Confetti — A Different Type of Crunchy Snack

Confetti Snacks' newest product is crunchy Mandarin Oranges.
Confetti Snacks’ newest product is crunchy Mandarin Oranges.

If you told me that one day I’d be noshing on whole shiitake mushrooms like they were potato chips, I’d have called you totally bonkers.

Yet, that’s exactly what I’ve been doing with Confetti Snacks Black Truffle Mushroom Chips, which are baked low and slow, then seasoned with spices to create a crunchy, umami bomb that’s pretty darn addictive.

Singaporean entrepreneur Betty Lu came up with her line of Confetti Snacks to fuel herself on backpacking trips. Best yet, she hit on the idea to use upcycled produce, the misshapen fruits and veggies that often don’t get sold and end up going to waste.

Last month, the company even won the Pitch Competition at the SNAC International’s SNX 2024 snack food industry trade show.

Confetti's Black Truffle Mushroom Chips.
Confetti’s Black Truffle Mushroom Chips.

I had a chance to try a few samples of Confetti Snacks. Made with minimal ingredients — just vegetables, seasonings, bran oil, maltose, and sea salt — they are crisp and airy, almost like dehydrated vegetables.

A 1.06-ounce bag has about 128 to 132 calories, 3 to 4 grams of saturated fat (depending on the variety), 13 to 15 grams of total carbs, 56 to 141 milligrams of sodium, 2 grams of protein and no cholesterol.

The Black Truffle Mushroom Chips are plenty savory tasting with an almost meaty quality about them, plus a hint of caramelized sweetness.

The Summer Truffle Veggie Chips feature a mix of shiitakes, green radish, and carrots with their natural sugars providing a nice counterpoint to the earthy, musky truffle taste.

The Teriyaki BBQ Veggie Chips feature more of the same, but could benefit from both deeper teriyaki and barbecue notes. I’m not sure I really thought “teriyaki” when munching on these.

Confetti's Summer Truffle Veggie Chips.
Confetti’s Summer Truffle Veggie Chips.

Confetti Snacks’ newest product is Mandarin Oranges. The crunchy segments are just that — with nothing else added. The taste is full on citrus with a big burst of tartness, mellowed by a little sweetness, and followed by a finish of bitter rind. You’re thrown initially, expecting the quenching juiciness of a fresh mandarin because the taste is so vivid and true.

The Mandarin Oranges have 70 calories per serving, 9 grams of total carbs, 1 gram of protein, 27 percent of the daily recommended amount of Vitamin C, and no saturated fat, cholesterol or sodium.

Confetti provides an alluring alternative when a snack attack hits.

Find the 2.4-ounce bags on Amazon for $4.99 each; or sold in 12-packs on the Confetti Snacks site for $60 to $72.

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