Orion Ball Hot Flavored
We almost couldn’t eat these because the bag smells so much like fish when opened. The ingredients include sliced cuttlefish and shrimp so we were expecting some fishy notes but the smell almost prevented us from even trying them. We did each manage to try one ball but that was enough. They don’t taste overtly fishy upon chewing; instead you get a mushy, sweet peanut flavor with an actual peanut in the center. Then as you are chewing the peanut the spice flavors and fish flavors come through. The fish flavor isn’t rancid but it isn’t particularly pleasant either though I know many Asian cultures enjoy fish flavored snacks. Our American palates just don’t seem to appreciate a dried fish snack in the same way though so we were not big fans of this snack. Also in my opinion the salty fish flavor and the sweet peanut flavor clashed. The spice flavor was pretty tame and got lost in all the other flavors but was a pretty standard hot sauce flavor and not very spicy. Overall the squishiness of the snack and the overdone mix of flavors made this snack pretty gross.
Rating on the Spice-O-Meter: 2.5/10
Bottom Line: Squishy peanut ball with real fish added!