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Roasted and Salted Cashews 750g $10 @ Coles


These are not the same cashews that Coles used to sell, which were over-salted. These ones have a negligible amount of salt left in the bag after you have consumed them.

But, you get 750g, a little less than the 800g you used to get. Maybe it's shrinkflation, maybe it's 50g less salt. Still a good buy. Normal price is $16.

If you're after unsalted cashews, you're out of luck with Coles. They don't sell unsalted cashews in this weight.

Chances are that this special will stop on Tueday night, but it's possible the special will last for two weeks.

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  • This is a great price for 750 g of cashews. Has anyone else tried these? Are they Good? I guess those who like 'over' salted cashews could always add a bit of salt.

    • How do you get salt to stay on nuts?

      Boil some water in a pan.
      Put your nuts in a strainer and place them over the boiling water for around 30 seconds. The steam will coat the nuts with a layer of sticky water. ...
      Immediately sprinkle the nuts with the desired amount of salt and toss.
      Leave the nuts to air dry for a few minutes before serving.
      • +1

        Or then pop them in the air fryer for a minute!

      • +4

        You want me to put my nuts where??

    • +3

      Yeah, I get a pack a day - they're great

      • +17

        A pack a day? That’s nuts

    • +1

      @ GnarlyKnuckles Pre-covid they were very good, better than ALDI for example. Regularly on special at the same price then for 800g. Last few I've had from Coles (on special, slightly more expensive) were so so, Aldi better. Suggests to me that quality varies a fair bit.

  • +1

    might grab a pack

    • +4

      Interesting choice

      • +1

        I always do 😎

  • +5

    This deal is nuts.

  • +3

    Spoiled by $1 Coles nuts.

    • Only if you can find stock, no "add to trolley" option for me. Possibly a stock runout?

      • Boat has sailed on that one I'm afraid. First couple of days of the special most stores got cleaned out. I got mine.

        • Yeah I got 3 bags of mixed cashews/peanuts as a subj , winning

      • I got 12 packs. Sorry bud.

  • Pistachios? Wen?

  • How many grams of carbs per 100g? Can’t quite make it out

    • +3

      21g. 6.3g per 30g serving.

  • Still, lots of salt (50g?), but 750g is the new 800g for some time :(
    I use large strainer to shake the extra salt & then rinse them in smaller strainer to remove more.

    • +2

      lots of salt (50g?)

      Hardly. Calculated from the nutrition panel, there's 5.7g of salt in the entire bag. That's less than a teaspoon of salt.

      • Probably the nutritionist isn't good at doing the maths, missed a decimal. In all seriousness though, you will be on the right track. Because 50 grams of salt would make the cashews inedible.

        • +1

          LOL, yeppers, 50 g of salt in a 750 g bag would mean that the product was well over 5% salt; which would be totally inedible.

  • deez nuts

  • The quality and taste of Aldi's nuts are far better than Coles and Woolies. Generally cheaper than even their sale prices too (not including this deal, but not by much). I only buy almonds, cashews and pistachios so haven't compared other types.

    • Just got Aldi roasted unsalted cashews Yesterday for $18.99 for 1 kg, and salted macadamias for $19.99 for 800 g.

    • +1

      For me, Coles cashews > Aldi > Woolies. I do love me some salt though - actually removing salt from cashews seems a sort of heresy. 😃

    • Cashews in my local ALDI haven't been anywhere near $14/kg for years, if ever. Didn't like Ww, tried Aldi, then went to Coles for specials like this. Recent Coles quality has been variable to say the least.

  • Love a good nut

  • I need to nut

  • So undersalted?

    • You can add more if you want. it's not Illegal.

  • Asking for a friend: how do people resist eating the entire bag in one go?

    • I bought the KitchenSafe for cigarettes. Ended up smashing it open though. Am thinking of encasing it in poly glue or something to stop me smashing it open again.

  • Oof, just bought a kilo for about $19 at Aldi…

  • It’s this price on doordash too. Man i love doordash for coles shopping.

  • The price is good. But my magpies don't like the salted ones.

    • Erm .. is that a euphemism for your kids, or do magpies actually like cashews? If they do, do they also like peanuts? I've only ever tried feeding the resident magpies meat (which they love). Peanuts would be cheaper! lol

      Re the salt, you could easily rinse it off.

      • No, I'm serious. Mince. Dog food - the sausages made of rice and chicken - its a lot cheaper than mince and lasts a lot longer. The occasional slice of bread for them to tear mouthfuls out of. Some cashews crushed between my thumb and finger into bite size bits they can crunch up. And the occasional bit of bicycle riders blood. And they're happy and healthy.

        I tried mixed nuts to vary their diet, and the magpies only ate the cashews. Oddly enough the cockatoos and galahs completely ignore the cashews and only eat the almonds. They love almonds. And they don't need them broken down into bite sized pieces. They've got beaks that can do that. Don't ever get bitten by a cockatoo or galah.

        • +1

          LOLOL Gordo, re:

          'Don't ever get bitten by a cockatoo or galah.'

          As it happens I had a pet galah for many years throughout early childhood. He was called Neville, and he was a 'master whistler', and did a very convincing cat's meow. I used to play with him all the time. Despite being remarkably tame while sitting on shoulders etc. he bit me often when I played with him, I think because I used to laugh when he did it. He used to do a slow 'eagle-rock'-type run up with his wings out, then lunge in for a bite like a pro-wrestler. His bite was vice-like, and sometimes drew blood, but I didn't care much because the whole act was hilarious.

          Anyways I digress, that's interesting to know about cashews and maggies; I'm gonna try it. Unsalted, and broken up a bit you say?

          A little known fact that some peeps may find useful this time of year is that maggies seem to have really good memories for faces. If there's a 'problem' maggie that routinely swoops you, and you have the time, all you need to do is hang out on the periphery of it's territory with some fresh meat, and when it comes to see you off just gaze at it (so it doesn't swoop you, and it gets a good look at your face) and see if it will eat a piece of meat if you throw it onto the ground at least 5 metres away from yourself. Once you've successfully fed it like that as little as two or three times, it won't swoop you ever again; even the next year. At least that is my experience.

          • +1

            @GnarlyKnuckles: This needs to be posted as a deal. How to avoid being swooped by a magpie for free haha! Thank you for sharing your story mate.

          • @GnarlyKnuckles: Initially I could leave the magpie's food dish outside. Then the pigeons discovered it and ate the cashew chunks. So I had to move it inside onto the kitchen. Then the pigeons saw the magpies coming in, and they came in too. Now I have to leave it on the kitchen bench, and the magpies sing to me when they want it. When Mrs Magpie is on the nest she doesn't want to leave it for any longer than necessary. So Mr Magpie sings one song to ask me to put the dish out, then when I do he puffs up his chest and sings another song to Mrs Magpie to tell her its there ready, and she's there in a flash. You can tell when the babies hatch, because at that point she grabs a beak full and takes it with her for them.

            • @GordonD: Yeppers they are amazing birds indeed (I love their unique song style), and they are capable of complex social interactions; unusually, even 'cross-species'—as you have deftly described.

              • @GnarlyKnuckles: What people probable don't realise is that where we have one larynx above where the bronchial tubes join into one trachea, magpies have one larynx on each of the bronchial tubes below that join. So the complexity of their songs is because they have two simultaneous voices.

        • +1


          Mince is not good for them, cat biscuits are better and cheaper. They'll eat cut grapes and pear, and rolled oat flakes.

        • +1

          Just an FYI you should avoid feeding magpies plain beef mince. It's high in phosphate and low in calcium which is a really big problem for bone & beak health. The adults visiting might look ok but they are taking the mince back to the youngins in the nest who then won't grow properly.

          (Can always consider adding calcium supplement to the mince - plenty cheap ones out their designed for birds/magpies/insectivores)

          • @OpticalCog: May I ask for your opinion on this (cheap) one Opters:


            It is 'calcium carbonate', so the question is I guess, is that a formulation that would render the calcium 'bio-available' to magpies if it was ingested by them in small quantities as an additive to meat (such as mince).

            • @GnarlyKnuckles: I’m no expert - but yes calcium carbonate is a perfect calcium source that would be available to them (it’s the same type of calcium that is in bones/insects/etc. so mimics their natural diet) - unfortunately I wouldn’t be sure how much you would need to add to the meat…

              (Had a quick google and looking at some of the insectivore mixes I’m guessing you would need to add 1-1.5% calcium carbonate to the mince. Which would be like 1/2 teaspoon to 100g mince so I imagine a tiny pinch would probably be fine for a serve - again I’m no expert though!)

  • If you are an OzBargainer that tries to make socially conscious purchasing decisions read on…

    Cashews (also known as blood cashews) are almost always (97%) processed using forced labour (indentured slaves) or children.

    Curb your consumption or at the very least spare a thought for these poor people as you munch on your ridiculously cheap cashews.

    Credit soapboxie.com:
    Most of the world's cashews are painstakingly shelled by hand. In India alone, more than a million workers shell cashews as their full-time job. The average worker will produce 175 pounds (80 kg) of cashew nuts per day. That's over 52,000 cashews processed by hand, per person, per day.

    With so much local and global competition and with slim margins, most cashew production companies can't afford machines, gloves, or other protective equipment for their workers. Working conditions are made worse by the fact that cashew nut shells contain potent, caustic, toxic chemicals that begin to burn the flesh on contact. Often entire families, including kids, must endure excruciating pain in their hands and upper body from chronic contact with the cashew shells.

    The further process of roasting the cashews off-gasses even more caustic chemicals into the air. Those who work around the roasting process complain of breathing problems, tight lungs, and chronic coughing.

    • If those claims are accurate, I think they will be available from a reputable, well-known news site. A quick google search about "soapboxie.com" shows that it is a discussion site, not a news or fact-checking site.

      The claims you have listed seem unbelievable. "52,000 cashews processed by hand, per person, per day" means 14.4 hours of work at a sustained rate of one cashew per second.

      And there are automatic machines that remove the shell from cashews, this one on Alibaba claims 80kg per hour: https://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/automatic-cashew-shel…

      Vietnam exports far more cashews than any other country; Wikipedia shows export dollar amounts from 2017 to 2021, and in every one of those years, Vietnam produced more than 50% of global cashew exports.

      Cashews sold in Australia all say "Product of Vietnam". Minimum wage there is about 1000 USD per year, and as the machine above does the equivalent work of at least 14 people, it will pay itself off in about three months.

      I did find mention of some of your claims in an old Time Magazine article (Via the Internet Archive):


      Giang invited the foreign media to witness how Vietnamese companies processed their nuts. "Nowadays factories use all kinds of modern machines. There's not much room for manual labor."

      • Here are some links to more reputable sources.

        An article listing all its sources:

        Current human trafficking report by the US gov on Vietnam specifically mentions cashew processing: https://www.state.gov/reports/2023-trafficking-in-persons-re…

        This US gov report lists Vietnam as using child labour for cashews:

        • +1

          Looking at the two US government reports, they don't back up what you said.

          Full quote from the human trafficking report, emphasis added:

          There were prior reports that prisoners, including political and religious dissidents, were forced to work in agriculture, manufacturing, and hazardous industries, such as cashew processing.

          From the child labour report, the page you linked, emphasis added again:

          According to the Government of Vietnam’s National Child Labor Survey 2012, the results of which were published in 2014, an estimated 14,469 child laborers work to grow cashews.

          Firstly, it's not the hazardous processing that you initially raised, it's growing the cashews. Secondly, the quoted report is a decade old.

          Quote from the (also outdated) Time Magazine report that I linked:

          "The practice is not widespread, however, and represents an insignificant portion (less than 0.3 percent) of Vietnam's cashew industry,"

          Australian companies want to protect their reputation, and check their supply chains for forced and child labour. I'm pretty confident that Coles and Woolies have done due diligence.

          • @Russ: All valid points. My perspective is that there is no benefit in making this up so I am less sceptical than you.

            If any of our supermarkets could confirm the supply chain was ethical they would label them fair trade like other items that they sell under their own label.

            Aldi mention the challenges of the nut supply chain here and specifically mention cashews: https://cr.aldisouthgroup.com/en/responsibility/our-work-act…

            There would be no reason for fair trade cashews to exist if you were right. If you could find a current study that rebukes what has been discussed (and not funded by the industry) rather than picking it apart yourself I would be happy to read it.

            • +1


              If any of our supermarkets could confirm the supply chain was ethical they would label them fair trade like other items that they sell under their own label.

              "Fair Trade" is an organisation in Australia, that charges for membership, and charges to certify goods. Why would any of the supermarkets increase their costs, which will increase the price of the goods, making them less competitive than their competitors?

              When you see something in a supermarket that has the fair trade logo, it will be the suppliers who paid for that logo, not the supermarkets themselves. Even though the product may be branded by the supermarket, the supermarket is just buying from suppliers, they don't make or grow the products themselves (with the possible exception of some items in the bakery).

              Aldi mention the challenges of the nut supply chain here

              So Aldi have done their "due diligence" of the supply chain, as I suggested.

              There would be no reason for fair trade cashews to exist if you were right.

              Ever heard of marketing? Companies are quite happy to pay, if they can write something on their packaging that implies their competitors are unethical. Doesn't work for all products and all marketplaces though, and the increased sales don't always make up for the increased cost.

  • Try the cashews from local green grocer or nut shop. In terms of quality I had following observations: better taste, size, unbroken full cashews and less salty and about the same per kg price.
    If you like cashews try those you'll never go back to the big two stores.
    The amount of stale, old stocked and sub standard shit they shove down our throats and get get away with it is phenomenal.

    I know it's naive, but it hurts me to see how how, mostly junk food and processed food is always on sale or discounts whereas proper food isn't. I mean it must cost so much, logistics, procurement, marketing etc - (sarcasm) for big F&Bs.

    Too late now anyways MNCs have us all lol as I type using AI.

    • +1

      You can always get better cashews if you're willing to pay more.

      OzBargain is about the best prices, not the best flavour.

      • For some maybe. I'd have thought MOST have quality and 'value' somewhere in their purchasing equations. Convenience is a big consideration, as is overcoming our reticence to pay a shed-load more at nut shops/health food stores for a product we haven't tried. Specific recommendations help even if tastes differ.

        • Perhaps so, but discussion of alternative food types and their relative merits doesn't really fit within OzBargain's purpose.

          I'm perfectly happy with the Coles cashews, they're easy to purchase as I'll be shopping at Coles anyway, and the nuts are packaged so I can stockpile them until the next special.

          If you reheat/re-roast the Coles cashews in an air fryer, I reckon they're 90% as good as any hot nuts I can buy, and a LOT more convenient, as you pointed out. And cheaper too.

          • @Russ:

            Perhaps so, but discussion of alternative food types and their relative merits doesn't really fit within OzBargain's purpose.

            Can't agree. Discussion of relative quality (and taste/product origin/company reputation/ethics etc for that matter) of any product or service is a critical part of Ozbargain for me, and plenty of others based on comments I've read. Too often a low price is a true reflection of a product's quality or limitations. Coles and Aldi cashews are adequate for our daily consumption also, altho Coles has been variable recently and might soon be off the list.

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