Costco Shrimp Chips (Sokusa) - Fun Snack with Unique Flavor
Sokua Garlic Shrimp Chips at Costco
Costco sells a 16 ounce bag of Sokusa Happy Shrimp Chips for $8.49. The bag of chips can be found in the snack area of the store near the other chips/snacks such as the tortilla chips, chickpea puffs, and multigrain chips.
Sokusa Shrimp Chips are fried chips made from wild shrimp and sustainable palm oil. They are butter and garlic flavored and contain 13.5% wild shrimp.
Fun Fact: The shrimp chips come in an absolutely massive bag that is over 20 inches long!
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What are Shrimp Chips?
Shrimp Chips, which are also called prawn crackers, are typically found in Chinese restaurants.
I’ve seen them served as a delicious, light appetizer as well as dressing for more traditional chinese dishes such as duck.
Regardless of how they are served, they are light, a little salty, and rather fun to munch on.
Costco Cost Comparison
How Much Do The Shrimp Chips at Costco Cost?
Costco sells the giant bag of Sokusa Shrimp Chips for $8.49. This breaks down to a price of $0.53 per ounce. This also is $8.49 a pound which, when put like that, is rather expensive.
Expensive - Better Values at Costco
If the shrimp chips are going to cost $8.49 a pound, then they have to taste absolutely amazing. Other significantly better items in the $8.49 a pound range that most people would agree would offer more value would be actual shrimp, beef such as tri-tip or short rib, or even atlantic salmon at $8.99 a pound.
Costco vs the Competition
It doesn’t seem that many other major retailers carry shrimp chips of this style. Some grocery stores will carry baked shrimp chip straws, but none that are light and fluffy like these chips.
The only other alternative may be at your local asian market, and very likely the shrimp chips will be more expensive there than they are at Costco.
I am glad that Costco is bringing such a unique item to the masses.
Smaller Than I Expected
I have to admit, it was a big surprise to me when I opened the bag and the shrimp chips were much smaller than I expected.
My previous shrimp chip experience has been with fairly large size chips (3-5 inches in length) and combined with the extra large gigantic bag, I was expecting something similar.
Each chip actually turned out to be only 1-2 inches in length and about 1 inch wide.
The shrimp chips are egg shell white in color and there seems to be a lot of seasoning and flavors. Each chip has plenty of visible green and yellow seasoning pieces.
Sokusa Happy Shrimp Chip - Taste Test
Light Shrimp Taste
Considering these are made with 13.5% shrimp and there is a large picture of a wild shrimp on the bag, I was expecting a heavy shrimp flavor.
These chips are actually fairly mild in shrimp flavor and in fact, you actually have to try quite hard to really taste the shrimp.
Savory With A Touch Of Sweetness
There is instead a strong taste of garlic and butter, but it isn’t overwhelming. The shrimp chips also have a bit of onion flavor and a touch of sweetness.
When all combined the chips are fairly tasty and flavorful.
One major difference between these Costco shrimp chips and any other random potato chip is going to be the texture.
These chips are airy and light. They have a nice crunch, but will also melt in your mouth. The texture is not necessarily better or worse, but just different and quite unique to shrimp chips.
Overall Taste Thoughts
Overall, these shrimp chips from Costco are pretty solid. They taste great, but aren’t overly salty or addicting.
If I had one complaint, it would be the amount of seasoning and stickiness that gets transferred to your fingers.
I don’t know if I would buy another bag, but I did enjoy this one.
Shrimp Chip Nutritional Information
How Many Calories in Costco Shrimp Chips?
One serving of Sokusa Shrimp Chips from Costco is going to be about 40 chips or 30 grams (1 ounce). As you can see each chip is rather light in weight at ~1/40th of an ounce each.
Each serving is going to contain 160 calories made up of 9 grams of fat, 20 grams of carbohydrates, and less than 1 gram of protein.
Are Shrimp Chips Healthy?
Shrimp chips are not going to be beneficial for your health as they are salty processed foods, but they can potentially serve some benefit in a diet.
Most chips or popcorns are going to have about 150 calories per one ounce of food. This seems to be pretty standard across the industry. Since these shrimp chips are so light in weight, you would have to eat 40 of them to get that one ounce and 150 calories.
After snacking on the bag for quite a while, I would say these are not easy to eat in large quantities. I don’t think I’ve consumed more than 20-25 in a sitting and I’m a big time chip guy.
For the reason of how light they are, and how many you would have to eat to hit the 150 calories, I would say they are a solid diet snack food.
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