Onion Rings

Happy Nong Shim

Nothing brings a bigger smile to my face than the anticipation of biting into a treat that I have no idea what it might be. Sure, the package illustrations may imply that I'm eating onion rings, but who knows if that's true, or what other surprises may lay in store for my taste buds. I'm giddy and terrified all at the same time. The only thing that's making me feel somewhat safe is the fact that apparently this snack is made in association with the "Snack Food Association". A group I'm sure isn't made up just to make people like me feel better about eating strange treats.

Having bitten into one of these Onion Rings, and survived, I'm pretty excited. I was kind of expecting those sour cream and onion ring, cheese puff like things that you find in huge bags at the grocery store back in Canada. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised at how different this snack really is. Although it is kind of has a cheese puff texture, it's a little denser and crunchier. Your teeth don’t sink in as easily, and you have to work a little bit harder to get through it.

The flavour isn't a chalky powder on the outside of these crunchy little rings either. Instead it's a subtle onion flavour that appears to be deep fried right in. This is good if you want to keep your fingers and shirt clean. Some puff treats are so covered in flavour powder that they get really messy. Some aren’t so messy, but that’s because they have less flavour. These have the flavour baked in, so they’re neither flavourless or messy.

Now I have to be honest when I say that onion really isn't my favorite flavour in the world, so for that very reason I'm not a big fan of the realistic onion flavour in these. I generally don’t mind sour cream and onion, or cheese and onion treats because the onion is kind of fake, or secondary to the creamy flavours. These were very onion forward, but it didn’t bother me that much. It’s probably because I'm so impressed with how well they put these together I don't really mind the onion flavour.