fudo finds: calbee saya snow pea crisps

Calbee Saya Snowpea Crisps Japanese Snacks From Japan

Having junk food for a snack is a way of life. C’mon, life’s too short to stay stuck in the band wagon of OCD on the few and simple pleasures of life, including enjoying food that is considered unhealthy. Just remember this simple saying “too much of anything is unhealthy” and you can never go wrong in your decision on what is healthy or not. To eat or not to eat is a question that will no longer plague you.

“No TV after 6”, “wash your hands before you eat”, “do your homework”, and “eat your vegetables” are just a few of the more common reminders our parents used to drum into our senses every day of our childhood lives. Once we get to taste freedom from our parents, we still unconsciously try to find ways to rebel against these commandments that shackled us when we were kids. I really think my subconscious sometimes tells me that I have to do something even if I don’t want to just to prove to myself that I no longer need my parents’ permission to do something ‘forbidden.’ Or simply not doing something I’m supposed to just for the heck of it.

This particularly holds true for eating vegetables. I know they’re healthy and good for us. As if I haven’t heard enough of that growing up but now we’re still constantly being bombarded by so called health specialists and multimillion dollar companies that peddle these “healthier” snacks because they are made with vegetables. Don’t get me wrong, I am all for it. It’s just that it doesn’t give too much emphasis on my attempts at being rebellious when it comes to eating ‘healthy’ junk food such as Calbee Saya Snowpea Crisps. These are baked snow peas that are simply delectable! The crisps are light and crispy with the unmistakable sweet and salty taste of peas, and it is not overpowering at all.

The Calbee Company initially started as Matsuo Food Industry and soon became Matsuo Food Processing Co., Ltd. in 1949. Its name was then changed to Foods and Confectionery Co., Ltd. in 1955. Calbee is responsible for developing the technology for producing Arare crackers from wheat flour. It also introduced Kappa Arare crackers, which are famous for adopting the mythical kappa, a significant mythical animal from Japanese folklore. The character was chosen by Kon Shimizu as the product symbol.

Part and parcel of growing up is doing the responsible thing. But I guess having a healthy snack lessens the guilt and adds more to the pleasure of eating healthy.

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As a Fudo Find and our conclusion:

These Healthy crisps are packed with flavor! Calbee Saya Snowpea Crisps are baked snow peas that are simply delectable. The crisps are light and crispy with the unmistakable sweet and salty taste of peas that is not overpowering at all. These make a guilt-free power snack that makes eating right ooh so good!

The Calbee Company initially started as Matsuo Food Industry and soon became Matsuo Food Processing Co., Ltd. in 1949. Its name was then changed to Foods and Confectionery Co., Ltd. in 1955. Calbee is responsible for developing the technology for producing Arare crackers from wheat flour. It introduced Kappa Arare crackers, which are famous for adopting the mythical kappa, significant mythical animal from Japanese folklore. The character was chosen by Kon Shimizu as the product symbol. Calbee Saya Snowpea Crisps hits the spot and satisfies your craving for that light and crispy crunch. Once you start munching, there’s no stopping!

Calbee Saya Snowpea Crisps Japanese Snacks From Japan

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19 comments

  • May 19, 2012 at 10:13 pm //

    I LOVE this snack too! It really is delicious and (slightly) healthier too. Good on you for sharing it with the rest of the world.

    • May 21, 2012 at 8:39 am //

      You do! It is a wonderful alternative, I’m quite smitten with Mugicha (Barley Tea) I think in most large cities in Westernized Countries it’s easy to find this, otherwise I think some folks might have to order online or scour for Asian/International Markets = ) YES… slightly healthier too, but nothing beats home cooked food = )

  • May 19, 2012 at 10:24 pm //

    I have to say these are some of the more beautiful photos of “finds” that I’ve seen to date. Thanks for the tip off, these sound like a really great snack!

    • May 21, 2012 at 8:43 am //

      Hiya Kat, thank you! These are a nice snack, of course chips aren’t too terribly horrible if we (me) exercise portion control. We mostly cook at home, and watch the packaging of any packaged goods.

      I was terribly disappointed having bought some Tofu-Cheesse-Cake sticks only to find out that they weren’t really home-made and full of preservatives and chemicals… GAH!!! I tasted one and pawned the rest off on unsuspecting grubbers (the mr.)

  • May 20, 2012 at 10:59 am //

    I can never say I am a big fan of snacks such as potato chips and crisps however I have to admit that I actually like the products from Calbee. I was first introduced to this brand by my wife who grew up in Hong Kong that use to snack on Calbee chips when she was little. I have not seen this baked snow pea in the local supermarket or perhaps I have not looked hard enough. Thanks for the great article!

    • May 21, 2012 at 8:47 am //

      I heard a lot of Japanese products/snacks are really popular in other Asian countries. I do like their products as well, I’m not much of a snacker and when I do, I like a good potato chip, not the one’s with all those hydrogenated oils and what not… what happened to the real deal? When chips were that..Just chips? That would be a good idea for a Kitchen Myth Post = )

      Thank goodness for Wholefoods! I heard you can find them in most large cities in westernized countries, growing up in New York City Japan Town was right around the corner, markets, etc.

  • May 20, 2012 at 12:42 pm //

    I’ve never seen these snack, but I tell you what – between your pictures and your review how could I resist them!?! They look like a green healthy Cheetos! :) I’ll have to keep an eye out for them.

    • May 21, 2012 at 8:59 am //

      “giggles” That is SO darn true… Green Healthy Cheetos!!!! You have me craving them now… I must exercise control!

  • May 20, 2012 at 1:21 pm //

    I have never seen them but they sure look pretty good and addictive, I got to find them

    • May 21, 2012 at 8:35 am //

      I would say any Asian or International Markets would carry them, you can try Japan Town.

  • May 20, 2012 at 2:20 pm //

    Not sure if I’ve ever run into these yummy looking snacks, but now I’m gonna keep my eyes peeled for some.
    -Gina-

    • May 21, 2012 at 8:34 am //

      Right on Gina, I think you’ll like them, you know, I’m wondering if Wholefoods has these?

  • May 20, 2012 at 11:44 pm //

    It sounds like a yummy snack. Unfortunately I cannot find this in Cyprus…

    • May 21, 2012 at 8:34 am //

      We can see how that might be difficult, are there any Asian-like markets near you? Amazon and Rakuten delivers internationally, although, you might want to place a larger order to justify the shipping costs, with rakuten, it’s good to find one shop that you can order a variety of products from, this is what we did when we would be away from Japan.

  • May 21, 2012 at 12:26 pm //

    oooh.. i’ve never tried snow pea crisps.. looks so good.. almost like a avocado fry or something.

    • May 21, 2012 at 1:18 pm //

      Oooh..what’s an avocado fry? That sounds delish!

  • May 23, 2012 at 5:42 pm //

    Oh such a pretty snack. Kinda healthy in a way since this will be peas instead of potato chips or what I’ve been munching on latetly…- chocolate!

    • May 24, 2012 at 8:03 am //

      Yes..kinda healthy… it all boils down to calories in and calories out, so we still have to exercise portion control, which I find quite hard with a nice bag of Kettle Chips.