“Twisted twisted (aromatic shrimp salt flavor)”
I will admit I picked these up for partially non-gustatory reasons. 1) The package was cute (I think shrimp are cute) 2) I had just been reminded of the word ネジ, in the sense of “screw (hardware)”. But I buy snacks to eat not to look at! I’ve had some of these “fried pasta snack”-type snacks before, in both corn (added powder, some butter flavor) and cheese flavors. I’m going to get this out of the way: THESE RIP!!! The shrimp smell is strong but not offensive (which can happen, even to me who really likes shrimp flavored stuff) – you could open these at the office without looking around sheepishly, I think. The flavor is mostly salt but with a certain component of shrimp flavor that I’ve never been able to place. I think its kinda like what the shell tastes like. It’s not like eating shrimp cocktail, but if you’ve ever had the kind of fried shrimp where you eat the shell, it’s kinda like that. I’m not sure to be honest if it really tastes like shrimp, or like shrimp flavoring and that I’m just culturally conditioned. It’s a very mild shrimp flavor that’s really easy to munch on with impunity. The most important thing to mention here, though, is the crunch. This crunch is intense. It echoes inside my skull and rattles my vision. The first bite where I put in more than one, I was shocked!! Regardless of the flavor, I would buy these for the crunch. But since the flavor is really nice and simple, these are an easy recommendation. You could argue that the flavor intensity could be stronger, but I would contend that it doesn’t need to be, when you’ve got a texture like this.
Overall: this is seriously one of my favorite snacks ever! I have determined that the optimal amount to eat at once is 3.
※ Important note, I can’t find a manufacturer’s logo on here…so if this is my last review, please find a way to avenge me.