Taste test: Any snack based on Ghost Peppers sets a very high bar for expectations of heat (try eating one raw and you'll know why!) so we were eager to try these potato chips. We found this bag alongside Herr's Carolina Reaper cheese puffs, which claimed to be Scorchin' Hot — a level higher than the Smokin' Hot.
We opened the bag to find that the wide-rippled chips showed various shades of yellow, with a smattering of green seasoning bits. We crunched in to find the same nice texture that I've come to expect from Herr's wide-rippled chips, with a tasty mix of spices and peppers that was only slightly hot, a far cry from where a Ghost Pepper would be. The heat definitely grew stronger in the aftertaste and lingered for quite a while, but it still wasn't sufficiently hot to distinguish these from many brands of jalapeño or habanero-flavored chips. Tasty and hot, just not quite what was promised.
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Smell test: Nice mix of spices, but not really mouth-watering or hot.
From the package: “A little heat is nothing to be scared of! The Ghost Pepper (Bhut Jolokia) was the first pepper to ever break 1,000,000 Scoville Heat Units (SHU). Originating from Northeast India, it is now used in everything from hot pepper eating contest to spicing up your favorite foods. Herr's has combined the flavor of this little heat monster with our delicious ripple potato chips to bring you one smokin' hot snack.”
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This snack was discovered by Jeremy at Five Below. Review published .