Most of our taste tests here at World of Snacks are conducted by our immediate family. However, we always like to invite others to join in on the fun. We had our nephews over the other night and they wanted to try some of our unique snacks from around the world. We thought it would be entertaining to film them sampling some Japanese Chips that Calbee was kind enough to send us.
Calbee Honey Butter Chips
So as you may have guessed, not all the chips smell and taste like vanilla. What our nephew (aka the American Toddler) did get correct is the Calbee Honey Butter Chips do hint toward vanilla. Our of the three Calbee chips from Japan this version was our favorite.
Calbee Jagabee Butter Soy Sauce
What's a Jagabee? It's a thick, whole cut potato crisp. It's like a blend of a french fry and potato chip. The butter soy sauce makes it savory, and although it doesn't taste like chocolate, it's good!
Calbee Saya Wasabi Ranch Snow Pea Crisps
Here's the wild card. Wasabi peas and an American toddler? How do you think he'll react. Spoiler alert, he thinks they are spicy. Well, we tested before handing them off to our nephew, and they are only a tad bit spicy. However, the ranch flavor and the crunch of the pea make this a yummy snack.
Want to try these? Well you can't. Not yet anyway. We are testing them to consider adding them to our inventory. We will most likely add them in the near future. Until them check out our massive selection of Japanese snacks for sale online. As always, keep on snacking world!
What do pickled onions taste like? If you do a quick search the only answer you will find is conveniently on answers.com - and they say they taste like apples. Well, anyone who’s ever had a pickled onion or have sampled anything pickled onion flavor will tell you that’s definitely not the case! Pickled onion flavor is very British, and not all that common here in the United States.
A few years back we posted our Mega Monster Munch Pickled Onion flavor review here on our snack blog. Since then it’s been introduced to our store and has become a great seller, so much so that we don’t get to snack on them often - because they sell out. Recently we started selling Walkers Pickled Onion Crisps. They’ve been a hot seller too. So we thought it would be worth comparing Mega Monster Munch Pickled Onion Crisps and the Walkers Pickled Onion Crisps. So on to the review!
First up is the one we sampled long ago, the Mega Monster Munch Pickled Onion Flavor baked corn snack. We already know we like them, but how do we describe how they taste? Without heading back to our old post we ripped open a bag and gave them a shot. They are intense and bursting with flavor. The have a distinct vinegar burst that mellows out during the after bite. The onion is impactful, but not nearly as notable as the vinegar. The shape is exaggerated and a tad bit silly, but fun nonetheless. Overall, it’s an enjoyable snack from England.
Next up, our newcomer- Walkers Pickled Onion Crisps. If we liked the previous snack, we have to like these? Wrong! They are completely different. The crisps have a burnt tinge, which makes me think they are natural but still takes away from the flavor. Also the onion is much more powerful and very noticeable. If I had to guess, I would say this version tastes more like authentic pickled onions.
So who is the winner in our match up of pickled onion crisps? Two out of three tasters preferred the Mega Monster Munch Picked Onion Crisps. However, our youngest reviewer (a teenager) chose Walkers. So ultimately, it’s up to you to figure it out. Lucky for you (and us) we sell them both online here in the US with international shipping. As always, keep on snacking world!
Over the past few years we've explored the best snacks from a total of 41 different countries. Recently we have hit a slump with finding exciting snacks from countries we have yet to consider. So when one of our followers wrote in and recommended we try snacks from New Zealand, we jumped at the opportunity.
He suggested we sample a few different snacks from New Zealand. In fact, here is his exact list, - "pineapple lumps, burger rings, and Whittaker's chocolate (arguably the best chocolate I've had)." He had us at chocolate! Sure the other snacks sound yummy, but as a chocolate lover I knew we had to try Whittaker's. So our first ever review from New Zealand is the Whittaker's L&P White Chocolate Bar.
Most people have a love/hate relationship with white chocolate. In retrospect, we should have started with something more traditional. However, I personally love white chocolate. Not sure how I feel about L& P though, since it's a soda from New Zealand we have yet to try. For those who are unfamiliar with it (as we are) L & P stands for Lemon & Paeroa. When first developed it was a mix of lemon juice and mineral water, which we are pretty sure the original recipe has been altered since. Paeroa is the name of the city it was invented in. Enough about the soda, let's take a closer look at the chocolate bar.
Our sample of Whittaker's L&P White Chocolate Bar is substantial. The 250g bar is big, large enough to share at a party. The packaging is pleasant. It feels high-end without being to pretentious. The bar itself is wrapped in a gold foil. Overall, we like what we see. But how does it taste?
When our chocolate bar arrived from New Zealand, we ripped it open and started to attack it. We didn't bother reading the ingredients or did we realize exactly what L&P was. So at first, the crunchy bits inside the bar were tasty, yet a little unusual. By the second piece I realized the crunchy bits inside were actually very similar to pop rocks. The white chocolate was creamy and sweet, but not overpowering. Overall the blend of the two really came together nicely.
For the first round of the taste test we only had two testers. I loved it, my partner thought it was just OK. Since we had so much of this massive chocolate bar left, we decided to expand our test group. We offered a sample to five additional testers. All five enjoyed the Whittaker's L&P White Chocolate Bar. One tester mentioned it would be best saved for special events or parties. Only two of the five realized that the lemon crunch was similar to pop rocks.
Will World of Snacks offer this Whittaker's bar in our International snack store? Maybe. We would need to located many more enjoyable snacks from New Zealand first. So for now, you'll have to search elsewhere for this snack. As always, keep on snacking world!
The Snack Blog
Follow along as we explore cookies, cakes, candies, chips, crackers, and nuts from all across the world. Many of the international snacks that we highlight will be offered in our store over the course of the next year. We currently offer British Snacks, American Snacks, German Snacks, Mexican Snacks, Filipino Snacks, Japanese Kit Kats, Pakistani Snacks, Italian Snacks, & Korean Snacks. Each month this year we will add a new country and their best snacks inventory.