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Taste Test Award Winner: Annie Chun's Gochujang Seaweed Crisps

Taste Test Award Winner: Annie Chun's Gochujang Seaweed Crisps

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Being asked to choose from among our 2015 list of Taste Test Award Winners is like being asked to choose my favorite lipstick: I just can't do it. It all depends on my snacking mood that day. One thing I do know, however, is that I have a strong snack addiction. Once I pop, it's really hard for me to stop, so I've started seeking out intensely flavored items that slow my snacking roll.

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That's precisely where these zingy crisps come in. Seaweed crisps have been popular in the snacking realm for a few years, and honestly, I haven't loved them before. They were almost too thin and flakey for me. But this new snack ups the ante with a thicker, more substantial crisp with kicky gochujang flavor. If you're unfamiliar, gochujang is a Korean fermented chile paste with a miso-like texture. A little more intense on the heat scale than sriracha, but balanced with a great salty sweetness.

These crisps do build to a pretty intense heat level, but they are so satisfying on the flavor spectrum that I found them fascinating. The heat slows down my snacking hand-to-bag-to-mouth-repeat mechanism, but I love that I could eat the whole dang bag for just 160 calories if I wanted to.

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