May 27, 2009

Wheat Thins Artisan ? Wisconsin Colby

wheatthinscolby.jpgI?m always on the lookout for new crackers on my supermarket shelves, especially cheese-flavored crackers. I recently found new Wheat Thins Artisan crackers in Wisconsin Colby flavor. They attempt to combine a Wheat Thin cracker with a cheese flavor, but don?t succeed very well. Perhaps in an attempt to make the cracker ?artisan? (whatever that is), they went with a cracker that is a bit thicker and has a different texture than a regular Wheat Thin. As a result, it doesn?t have the same pleasant crunch that I?m used to from a Wheat Thin. And while the box says that Wisconsin Colby cheese is known for its ?mild, gentle flavor,? the cheese flavor has a slightly bitter aftertaste that I wouldn?t call gentle. Wheat Thin Artisan crackers also come in Vermont White Cheddar flavor, but I?m not really inclined to try them after eating the Wisconsin Colby flavor.

Snack rating: So-so

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April 30, 2009

Nature Valley Sweet & Salty Nut Granola Bar

naturevalley.jpgI?m not a massive fan of granola bars, but I?ve been stuck packing them in lunches for some time now as a result of there being nothing of superior (i.e. deliciously junky) in the pantry. Nature Valley?s ?Sweet and Salty Nut Bar? (Peanut Edition) was, for a brief period, one of my favorite granola treats when I wanted something to stuff in my face quickly in lieu taking time to prepare a decent meal. These bars consist of your standard granola coated together with sugary glaze, with an added bottom layer of sweet peanut butter dip the make the whole formula an unoriginal, twice-as-large version of Chewy Peanut Butter Bars. I enjoyed the bars greatly? at first. I can?t place the exact reasoning behind it all, but I became sick of the things with incredible speed. Sweet and Salty Nut Peanut Bars are a tasty snack and I would suggest picking them up for yourself or the kids? lunches, just don?t buy them in bulk.

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April 16, 2009

Doritos Tacos at Midnight

doritostacos.jpgRecently, I?ve spotted a few new flavors of Doritos here in Sacramento. I?ll get around to trying them all eventually, but the first one I bought was Tacos at Midnight. It's one flavor in the new ?Late Night? series, which also includes Last Call Jalapeño Popper. It appears that by ?tacos at midnight,? Doritos was thinking tacos from a taco truck or taqueria (or maybe from Tacos Tacos Tacos Tacos) rather than Taco Bell, Del Taco, Taco John?s, or Taco Bueno. The flavor is heavy on the onions and cilantro and much spicier than the regular Taco flavor of Doritos. You also get some tomato and sour cream flavor. Overall, I like the flavor and would definitely buy Tacos at Midnight over many of the other lesser Doritos flavors. Now, if they can only come up with a Carne Asada Burritos at Midnight flavor?

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March 28, 2009

Cheez-It Pepper Jack

cheezitpj.jpgIf you don?t already know, I am a diagnosed Cheez-It addict who is unable to control his Cheez-It consumption despite the risk of health problems and negative social consequences. So naturally, I get excited when there is a new flavor of Cheez-It. Cheez-It Pepper Jack is a new addition to the Cheez-It family of crackers that appeared on my grocer?s shelves recently. I avoided buying a box initially because pepper jack is one of my least favorite types of cheese. I?m not really sure why I don?t like it, but assume it?s because there are tiny flecks of vegetables in there. After a few weeks, I just couldn?t resist trying them and bought a box (on sale, of course). My initial impression was that they tasted very similar to regular Cheez-Its. Then slowly, the flavor of the peppers started to appear. The crackers don?t have a lot of heat but the jalapeño flavor is definitely noticeable. The overall flavor is well-balanced between the cheese and peppers, with a pleasant aftertaste that lingers long after you are done eating them. The more of the crackers I ate, the more I liked them. Cheez-It Pepper Jack is a solid addition to the Cheez-It family and should appeal to many people, including other Cheez-It addicts.

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January 21, 2009

Wingers Nacho Chilichanga

wingers3.jpgWingers are delicious buffalo wing-shaped crispy potato snacks that come in five unique flavors, each with a different level of spiciness with a "heat index level" of 1 to 5. Number 1 on the heat index is No Bull Barbeque, which are appropriate for for anyone who thinks ketchup is spicy. On the other hand, number 5, Fiery Buffalo Bleu, is probably the hottest snack food you will ever eat. Small children and those with preexisting gastropathy should definitely stay away from them. Between these are number 2, Honey Mustard Horsepower, and number 4, Caribbean Zing. My favorite is number 3, Nacho Chilichanga. It has a great taco/chili/burrito type of flavor with a moderate amount of spiciness. Their flavor kind of reminds me of those mini taco-shaped tortilla chips that I used to eat as a kid (does anyone remember the name of them?). Like all good snacks, I am unable to stop eating them once I open the bag. Health conscious snackers will appreciate that they are all-natural, low-fat, trans-fat and GMO-free. Personally, all I really care about is that they taste great. You may not be able to find them in your local supermarket, so visit the Wingers web site to find retailers in your area. You can also buy them on Amazon.com.

Snack rating: Outstanding!

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December 11, 2008

Doritos Collisions Pizza Cravers and Ranch

doritospizzaranch.jpgI?ve met some people who like to dip their pizza in ranch dressing. Although I love both pizza and ranch dressing, I tried the combination one time and didn?t really like the result. Doritos thinks that pizza and ranch make a good combination and have brought the idea to their line of Doritos Collisions, which combines Pizza Cravers and Ranch-flavored tortilla chips. Doritos Ranch have been around for years, but I don?t remember ever seeing Pizza Cravers. I realize that it is probably very difficult to put all the flavor of pizza onto a tortilla chip, but Doritos just didn?t do a very good job with Pizza Cravers. The flavor is unremarkable and generic and doesn?t really taste much like pizza. To me, it tasted more like a taco flavor. I can?t recommend Collisions Pizza Cravers and Ranch, but luckily there are many other great Doritos flavors to satisfy your chip cravings.

Snack rating: So-so

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September 11, 2008

Beer Chips

beerchips.jpgIt was only a matter of time until someone got the ingenious idea to combine beer and potato chips into one snack. Beer Chips start with a very tasty, thick, crispy, kettle-style chip that would, no doubt, taste great even without any flavoring. Then, sugar, salt, honey, and beer are sprinkled on them. Eating them, you don?t really get the impression that they are covered with beer. Instead, you taste some sweetness and some maltiness that may remind you of a quality beer. It?s a unique flavor that I really enjoy. Those who like beer will probably like the taste of Beer Chips, and even those who aren?t beer drinkers will probably enjoy them too because of the mild beer flavor they have. Don?t worry about eating too many chips and getting tipsy ? they contain no alcohol. Beer Chips have limited distribution so you may not be able to find them easily, but you can order them online at www.beerchips.com.

Snack rating: Outstanding!

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August 4, 2008

Cheez-It Reduced Fat White Cheddar

cheezitswc.jpgI?ve enjoyed Cheez-It original reduced-fat crackers for years. No, they don?t taste as good as the regular ones, but I got used to eating them and really like the fact that they have 40% less fat. That means I can eat 40% more of them, right? I often wondered by they only made one lower fat variety. Why not a reduced fat white cheddar cracker? Well, they must have read my mind because now on the supermarket shelves are Cheez-It Reduced Fat White Cheddar crackers. I should have been more careful for what I wished for, because they aren?t as good as I hoped they would be. The cheese flavor is not very good. In fact, I wanted to spit out the first mouthful I ate. After my taste buds adjusted, I was able to continue eating them, but they didn?t get that much better. OK, I ended up eating the whole box, but I only did it because loyal Snack readers deserve to know the truth. I don?t recommend that you eat a whole box.

Snack rating: Don't Waste Your Money

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July 22, 2008

Eagle White Cheddar Bursts

cheddarbursts.jpgEagle Snacks, once a division of Anheuser-Busch and hard to find in stores for a while, are back and they have set out to conquer the snacking world. They just might be able to do this with their White Cheddar Bursts. These things are incredibly tasty and absolutely addicting. They are made with real cheese (cheddar and blue, according the ingredient label), giving them a very strong, natural cheese flavor. However, it is their texture that makes them unlike other cheese-flavored puffs. When I first started eating them, I was a bit put off by the texture because I was expecting them to be more like Cheetos. The more I ate, however, the more I liked the light, silky smooth texture. They literally melted in my mouth as I ate them. Other advantages over Cheetos are that they don?t leave nearly as much residue stuck between your teeth and they don?t turn your tongue and fingers orange. I really enjoyed eating them and strongly recommend that you give them a try.

Snack rating: Outstanding!

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July 1, 2008

Bugles Sweet & Salty Caramel

buglescaramel.jpgTraditional Bugles have been a favorite of mine as long as I can remember. As a kid, I used to put them on my fingertips for "claws" and then chew them off one-by-one. (OK, sometimes I still do that...) Today, my wife brought me home a surprise from her shopping trip: Caramel Bugles! That's right, caramel! I was a bit leery at first, but they smelled so good I just had to try one. I was very glad I did! Caramel Bugles are deliciously sweet and salty, with a just-right balance of caramel and corn flavor. They have the same crunch as the original, and the same light texture that Bugles fans love. Kind of like eating caramel corn without getting hulls stuck in your teeth. There seems to be a trend of sweet and salty snacks, right now, and as far as I'm concerned, Caramel Bugles can take their place at the top of the heap!

Snack rating: Outstanding!

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June 27, 2008

Baked Ruffles

bakedruffles.jpgI?m I big fan of low fat and baked snacks ? but only if they taste good. If eating a low-fat snack reminds you of eating particleboard, then what?s the point? Baked Ruffles don?t just taste good, they taste great. Like regular (fried) potato chips, once I start eating them it?s hard to stop and before I know it, the bag is almost gone. You might think that a chip would need to be fried in order to be crispy, but the geniuses at Frito-Lay have found a way to make Baked Ruffles very crispy without submersing them in oil. They have a great crunch and I think they are even crispier than most regular chips. They also have plenty of saltiness, which really helps to enhance their flavor. Baked Ruffles should be near the top of your list of Baked Snack Foods that Don?t Taste Like Particleboard. Not only do they taste great, but you also won?t feel so guilty if you eat the whole bag.

Snack rating: Outstanding!

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June 14, 2008

Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Crackers

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I did a double-take in the supermarket when I saw Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Crackers on the shelf. My first thought was ?wow, that?s a big box of mac & cheese.? When I realized that it was actually a box of crackers, my next thought was ?whose stupid idea was this?? Nevertheless, I was intrigued and bought a box. The cheese-flavored crackers are ? big surprise ? shaped like elbow macaroni. Wow, it must have been really difficult coming up with that idea. Eating them does not really remind me of eating Kraft macaroni & cheese, although the cheese flavor is slightly reminiscent of the childhood favorite. Their cheese flavor is a bit different than other cheese crackers on the market, but it doesn?t do much for me. It?s too one-dimensional (and that dimension is cheddar) and boring. The crackers may be great for little children because of their small size and softly rounded edges, but I think they are too small for adult fingers. With all the other great cheese crackers in the supermarket shelves, I don?t think there is a good reason to buy Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Crackers ? perhaps unless you are buying them for your toddler.

Snack rating: So-so

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May 27, 2008

Baked Cheetos Crunchy

bakedcheetos.jpgHistorically, the flavor of baked snack foods has been far behind that of their fried counterparts. However, I am noticing that the gap is closing. Baked Cheetos stand up very well to regular Cheetos. Although they have 50% of the fat and 20% fewer calories compared to regular Cheetos Crunchy, they have nearly all the flavor and crunch. Sure, you can taste a difference, but it's really not that significant. Baked Cheetos have a nice cheese flavor and a satisfying crunch, without any odd taste that you sometimes get from a baked snack food. Like regular Cheetos, I have trouble restraining myself from eating a whole bag of Baked Cheetos. They are so good, in fact, that I doubt I'll ever go back to regular Cheetos. It's just not worth the extra fat and calories.

Snack rating: Outstanding!

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May 20, 2008

Town House FlipSides Pretzel Crackers

flipsides.jpgI recently had a party where I was picking up some munchies, and my local grocer had a sign that said "Buy One Get One Free". This was a good deal in my opinion, since the box of "pretzel crackers" was $3.50. However, there was only one box left. I asked a salesperson, and he said that they had already restocked the shelf twice, and there were no more left. I was intrigued. A cracker that's so good it sells out? I opened my one box before I even got to the car. One side looked like a pretzel-shaped cracker, and the other side looked like a regular Town House cracker with grill marks. I ate a couple, and I was impressed with the pretzel-y flavor. Then, I ate a couple more. I tried to close the box, but I couldn't. By the time I got home, there were only a few crumbs in the bottom of the box. Each subsequent box purchased has disappeared with the same speed, and usually the box is eaten in one sitting, possibly two if I exercise extreme self-control. I'm convinced that if bars replaced regular pretzels with these, they would see huge profit increases. I could just sit there and eat them all night.

Snack rating: Outstanding!

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April 26, 2008

Combos Zesty Salsa Tortilla

combossalsa.jpgI think that Combos are one of the most underrated snack foods out there. While other snacks get all the praise and admiration, Combos don?t get the accolades they deserve. I?ve really enjoyed every variety I?ve ever eaten, and new Zesty Salsa Tortilla variety is another delicious addition to the Combos lineup. They are intended to taste like chips and salsa, and they succeed. The outer shell, made from stone ground corn, isn?t quite as tasty as a tortilla chip, but its pretty good nonetheless. What makes them so good is the salsa-flavored filling. It really does taste like salsa, which is amazing considering that tomatoes are not listed in the ingredients. The filling is fairly spicy, which I really liked. When you want the taste of chips and salsa but don?t want to risk dripping salsa on your clean shirt, these are the way to go.

Snack rating: Outstanding!

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April 11, 2008

Little Debbie Nutty Bar Singles

nuttysingle.jpgOf all the delicious Little Debbie products, Nutty Bars are probably my favorite. Sugary wafers and peanut butter covered in chocolate are sure hard to beat. Following the popular trend of reduced-size portions for those who are trying to watch their calories, new Nutty Bar Singles ares individually wrapped and are only 100 calories each. I compared a Nutty Bar Single to a regular package of Nutty Bars and found that the only difference is the thickness of the bar. They simply removed a layer from the bar to get it to that magical 100 calories. Otherwise, both the bars look and taste exactly the same. The only problem I can see here is that it?s very hard to eat just one, 100-calorie Nutty Bar. Nutty Bar Singles deserve Snack?s highest rating because they are so delicious, with the caveat that you better have a lot of discipline and will-power if you?re going to try to eat just one.

Snack rating: Outstanding!

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March 27, 2008

Pringles Select Bold Crunch Jalapeno Ranch

pringlesjalaranch.jpgUsually, when the word ?Jalapeno? is included in the name of a snack food, I have fleeting thoughts of heartburn and bad breath. However I have always been an avid lover of Pringles Original Potato Chips, so I decided to give this one a try. The mixture of Jalapeno and Ranch flavors were perfectly united to create a taste bud sensation which I rarely find in the plethora of snack food options available today. The Jalapeno did not overpower the chip, and the crunchy texture was exactly what I look for when I am craving a salty snack. This is a snack I will definitely buy again and again. It?s true, once you pop, you can?t stop, especially when you have an entire bag of Bold Crunch Jalapeno Ranch in front of you at the office. No Tums necessary either, but perhaps a breath mint was still in order for the sake of my companions.

Snack rating: Outstanding!

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March 19, 2008

Doritos Spicy Sweet Chili

spicysweetchili.jpgHere we go again ? another Doritos flavor. It seems like they come out with a new flavor every other day, but I?ve found that many of them taste very similar. Not so with new Doritos Spicy Sweet Chili, which I saw for the first time in a local Long?s Drug Store. They have a unique flavor that isn?t like any other Doritos chips that I?ve eaten. The spiciness isn?t too hot, but does have a bit of a bite. Underneath the heat is a slight sweetness. The two flavors go very well together and create a final flavor that is both interesting and enjoyable. These chips definitely deserve Snack?s highest rating.

Snack rating: Outstanding!

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March 10, 2008

Cheez-It Duoz Zesty Queso and Cheddar Blanco

duoz.jpgHi. My name is Jim and I am a Cheez-It-aholic. I?ve had this problem for a long time, and new Cheez-It Duoz has made it even worse. The zesty queso and cheddar blanco crackers in the same box are a delicious combination and I found it hard to put the box down once I started eating them. The zesty queso crackers are very spicy and I?m not sure that I?d want to eat them by themselves. Mixed with the mild flavor of the cheddar blanco crackers, however, they are great. There?s still a lot of spice, so you may want to have your favorite beverage nearby to cool things down. I like all the varieties of Cheez-Its, but Duoz Zesty Queso and Cheddar Blanco have quickly become one of my favorite.

Snack rating: Outstanding!

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February 19, 2008

North Fork Cheddar Onion Potato Chips

nfchips.jpgThe nice folks at North Fork Potato Chips recently sent me a couple bags of their chips to try. I had never heard of the company, which is located on Long Island. Their products are distributed primarily on the East Coast, so I may have never had the pleasure of eating their chips if they hadn?t sent them to me. Each of the flavors I tried was good, but I especially enjoyed the Cheddar Onion variety. The chips are ?kettle cooked,? but they are much thinner than other kettle chips I?ve eaten. They also have a very fresh taste, as if they were just recently cooked. I usually don?t like onion-flavored food, but I really like these chips. The cheddar flavor is very nice and the onion flavor is mild. Most importantly, the delicious flavor of the potato chip is not obscured by the cheddar and onion flavors. They are really tasty chips, and I?m sorry that I probably won?t be able to find them in my area easily. But for those of you on the East Coast, give them a try.

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January 25, 2008

Burger King Flame Broiled Potato Snacks

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You won?t find these at Burger King, but you might find them in the supermarket. In my case, I discovered them at my local Rite Aid. Intrigued by the Burger King logo on the bag, I figured I?d give them a try. These snacks are round, bite-size chips that I immediately found to be very delicious. I don?t know of any other chip quite like them. They?re made with potatoes and corn, giving them a flavor and texture you would expect by mating a potato chip with a tortilla chip. They have a very nice crunch and are thick enough that they would undoubtedly be great for dipping. I really like the ?flame broiled? flavor. It?s similar to barbeque, but not as sweet, and has a great smoky taste. Amazingly, they really do taste like they could have been cooked over an open flame. Burger King Flame Broiled snacks have quickly jumped to near the top of my ?favorite snack? list.

Snack rating: Outstanding!

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December 31, 2007

Popchips Barbeque Potato Chips

popchips.jpgI have never noticed Popchips in my local supermarket, probably because I generally stick with my favorite brands of potato and tortilla chips and don?t deviate very often. Popchips was nice enough to send me three different varieties to try recently (they currently make nine different products, including rice and corn chips). The chips are different than most in that they are not fried or baked, instead heat and pressure are applied to ?pop? the chip. Of the three varieties I tried, the Barbeque Potato Chips were my favorite. They have a very pleasant, sweet barbeque flavor and a nice, light crunch. The single serving bag didn?t take me long to eat and I wished I would have had another couple bags to snack on. I wasn?t sold on the other varieties I tried. The Original Potato Chips reminded me a lot of Munchos in both the texture and flavor. They could have used more salt, in my opinion. The Cheddar Corn Chips were my least favorite. They had a very mild cheese flavor and the texture was similar to a stale rice cake ? not appealing. The Barbeque chips, however, are definitely worth trying.

Snack rating: Outstanding!

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December 10, 2007

Sun Chips Cinnamon

sunchips-cinn.jpgNew on my local supermarket?s shelves are Sun Chips Cinnamon. I love Sun Chips (especially Original and Harvest Cheddar), and really hate to give a Sun Chip product a poor review, but someone has to tell it like it is: Sun Chips and cinnamon just don?t go well together. By the picture on the front of the bag, I thought that they might taste like a churro or Cinnamon Twists from Taco Bell. Instead, they have an uninteresting cinnamon flavor and not enough sweetness (even though sugar comes before cinnamon in the list of ingredients). The flavor of the actual chip itself is difficult to detect under all the cinnamon, so much so that I probably wouldn?t have guessed it was a Sun Chip if I didn?t already know. On a positive note, those looking for a relatively healthy, slightly sweet snack may appreciate the 18 grams of whole grains per serving.

Snack rating: So-so

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October 15, 2007

Oreo Cakesters

oreocakesters.jpgThe Oreo cookie sandwich is one of those classics that never goes out of style. Whether with milk or alone, Oreos are a perfect little snack. One impressive thing they have managed to do over time is come up with innovative new varieties and flavors that keep their product fresh and interesting, or, in the case of Double-Stuf Oreos, twice as good as the original. Their most recent addition to the snack industry is called the Oreo Cakester. Instead of a hard chocolate cookie, the Cakester consists of two chocolate cake-like pieces sandwiching the same Oreo filling people have loved for almost a century. The Cakesters are more like a pastry than a cookie and aren?t packaged in a sleeve like traditional Oreos, but in wrapped pairs. They managed to pull off the cake-like taste with some effectiveness, however, the rich chocolate flavor attacks your taste buds with little room left for the cream filling, which offsets the balance of chocolate and cream that we?re used to. This can be annoying for those of us who lick the cream off and throw away the cookie pieces, but if you enjoy chocolate pastries or other Oreo products, I recommend you give the Cakesters a try. Just be sure you try them with an open mind (and mouth).

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October 4, 2007

Cheerios Cheddar Snack Mix

cheerios.jpgNew Cheerios Snack Mix has one thing going for it ? the Cherrios name. Many people will probably buy it based on this, as I did. However, they may not buy it again. I recently tried the Cheddar variety, which looks delicious on the front of the bag, but really doesn?t have much going for it. To begin with, it has too many Cheerios. I estimate that they make up about half of the snack mix. The other components ? cheese crackers, twist pretzels, Chex cereal, and bread twists, are barely discernable. One of the great things about snack mix is the variety of flavors that you get while eating it. Not so with this snack mix ? everything tastes like cheddar cheese. I guess that if you are a serious cheddar cheese lover, you might like it. Others should probably look elsewhere to satisfy their snack mix cravings.

Snack rating: So-so

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October 1, 2007

Doritos Collisions - Hot Wings and Blue Cheese

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There never seems to be a shortage of ideas for renewing Doritos. In my opinion, there is no need, as they are a delicious classic snack. Regardless, Collisions are a fabulous idea. All they did was combine two complementary flavors of chips in one bag. Simple enough, but oh so perfect. I tried the Hot Wings and Blue Cheese Collisions. Although Blue Cheese is not a traditional flavor of Dorito, I'm glad they didn't just get boring and put the Zesty Ranch in. I've always though Ranch with Hot Wings was just wrong. The best strategy is to eat a Hot Wing chip and follow it with a Blue Cheese cooler. It truly tastes like you've eaten the real thing. The only preference I might have is to combine the two flavors on the same chip for ease of snacking. The other downfall is that there are only two flavors right now- this and Zesty Taco with Chipotle Ranch. I look forward to more though!

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September 17, 2007

Cheez-It Party Mix

cheezitparty.jpgI really, really want to like Cheez-It Party Mix. Why shouldn?t I? It has lots of good stuff in it, like Cheez-It crackers, mini sourdough rounds, Chex-like cereal pieces, and pretzels. You would think that it would be delicious, but I?ve been disappointed every time I?ve eaten it. I bought a box recently, hoping that it would taste better than the last box I bought. I was wrong. Cheez-It Party Mix just has a flavor that is uninteresting, and always tastes kind of stale to me. As much as I love Cheez-It products, I have to admit that Cheez-It Party Mix nowhere near as tasty as Chex Mix. And with all the delicious flavors of Chex Mix (I love Traditional and Cheddar), there?s no reason to settle for less.

Snack rating: So-so

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August 30, 2007

Archer Farms Chocolate Drizzle Indulgent Snack Mix

No-Image.jpgI have a slight obsession with Target and spend an embarrassing amount of money and time there. I especially enjoy doing my grocery shopping there, and I can mostly attribute that to the awesome Archer Farms "house" brand. I found myself having one of those 'Do I want salty or sweet?' conundrums on my most recent trip, so I began scouting the snack aisle. Immediately, the Archer Farms Chocolate Drizzle Indulgent Snack Mix jumped out. Peanuts, pretzels and an unidentified "crunchy treat" covered with chocolate. Yum! Totally took care of all the cravings at once. Unfortunately, I now have yet another reason to waste $3.00 at Target...

Snack rating: Outstanding!

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August 25, 2007

Snack Hall of Fame: Doritos Nacho Cheese Tortilla Chips

doritos-nc.jpgThere are a lot of different brands and flavors of tortilla chips, and the number just keeps increasing. Many of them are quite good, but none are as tasty as Doritos Nacho Cheese. There?s really not much that needs to be said about their flavor (I?m sure you are all familiar with it) except that it sets the standard by which all other flavored tortilla chips are measured. Occasionally, I?ll have another favorite flavor for a period of time. But sooner or later, I always come to the realization that Fiery Taco, Smokin? Cool Salsa, or Blazin? BBQ Nacho flavors, although they may be delicious, can never take the place of my faithful favorite, Doritos Nacho Cheese.

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July 29, 2007

Pringles Select Parmesan Garlic

pringlesselect.jpgI love Pringles potato chips (who doesn't???), so I was very interested in the new Pringles Select chips that I found recently at the local Wal-Mart. They come in several different flavors - Sun Dried Tomato, Cinnamon Sweet Potato, Szechuan Barbecue, and Parmesan Garlic. I bought a bag of the Parmesan Garlic variety, as they looked the most promising. Wow, was I wrong. Pringles touts them as being "gourmet" and just from the name, I expected an improved, more refined chip. Instead, the Pringle Select chips are smaller, thicker, and heavier tasting that the traditional Pringles I'm used to. I can describe the flavor only as being altogether ordinary and boring. There's nothing gourmet about them, in my opinion. I'll stick with the regular Pringles.

Snack rating: Don't Waste Your Money

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July 5, 2007

Banana Twinkies

bananatwinkies.jpgAccording the Twinkie entry on Wikipedia, the original Twinkie (invented in 1930) had a banana creme filling but was changed to vanilla creme during WWII. Now, Hostess has re-introduced the Banana Twinkie. It tastes like - you guessed it - a Twinkie with banana creme filling. I found it to have a nice banana flavor that is an improvement over the vanilla creme variety. It may be tempting to think of the Banana Twinkie as a "healthy" snack due to the banana flavor, but I wouldn't take it that far. Just enjoy it for what it is - tasty sponge cake with a sugar-creme filling.

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May 10, 2007

Doritos Smokin' Cheddar BBQ Tortilla Chips

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You may have seen these chips, along with another new variety ? Wild White Nacho ? at your local Quick-E-Mart. They are part of a promotion in which consumers can vote to determine which flavor survives on store shelves and which one gets pulled. I tried both, and Smokin? Cheddar BBQ is definitely better tasting. I?ve noticed that many of the Doritos varieties kind of have the same flavor. Smoking Cheddar BBQ has a flavor that is unique and really different from the others. They are highly recommended, but you better find a bag soon, just in case they lose the contest.

Snack rating: Outstanding!

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May 3, 2007

Tostitos Flour Tortilla Chips

tostitos-flour.jpgI?ve eaten flour tortilla chips at local Mexican restaurants for years and always wondered why I couldn?t by them in the store. Well, now I can. Tostitos Flour Tortilla Chips are not as good as the flour tortilla chips I?ve had in restaurants, however. Compared to the restaurant chips, the Tostitos chips are heavier, darker (overcooked?), and have little flour tortilla flavor. They remind me of Cinnamon Crispas that used to be available at Taco Bell, without the cinnamon and sugar. Maybe another chip brand will get it right, but I don?t think I?ll be buying another bag of Tostitos Flour Tortilla Chips anytime soon.

Snack rating: So-so

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November 9, 2005

Planters Trail Mix - Honey Nut & Caramel

planters.jpgI found this Planters Trail Mix on sale at Albertson?s for only $1.00. I couldn?t pass up such a great deal, so I bought a few bags. It?s a unique combination of ingredients ? honey roasted peanuts, yogurt flavored raisins, peanut brittle, cashews, pretzels, and caramel popcorn. Honestly, I didn?t think it would work. Surprisingly, it does. The peanut brittle pieces, which you normally don?t find in trail mix, are what really make it good. The rest of the ingredients are also very tasty. There are five other varieties of Planters Trail Mix, but I recommend trying Honey Nut & Caramel first.

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November 2, 2005

Wheat Thins Chips

wtchips.jpgHere?s yet another example of uninspired product development ? take an existing product, change it a little, put it in different packaging, and call it new. It worked with Ritz Chips Cheddar, didn?t work with Cheese Nips Chips, and doesn?t work with new Wheat Thins Chips either. They only vaguely taste like Wheat Thins (which I love), and the ?chip? format just doesn?t work with these multi-grain chips. Sure, they?re edible, but so are lots of other snacks. But that doesn?t mean you should spend your hard-earned money on them.

Snack rating: Don't Waste Your Money

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October 11, 2005

Sun Chips Harvest Cheddar

sunchips.jpgSun Chips may be the most underrated product on the chip/pretzel/cracker aisle. Not only are they unlike any other chip, they are also delicious. If you care about nutrition, you?ll be glad to know they have 30 percent less fat then regular potato chips. I have loved the original variety Sun Chips since they were first introduced, but only recently tried the Harvest Cheddar flavor. They are great, as I expected. They have a mild cheddar flavor that is very tasty, and the same unique texture and crunch of original Sun Chips. Try them and you?ll agree that Sun Chips Harvest Cheddar are one of the best tasting chips you can find.

Snack rating: Outstanding!

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October 10, 2005

Snack Hall of Fame: Cheez-It Crackers

cheezit.jpgFor almost as long as I can remember, Cheez-Its have been my favorite snack crackers. One of my earliest childhood memories is that of me and my best friend at the time, Todd Edwards, eating Cheez-Its together while sitting in my garage on a hot summer day. There are many Cheez-It imitators, some of which are pretty good, but none are better than original Cheez-Its. The cheese flavor and crunch just cannot be beat. For a tasty combination, eat them with a glass of milk. I think that milk complements them better than any other beverage. Try it! My other favorite way to eat Cheez-Its is to put them inside a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Yum!

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October 8, 2005

Orville Redenbacher?s Popping Corn

orville.jpgAs I prepared to write this, I was filled with a sense of dread. I think I am about to create a storm, but here goes: I do not like microwave popcorn. To me, there is no better taste than popcorn made on the stove in a kettle. And there is no better popping corn than Orville. Period. The popcorn pops up huge, always minimal un-popped kernels, and tastes great. Use as much or as little oil as you want, the same with the toppings.

Now before the lynch mob gets started, I have tried a boatload of brands of zapped corn, even many of Orville?s own. Tweaking the time, etc., etc. I either get burnt popcorn or a colony of kernels laughing at me. In those rare cases where it comes out ?just right? it ALWAYS seems like either too much or too little salt, butter or whatever. Yes, I followed the directions. Yes, I?ve followed advice from friends, family, strangers and the internet. NO, I?m not looking for tips or hints.

Snack rating: Outstanding!

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October 4, 2005

Chocolate Chex Mix - Turtle

chexmixturtle.jpgI?m so old, I remember when there was only one kind of Chex Mix. Now, there are about a dozen different varieties. One of the newer ones is Chocolate Chex Mix ? Turtle. It?s made with caramel and chocolate Chex cereal, caramel popcorn, honey roasted peanuts, milk chocolate candies, and pretzels. Sounds good, right? Unfortunately, it isn?t nearly as good as it sounds. The caramel popcorn has no crunch at all, the milk chocolate candies are low-quality M&M rip-offs, and there isn?t nearly enough honey roasted peanuts. This Chex Mix is described as ?the perfect sweet and salty snack,? but it is far from perfect. It?s closer to so-so.

Snack rating: So-so

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September 25, 2005

Lay's Stax Potato Ships

stax2.jpgThese were on sale at Wal-Mart, so my wife bought them. I have tried them, different varieties, several times. Each and every time, without fail, I always have to ask myself: Why? Why try to get the Pringles taste and experience from something other than Pringles? I do not care for the consistency ? they always seem to be stale. Perhaps this speaks of crispness rather than consistency, but they just seem to lack any spark. The different flavors always strike me as just missing the mark. I really like potato chips, in almost any form, but these just do not hit the spot the way a chip should. The bottom line with these is ?If you want Pringles, get Pringles.?

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September 6, 2005

Cheese Nips Chips ? Bold Cheddar

nipschips.jpgThese new Cheese Nips Chips are very similar to Ritz Chips, but there really is no comparison. Ritz Chips, which were previously awarded an ?Outstanding!? rating, have everything going right for them, while Cheese Nips Chips have almost nothing going their way. Their flavor is pretty bad, much worse then I expected from a ?Nip? product. The texture and crunch were also less than desirable. They are worth eating only under rare circumstances, like maybe when there is nothing else in the cupboard. Otherwise, stick to other snacks or the far superior Ritz Chips.

Snack rating: So-so

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August 13, 2005

Cheetos Cheezy Pizza Flavored Puffs

cheetospizza.jpgI admit I bought a bag of the Cheetos Cheese Pizza Flavored Puffs with a little bit of a biased attitude, as I?m a huge Cheetos fanatic. I had tried Baked Cheetos, and those weren?t too bad, so I thought I?d give it a shot. Well, the original Cheetos flavor wasn?t really detectable. Cheese pizza was, though. The flavoring tasted almost exactly like the filling flavor of Cheese Pizza Combos. If I sat there and thought about Combos, the puffs weren?t too bad. So, as a new chip these are pretty good. As a new Cheetos brand chip, these missed the mark, in my opinion.

Snack rating: So-so

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August 9, 2005

Lay's Limón Tangy Lime Flavored Potato Chips

layslimon.jpgThis is another lime-flavored product that may not be available in all areas of the country. Lay?s Limon Potato Chips are only for a true lime fanatic, if there is such a person. The chip itself is your traditional Lay?s variety ? thin and crispy. What makes this chip unique is the strong lime flavor. It is so strong that the tartness actually makes my lips pucker. Now, I like lime as much as the next guy, but this is just too much for my taste. The lime flavor is overpowering and the chip has only one dimension to it. A little subtlety in the flavor would really make the chip more enjoyable. Unless you are one of the aforementioned lime fanatics, I wouldn?t bother trying these chips.

Snack rating: Don't Waste Your Money

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July 25, 2005

Snyder's Old Tyme Pretzels

snyders.jpgSometimes, I work quite long hours and find myself hitting up the trusty vending machine down the hallway. You'd be surprised at what sort of new goodies you can find in vending machines. So I saw this new item -- Snyder's Old Tyme Pretzels. I didn't have any change with me, but luckily, our vending machine takes dollar bills. I have to say these pretzels are quite different from your run-of-the mill pretzel -- for most pretzels, the salt overpowers the dough. But for these, there was a perfect balance between the salt and the dough ... i.e. you could taste the dough of the pretzel and yet still get the salty taste to go with it. Overall, a great snack!

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July 19, 2005

Fritos Lime & Chile Corn Chips

fritoslime.jpgI?m not sure if Fritos Lime & Chile Corn Chips are available everywhere, as I think the product is targeted mainly at Hispanic customers. I?ve seen them here in Northern California for a while, and finally bought a bag to try. They have a very unique taste that I suspect won?t appeal to everyone. The chips have a very strong lime flavor and a little bit of heat from the chile flavoring. Personally, I think the lime flavor is a little too strong and the chile flavor could be more pronounced. Nonetheless, I like the chips and recommend them to those of you who like corn chips and want to try something a little different than usual.

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April 28, 2005

Stax Pizza Flavor

stax.jpgAfter years of being unique, Pringles potato chips were joined by another shaped-potato-chip-in-a-canister product ? Lay?s Stax. I picked up a can of Pizza Stax recently at my local supermarket. I am not impressed with them at all, but I have to admit that I am comparing them to Pringles (it?s hard not to?). The pizza flavor is generic and boring. The texture and crispiness are not nearly as good as Pringles?. I?ve tried other Stax flavors in the past, and didn?t really like them either. Overall, I?m glad that I bought them on sale for only $1.00. Paying any more for these chips would be foolish.

Snack rating: Don't Waste Your Money

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April 10, 2005

Kettle Chips Honey Dijon

kettlechips.jpgI?ve had Kettle Chips before, and thought they were really good - definitely better than most other potato chips. Yesterday, I saw Kettle Chips on sale at my local supermarket and picked up a bag of the Honey Dijon variety (which I had never tried). The chips are thick and crunchy just like I prefer, but the flavor is not as good as I thought it would be. There is a strong honey flavor, but the Dijon mustard flavor is weak and overwhelmed with sweetness. I really wanted to love these chips, but I have to give them only a so-so rating instead.

Snack rating: So-so

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February 23, 2005

Wise Snacks

ridgies.jpgMy brother was nice enough to bring me an assortment of Wise snacks on his last trip to California. Wise snacks are only available in twenty East coast states, so I had never tried them before. My favorite is the Sour Cream & Onion Ridgies. They are thicker than most similar chips, and have a great flavor. I could eat them all day long. My second favorite is the Honey BBQ potato chips. The light BBQ flavor is nicely completed by the taste of honey. The two flavors work very well together. The Puffed Cheese Doodles were ok, but weren?t really much different than other cheese puffs I?ve had. Overall, I?m impressed with the East coast snacks (see my previous Utz review). Hey, Glenn - bring me some more Wise snacks the next time you come to visit!

Snack rating - Sour Cream & Onion Ridgies: Outstanding!
Snack rating - Honey BBQ Potato Chips: Good.gif
Snack rating - Puffed Cheez Doodles: So-so

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January 18, 2005

Utz Snacks

utz.jpgMy brother, who lives in NYC, recently gave me a selection of Utz snacks. Utz products are only distributed on the Mid-Atlantic Coast, so I had never heard of them. The Bar-B-Q potato chips have a light BBQ flavor that has a nice sweetness. I found them to be better than most BBQ chips I?ve eaten. The Cheese Balls are also very tasty, with a light texture and good cheese flavor. My favorite, however, are the Cheesier Nacho tortilla chips. They have a very good nacho flavor and a great texture that really makes them stand out. Overall, I?m impressed. On my next trip to the East Coast, I?ll be sure to try more Utz products.


Snack rating - Cheesier Nacho Tortilla Chips: Outstanding!
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Snack rating - Bar-B-Q Potato Chips: Good.gif

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December 30, 2004

Wheat Thins Ranch

wheatthins.jpgI?m cautious with ranch-flavored food products. Often, the ranch flavor is not very good. Not so with Wheat Thins Ranch. The crackers have a great, tangy ranch flavor that makes them really delicious. The crackers have a different texture and crunch then I am used to from Wheat Thins. I think it?s because Nabisco changed the ingredients a while back to make them free of partially hydrogenated oil (?0g Trans Fat,? it says on the box). Even without the unhealthy fat, the crackers are good, and their ranch flavor makes them even better.


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December 18, 2004

Cheez-It BBQ Cheddar

cheddarbbq.jpgJust when I thought that the folks at Sunshine had thought of every possible flavor for a Cheez-It, they come out with a new one. Cheez-It BBQ Cheddar tastes exactly how you would expect them to. They have a pretty bold BBQ flavor that, unlike the flavors of some other of the Cheez-It varieties, is very distinguishable. They are tasty enough that I ate most of the box in two sittings. If you are a big fan of BBQ-flavored foods, you?ll probably like them even more than I did.

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December 7, 2004

Triscuit Cheddar

triscuit.jpgRegular Triscuit crackers are kind of dry if you eat them plain, but are pretty good when you put something fattening on top of them. Triscuit Cheddar, on the other hand, are very tasty eaten straight out of the box with nothing on them. These orange crackers have a cheddar cheese flavor that may not satisfy a highbrow epicure, but is just fine for regular guys (and gals) like me. Best of all, you won't feel too guilty because Triscuits are a baked, whole grain wheat cracker. I feel healthier already...

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November 3, 2004

Bugles Salsa Flavor

bugles.jpgBugles are not one of the snacks I put at the top of my shopping list. In fact, they don?t go on the list at all. Honestly, they just aren?t very good. But now, there is a new variety of Bugles that are worth buying. New Salsa flavored Bugles are full of spicy salsa flavor that make them very tasty. The salsa flavor is very familiar ? I think it is used in another snack food. Nevertheless, it works well on Bugles and makes them almost impossible to stop from eating.


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October 24, 2004

Lay's Cheddar & Sour Cream Potato Chips

No-Image.jpgLay?s are not one of my favorite potato chips, as I prefer a thicker chip. I usually try a new snack food once, however, so I bought a bag of new Lay?s Cheddar & Sour Cream flavor. I was pleasantly surprised to find that they are pretty good. They have a nice cheese flavor and the sour cream gives them a little tanginess. The flavor is very similar to Ruffles Cheddar & Sour Cream, which isn?t surprising as both Lay?s and Ruffles are Frito Lay products. These are definitely a potato chip that I would buy again. I recommend trying them, even if Lay?s aren?t your favorite potato chip.

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October 12, 2004

Natural Cheetos

naturalcheetos.jpgIn case you haven?t noticed, I?m not really into ?natural? or ?health? foods. But when I saw the new Natural Cheetos, I was intrigued. Is it possible to make healthy Cheetos? Apparently, it is. These white cheddar cheese puffs are made with organic corn meal and contain no hydrogenated oils, no trans fat, no preservatives, and no added color. The taste is excellent, with a mild but distinctive cheddar flavor and the familiar crunch you would expect from puffy Cheetos. They?re so good that you will likely forget that they have the word ?natural? on the front of the bag. Frito Lay has made a natural snack that tastes great. Go get some today.

Snack rating: Outstanding!

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October 5, 2004

Doritos Black Pepper Jack

doritosbp.jpgI found these new Doritos Black Pepper Jack (?Limited Time Only,? it says on the bag?) at the neighborhood Kwik-E-Mart late one night. The chips attempt to combine the tastes of black pepper and pepper jack cheese. Did the folks at Doritos ever think that maybe this was too much pepper flavor? Pepper dominates the chips, with the cheese flavor pretty much indiscernible. Unfortunately, the chips taste too much like several of the other Doritos flavors. I give Doritos credit for trying to come up with something new, but these chips left me a bit dissapointed.

Snack rating: So-so

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September 25, 2004

Munchies Classic Snack Mix

munchies.jpgI?m a big fan of snack mixes. I think there?s nothing better than kicking back on the couch with a bag of snack mix and watching Sunday afternoon football. I really like the Chex and Cheez-It snack mixes, but think I might have found my new favorite ? Munchies. It?s hard to go wrong with a snack mix made from Doritos Nacho Cheese chips, Sunchips Harvest Cheddar chips, and Crunch Cheetos. It also contains Rold Gold mini pretzels. With three cheese-flavored snacks, it definitely has a strong cheese flavor. A little more variety in the flavors would have been nice. Overall, however, Munchies is delicious. It?s perfect for any time you have, well, the munchies.

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August 25, 2004

Pepperidge Farm Cheddar Jack Goldfish Crisps

No-Image.jpgPepperidge Farm makes some great snack foods, so I had high expectations for the new Goldfish Crisps. They look like regular goldfish crackers (those little orange ones that have been around forever) that have been flattened. That is where the similarity to their smaller brothers ends. The flavor is bland, with a cheese flavor that reminds me of some low-end cheese crackers I have eaten. And, despite their name, they are not as crispy as I thought they would be. Edible, yes, but there are many other cheese crackers that I would rather eat instead.

Snack rating: So-so

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July 17, 2004

Ritz Bits S'mores Sandwiches

ritzbits.jpgRitz Bits S?mores Sandwiches try to capture the flavor of a s?more in a bite-size snack. Surprisingly, they succeed. Each S?more sandwich is made from two small, round graham crackers (I think they are actually more like a cookie than a cracker?), with chocolate and marshmallow in between them. The graham crackers are very good, and you can taste the chocolate in the middle. The marshmallow filling, however, is kind of hard to taste; I wish that there was more marshmallow in them. Overall, these little cracker sandwiches are very tasty, and go great with a tall glass of milk.

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July 12, 2004

Pringles Salt & Pepper Potato Crisps

No-Image.jpgWhen I saw Pringles Salt & Pepper potato chips in my local supermarket, I knew I had to try them. Why? Because I just had to find out how bad they tasted. I am really surprised that they are quite good. They taste like regular Pringles with dash of pepper. The pepper flavor is mild, but definitely gives the chip a distinct flavor. I am not one who goes for weird potato chip flavors (wasabi flavored shrimp chips, hot vinegar chips, dill pickle chips...), but I sure like these. The label reads ?Limited Time Flavor,? so get your Salt & Pepper chips while you can.

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July 3, 2004

Skippy Snack Bars

skippybars.jpgSkippy Snack Bars (Peanut Butter & Marshmallow variety) are another example of a good idea gone bad. In theory, the chocolate covered granola bar with peanut butter and marshmallows should make a very tasty treat. However, the Skippy Snack Bar is made with a bland granola bar, tiny, hardened marshmallows, and a minimal amount of peanut butter. Even covered in chocolate, the taste of these ingredients is not very appealing. Nice try, Skippy, but all we have here is a snack bar that is edible, but not very enjoyable.

Snack rating: So-so

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May 26, 2004

Cheese Nips Salsa & Cheddar Doubles

cheesenips.jpgIn my opinion, Cheese Nips have always taken a back seat to Cheez-Its when it comes to cheese snack crackers. I just never thought that Cheese Nips had as good of a flavor. I recent years, however, the folks at Kraft have introduced some new Cheese Nips varieties that close the gap significantly. The Four Cheese variety are great, and are probably my favorite Cheese Nip. The Salsa & Cheddar Doubles variety are unique in that the cracker has a different flavor on each side. I first thought that this two-sided approach was just a gimmick, but after eating the cracker, I?m convinced that it?s not. By having two sides with contrasting flavors, the eater really gets to taste both of them. And in this case, both flavors were really good. Together, they were even better. Once I started eating them, I couldn?t put the box down. After I had finished of the box, I started thinking about the other flavor combinations that might taste good as a Cheese Nip Double. How about Pizza & Beer? Pastrami & Swiss? On second thought, maybe I should leave the product development up to the people at Kraft.

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May 20, 2004

Ritz Chips - Cheddar

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These new Ritz Chips are an interesting snack ? they?re kind of like a chip and kind of like a cracker at the same time. I tried the Cheddar variety (they are also available in Original and Sour Cream & Onion), and found them to be delicious, with a great cheddar flavor. The texture and taste are a perfect combination of a cracker and a chip. They are really unique in this way; I don?t know of any other snack like them. In case you have any doubt that I absolutely love these snacks, you have to know that I ate two entire bags of them all by myself. And now, I purposely steer clear of them in the supermarket so that I?m not tempted to eat another two bags. Oh yeah, I love them.

Snack rating: Outstanding!

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May 19, 2004

Doritos Rollitos - Taco and Nacho Cheesier Varieties

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I think that civilization would have survived just fine without Doritos? new Rollitos, described on the bag as ?bite-size tortilla snacks,? but I guess someone high up at Frito-Lay thinks that snackers like me are tired of eating those old-fashioned, triangle shaped Doritos chips. So, they took a chip, rolled it up, and made it ?easier to eat? (according to the Doritos Web site). I never found that tortilla chips were difficult to eat, but maybe that?s just me. I tried two varieties of Rollitos, Taco and Nacho Cheesier, and was disappointed with both. The Taco variety had an odd texture that didn?t remind me of a tortilla chip. They also had a terrible aftertaste that made it impossible for me to finish the entire bag (which is almost unheard of?). The Nacho Cheesier variety had a better flavor, but I didn?t care for the texture either. Overall, I?m in no hurry to eat Rollitos again. My snack food money will be spent on other, more tasty snacks.

Snack rating (Taco): Don't Waste Your Money
Snack rating (Nacho Cheesier): Don't Waste Your Money

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May 3, 2004

Cheez-It Twisterz Cheddar & More Cheddar

I have loved Cheez-Its since I was a young child. I vividly remember eating them with a glass of milk with my best friend Todd at age five or six. I also remember feeding them to the family cat, Midnight, who loved them just as much as I did. Back then, there was only one flavor of Cheez-Its to choose from. Now, we have lots of choices, including low-fat, spicy, extra large, and SpongeBob SquarePants-shaped crackers. New to the Cheez-It line up are Twisterz, bite-size crackers made by twisting together two flavors. The Cheddar & More Cheddar variety combines yellow and orange cheddar flavors into one of the tastiest snacks I have eaten in a long time. They have a very distinctive taste, just the right amount of salt, and are impossible to stop eating. After eating just one box, Twisterz are on my list of favorite snack crackers. Also available are the Hot Wings & Cheesy Blue variety.

Snack rating: Outstanding!

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