Shrimp Chips. Seriously?

Shrimp Chips

Just as I was checking out at Safeway, I noticed a row of boxes with these interestingly named snacks in and on top of them.



A match made in heaven!

Or is it?

If you were expecting thinly sliced pieces of shrimp, deep fried in oil and lightly salted, you will be disappointed.  A quick peek at the ingredient list was enough to dissuade this shopper:

Wheat Flour, Canola Oil, Corn Starch, Sugar, Shrimp, Leavening (Corn Starch, Monosodium L-Gluatamate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Carbonate, Potassium Bitartrate, Ammonium Chloride, Potassium Aluminium Sulfate), and Salt.

The first ingredient is refined wheat. Compared to a potato, it has little to no nutritional value.

The actual amount of shrimp here is close to zero. How do we know? Well, the shrimp is listed after “sugar” in the ingredient list. The amount of sugars listed in the Nutrition Facts Panel is zero, which means it can be at most 0.49 grams (half a gram) per serving of 28 grams (1 ounce). That means there is less than one half of one twenty-eighth of an ounce of shrimp in this product (Less than 1/56 of an ounce).

Lastly, if you don’t like MSG, too bad, it’s listed here as well.

Bottom line: There are plenty of great ways to enjoy shrimp. This should not be one of them.

  • Zorbs

    these are delicious, have been around FOREVER, and I see no problem with these as an occasional snack.

    • jadegreen_eyz

      They’ve been around as long as I can remember but predominantly in Asian markets. I’ve eaten them but have a preference for the Japanese rice crackers I was raised on.

  • Jay Wren

    Other than the MSG, what exactly is wrong with these?

    Wheat is good for you, it is loaded with vitamins, minerals, and protein.

    This list of ingredients reads much better than most loaves of bread!

  • SleepyShippo

    Got these one time at a con…. They’re ok in terms of taste, but nothing to do jumping jacks over.

  • mfp142

    Did someone ask whats wrong with these??? Ummm, highly processed, gmo ingredients, almost ZERO actual shrimp, high in sodium a la MSG…..what ISNT wrong with these! Lol Sure, if your actually starving because you are camping and all that was packed was shrimp chips, have at it. Otherwise this product should be skippped.

    • shamy1972

      Not if made in Japan.. They don’t allow GMO or unnatural man made Msg.. Almost everything in Japan is free from being grown with pesticides and chemicals

  • wendy

    Mmm…these bring back childhood memories at the Asian supermarket. I think all Oriental children (like I was) have enjoyed these at one point!

  • Stefan

    Please tell me the writers for Fooducate are educated in food manufacturing.

    That’s obviously not the case here: Who would ever expect a bag labeled ‘Shrimp Chips’ to be full of “thinly sliced shrimp”!? HAHA, This is one of those Jessica Simpson “Chicken of the Sea” moments, isn’t it?!

    Shrimp Chips are a common Asian snack and are found everywhere a large portion of the retail demographic is Asian. They’re simply shrimp-flavored potato/rice/wheat chips, fries, or straws.

    • Cactus_Wren

      Please tell me the poster of this comment is educated in use of English.

      That’s obviously not the case here: Who would ever expect a bag labeled “Potato Chips” to be full of “thinly sliced potato”!? HAHA, This is one of those “Youtube Commenter” moments, isn’t it?

      • Dee Marie

        Oh, my gosh! You made me laugh out loud and made everyone here wonder why I wasn’t asleep yet!!

      • Mimi

        So following your logic barbecue chips should be thinly sliced pieces of meat coated in barbeque sauce? Sour cream and onion chips should be thinly sliced pieces of onion dipped in sour cream?
        “Shrimp” is the flavor. “Chip” is the product.

  • RD118

    My husband and I bought these years ago to try. They were okay, and after a chip apiece we decided to throw them out. When we awoke the next morning we found that our cat had dug them out of the trash and enjoyed them more than we did. Everytime I see this bag I think back on that cat and our funny story.

  • shamy1972

    Actually if the chips are made in Japan there is no problem, msg in Asia is natural not processed and chemical laden like American man made msg… Also, all ingredients in Japan will be natural as they aren’t into chemicals and pesticides as we do, the additives also willbe less as Japan outlaws over 175 of chemicals we allow in our foods! I used to eat them as child growing up in Japan all the time.. Yummy, so look for one’s in Asian market that say “made in Japan ”

  • Sweetgirllove

    What are shrimp leaving ????

  • harrybr

    The ingrediënt declaration is for the crackers as you buy it: dried.
    That means, the dry shrimp protein is declared. As you know, meat is about 70-80% water, so when dried till 5% rest water.. do not be astonished when your shrimp cracker has only a max of 4 % ( Indonesian standard) dried shrimp content.