Thursday, September 4, 2008

Snack #61- Rizadas Con Sabor a Picanticas (Hot Flavor Potato Chips)

Rizadas Con Sabor a Picanticas (Hot Flavor Potato Chips)

These chips came from Panama! I recently took a trip across the border and picked up little bags of as many spicy snacks as I could find, hoping that people like things with flavor in Panama. These chips are nice and crispy, they have ridges and are a little thicker than the typical paper thin Costa Rican potato chips. The ingredients don’t specify which spices were used but there is definitely some interesting combination of spices. They almost taste like sour cream and onion chips but with a spicy component added. Definitely not like any other spicy chip I’ve had. They are somewhat spicy, not hot like American hot chips but lightyears ahead of Costa Rican “heat”. There is even a cumulative heat that builds in the mouth and could be referred to as a burning sensation. It’s hard to define the spice taste, there is a lot of salt and something sort of peppery, like black pepper and maybe a little cayenne. I actually really enjoy these chips though, even though the spice is relatively subtle.

Rating on the Spice-O-Meter: 2.5/10
Bottom Line: Panama knows spice better than Costa Rica

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