Yesterday we were doing some grocery shopping following a trip to Satay2Go for dinner. We were planning on pizza at some point later in the week so I picked up a package of turkey pepperoni at Cub. Next to the usual array of packaged pepperoni slices was a bag of Hormel’s Hot & Spicy Pepperoni which is flavored with Tabasco. As you all know, I can’t pass up anything that claims it’s spicy so I threw a bag in the cart and continued on with the shopping trip.
As we were walking out of the store I half-jokingly asked The Wife if she thought it would live up to its claims and as she’s done hundreds of times before when asked the asked the same question she turned to me, deadpan, and said, “for you, of course it won’t be spicy.” But each and every time I ask I really do hope it will live up to my expectations because it’s simply an addict chasing a high. Thankfully I’m still at the point where some things are hot enough while still being enjoyable (anything with real ghost peppers) and there are some others, like a good hot wing, which can still make me break a sweat.
Anyway, after I arrived at home I spent some time waiting for the heat from the Satay2Go curry dinner to subside so that I’d be able to give the pepperoni a fair chance. I took a photo of the bag and tore off the strip at the top. I stuck my hand into the greasy pile of processed meat and took a piece of the pepperoni out. Accustomed to turkey pepperoni, I forgot just how greasy and, well, downright disgusting regular pepperoni can be. I popped the pepperoni in my mouth and didn’t taste much. So I popped another and then another.
Then without warning…success! The Hormel Hot & Spicy Pepperoni flavored with Tabasco actually began to burn my mouth–hard. I ate a couple more pieces bringing me to about 1/2 a serving (a serving is listed as 14 slices or about 1/5the package) and way more than anyone needs to eat in fat or sodium content in a month. By this time I was convinced that this mass produced product, intended for every day people, was actually living proof that my routine question asked of my wife each and every time I venture down this path could come out for the best!
Now, while the pepperoni was definitely hot, I could not catch even the slightest hint that it was flavored with Tabasco. Sure, the heat was similar and you definitely could catch the familiar peppery buzz on your tongue but the flavor was most definitely not present. Aside from that small detail I was quite pleased with Hormel’s Hot & Spicy Pepperoni and wish they’d come out with a turkey pepperoni version so I wouldn’t have had to wipe my hands on my jeans 15x while writing this post.
Have you ever had Hormel’s Hot and Spicy Pepperoni? If so what did you think? Do you find pepperoni to be too greasy for your tastes and have you tried turkey pepperoni instead? Where do you get your pepperoni from and what do you most often put it on besides pizza? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.