Purchased at: Grocery Outlet (Seattle – Madrona)
Price: 10 cents a pack (10/$1.00)
Ben’s Take: I am a man of many weaknesses. Many, many weaknesses. One of these weaknesses just happens to be South of the Border-inspired American snack foods. They’re spicy, they’re crunchy, they’re salty, and best of all they’re freaking tasty, and that’s what we’re here for, right? Well, even if you’re not here for tasty food, I am.
If you’ve had corn nut before, then you know what the “Corn Nut” texture and aroma is like. Crunchy, and just a little “aromatic.” These are basically the same thing except they have a punchy chipotle dusting on them that makes them taste absolutely fantastic. It’s about as spicy as a spicy hot Cheeto but it doesn’t taste nearly as artificial. Now it still tastes like fried packaged food but it doesn’t taste like the pepper juice came from a secret Frito-Lay laboratory underneath a tropical toxic waste volcano.
No. These are fried spicy crunch corn kernels with an awesome crunch. They’re pretty much the best CornNuts flavor I’ve ever had. So good that I had to have more. In fact, I went to one of my more local grocery outlets and bought all of the Chorizo Chipotle Corn Nuts they had left. All 20 packages. I then ate them all, and it was tremendous. Don’t tell Marisa.
Marisa’s Take: The latter half of this decade seems to be the era of the Chipotle (I wish I was born in the year of the chipotle, I got stuck with a dragon). Chipotle burger, chipotle potato chips, chipotle snack wraps, the list goes on. I bet the average person wouldn’t even know that a “chipotle” is not a distinct variety of pepper, it is simply a smoked jalapeño.
A quick trip to the Corn Nuts official website confirmed that the Chorizo Chipotle flavor is no longer listed, but currently there’s other South of the Border-style flavors “Caliente” and “Chili Picante” (aren’t those kind of the same thing?)
I vividly remember frequently buying 1.7 oz bags (75 cents each!) of Corn Nuts in middle school and eating them right before class started. Unfortunately, I leaned toward the most aromatic flavor, BBQ. I recall one of my classmates looking around and exclaiming, “Ugh, what smells like BARBEQUE?” and then awkwardly trying to hide the bag under my desk.
Overall, this variety has a good flavor, satisfies that need for a crunchy, salty snack. I couldn’t taste any “chorizo” flavor for the life of me though. Looking at the ingredient list, I’m guess it’s the “natural flavor” listed last. However, this product could easily be re-labeled as “Tex-Mex” or “Taco” flavor and no one would be any the wiser. I personally didn’t think they were that spicy.
Ben kept munching on these even before the “official review” period. He was honestly tempted to drive back up to Seattle to buy the remaining stock. He also started twitching and mentioned constantly that he “needed his fix”. Thankfully he’s in Corn Nuts rehab now and the withdrawal phrase seems to have passed.
UPDATE: We went to the South Tacoma Grocery Outlet a couple weeks after their opening and Ben bought the rest of the Chorizo Corn Nuts they had in stock (20 bags, a total of $2.10 spent including the first test bag). And as I see from above, gluttony got the best of him. We’re gonna need couples counseling if he starts keeping more secrets from me.
Fun fact: If you remember the fantastic decade known as the 1990s, Corn Nuts had a delightfully little radio ditty that irked some folks. It’s actually quite catchy. Just don’t go singing it in polite company.
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