chickpeas come in three flavors milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and mocha chocolate.
All of The Good Bean Chocolate Covered Chickpeas are gluten-free, nut-free, and Kosher. The dark chocolate and mocha chocolate are vegan and dairy-free. The milk chocolate is not.
The Good Bean Favas and Peas
The Good Bean Favas and Peas are a mix of roasted fava beans and peas. You can eat them on their own, but where I think that they shine is as a topping. They add great texture and flavor to salads and soups.
All of The Good Bean Favas and Peas are vegan, gluten-free, and non-GMO.
Where to Purchase
The Good Bean has wide store distribution for their roasted chickpea snacks. Their other products can be a little more difficult to find in stores.
The Good Bean does healthy snacks right. Their products are innovative and taste good. There are flavor options for those that prefer bold flavors and those that prefer a more mild flavor. Check out the current grocery deals that we have found to see if any are on The Good Bean products.