Taste test: The Carolina Reaper pepper has a legendary status here at Taquitos.net, earning it based on a single snack, Paqui's Carolina Reaper Madness Tortilla Chips. They claimed to be the hottest ever, and they exceeded even their own major hype — they were absurdly hot.
With a promise of a "Scorchin' Hot" taste from Carolina Reaper peppers, we had to try these new cheese puffs from Herr's. The thick puffs had a fairly typical bright orange cheese puff color for the most part, with a smattering of additional dark bits.
We crunched in to find good crisp, light feel. They were tangy, tasty and slightly hot at first, with a nice flavor that was different from other cheese puffs, but they weren't distinguished by heat. The heat did grow stronger in the aftertaste, and it lingered for a very long while, but the level of burn doesn't even merit comparison to the Paqui chips — the difference was multiple orders of magnitude. Still, they were very tasty and moderately hot, quite enjoyable to eat.
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Smell test: Very nice, sort of a fruity take on the standard cheese puffs smells, but not actually hot.
From the package: “When it comes to heat, it is off the chart! The Carolina Reaper is currently the hottest pepper around. Boasting over 1,500,000 Scoville Heat Units (SHU), this mighty pepper sets the standard for hot. Herr's® has accepted this flavor challenge by combining the heat of the Carolina Reaper pepper with the savory goodness of our classic cheese curls to bring you the hottest snack item we've ever made!”
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This snack was discovered by Jeremy at Five Below. Review published .