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Taste test: After eating the two ends of the Hots line, with Scorpion Pepper promising to be the hottest and Tomatillo Salsa the mildest, this one claimed to deliver something in the middle, landing squarely between Burn and Blaze on the Burn/Blaze/Lava scale. The chips had somewhat wiggly shapes with many small bubbles embedded inside, and the bag included some very large chips. Colorwise, there was a mix of yellow and orange glowing off most of the surfaces, plus some small dark bits scattered throughout.
I crunched in to find a nice crispy feel, and I could immediately tell that these were easily the hottest of the three Hots flavors. It wasn't your typical hot chip, and the key to that was vinegar. The mix of vinegar and cayenne peppers gave these a distinctive kick that was fairly hot and made for some serious zing in the mouth. Not incredibly hot as hot chips go, but the vinegar and hot pepper mix made this one really stand out.
Aroma: Definitely some heat, the mix of peppers and vinegar really hit me when I took a whiff.
Manufacturer: Utz Quality Foods, Inc.
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From the package: "Ignite a taste frenzy with the bold mix of cayenne pepper, red bell pepper, garlic and vinegar. Your mouth will sizzle with the flavor!"
This snack was discovered by Jeremy at Market Basket. Review published .