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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Snacktion: Hawaiian Hurricane Mochi Crunch + Nori Popcorn

Posted By on Thu, Sep 24, 2009 at 9:37 AM

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Name: Hawaiian Hurricane Mochi Crunch & Nori Popcorn
Brand: Hawaii Popcorn Company
Origin: Hawaii
Found at: Uoki K Sakai Co. (1656 Post at Laguna)
Cost: $6.77
Ingredients: Popcorn, buttery topping (partially hydrogenated soybean oil, salt), mochi crunch (rice, soy sauce), sugar, seaweed, sesame seeds, tapioca starch, caramel, yellow 5 & 6, red 3, blue 1, nori (sesame seeds, sugar, seaweed, salt, dl-alanine, MSG).
Calories per serving: 80
The word: What initially seems like a high price tag for a single packet of microwave popcorn is tempered by the fact that it makes close to a gallon (or five servings). 
Tasting notes: A glorious collision of multiple MSG streams, this is a salt-lover's paradise. 
Buy it again? Yes, although we're tempted to make our own and cut down on the potentially dangerous sodium levels.
Extra credit: Uoki K Sakai, a specialist Japanese grocer that's been open since 1906, carries a number of items imported from Hawaii.

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