I’ve had seaweed in sushi, but never as a snack. And truthfully I’ve never craved the flavor of seaweed. But recently I tried Annie Chun’s Roasted Seaweed Snacks (wasabi flavor), mainly because I was looking for a lower-calorie alternative to my high-calorie wasabi almonds addiction.
Seaweed has come into its own as a snack in the United States, and you can read about its health benefits (a good source of nutrients and iodine). It’s loaded with all kinds of healthy stuff – but how would it taste?
These seaweed snacks come in thin translucent sheets. The first bite took me aback – a fishy taste I wasn’t expecting. And I didn’t enjoy it. Then the spiciness of wasabi – now that was the flavor I was looking for. And slowly, after a few sheets, I warmed up to it. Not in love – just a little more receptive.
I asked my kids to try it – and wow, what a repulsed reaction they gave. And my husband’s take after tasting it? ”If I want vitamins and minerals, I can eat a different food that doesn’t make me gag.”
So, A LOT of seaweed snack drama at our house. I chalk it up to our palettes not being used to the flavor. And I wonder – if I eat more of this, can I train myself to crave the flavor? Until then, I’ll hide the seaweed snacks in my sandwich wrap so I can’t taste the difference between seaweed and my spinach.
- Would I try it again? Yes. I may get used to it, but I’ll probably look for a different brand that agrees more with my palette.
- Would my family try it again? No. And I can’t do any convincing otherwise.
- $1.99 a pack at Whole Foods
- $16.99 for a 12 pack at Amazon (breaks down to $ 1.42/pack)
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