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The Crunchy, Salty $2 Snack I’ll Let My Kids Talk Me into Buying Any Time

published Aug 17, 2022
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To me, the hardest thing about shopping with little ones is not the wait at the checkout line (although it can be excruciating sometimes) — it’s the constant request for snacks. Everything catches their eye, it seems, and if you don’t bring snacks along, you’re in trouble. That’s why our grocery outings almost always require a trip to the snack aisle. Although not required, it’s most definitely favored.

It’s no surprise, then, that several months ago, on our weekly jaunt to my local Asian supermarket, my 9-year-old prompted me to look at a row of crunchy snacks that seemed to be calling her name.

“Mom! Look at this,” she said. I knew what was coming. She’d call me over, point out the snack, and ask me to buy it. Most of the time it’s something sweet. I’ll say no, and she’ll partner up with her 6-year-old brother, and together, they’ll beg and beg until I give in.

I wasn’t going to fall for it this time. I immediately looked away. But she persisted, and when I walked over I saw that she was holding a bag of this Hapi Dry Roasted Edamame with Sea Salt. Edamame? I was perplexed. When does she ever eat edamame?

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What’s So Great About Hapi Dry Roasted Edamame with Sea Salt?

As if reading my mind, my daughter told me, “I’ve tried it before. At school, one of my classmates gave me some.”

Huh. I never thought that my daughter would try edamame. She’s generally a flexible child, not a picky eater like my son, but at home we hadn’t introduced either one of them to roasted edamame before. Was I missing out?

While I contemplated whether or not I’d committed a parenting fail, my daughter thrust the bag into my hands, as if to say, “We’re getting it, no questions asked.”

So we did. She loved it, of course. And so did I. My son, on the other hand, took a little extra time to be convinced. But once we got him, he was on board with the edamame’s crunch. It’s a delectable, irresistible kind of crunch (which he loves because he’s a big fan of crackers) that doesn’t leave a dry feeling in your mouth, like some nuts we’ve tried in the past. I also loved the fact that it’s not too salty.

Perhaps the best thing about these roasted edamame with sea salt is that they’re a perfect on-the-go snack. For a bag that fits snugly in my hands as well as in my purse, I love its convenience and portability. At $2.19, it’s a steal. You can also find it online for slightly more.

Buy: Hapi Dry Roasted Edamame with Sea Salt, $2.79 for 3.53 ounces at Instcart

Each bag has three servings, and because each serving is about a third of a cup, it doesn’t take that long to finish the bag. I love the fact that it’s gluten-free and vegan; it’s also a non-GMO product. Edamame, or young soybeans, has 7% of the daily value protein for adults. They are also rich in other nutrients, including Vitamin K and folate. Eating a handful of these satisfies my hunger, at least for a short time — until I rush back to the store to buy more.

What grocery store snack do you buy every time you shop? Tell us in the comments below.