Rating: ©©©-1/4 chips (notable)
You are famous and loved for your cheesy connection to that most popular of all crunchy puff brands. You are the cheetah that famously coined the classic saying “it ain’t easy being cheesy.” You will forever be the poster boy for Cheetos! So…what has happened? Have the two of you split ways? Were you feeling creatively stifled, and needed to branch out on your own? All we can say is that there is a reason your relationship is an iconic one, and there is a reason why Cheetos are loved by millions world wide!
Now that we have that off of our chest, let’s get down to real brass tacks. Chester recently released a new trio of snacks appropriately labeled Poppers. Poppers because all three of the snacks are of the puffed, or popped, style; or possibly named Poppers for their ability to easily be popped into the mouths of the snackers.
Once again, as was the case with Chester’s Popped BBQ Spirals, the waffle rounds were not made of puffed corn as we expected them to be. Rather, they were made from some odd combination of potato and wheat. Of course we assumed that with Chester’s connection to Cheetos that the waffle rounds would most likely be made of puffed corn, and in turn, encompass that same lovely, melt-able, soft crunch texture that we all have grown to love. But, apparently Chester is rebelling against all things Cheetos, and simply wants to separate himself, and crunch his own snack path. As we’ve pointed out before, the puffed potato snacks are not as light and crispy as the corn puffed snacks. We prefer the corn!
All in all, the Cheese Pizza Waffle Rounds were OK. At least a little better than the BBQ Spirals. They were shaped exactly as they appear on the front of the packaging. Imagine a waffle or lattice cut potato chip that has been popped. And speaking of popped, let’s just say that if there are kids in the vicinity that they will definitely be popping these into their mouths by the fist full!!
The pizza seasoning is pretty tasty, in a fake-y sort of way. There was certainly no skimping on the loads of orange seasoning coating the waffle rounds, and yet the pizza flavor was still not overwhelming. The seasoning combo tasted primarily of cheese first and foremost. The blend of cheddar, parmesan, mozzarella, and jack provided a good foundation for the flavor, and tasted like pizza cheese, aka pecorino. Throw in some very sweet tomato substance, garlic and onion, most likely some mix of oregano and other seasonings, and sure enough these taste like a snack that has been flavored to taste like pizza. You all know what we mean. Pizza flavored snacks do not really taste like real good pizza, rather they sort of taste like the worst of pizza impersonators, aka Totino’s Pizza. But, when thrown onto a snack, the flavor is tasty enough.
As always, these are our thoughts, we would love to hear what you think. Agree or disagree, let us know.
Spirals discovered at Target; Hillside, Illinois
Chester’s Snacks Official Website
Chip Ratings Scale:
© – return to sender
©© – tolerable
©©© – notable
©©©© – lip-smacking
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