Planters Wicked Hot Chipotle Peanuts

Today is yet another product review. Up today are Planters Wicked Hot Chipotle Peanuts. I purchased these peanuts somewhere or other, thinking these would be great peanuts, and the review would make a great addition to the site. One of these ideas was correct.
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Planters Wicked Hot Chipotle Peanuts (click to enlarge)
The can opens innocently enough, like any other can of peanuts. I noted that the peanuts are dusted with some flavor powder, where all of the seasoning should be.  I was drawn in by the Wicked Hot description in the title.  The alphageek likes spicy food, and flavored nuts are a great delivery system for the heat component.   I took a couple of the peanuts, and crunched down, waiting for the explosion of heat.

That explosion never came.  Instead, it was like being a kid and setting off some firecrackers that never go off.  I hoped that I could just have another, and the heat would kick in, sort of like when you can just light some more firecrackers, and get that noise that you are looking for.  I never really got the bang out of these peanuts, that they promised.  There is even a face with steam or smoke or something coming out of its ears, right on front.  I certainly did not get that.

What did I get?  I got a product that had a very sweet taste.  Sure, there was a small heat component, but I got mostly sweet.  It was a synthetic sweet at that, combined with some sort of synthetic tasting smoke flavor that only served to remind me that I did not get the Wicked Hot promised on the label.

Usually, peanuts are something that don't last long here at alphageek headquarters. I like to chomp a few down when I arrive home from work, but these have been open over a month, and the can is still half full. My thoughts are that this is a pretty weak flavor profile, and you should stick with the standard Planters Peanuts, which have stood the test of time as a solid snack food, and stay away from the trendy product.

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