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.