Move over, hot cross buns — here come the hot KISS buns. They're spicy and black, and starting next week, a limited number will be sold in stores in Japan, marking the rock group's 40th anniversary world tour. The bun's official name: Spicy Chili Tomatoman.
The steamed bun's black exterior derives from bamboo charcoal. It has a bright red filling, consisting of tomato paste, onions — and very hot peppers. Its surface is branded with one of four icons associated with KISS members, such as a star symbol for Paul Stanley.
"The buns are based on the image of the band KISS," a spokesman for the Circle K Sunkus convenience store chain tells Agence France-Presse. "Black on the outside and hot and spicy on the inside."
Stores will begin selling 300,000 of the KISS steamed buns, for a price of a little over $1 each, on Feb. 24.
When an earlier version of the buns was released back in 2013, the website Rocket News 24 reported on one man's quest to try a bun that's said to be "hotter than Hell."