Crazy for (Upscale) Corn Nuts

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I have discovered an extremely addictive snack at Corti Brothers called “Tuerca de Maiz” –  it’s sort of an artisan-style corn nut. Made from only three ingredients – corn, high oleic canola oil and salt, these airy, crunchy, just-salty-enough treats are fantastic (especially with a bottle of your favorite beer), and taste – er – healthier than the corn nuts of your youth. And I’m not the only Tuerca de Maiz fan: Corti manager Rick Mindermann says the store has sold 2200 pounds – yep, a metric ton – of the snacks in just 10 months.

5810 Folsom Boulevard, Sacramento, (916) 736-3814; http://www.cortibros.biz