Eat snacks. Mostly candy. Almost too much.

Recent Snack Reviews

Nope

Lays X Popmart Potato Chips – Pan Fried Matsutake Flavor

Chips from Japan

Rating:
2 out of 5 stars
Source:

Chuck’s Hop Shop, Seattle, WA

2.5 stars. These really, truly taste aggressively of mushroom. I know they are mushroom flavored, but I’m surprised at how much of that they were able to pack into these chips. Even my betrothed, #1 Fungi Fan, was not super into them, and we picked our way through the bag.

Written on Jun 12, 2022

Nope

Oranzada Red Orangeade

Drinks from Poland

Rating:
2 out of 5 stars
Source:

Universal Yums

This is the soda of [half] my people, apparently (“The soda five generations of Poles have cherished”), but I’m not so into it. Oddly it tastes exactly like an energy drink to me, but it’s really just soda…

Written on Jun 12, 2022

A purple box of assorted chikki, which are squares that look a lot like peanut brittle
Yum!

Haldirams Assorted Chikki

Baked Goods from India

Rating:
4 out of 5 stars
Source:

Haldiram’s in New Delhi, India

Haldiram’s makes a lot of snacks, one of them being a variety of chikki flavors. I suppose chikki is pretty similar to peanut brittle, though I have not had much of the latter in my lifetime and expect there might be even more sugar content than in chikki. Think a hard/snappy square of nuts and caramelized sugar binding things together.

The absolute best flavor in this variety pack is the sesame flavor, hands down. I would actually love trying my hand at making chikki someday because of this snack purchase. Second best is the one with rose petals in it. Bottom of the heap is the peanut-heavy version (I’m sorry, peanuts, but you are just not a premium nut).

Written on May 12, 2022

A bag of Masala Munch in bright orange colors. A woman is excitedly shouting into a megaphone "now tastier"
Yum!

Kurkure Masala Munch

Rice & Corn from India

Rating:
4 out of 5 stars
Source:

My significant other’s parents

Right before the pandemic hit, my now-fiancé, a few friends, and I went to visit India. We stayed with his parents for awhile and were absolutely spoiled with home-made food, then went touring around the Golden Triangle. His parents packed a bunch of snacks for us, most of which I do not remember precisely, though I did enjoy Kurkure Masala Munch. These are exactly like Cheetos in format, just with a masala spice blend.

I do not know what “now tastier” on the packages means: perhaps more spice dust?

Written on May 12, 2022

A shiny silver snack bag with a photo of large corn flakes on the front, along with an illustration of an ear of corn
Fine

Crown C Corn Chips

Rice & Corn from South Korea

Rating:
3 out of 5 stars
Source:

District H in Seattle, WA

These corn chips are the definition of “just okay”. They’re basically giant corn flakes, but they have that distinctive corn-y flavor I often taste in Japanese snacks (Crown C Corn Chips are Korean). Almost as if someone added “essence of corn on the cob”. Anyway, these are fine, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to seek them out.

Written on May 12, 2022

An individually wrapped gummy labelled "Hot fruits: peach". There is an illustration of a peach on it.
Fine

Hot Chili Fruit Gummies

Candy from Pakistan

Rating:
3 out of 5 stars
Source:

Universal Yums

In comparison to the Vidal Gummy Spicy Mangos, these are perhaps a little too spicy. I would also consider them fairly sticky, more like uncoated jellies than gummies. My main gripe with these gummies is that there are too many orange-flavored candies in the bag. Orange is typically at the bottom of the flavor barrel to me. Give me more peach!

Written on Apr 27, 2022

A red bag of Vidal brand Spicy Mango Gummies. The gummies are shaped like mangos and are the right orange color!
Fave!!

Vidal Gummy Spicy Mangos

Candy from Spain

Rating:
5 out of 5 stars
Source:

Sweet Mickey’s in Seattle, WA. Also available on Universal Yums.

I first got these on a whim when picking out bulk candies at a local candy store. They’re so good! The gummies look like mangos. They taste like mangos. They have just the right level of spice: enough to make itself known, not so much that you can’t eat a shameful amount of these in one afternoon.

It’s hard to describe, but there’s also a part of the gummy that has a slightly different texture from the rest of it, almost softer and squishier, which makes this even more fun to eat.

Written on Apr 27, 2022

A small wrapped candy labeled "Frugeli" with an illustration of a pomegranate
Fine

Frugeli Pomegranate Jelly Candy

Candy from Greece

Rating:
3 out of 5 stars
Source:

Universal Yums

Somewhere between a 2- and 3-star candy. The flavor is good but stunningly sweet; I can only eat one at a time. Maybe that’s a good thing.

Written on Apr 27, 2022

Two bags labeled "rice snack" with a pile of cubes stacked on a plate on the bags. Behind the bags are a pile of the individual rice snacks.
Fave!!

C & Me – Rice Snack 우리쌀 인절미

Rice & Corn from South Korea

Rating:
5 out of 5 stars
Source:

District H in Seattle, WA

I bought these on a whim while checking out District H, which appears to be a subsidiary of H Mart. I had no idea what to expect based on the little cubes on the front of the package. These ended up being something like a blown-up version of a rice-based cereal, coated in a thin layer of powder that has a subtly sweet taste. These melt in your mouth, and I’m realizing from this whole snack journey that I seem to enjoy melt-in-your-mouth snacks where that is unexpected.

Written on Apr 10, 2022

A sealed bag of gummies with two big beautiful strawberries on the front
Fine

Kabaya Pureral Gummy - Two Strawberries

Candy from Japan

Rating:
3 out of 5 stars
Source:

Japan Candy Store

Despite having had the grape and apple flavors of Pureral gummies before and really enjoying them (the grape flavor used in Japanese snacks is so good!), I would rate this “two strawberries” flavor as just ok. Somehow it tasted a little more chemical-y to me, maybe a little more matte. How does something taste “matte”? I have no clue.

This might have been a limited edition flavor, because it’s no longer on the site I bought it from, nor on the official Kabaya product page.

Written on Mar 16, 2022