21 October 2009
Real Jalapeno Pepper Hand Cooked Crisps (Asda)
I have to admit to having a preconception that these crisps would not be up to my expectations. I have found the hunt for ‘hot’ crisps up until now has been filled with disappointment (with the notable exception of Nandos Hot which really do pack a punch). Apparently my definition of ‘hot’ and crisp manufacturers, in general, does tend to differ somewhat.
The first bite of these crisps I picked up on a rather nice initial taste of sweet tomato and salty onion and did find this underlying flavour rather pleasant. I was just noting down my thoughts on the texture, i.e. thick cut and crunchy potato, when something started to happen. Slowly but surely, my mouth could feel a decent kick of heat developing. In fact they had a surprisingly lovely hit of chilli mixed in and the warmth was rather nice. They are by no means the hottest crisps ever made, or hot enough to make your hair stand on end like the photo on the packet, but oh my, they are undeniably fiery and tasty.