Wacky Snacks: Charoni Crackers
Name: Charoni Crackers
Found at: Pinoy Mart, Tustin
Cassava Starch, Wheat Flour, Vegetable Oil (May Contain Palm and/or Coconut Oil), Onion, Iodized Salt, Sugar, Natural Flavoring, Spices, Monosodium Glutamate, Malic Acid, Artifical Food Color (FD&C Yellow #5, FD&C Yellow #6)
Why I Bought It:
Three words: Artificial pork rinds. Though I don't normally advocate vegetarian versions of anything, I'll be the first to admit that I probably can stand to eat less pork these days. Also, who can refuse the half-nekkid pig in star-spangled short shorts and a shiny wand/walking stick (or whatever it is). This happy ham seems to be saying "Presto! Here's something to eat besides me!"
They seem to have nailed the texture and the shape of a pork rind. Although it doesn't quite have the bubbly crackle or the piggy decadence, the chewed-up mush does indeed taste very much like pork rinds. Plus it's spicy -- hotter than I expected with a vinegary finish. But any hope I had of eating a healthier pork rind alternative is as real as that cartoon pig's modesty. The fact is that this stuff has 8 grams of saturated fat per 25 grams of serving.
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