Anyone who has spent a decent amount of time in the South knows about boiled peanuts. By soaking and cooking the little guys in salted water they become soft, and packed full of peanut flavor. It’s a classic combination that’s genius in its simplicity and too delicious to mess with, or so I thought.

On a recent trip to Hawaii, I was completely surprised by a bag of boiled peanuts I bought. By adding a few pods of star anise to the boiling water, the oh-so-familiar snack took on an exotic note that had me intrigued and instantly hooked. If you’re in Hawaii, be sure to pick some up. If not, give Chowhound KaimukiMan’s boiled peanuts with star anise recipe a whirl.

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