One bite of Savi Seed and you’ll appreciate Mary Poppins’ view that a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. Though in this case, more than a spoonful is needed to distract from the awful taste of this latest health-craze snack.
Having clearly learned nothing from my experience with Trader Joe’s Chocolate Covered Edamame, I foolishly picked up a couple of packs of Savi Seed from Planet Organic. At the core of each Savi Seed is a sacha inchi seed from Peru, jam-packed full of Omega 3 goodness. If it’s coated in chocolate or sugar, how bad could it possibly be? (Cue me rolling my eyes.)
Cocoa-Kissed: The initial flavour is like the taste of the air in a garden centre’s fertilizer aisle. It’s bitter, astringent, and leaves a gnarly aftertaste. They’re coated in 70% cocoa, but it’s barely enough to distract from the flavour of the seed inside. I’ve never eaten goldfish flake food, but in my mind, it tastes like the smell when you open the container to feed the lil’ fishies. (That’s not a good thing.)
Karmalized: Instead of cocoa, each seed is coated in raw cane sugar. They’re crunchy, which is nice. But the flavour is almost fried-fishy. I don’t know why I keep getting the fishy notes in both of these. I don’t like it one bit. Immediately dashed to the kitchen for a glass of something to wash the flavour away.
My only real victory here is that I restrained my new-food enthusiasm and only picked up the 1 oz. packs. Otherwise, I’d be left with giant bags of expensive Savi Seed pain collecting dust in the cupboard.
RATINGS AND DETAILS
Cost: $2.99 per 28-gram (1 oz.) bag at Planet Organic.
Value for cash money: Meh.
Availability: Planet Organic. Probably other health food places.
Nutrition?: Caramel: 160 calories per 1 oz. package. Cocoa: 170 calories per 1 oz. package. Both have a fair bit of fat and a good hit of protein and fibre. The key selling point is that they contain a whole heap of Omega 3. They’re both organic and vegetarian.
Lovely packaging: It’s really very pretty. It caught my eye, which is why I bought it. Nicely designed pouches with pretty graphics. Pretty! (Sorry. Sometimes, I just feel like I have to say at least one nice thing about a product. I’m a nice person. It’s the way I was raised. I hate being the mean jerk who slams things unequivocally, unless that thing is an album by Lindsay Lohan.)
The verdict: Yuck. Some healthy things are delicious. This isn’t one of those things.