Seaweed Pretz by Glico China

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There’s a shop called Masuya in Tokyo Skytree Town, the shop­ping com­plex beneath the icon­ic Tokyo Skytree. It’s the biggest spe­cialty salt store in Japan, car­ry­ing over 300 types of dif­fer­ent salt (all avail­able for sampling). D and I vis­ited dur­ing our 2014 trip, and their sea­weed salt sent our tastebuds tingling. We’ve been using it on our French Fries since — sea­weed is a deli­cious fla­vour­ing and I’ve been keen to try it on all sorts of carbs.

This is Seaweed Pretz by Glico China. The bis­cuit stick has tiny flecks of sea­weed with­in and is dus­ted over with some more on the exterior..

The smell of sea­weed hits you upon open­ing the pack­aging. Yet it’s less strong than you’d expect from open­ing, say, a pack­et of roas­ted sea­weed from the Korean gro­cery stores. It’s tasty, but this milder fla­vour means that my tastebuds become accus­tomed to the fla­vour and no longer pick up the fla­vour by the fourth stick. I’m left with a bready after­taste as Pretz by Glico China are rather pale under­baked. I thought a more golden bis­cuit stick would carry the fla­vour bet­ter, but alas, in the few I found (con­sist­ency issues…) the toasty fla­vour masks the mild sea­weed fla­vour completely.

While tasty for the first few sticks, Seaweed Pretz by Glico China is not more-ish — some­thing I can keep reach­ing into the bag for — like the ori­gin­al Tomato Pretz by Glico Japan. It’s unfor­tu­nate then, that each box con­tains just one bag where­as boxes of Pretz in Japan sep­ar­ate them into two. I’ll have to try the super­fine ver­sion of sea­weed Pretz by Glico Japan to com­pare — I’m hopeful!

The box of Seaweed Pretz by Glico China con­tained 1 pack with ~30 pieces. It was a man­u­fac­tured in China, and pur­chased in Hong Kong in 2015.