Bokun Habanero: Addicting Spicy Crispy Potato Rings
I am fond of eating spicy foods, especially I love spicy instant ramen with plenty of umami and tasty snack foods with moderate spiciness.
When it comes to spicy Japanese snacks, there are several long time favorites with Japanese people of all ages, which include Kaki no Tane.
Of course, I like Kaki no Tane or Kakipi too, because it goes pretty well with beer. However, my best spicy snack is another, which I picked up today for this blog article.
Tohato Bokun Habanero
What I bought this time is this “Bokun Habanero (暴君ハバネロ)”. In the name, “Bokun (暴君)” means “Tyrant” in Japanese, so the product name is a pun for the notorious Emperor of Rome “Tyrant Nero”.
This Japanese snack was introduced in 2003 by Tohato and subsequently became a big hit in Japan. At the time of its release, Habanero was listed in Guinness World Records and held the title as world’s spiciest pepper.
As shown above, BoKun Habanero is a potato crisp shaped into a ring, and as its name indicates, these potato rings are flavored with Habanero pepper. Despite that, today Bokun Habanero is not overly spicy, though initially it was much spicier.
Now, Bokun Habanero has a right amount of spices to me. Besides, 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 ingredient list, in addition to Habanero pepper, this Japanese potato crisp uses white pepper powder, paprika powder, cumin powder, and red chili pepper paste, which imparts depth to the taste and spiciness of the Habanero rings. Of course, the Japanese potato snack is made from Non-GMO potatoes.
The Bokun Habanero ring is so delicious that I am addicted to it these days. Although these potato crisps are pretty spicy, the umami ingredients included in it calm the spiciness. So if you don’t dislike somewhat spicy food, because of the umami taste, I think you can also enjoy it.