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The winners in The Snackies' spicy category were all nominated and chosen by the TODAY Food team and snack-loving staffers.
These snacks definitely bring the heat but, as much as we try to pace ourselves, it's really hard. These are all just too freakin' good. From probiotic puffs to keto-friendly pork links, here are the top-five spicy snacks that won over the most TODAY taste buds.
Sriracha may be changing its recipe but that doesn't stop these tortilla chips from tasting like your favorite condiment in crunchy corn-chip form. And these aren't just any corn chips: Late July only uses organic, non-GMO whole-ground yellow corn. A 1-ounce serving (about 12 chips) has 130 calories, 7 grams of fat, 2 grams of protein and 16 grams of carbs.
While there's certainly no substitute for Flaming Hot Cheetos (beloved by even Robin Thicke's 2-year-old daughter), these come pretty close. Plus, Vegan Rob's Probiotic Dragon Puffs have Bacillus coagulans, which may help aid digestion. A 1-ounce serving has 140 calories, 8 grams of fat, 2 grams of protein and 16 grams of carbs.
People who enjoy truly suffering through their snacks may say these chips need more pepper. But trust us, they still pack a powerfully tasty punch. What everyone can agree on, however, is the serious crunch-factor of these chips. Like all Dirty Potato Chips, they're kettle-cooked in peanut oil. A 1-ounce serving has 150 calories, 8 grams of fat, 2 grams of protein and 16 grams of carbs.
Since wasabi isn't a pepper (it's a root), it's not on the Scoville scale, but it'll still clear your sinuses. What makes these wasabi-flavored seaweed sheets from Annie Chun's so great is that they're as low-calorie as they are spicy and crispy, so they are a great sub for traditional chips. A 5-gram serving has just 30 calories, 2 grams of fat, 1 gram of protein and 1 gram of carbs.
Most of us don't have 100%-mesquite hardwood on hand, or a few free days to hand-hang and slow-dry small batches of fresh pork. Fortunately, Duke's does. These shorty sausages are roasted with hatch so a deliciously smoky burn. Each serving has 110 calories, 9 grams of fat, 7 grams of protein and 1 gram of carbs.