Unboxed: 10 chili crunch varieties to spice up any dish

These 10 brands are tackling increasingly popular chili crunch products with innovative ingredients and elevated flavor profiles. Check them out.

Heather Carter, Associate Editor

June 19, 2024

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Chili crunch has made a profound impact on the American food landscape. The deep red condiment, originating from Chinese cuisines, consists of oil infused with peppers, spices and crunchy bits of onions and garlic. Other cultures have also created their own renditions of the popular topping, adding ingredients such as roasted nuts and seeds.

However, consumers can all agree that chili crunch, also referred to as chili crisp, is a flavorful component that can elevate virtually any dish—from pasta and burgers to soups and tacos—as data has shown. According to AI-powered consumer data platform, Tastewise, the term “chili crisp” has appeared in about 50% more social media conversations over the last year.

An April lawsuit filed by David Chang and Momofuku, which involved an attempt to trademark the name “chili crunch,” sparked a lot of uproar surrounding the popular products. The lawsuit was eventually dropped, so the condiment name lives on for several brands, which are putting their all into crafting innovative products.

Check out this slideshow of 10 flavorful chili crunch and chili crisp creations that pack a punch and elevate any dish on the table.

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About the Author(s)

Heather Carter

Associate Editor, Food & Beverage Insider

Heather Carter is the associate editor of Food & Beverage Insider at Informa Markets. She has worked in trade publishing for nearly a decade, covering a variety of topics, from tile to bedding. Reach her at [email protected].

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