REVIEW: Cheetos Horneados – Bolitas (Baked Cheetos – Spicy/Chili-Cheese Balls)

Rating: ©©©© chips  (lip-smacking)

Cheetos - Spicy Cheese Balls


Two things we noticed even before ripping into this bag of Mexican Cheetos.

First, we think it is kind of humorous when a chip company decides not to commit to naming the flavor they are offering.  Rather, they simply present it to us using a picture of those few key ingredients that best describe the flavor.  In this case, similar to some of our most favorite chips from 2013, Cheetos has opted to present us with a white, holey block of cheese (which we typically associate with Swiss, however we highly doubt that this is what the flavor is supposed to be), and a red chili pepper.  More than likely, this flavor is supposed to taste something along the lines of chili cheese, or hot & spicy cheese, but who really knows…

Secondly, in breaking news – according to the illustration of Chester Cheetah on the front of the bag above, he appears to in fact be left handed!!  Our assumption of this has been determined due to the recognition of the placement of his baseball mitt on the right hand.  Typically, the throwing arm (the one without the glove) is the dominant hand, and in this case it is his left.  May we just say, Chester Cheetah being left handed explains so much!!

As for getting to our actual review of Cheetos Hot & Spicy Cheese Balls, we are sorry to inform you that these Cheetos cheese balls are not very hot or spicy at all.  Rather, they surprised us all with a slightly zippy, smoky, bacon flavor.  Combined with the standard sharp and salty cheese coating, the flavor experience was certainly unexpected, and not representative of the picture depicted on the front of the bag.  Luckily for us, despite their flavor misrepresentation, as is so often the case with melt-in-you-mouth cheese balls, we still found them very easy to consume by the handful!!

As always, these are our thoughts, we would love to hear what you think. Agree or disagree, let us know.

Discovered at Shell Gas Station; Darien, Illinois

Cheetos Mexico Official Website

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Chip Review’s Honorable Mentions

25 Chips to Christmas Honorable Mentions


(honorable mentions, in no particular order)

Brown Bag Crisps - Oak Smoked Chili

Brown Bag Crisps – Oak Smoked Chilli Potato Crisps

“We can get behind a crisp that exudes a bit of class….Or as our friend at Crisp Nation would refer to them, “…crisps for the crisp connoisseur.”

Whale Tails -

Whale Tails – “Alaea” Hawaiian Sea Salt Tortilla Chips

“It is not very often that we are really wowed by some “plain” salted tortilla chips.  Usually we are reviewing, and raving about, the latest extra spicy this, or cheesy-bbq-ranch that, but we can’t be happier than when we discover some amazingly simple, and perfectly executed tortilla chips.”

Crave Canyon Popcorn - Cane Juice & Sea Salt Kettle Corn kissed with Anise

Crave Canyon – Cane Juice & Sea Salt Kettle Corn Kissed With Anise

“It is not very often that we stumble upon something completely new in the industry that we love; but when we do cross paths with a wonderful discovery, we welcome it with open minds, and open mouths!”

Larry The Cable Guy - Tater Salad Tater Chips

Larry The Cable Guy – Tater Salad Potato Chips

“With the release of these brand new Tater Salad chips, along with his Pass The Darn Ketchup flavored potato chips, we think he may be going for a bit of a Summer, outdoors, picnic-barbeque theme?!  We wouldn’t be at all surprised, or opposed, if he also releases some hot dog, or bratwurst, or sweet corn flavored chips next!”

Cheetos - Tapatio

Cheetos – Tapatio

“So far, we’re are absolutely confident in calling these Cheetos our favorites amongst the Tapatio and Frito Lay collaboration.”

Pan de Oro - Blue Sesame Tortilla Chips

Pan De Oro – Blue Sesame Tortilla Chips

“Pan de Oro means “bread of gold” in Spanish.  However, in this case, the “bread” appears to be made of precious sapphire colored blue corn, rather than precious metals.”

Simply Sprouted Way Better Snacks - Simply So Sweet Chili Tortilla Chips

Simply Sprouted Way Better Snacks – Simply So Sweet Chili Tortilla Chips

“We just love it when we stumble upon one of those rare surprises that make us smile with enjoyment after just one chip!!”

Trader Joe's - Cheddar & Horseradish Potato Chips

Trader Joe’s – Cheddar & Horseradish Potato Chips

“We can’t argue one bit with Trader Joe’s description that these chips are “delightfully flavored, cheesy spicy and wavy kettle.”

Mackie's of Scotland - Haggis & Cracked Black Pepper

Mackie’s of Scotland – Haggis & Cracked Black Pepper Potato Crisps

“Surprisingly enough, the vast majority of the reviews that we had read for these crisps were relatively, actually predominantly, positive.  We say surprisingly, because the majority of information we have gathered in regards to the actual Scottish dish, is that it can be a bit challenging to consume.”

Brother Kane - Hot Sauce

Brother Kane – Hot Sauce Home Style Potato Chips

“The chips immediately deliver a sharp and pungent nasal zip from the ample inclusion of vinegar.  Then a spicy kick from  cayenne appears, and continues to build and build…”

**Chip Review’s Top 25 list of the Year consists of chips that we tasted and reviewed during the 2013 calendar year for the first time.  The chips are not necessarily new to the industry, but they were new to Chip Review in 2013!