Chilli…yum. Chilli con carne, chilli chicken, deep fried shredded beef with chilli sauce. I can’t get enough of the stuff.
Peanuts…yum. Salted peanuts, shelled peanuts, peanut butter, saté sauce. I can’t get enough of the stuff.
Put them together, and you get chilli peanuts!
Which are unspeakably vile.
In terms of badness, they’re right up there with the salt and vinegar peanuts I encountered a few years ago. A mouthful of peanuts with some salt and vinegar crisps, that works just fine. But cut out the crisps, and the flavour is too much for the poor peanuts to bear on their own. Peanuts should taste of, well, peanuts. Maybe with a little salt. But dusted with mildly spicy chilli powder? No. Don’t go there.