The first review on Shroom Snack will be on a 2.5 ounce/70.8 gram bag of their sesame flavored organic mushroom jerky. This flavor is advertised as exotic mushrooms paired with unique flavors to create a stimulating umami. The bag was kindly submitted by one of the co-owners, Wyatt Bryson.
This Shroom Snack brand name is distributed by Jewels of the Forest Farm, and located in Occidental, California. In 2012, the Jewels of the Forest Farm was introduced by Wyatt and his brother Hunter who has been a chef the last 15 years. The parent company is named Mycolab Solutions, offering free educational videos on YouTube, along with private workshops, and presentations about mushroom cultivation. These teams work together to produce mushroom goods, while promoting mycology (scientific study of fungi) research. They are committed to their founding principles of health, sustainability, and social welfare. In February 2017, this Shroom Snack premium organic oyster mushroom line was officially introduced, where there is also a sweet chili flavor available. This jerky is advertised to be non-GMO.
Ingredients: Organic Oyster Mushroom (Air Dried), Organic Soy Sauce (Gluten Free, Reduced Sodium), Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Sesame Seeds, Organic Toasted Sesame Oil, Garlic Powder, Black Pepper Allergen Warnings: Soy.
These organic oyster mushrooms are a good source of protein, fiber, and are cholesterol free. They contain vitamin D, and are high on the minerals iron and selenium.
The sugar level is a bit on the high side at 5.5 grams of sugar per 28 grams of jerky. Our preference is 3 grams of sugar, but in fairness, organic cane sugar is used as the sweetener. More so, mushrooms contain natural sugars that are considered to be healthy. The salt level is respectable at 280mg of salt per 28 grams of jerky.
These strips of jerky are small in size, and generally sliced thin. The texture is somewhat dry, and relatively easy to chew. Handling these jerky strips leaves a small amount of oily residue on your fingers.
The first flavor detected is a moderate level of soy. A mild level of salt is present, along with a light level of black pepper. More than anything, the natural oyster mushroom flavor dominates all of the flavors.
The sesame taste is only subtle tasting, which could stand to be at a higher level for a sesame based flavor. A mild level of sweetness mingled in with the soy complement each other well. Overall, while light on the sesame flavor, this is a pleasant alternative to beef jerky. Note: the recipe has since been tweaked to increase the sesame flavor.
A 2.25 ounce/64 gram bag sells online for $6.99. That works out to $2.79 an ounce, which rates as an expensive price, at least compared to beef jerky. This flavor is a great healthy vegan option, and recommended if you truly enjoy the savory taste of oyster mushrooms.
This clear, non-resealable plastic bag has a label affixed to both the front and back. Their logo is a mushroom displayed, including the mycelium, with a forest in the background.
Their slogan are “Jewels of the Forest” and “Saving the World One Mushroom at a Time!”. Some facts printed on this bag are “Exotic Mushrooms paired with unique flavors to create a stimulating umami”, “Good Source of Fiber”, “Gluten Free”, “Certified Vegan”, “Non GMO”, and “All Natural”.
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