Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Snack #52-PRO Maní Con Chile (Hot Peanuts)

PRO Maní Con Chile (Hot Peanuts)

Finally, a snack that isn’t lying about its heat! These are called hot peanuts, and that is pretty much exactly what the sensation is when they are eaten. They are very salty but also have a strong flavor of chili pepper. The flavor is almost bitter, not like a seasoning so much as straight up pepper. It leaves a burning sensation in the mouth that is unlike any other snack that claims to have spice in Costa Rica. It’s not so spicy overall, but compared to all the other Costa Rican spicy snacks it is a welcome relief to taste some heat in these. I am not a huge fan of peanuts, but these ones were definitely better than the spicy peanuts that we tested back in April. They were hotter, and with a more complimentary flavor to the natural flavor of the peanuts.

Rating on the Spice-O-Meter: 3/10

Bottom Line: Salty, pleasantly chili flavored.

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