October 04, 2012
Huffington Post Cheese Puffs Throwdown — 9 bags enter, 1 bag leaves
Sometimes you know the results before the ballot ("sentence first — verdict afterwards") but let's give credit where credit is due, in this case to the Huffington Post for buying nine (9) different brands of cheese puffs and then doing a blind tasting to determine the very best one on the planet.
No one who's experienced the exquisite pleasure of licking the fluorescent orange dreck adhering to their eating fingers after inhaling a bag of Cheetos will be surprised at the outcome of the contest: A knockout in the ninth round by Frito-Lay's Big Orange (top).
I feel sorry for the people who, in the name of objective journalism, had to eat competitors from such pretenders as Whole Foods 365, Gibbles, Utz, and Garden of Eden.
Garden of Eden and its ilk making cheese puffs – or any junk food — fall into the same leaky boat as companies hawking veggie burgers and trying to convince us they taste just as good as the real deal: not likely any time soon.
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Posted by: Mery | Oct 17, 2012 3:36:51 PM
Up here in Canada, you an buy "Cheezies" - Crunchy paradise with LOTS of real cheese' - they are in a class far removed from Cheetos and other cheese snacks.
"Cheezies are made of all-natural ingredients with no preservatives.
As it is extruded, cornmeal takes on a variety of finger-like shapes and sizes. The pieces are deep fried in vegetable shortening, and then continuously rotated through a cylindrical conveyor. With each rotation, they are coated with real aged cheddar cheese. In appreciation of the snack food, customers comment on its crunchy, not soggy, texture and its coating of real cheese."
Not bad, eh?
Can you get these "Cheezies" the USofA? Apparently you can. via Amazon.com - for at least twice what you would pay in Canada.
Posted by: terrence | Oct 5, 2012 12:40:28 AM
I agree with the three previous comments but have a Pennsylvania favorite.
This product has protected me thru countless emotional times growing up.
Snyder's Cheese Curls (be still my heart)!
Posted by: JoePeach | Oct 4, 2012 6:53:40 PM
I can't believe a test was even necessary.
My Cheetos mission has always been to find every puff in a bag that perfectly matches the span and arc of my teeth so that when I place one, denture-like, in my mouth, upon biting down I will pulverize the entire puff at once. I remove these "one-bite puffs" so they can be enjoyed later, in a session of one-bite ecstasy. The remaining puffs are eaten first, then the one-biters returned to the bag, now termed "my special bag". Once, many years ago, my brother found my special bag and ate all my one-bite chips - I was devastated. These days I am much more vigilant.
People like me should not be allowed to buy Cheetos, I'm sure. And especially not be allowed to eat them.
Posted by: Flautist | Oct 4, 2012 3:36:57 PM
I rather prefer Utz' product, given that the only time I have them is while sailing with friends on the Chesapeake.
Posted by: Scott | Oct 4, 2012 2:09:06 PM
My preference is for Cheetos White Cheddar Cheese Puffs dipped in sriracha sauce.
Posted by: Ken | Oct 4, 2012 12:38:46 PM
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