Review: Ocean’s Halo Seaweed Snacks
An ad in a San Francisco Bay area Whole Food Market’s flyer touted new type of seaweed snack, called Ocean’s Halo. I put it on the shopping list because I was hoping to find a seaweed snack with the same nutritional power but less of the taste and texture leaves some at sea.
The Burlingame, Calif.-based company, founded in 2013, sell chips product in 1- or 5-ounce compostable bags. The brand has five different flavors: chili lime, sea salt, Korean barbecue, hot and spicy and Texas barbecue.
Our story starts with two dads who grew up on potato chips and two dads who were raised eating seaweed at every meal.
I snagged a bag each of chili lime and a Korean BBQ then brought them with me to a Saturday night party. I went partly to subject my unsuspecting friends to a taste experiment.
One asked, “Do you have enough to share with everyone?” I replied, “If they’re good, there won’t be enough to go around, but if they’re nasty, there will be plenty.”
For those at the table who don’t like seaweed, the chili lime and Korean BBQ flavor wasn’t enough to overcome the seaweed flavor that they disliked so much. Even the change in texture did not help the laver-leery.
Those already keen on 김 kim (roasted seaweed) enjoyed these chips. Since they are fortified with rice flour, the seaweed snacks can easily stand up to dunking in chunky salsa or creamy hummus, which you could never do with a traditional roasted seaweed snack.