In all my 40 years, I’ve never tried pork rinds. Sure I’ve heard about them, it’s just not something I’ve gone looking for. I was in Aldi today grabbing some groceries when I spotted a bag of hot and spicy pork rinds. I figured, “what the hell, I’ll give them a try.”
I ripped open the bag when I got home and popped one in my mouth. The first thing I noticed was the smell. They smelled like one of my dog’s rawhide bones. Of course since they were spiced, I also tasted the “hot and spicy.” Then I got a weird after taste that I really couldn’t put my finger on. Half a bag later, I still couldn’t figure out what it was.
The pork rinds themselves have a consistency and “mouth feel” somewhat like a harder puff corn. Even though they weren’t very good, they had an addicting quality, like you wanted to feel the crunch of them in your mouth even though the aftertaste was off.
I don’t think I’ll be buying another bag anytime soon. I’m not closed to trying a better brand or maybe some homemade/fresh pork rinds though.