Cirque du Soleil. iPhones. Sriracha. All of these were once in great demand, but now flood the market. Consumers aren’t as excited as they used to be. Sriracha chips? They exist. Sriracha-bundled restaurant dishes? Yep. But these, Sriracha Peas, came out before all the hullabaloo.
Made by Hapi Snacks, I first tasted them, thought they were okay, and then came back for more. And more. I became addicted on the spot. As you can imagine, I was ecstatic when I was given a tin to review.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking these are just green peas dredged in Sriracha. Like wasabi peas, these little flavor explosions bring your tastebuds on a mini journey, from flavorful to sweet to spicy. You just keep popping them into your mouth.
They look exactly as they do on the packaging: orange-y, irregular, and spicy. But you don’t get the spiciness right away. You get a flavor you wouldn’t expect—an Asian-inspired savory taste, followed by more than a hint of sweetness. Spicy, you say? Ha! And you keep popping them. But then, much like the actual Sriracha sauce, your poor decision to have too much comes back to haunt you. These are spicy. They just take some time to show their true colors. They are darn delicious, though.
If you’re surprised that they’re sweet, just glance at the ingredients list. Sugar is the second ingredient, right after peas. Funny enough, Sriracha is not an actual ingredient. Odd? Definitely. But these are made in Thailand, after all, so we’ll just say something got last in translation.
While you may think these spicy-sweet treats are difficult to find, you’ll be please to hear they’re sold everywhere from Walmart and Amazon to Asian food stores and imported specialty outlets.
If you can eat just one, call me. You have a problem.
Hapi Snacks Spicy Sriracha Peas are sold in 4.9 oz. and larger tins. They ain’t cheap, either. Approximate retail value: $4.99