People think I'm crazy, but my kids (4 and 6) absolutely love these things and beg me to buy them. A health nutt girlfriend of mine got them hooked on these things. Every time we walk into the local store that carries them, the kids go running down the aisle to the clip type display and start yanking these things off and tossing them in the basket. I usually buy 12 at a time and they don't last.
The only real downside for me is that the kids will fight over them if there's only one left. They will choose these over ANY other snack such as cookies, fruit, crackers, etc.
Yes the packaging seems a little extreme, but since the strips are frail, it's probably necessary for some situations. My kids take them to school in backpacks and lunch boxes and never have a problem with them being crushed.
My only concern here is the price. Amazon charges very nearly double what I pay for individual packs at a local health food chain store.
The first bite is the hardest....and then addicted!
By C. D. Jones
At age 62 looking to increase my iodine intake to support thyroid health, I ordered these Nori snacks based on other reviews. Once delivered, the first bite was the hardest---I don't have a problem with fish oil or cod liver oil, but Nori is seaweed (yuck or so I thought). My surprise. I love these low carbohydrate salty-sesame-y little crips so much I now have them sent on the automatic shipment plan at quite a savings especially with Prime shipping.
And this Sea's Gift brand with just the kim, sea salt, and sesame oil is the best tasting of all the brands I have subsequently bought and then did a side-by-side taste test. All of the other brands bought locally at the Korean grocery store had been processed with corn oil, a no-no for me. And I am now eating seaweed soup and seaweed salad (from the local Korean grocery) that are delicious--all because of the introduction to this product.
That first bite, though, is the hardest. So glad I did it.
I'm a Korean student studying in the U.S. currently. I just don't know why the product has been titled as "snack": "Gim(=Kim)", toasted with sesame oil and salt, is one of the most common side dishes for us, and it goes very well with steamed (short) rice. You may have this as a snack with your beer, but I don't think it is a kind of "authentic" way of eating "Gim". If you got disppointed with this item, I'm sorry: but every kind of seaweeds is very good for health, with much iodine, iron, protein, and other vitamins. I have introduced so many kinds of Korean side dishes to my American friends, and "Gim"'s got the best responses by far. I hope that every ethnic food can be taken in its own "right" way of eating, and that people here can enjoy them without prejudice, as well. :)
p.s. "Nori" is a Japanese word for this seaweed, but Japanese "Nori" is different from Korean "Gim" in its taste, texture, way of toasting (or, processing for sale), although both use the same kind of raw material of the seaweed.
The SEA'S GIFT KOREAN ROASTED & SEA SALTED SEAWEED SNACKS are a wonderful treat if you like snacks with good flavor.
I like well-seasoned foods and even though these have a nice salted flavor, I would have preferred a saltier taste. But these seaweed sheets have just the right amount of flavor for most people.
If you don't know what seaweed snacks are they are sheets of dehydrated seaweed that's been roasted and seasoned with salt or soy sauce, and can be eaten either with rice or alone. They're thin like paper and slightly different from the type of seaweed that's used for wrapping sushi, which is not seasoned.
Each seaweed rectangular sheet measures about 3.25" x 2.25" and comes in 11 sheets per package. There are 24 packs in each order so that's plenty for making rice balls or adding to other dishes or just eating alone.
I agree with another reviewer who stated that there was a lot of packaging for such a small amount in each pack, but I've tried other dried "nori" seaweed snacks and once you open the container, you have a set amount of time to eat all the seaweed or it will get hard and stick together. Perhaps that's why these are packaged individually in sheets of 11.
Anyway, I really like these seaweed snacks and will be ordering more!
I love snacking on sushi nori sheets but sometimes they seem to be lacking just a little. These are great! The added sea salt takes it to another level. I wish they would have a little better packaging (a lot of waste), however for throwing into a purse or lunch box it does help protect the sheets.
I will be ordering this again!