The snack aisle is a very dangerous place to be with an empty stomach. Just saying. I would choose salty, crunchy snacks over sweets any day. SO THANKFUL my friends included these with the other Trader Joe's goodies at my engagement. Yes, my friends brought Trader Joe's to my engagement, because Trader Joe's is my only other man. :D
Let's keep this simple, shall we?
- No artificial coloring - I once saw wasabi peas that were turquoise-colored. Then again, it's probably because they were two or three years past the expiration date.
- Just enough wasabi burn. I like it to burn, a lot, but not so much that you cry.
- The SWEETNESS! I wondered why these peas tasted a bit sweet, but notice that the product description reads, "SWEET green peas with a slightly spicy wasabi mustard coating." WHY? I generally prefer NOT mixing salty with sweet. The sweetness in this snack seems gratuitous. It does nothing. Might as well leave it out.
- I really didn't like the sweetness. Other than that, it wasn't so bad.
I credit Trader Joe-San's Wasabi Peas for keeping me awake during my drive home from working the second shift. It's a quite a masochistic snack, if you think about it. The wasabi burns after a while, but you can't stop eating it because the burn has you wanting more. Or in my case, the burn kept me awake after the caffeine wore off.
TL;DR: Trader Joe-San's Wasabi Peas. I'd rather have the artificial stuff from the asian grocery store, TJ San. 5.5 out of 10.