Calbee Potato Chips – Hot Chili

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Hello!  My blog has been full of sweetness and sugar so far, so it’s only right that I talk about something savoury to restore the balance a little.  Today I will be sharing my thoughts on the Calbee Potato Chips – Hot Chili.

Calbee Hot Chilli Crips - Famous in Japan

Calbee  Potato Chips – Hot Chili

$3.49 – OyatsuCafe

The Calbee Potato Chips came into my life via an OyatsuBox.   According to OyatsuBox, they were recently voted the most popular chips in Japan.  They were so popular with the subscribers of OyatsuBox, they were added to the OyatsuCafe store after being inundated with requests.

Calbee Hot Chilli Crips -- Famous in Japan

When I opened them up for the first time, I noticed they had a weird scent.  I was put off slightly, but after putting it down the chips being different to what I am used to here, I dug in.

The chips are the usual paper thin, soft chips that Japan seems to favour.  They don’t have much of a crunch compared to English offerings, and they are easily broken.   These chips have an orange appearance, almost as if you needed a reminder that they are spicy.

The motto of these chips is “No spice – no life!” and these certainly have some spice.  I wasn’t sure what to expect at first.   Usually when I go for a spicy snack,  they are usually in the form of a maize snack (for example NikNaks, Space Raiders).  The spice on these was something else.  I was worried that these chips were going to burn my mouth off, but they didn’t.   The spicy taste wasn’t noticeable straight away, and from the first few bites the chips had a sweet taste.  However, the spice begins to make itself known by giving your lips and tastebuds a slight tingle.

I enjoyed eating these chips at first and I found it very easy to eat half a bag in one sitting.  I even roped my mum into giving one a try and she said they were alright.

However, that aforementioned scent reared its ugly head.  I popped downstairs for a drink, and when I returned my room was filled with a weird scent.  My first thought was that I had burned something, and wondered if I had left my straighteners on (#girlprobz).  The second thought I had was whether there had been a gas leak – the scent was that strong.  It wasn’t too long before I realised the scent was coming from the chips, and I quickly sealed them up.

Since then, I haven’t been able to eat any more of these chips.  All I can think about when I look at them is the horrible scent.   For that reason, I wouldn’t buy them again.  Even if I could get over the scent, I still wouldn’t buy them.  I can’t really imagine getting a craving for these specific chips, so much so that I had to have them.  It’s a shame that I had a bad experience, but on the bright side I have plenty of chocolate and gummies to heal the pain…

Do these chips sound good to you, or would you be put off by the scent as well?

Dannie x

June 15, 2015
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  • Reply Kel

    I do generally love spicy/chilli crisps but that scent does sound a little off putting!

    June 18, 2015 at 1:04 pm
    • Reply Danniella Josephine

      It was, if that scent hadn’t been there I would have enjoyed them a lot more x

      July 5, 2015 at 4:40 pm

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