Cuttlefish Flavored Snack

Posted in 2.0 Wasabi Pea Rating, Chips, Savory at 10:40 pm by Boo


Hee. Cuttlefish Snack. There’s even a pic of a squid lookin thing (I can only assume it’s a cuddle cuttlefish) on a grill with a pat of butter. Awwww. And is that how one eats cuttlefish? I have no idea. We ate it in cracker snack form a couple Wednesdays ago.

Lemmie talk to you about Cuttlefish snack crackers. Bypassing the whole taste thing for now, I’d like to call your attention to their construction which tickled us pink…and corn colored. I’m not sure if we noticed (and appreciated!) the bi-colored cracker construction first or the fact that they look like little octopus shaped Chex (octochex?). Both traits rather endeared us to this snack food because kawaii!!! (Japanese for really cute, incase you needed a translation.)

We next discovered that they have the most delicate and fantastic crunch we’ve crunched in a long time. It’s a sort of light, airy, crispity crunch one might find in a cheese poof if you could weave a cheese poof to look like an octopus Chex. It’s a lot more delicate in texture than a Chex crunch but with the same crunch body. Can you even do that? Apparently so. As badmovie put it, “If only you could take this crunch and put it with something good!” Whiiiiiich segues us right into the taste.

For those of you who have had aquariums and have fed your fish Tetramin fish food flakes you know exactly where I’m about to go. In fact, if you had been there when I opened the package, you would have smelled where I’m about to go. Cuttlefish snacks taste like I imagine the Tetramin fish flakes do, sort of fishy yet old and stale. A background bothersome fishy taste if you will. It also aftertastes somewhat faintly fishy and all together it’s a rather bleh taste. Not a horrid, nasty bleh taste, just not a bright pleasant one either. Still…fishy. And stale (the taste, certainly not the crunch). Their one redeeming fishy taste quality is that the taste washes out fairly quickly with a chug of water.

So mucho pea points for kawaii and crunch, minus pea points for tasting how we imagine fish food flakes might for a grand total

Rating of 2 Wasabi Peas out of a possible 5.


  1. Kirsten said,

    September 4, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    Hahaha, I love Cuttlefish crackers-yes, even the taste. The only thing I hate is that they give you really rank breath afterwards.

  2. Boo said,

    September 4, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    Heh…you are braver than we are, that is for certain. I can imagine the DEFCON level of rank Cuttle Fish leaves ones breath!

  3. summer said,

    November 4, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    It’s 100% Korean snack food. not japan.
    you should know exactly.

  4. Boo said,

    November 4, 2009 at 7:26 pm


    I appreciate you taking the time to read the JSFRs and also for commenting. It’s nice to get feed back every once in a while so I can tell myself, “See! Someone reads the reviews!” However, I can’t say I’m exactly won over by the tone of your writing. I get to see a listing of all the comments so you might imagine my crankiness at having three comments in a row which schooled me on the country of snack origin, while only one of them said anything about the actual snack reviewed. This sort of thing makes me doubly cranky because I often do mention where the snacks come from and I have an entire separate page at the top of the sidebar called “Honorary JSFR”. It states pretty clearly that not all snacks reviewed are from Japan.

    Buuuuut I keep getting these comments so for you and all the other “summers” out there, I’ve mussed up the lines of the site design a bit and added a sub comment directly below the Blog title. Hopefully all you summers will notice the new wording before flying to your keyboards to let me know that ‘X’ snack is Korean, or ‘Y’ snack is from Taiwan.

    I apologize for not being as cordial as I probably should be but I’ve had a cold for three weeks now. It has drained away all my patience and good will so all that’s left are comments like, “I don’t read Korean so no, I shouldn’t know exactly that this is a 100% Korean snack.” Sometimes I just don’t care if it is.

  5. Dearskye said,

    November 24, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    O rly?
    “PRODUCT OF KOREA” sure is real big on the back of the package, hun.
    And Nong Shim is quite a popular korean brand, considering they make other snacks such as shrimp crackers.

    Buuuuut I’m glad you acknowledge that other people read your reviews, although the way you are typing towards the people who respond is quite offending and judgmental.. which doesn’t let you off the hook.

    Other than that, this snack is delicious. I love the fishy scent and taste, and I believe that other people who like fish or shellfish will love this snack! Cheers 🙂

  6. Boo said,

    November 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    Hello Dearskye, thanks for dropping by the JSFR. I’m glad someone has a love for fishy snacks because Cuttlefish are the cutest little squid crackers ever (I love the bicolored woven corn chexiness of them) but the smell was a major detractor for me and for the people who help me taste test these snacks. I think we would agree with you that if you like the fishy then these snacks would be awesome.

    As for taking my commenters to task, I stand by what I wrote above. Summer posted 3 comments in a row on 3 separate Reviews and every one of them had the same grating tone as this one. On only one of them did summer mention anything about the snack itself so I have to wonder if summer is reading the reviews for the information or reading the reviews to find some knit that she can gleefully pick in front of the JSFR audience. I suspect the latter because “It’s 100% Korean snack food. not japan. you should know exactly.” isn’t ever a sentence a polite and well mannered person would type. I reserve the right to get snarky at people who can’t form a well mannered response or even a neutral one.

    I am disappointed that there is no picture of the back of my snacks because I’m decently certain we looked for a country of origin and didn’t find one. It could be that there wasn’t one on this package (I’ve actually run across an instance where I’ve had 2 of the same snack and one said where it was from and one didn’t) or it could be that we missed any mention of Korea on the package.

  7. Hi said,

    December 6, 2009 at 7:32 am

    hey~ that is a Korean food made from NONGSHIM
    and i recomend you “Octopus snack”called “Jagarchi”

  8. Axolotl said,

    January 28, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    i have actually eaten fish food, and it kind of reminds me of crab. partially because fish food sometimes has crab in it! i don’t mind the taste of fish food, but i am certainly NOT brave enough to eat a cuttlefish cracker!

  9. chloe said,

    April 21, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    that snack is one of my favortie
    it taste really reallyyy good !
    i always bought it from the store after school when i was in Korea haha

    I ♥ korea

  10. Kim Eun Jung said,

    May 8, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    Notice how it says 오징어집 right on the bag? And how it says NONGSHIM a korean company at the top??? Do you even know what Korean OR Japanese writing looks like? Please, please don’t be one of those white people who only know the word kawaii in Japanese and use it to describe EVERYTHING you talk about. God, don’t assume everything asian is japanese. People like you are so ignorant.

  11. Boo said,

    May 8, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    OMG LOOK AT THE BLOG HEADER, IT SAYS “REVIEWING ASIAN SNACKS” OKAY? Notice how I also have a whole page named “Honorary JSFR” right on the blog. And how I say that I review off culture snacks? Do you even know what polite OR civil looks like? Please, please don’t be one of those people who only skim the posts and use a few key words to rant about EVERYTHING yadda yadda.

    I would explain…again…about why I don’t say every time I go off culture but most people who are going to leave comments like yours don’t read or listen so why bother. Thank you for your contribution to the JSFR.

  12. Cyberose said,

    June 26, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    This snack makes me sad because I love cuttlefish. Nice job on the review, but does this snack actually contain real cuttlefish or just has a cuttlefish flavor?

  13. Boo said,

    June 28, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    Hi Cyberose! I’m a huge fan of octopus and squid so I would assume that I’d like cuttlefish as well but I’m not sure I’ve specifically ever had any. As to the actual contents of the snack, I don’t know if they were real or flavored. They sure were fishy though.

  14. Fefferi said,

    August 7, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    FEF SAYS NO buttttt if its flavered artafishaly its a little better ….. glub……

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