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Annie Chun’s Seaweed Snacks {Food Review}

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.

Annie Chun's Roasted Seaweed Snacks

Annie Chun’s Roasted Seaweed Snacks

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?

Thin sheets of  Annie Chun's seaweed snacks.

Thin sheets of Annie Chun’s seaweed snacks.

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.

Annie Chun’s Wasabi Seaweed Snacks

  • $1.99 a pack at Whole Foods
  • $16.99 for a 12 pack at Amazon (breaks down to $ 1.42/pack)

I’m starting a new feature where I review food products, with a focus on foods that are healthier and natural.  If you have a food product you’d like me to take for a spin, please leave a comment with details. I’ll always post my honest opinions.


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