Frito-Lay Japan is known for releasing a whole raft of interesting flavours and snacks. I was lucky enough to try their Cheeseburger Cheetos a few years ago, but since then they've had such snacks as; Christmas Tree shaped Doritos (with a Corn Cream Stew flavour) and have just released Salty Shrimp Cheetos. The flavours, and packaging, always seem so fun and appealing. I received the Frito-Lay Takoyaki Tei corn puff snacks in the latest OyatsuBox - a Japanese subscription box. The flavour and shape here is based on the popular Japanese fast food snack Takoyaki - little dumplings of fried octopus in batter that are topped with sauce.
"Fried Octopus Balls" might not sound like the most appetising flavour but I'm going to start this review by stating that these are the tastiest puffed corn snacks I've had in a long time. Each corn puff has a light and crunchy texture and is covered with the delicious takoyaki seasoning with onion powder, and hints of vinegar and soy sauce. The flavour is a combination of sweet, salty, and tangy elements to create a truly delicious snack. It's not really fishy tasting but it reminds me a bit of fried seaweed, with a similar type of sweet and salty flavour. I loved the flavour so much I almost inhaled the whole bag in one sitting and had to force myself to stop and take a photo. I'm seriously tempted to order a few more bags from Japan!
RATING: 9 out of 10.
Buy them again?: Worth a try if you can find them.
Purchased: Available at Oyatsu Cafe.
Price: $2.99 (approx £1.97).