Marco Polo Brand Shrimp Snacks are light shrimp flavor chips. It is one of the most popular snacks in Asia. While most people in the states are only aware of it in bag form. In South East Asia, they are known locally as prawn crackers. Shrimp Snacks come in a variety of flavor. The two most popular are the original and Sour Cream and Onion.
Shrimp Snacks Review Quick Summary
Marco Polo Shrimp Snacks Original Flavor, Net Wt: 2.5oz(71g) 3 Pack
|Taste||Light Greasy and shrimp like flavor. Its a great alternative to potato chips.|
|Uses||Great as lunch or eaten as a snack.|
|Health and Nutrition||Pretty unhealthy, I would only eat it once in a while. Since the content is pretty low, I imagine people will eat the whole thing in one sitting.|
|Thoughts||Good but unhealthy. If you never had it before, its worth a try.|
|Reviewed Snack||3 Pack Prawn Cracker|
The Marco Polo brand is a trademark registered under the company Golden Pacific Foods. In 1992 the company founder Jim Tsai sought to ease the import of Asian Food. Other than that, there is not a lot of information in regards to this company. Nevertheless, if you grew up in California as a Asian kid, chances are you have eaten food imported by this company.
Taste and Texture
The taste of the Shrimp Snacks is light yet greasy. It has a porous texture that gives off a crunch. If you let it sit in your mouth it will slowly dissolve.
Flavor wise, it has a shrimp flavor to it. Other version will have tones of bbq or sour cream. They all taste pretty good.
Shrimp Snacks Health and Nutrition
This is no ways healthy. Per bag, you get a total of only 2.5 oz. Each bag have a servicing size of 2.5. So per oz, you will get 140 calories. Thats 420 calorie for a bag of chip. Something that most people will eat. The fat and saturated fat isnt anything better either. You get 7 g of fat per serving and 1.5 g of saturated. Eating a whole bag is pretty much a meal. Its not really healthy. Below you will find the nutritional value.
|Serving Size||36 Pieces (28g) Serving Per Container 2.5|
|Total Fat||7g 9%|
|Saturated Fat||1.5g 8%|
|Sodium||340 mg 15%|
|Total Carbohydrate||19g 7%|
|Dietary Fiber||0g 0%|
The ingredients are pretty natural. It does have MSG for those who are worried about it. The ingredient list is as follows.
Tapioca Flour, Shrimp, Eggs, Salt, Sugar, Milk, Baking Powder, Vegetable Oil (Soybean and or corn or cotton seed oil with tbhq to protect flavor), MSG.
Where to Buy?
You can find these snacks in any asian supermarket. Its still not popular among westerner to hit american shelf. You can find it at amazon for a inflated price. But that is the only choice you have if you dont live near a Asian supermarket.
Shrimp Snacks Review Thoughts
These shrimp snacks are a great snack. Wildly popular in Asia but unknown in the states. However, its pretty unhealthy, I recommend you eat it only once in a while. Great to try if you never had it before.
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