Japanese Snackfood Review: Koikeya Stick Karamucho (potato snack)


Shoestring Potato Stix and funny looking guys. Heh. Heh, heh. Hee! I love the little dudes on the package. HEE! Can you guess why these were purchased? Strange little t- breathing dudes rock!

Oh, and the snackage was mighty tasty too, but let me wax poetic on the dudes. Take a look.


I admit, this fella had me really creeped out at first because I was just not getting the sort of 45 tilt thing that was happening to his head. I kept looking at him and wondering what the heck was up with his head and the lumpy Elephant man deformity he had going on. It’s sort of like when you look at a moon picture and instead of seeing craters you see bumps and you look and look but no, still bumps and then all of the sudden BAMN craters. That was me for the first day trying to figure the fella out, then I realized he was tilted all crazy like and we could see both his eyes and both his nostrils and that lumpy growth was a nose. Weirdly, the body isn’t really supporting the bizarro perspective but never mind that, look at the shirt!


This is a cartoon after my own heart. Both he and his friend have the Hawaiian thing going on in spades. Hee! And the t- t-. I can only assume that means “Hot! Hot!” or at least that’s how it translates in my head. Here you have two little chillin Hawaiian shirt wearing dudes sitting there on the beach eating spicy potato stix and all of the sudden their hippy calm is shattered by SPICY! So they run around going “t-! t-!” because SPICY! Plus peas for the packaging!

Alright, then. Let’s get on with the eats, shall we? I’ve mentioned shoestring potato stix several time because these things were exactly potato stix with a nice spicy kick and a tiny hint of BBQ flavor. Or, if you prefer, thin cut nicely crunchy BBQ tasting pokey looking spicy potato chips but I like potato stix so I’m sticking with that thought and moving on. I’ll move right on to the SPICY. I’m not talking your flaming mouth hot Hot HOT! spicy but rather a satisfying mouth warming SPICY (t-! t-! t-!) which was The Tasty. They had the crunch, they had the salt in good proper potato stix salt form and they had a nice spicy warm that was subtle the first bite, kicky the second bite and then Whoooooo, the SPICE. t-! t-! They never got too spicy but they did get spicy enough that I had to pause in my munching to reflect on the SPICY. Then again, the bag does have a pepper right on it so it shouldn’t have come as too much of a surprise then, right? t-! t-!

TheMan was all about giving these a 5 pea rating but lately he’s been my binary Guinea Pig. They were the good, but not the end all of snack food so I’ll go with a good solid


of 4.5 Wasabi Peas out of a possible 5.

3 Responses to “Japanese Snackfood Review: Koikeya Stick Karamucho (potato snack)”

  1. TheMan Says:

    Mmmm…. Love the hot spicy things…

  2. Tina Says:

    Where can you buy them in America? I’ve been searching all over.