Rating: ©©©-3/4 chips (notable)
It feels just like yesterday that Cheetos Crunchy Flamin’ Hot paved the way for the spicy cheese puff masses. However, it has actually been more than two decades, with millions of spicy bags sold, and plenty of crunchy controversy since that momentous achievement. Today, there are countless other hot & spicy cheese puffs that have copied the cheesy cheetah, and infested the flamin’ marketplace, but not all have been bad. In fact, probably our favorite of all-time still has to be Old Dutch’s Scorching Hot Cheese Crunchy Curls, sadly their run did not last very long, and they have been discontinued for many years now.
On the surface El Sabroso’s Blazin’ Hot Cheese Crunchies appeared to have all of the facets required to exemplify one of those “tasty predecessors” to Cheetos classic Flamin’ Hot Crunchy curls. They of course had the standard curl shape and size, bright-bright-bright spicy red, finger coating seasoning, and the obligatory flavor naming of: hot or spicy or flamin’ or scorchin or fill-in the blank with your hot & spicy adjective here. However, as is the case with the vast majority of flamin’ precursors, expectations have rendered execution to fall short.
El Sabroso’s Crunchies are decent enough. Their texture is most definitely crunchy, but in a dense, tough and toothsome sort of way. “Blazin’ Hot?” Nope, not in the least. We ate the entire bag without so much as a drop of liquid. The Crunchies did however exhibit some of that slightly acidic “spicy” quality, but only after a few minutes, and not in our mouths like a chile pepper, but more in our nasal cavities like mustard, or wasabi. Probably our favorite aspect of these was the actual presence of cheese. So many, hot or spicy cheese puffs seem to forgo the cheese aspect, and simply blow us away with the spicy. Lastly, and most surprisingly, these Crunchies also included a wonderful sweet onion flavor existence that really provided some nice background notes to the overall snack.
So, in the end these are decent enough, not the best, but we could probably eat them day and night without too much pressure.
As always, these are our thoughts, we would love to hear what you think. Agree or disagree, let us know.
Chip Ratings Scale:
© – return to sender
©© – tolerable
©©© – notable
©©©© – lip-smacking
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