If you've been following World of Snacks over the years you may have noticed it's not often we highlight healthy snacks. Why is that? Well, to be honest there are not a ton of healthy snacks that we really get excited about. However when Yuguo Farms contacted us and asked to sample their dried mushroom chips we did get excited, and here we are.
So why are we excited about mushroom chips? The truth is, we've never had any and as you can imagine, we love to take adventures in foreign food. These chips hail from Central China, the Dahongshan region to be exact. They come from certified organic farmers who do some pretty cool stuff:
Oh yeah, they are also Non-GMO certified and 100% natural. So basically they are dried mushrooms with a little bit of natural flavoring. If you didn't watch the video above, you should check it out. It's a pretty interesting process. However, you didn't come here to watch a video about Yuguo Farms Shiitake Mushroom Chips, you came for a review!
First up is Yuguo Farms Shiitake Mushroom Chips Wasabi Flavor. In a second you will notice we also reviewed original but we couldn't wait to rip these open. Speaking of ripping, let's talk about the packaging before we devour this international snack. The colors are fun. They all have an organic earthy feel to them. The text looks interesting. But they are nearly impossible to rip open! So, be sure you have scissors or a knife available if you are trying these at home. Now back to the review. They are awesome! For dried mushrooms that is. I personally thought it was a strange item to casually snack on. So I took it to a group of 5 adult U.S. males. Only one person opted out of the test and all others seemed to enjoy them. What do they taste like? Mushrooms with wasabi flavoring. Duh.
Next up is Yuguo Farms Shiitake Mushroom Chips Original Flavor. So you think I am going to tell you they taste like mushrooms. Well, you are correct. There is seasoning on them, but it's mild. They are addicting. The texture starts out crunchy and they get's a little pasty. Unusual, but good. Several of the other testers did mention if they didn't see the snack they would think they were eating a traditional potato chip.
Now it's time for Yuguo Farms Shiitake Mushroom Chips Spicy Flavor. Although we went with Wasabi flavor first, spiciness is really the key to our hearts. So did Yugou Farms win us over with this healthy snack? I hate to say it, they did not. They want to be spicy, but they are not. The flavor is savory, think Instant Ramen Noodle flavor and yes there is a little kick at the end, but they are far from being truly spicy. However, like the other two flavors they are very enjoyable.
Now the grand finale. Will World of Snacks offers Yuguo Farm Shiitake Mushrooms for sale here in our International Snack Store? Not yet, but maybe in the future. We enjoy them and we think you will too. However, we do not currently offer Chinese Snacks in our inventory. We have tested a few and they have done well. Snacks from China are on our shortlist and when we role them out these healthy treats will surely be included.
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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.