It's salty, or sour, or both. It's savory and sometimes strangely flavored. Perhaps it's not really for kids, but you should try at least one kind of "Crack Seed" while you are in Hawaii. This shop, with it's huge jars full of different preserved fruits, fish and seeds is a good place to choose what you'd like to try. Don't worry, there are a few candy choices for the kids too.