Calbee Sayaendo Snow Pea Snack Crisps
I have learned recently that a subsidiary of Calbee, a leading Japanese snack food manufacturer, produces and sells healthful green pea snacks in North America, named Harvest Snaps and Saya Green Pea Crisps.
I discovered these products when writing the article on Tohato Beano, and after further research, I found the original version of the latter, named Calbee Sayaendo, available here in Japan.
Calbee Sayaendo Snow Pea Crisps
It was relatively easy to get the Calbee Sayaendo green pea snack here because it was available in my neighbor’s supermarket alongside Tohato Beano. Besides, I found some bloggers even compare them on their blogs.
As some sources say that the release year of Tohato Beano is 1991, while that of Calbee Sayaendo is 1993, the former is the forerunner, and honestly, I had never tried the latter until today.
vs. Tohato Beano
While Tohato Beano uses Endo-mame green peas, the main ingredient of these crisps from Calbee is Saya-endo (podded green peas) or snow pea.
In addition, as these sticks are a non-fried, baked snack and are rich in protein and dietary fiber, they have many similarities with Beano, including the shape and the taste.
Tohato Beano and Calbee Sayaendo are both lightly salted. But in terms of umami, the former is superior (I felt the latter lacks savoriness compared to the former), whereas I found the latter has a better texture (it is more crispy than Beano).
That said, these descriptions are just bits of what my taste buds felt, and as a matter of fact, both the snacks are good enough and have many fans. You know, which you prefer is just a matter of preference.
|Green peas, Vegetable oil, Rice Grits, Salt, Seasoning (including amino acid), Calcium carbonate, Flavoring (including wheat and soybean), Vitamin C|
|– Sugars||28.3 g|
|– Dietary Fiber||7.8 g|
|Salt Equivalents||0.8 g|