Taste test: These potato chips certainly made a statement with their name and packaging, as we loved the "Explosive" moniker and promise of major heat, plus the large, wide-open mouth on the front of the bag, along with some strange warning symbols. The chips were mostly small and had gently curving shapes, with a light orange color and some scattered dark spots.
We crunched in to find a light crunch and an immediate kick of intense heat, easily living up to the "Super Spicy" hype. It was definitely in the same league as some of the hottest potato chips ever, yet it was quite different from those as well. The use of the sichuan pepper, along with other hot peppers, really made for a different kind of kick that shook up everyone who tried some. The Nutrition Facts declared half a bag constituted one serving — that's probably about 30 chips — but none of our tasters had any interest in going past the very first one they tried. The heat was a major kick in the face and lingered for a long, long time.
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Smell test: Pretty strong, can definitely smell the peppers, especially the sichuan peppers.
From the package: “Ingredients: potato, vegetable oil (contain TBHQ), spicy seasoning (chili powder, sesame powder, sichuan pepper powder, black pepper, cumin powder, spices, MSG, salt). May contains trace of wheat, dairy and shrimp.”
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This snack was discovered by Jeremy at Super 88, Boston. Review published .