Bokun Habanero: Addicting Spicy Crispy Potato Rings
I am fond of eating spicy foods. Among others, I love spicy instant ramen packed with plenty of umami and tasty snacks with moderate spiciness.
When it comes to spicy Japanese snacks, several products have become long-time favorites in Japan, which include Kaki no Tane.
Of course, I like Kaki no Tane or Kakipi too. It goes quite well with beer. However, my best spicy snack is another thing, which I picked up today for this blog article.
Tohato Bokun Habanero
What I bought this time is this product “Bokun Habanero (暴君ハバネロ)”. In its name, “Bokun (暴君)” means “tyrant” in Japanese, and the product name is a pun for the notorious Emperor of Rome “Tyrant Nero”.
It was introduced in 2003 by Tohato and later became a big hit. At the time of its release, Habanero was listed in Guinness World Records and held the title as the world’s spiciest pepper.
As shown above, BoKun Habanero is a potato crisp with a ring shape, and as its name suggests, these potato rings are spiced with Habanero pepper.
Despite that, today the snack only has a mild heat, though initially, it was much spicier.
But thanks to that, now Bokun Habanero has the right amount of spiciness to me.
Since these potato rings contain plenty of umami ingredients extracted from chicken and vegetables such as garlic and onion, they are very tasty and addictive.
In fact, according to the list, in addition to Habanero pepper, this (Non-GMO) potato snack uses white pepper powder, paprika powder, cumin powder, and red chili pepper paste, which gives depth to the taste of the Habanero rings.
The Bokun Habanero potato crisp is so delicious that I am addicted to it these days.
These rings are pretty spicy, but the umami components included in them calm the spiciness, making the overall snack quite addictive and delightful.