I picked these sourdough nuggets up at Christmas Tree Shops and didn’t expect much despite claims of eye-watering habanero seasoning. Habanero is a very hot pepper though and these snacks do actually manage to live up to the name. The initial flavor is a milky, sweet sour cream flavor but once the nuggets are chewed for a few seconds a searing pepper heat takes over. The burn is a strong tongue and throat burn and had me taking deep breaths to cool my mouth. The pretzels themselves are not very crunchy or salty but they have some serious added seasoning. The creamy initial flavor is a bold contrast from the following heat and makes these enjoyable in addition to being spicy.
Rating on the Spice-O-Meter: 7/10
Bottom Line: Creamy and super spicy pretzel nuggets.
These cheese curls taste overwhelmingly like dusty, old cardboard. Once that taste melts into your mouth there is a moderate flavor of fake cheese and jalapeño and they are definitely a little hot. It’s just so hard to get past the sensation that you are eating cardboard flavored Styrofoam that these are not an appealing snack. They definitely take the standard cheese curl and kick it up though so for a cheese curl fan these are a good spicy option.
This mix includes Cheetos, Doritos, Sunchips and pretzels. The Cheetos are jalapeño cheddar flavor but are very mild. The Doritos are Poppin’ Jalapeño flavor and also very mildly jalapeño flavored. The Garden Salsa flavored Sunchips and very sweet with a strong flavor of tomato and not spicy. And the pretzels are just plain pretzels. Overall this is a mildly cheesy and pepper-flavored snack mix but it is a far cry from spicy.
These chips are Zapp’s ‘mystery flavor’ that is a limited edition flavor combination created when a bunch of spices were spilled in the warehouse and someone tasted the combination. They taste like a lot of things all at once and it is hard to discern the mystery flavors! They taste like salt and vinegar but there is also a sweet note. These chips also don’t have much going on in the spicy department but the flavor is savory and they are a tasty chip. And of course they are standard crunchy Zapp’s kettle chips.
Rating on the Spice-O-Meter: 0/10
Bottom Line: Uniquely sweet and salty kettle chips.
We weren’t really expecting these to be spicy, and they aren’t really, but they looked really yummy and in general Zapp’s chips are very tasty so we decided to rate them anyway. The flavor is exactly what you would expect- they have the sweet hint of Cajun seasoning but also a strong tangy dill flavor that makes them taste a little like they were dunked in a jar of pickle juice. I am a fan of dill flavoring and these are well flavored; the dill doesn’t overpower the chip flavor but is strong enough to really taste. The chip itself is a classic crunchy kettle chip and very good.
Rating on the Spice-O-Meter: 0.5/10
Bottom Line: The perfect dill flavored kettle chip.
We wish to provide a comprehensive exploration of the wide, wonderful world of the spicy snack. The spicy snack comes in a variety of forms, from chips to crunchies to Chex Mix. We intend to sample each and every form of spicy snack to determine the individual strengths and weaknesses of every flavorful sack. Not for the faint of palate. Extreme gastronomists only!