REVIEW: Cheetos Sweetos Limited Edition! – Cinnamon Sugar Puffs

Rating: ©©©©-1/2 chips  (lip-smacking)

cheetos-sweetos-cinnaon-sugar-puffsAnytime we see a new sweet variation from one of our typically savory snack companies, we are hesitant to give them a shot.  Which is why last year around this time, when Cheetos first released these Sweetos, we simply refrained from trying them…  Now that we have gone and bitten the bullet….

WHAT WERE WE THINKING!?!?!

Seriously, these are really quite delicious!

That’s right, every once in a while the chip companies can completely surprise us here at Chip Review, and create a fantastically sweet, and in this case, ever so slightly savory snack.  We would place Cheetos Sweetos smack dab along side other notable savory-gone-sweet successful snacks such as: Pretzel Crisps Cinnamon Toast, Snyder’s of Hanover’s S’mores Pretzel Pieces, and Pringles Tortillas Cinnamon Sugar (which in our books is some fine company to be included among).

Cheetos Sweetos Cinnamon Sugar Puffs are shaped like, we’re going to go with, sledding inner tubes – despite the fact that Chester has opted for the more classical racer sled.  The puffs are approximately half the size of a Funyun ring, but their texture is eerily similar.  The Cheetos do not exhibit their usual melt-y cheese puff texture, but more of a light and crispy, layered ring puff.

The ultra classic Cinnamon and Sugar combination works wonders with the puffs.  Delivering all at once an aromatically sweet treat, as well as, a savory richness.  A quick glance at the ingredients list shows that this savory layer has to come from the inclusion of buttermilk.  Everyone who was chomping on these agreed – they are delicious, and hard to stop eating.

Probably the best way that we can describe them to you is that they are like savory Cheetos ring puffs that have been crossed with the greatest of all sweet cereals – Waffle Crisp.  A marriage of rich, savory, butter notes dancing with sweet maple like syrup, and spicy, aromatic cinnamon.  Beautiful.

If you are fans of Cheetos (and we’re guessing that you are – who isn’t?), and you also like some sweet treats every now and again, then we suggest you give these a try.

Cheetos discovered at Walmart, Pontiac, Illinois

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REVIEW: Pringles Tortillas Limited Time Only! – Cinnamon Sugar

Rating: ©©©©-1/2 chips  (lip-smacking)

Pringles Tortillas - Cinnamon SugarHear-ye! Hear-ye!! Pringles holiday pandemonium has arrived!  That’s right, time to put up those Christmas lights, get those shovels out, start brining those turkeys, and of course trying out the limited edition weird Pringles seasonal flavors!!

Lucky for all of us – these are fantastic!!  Really, really lip-smackingly tasty!  We didn’t expect as much, but these are so good we want to write Pringles a letter and tell them to remove that Limited Time Only! label from the canister and keep these beauties around all years long!!

Initially, these Tortillas evoked thoughts of churros.  You know, those long, tubular shaped, fried “doughnuts” from Spain that are often dusted with cinnamon and sugar, and can be eaten while walking the streets of Madrid?  However, by pairing the cinnamon and sugar with a crunchy corn tortilla base, we would classify these as Mexican churros!  Either which way we call it, we still end up with delicious Pringles!

The classic combination of cinnamon and sugar always evokes our inner most childhood memories.  Seriously, our memories associated with the joy of devouring slice upon slice of buttery, cinnamon and sugar toast is so strong, we wonder if that is all we ate growing up?!  The near perfect harmony of the sweet, salty and earthy aromatic notes come together with an explosion in our mouths!  Luckily for all of us, Pringles has hit that combo right on the crisp!!  What really helps these Tortillas to solidify their near perfect harmony is the right amount of salt to help counter and compliment the cinnamon and sugar.  Throw the three ingredients onto a delicious corn tortilla crisp and you’ve got some lip-smacking seasonal crisps!

If you have not yet introduced yourself to Pringles Tortillas line of crisps, we wonder why you are reading this?!?  You’re reading a review of chips, you must be a fan of salty (sometimes sweet) and crunchy snacks, and we’ve been trying to tell you that Pringles Tortillas are among the really good ones for a while now.  So, what are you waiting for, get out there and give them a crunch!!

Let’s try to understand the intricacies of Pringles corn Tortillas crisps themselves.  The Tortillas are a heartier, denser, crunchier, and can we just call them a more “rustic” corn variation of Pringles traditional potato crisps.  Their mouth-feel is similar to the potato-based Pringles, only less brittle on the bite, with a grainier texture.  The crisps do still inhabit Pringles’ classically curved, oval, uniform design, allowing them to stack perfectly in their canister.  And the corn flavor is definitely front and center within these crisps, and like we’ve already said, it pairs very well with this seasoning.  If we had to pinpoint what we actually don’t love about these crisps, it would most likely be that due to the crisps strong, lingering sweet presence, we cannot crunch as many of them as we would like to.  Downing an entire canister of these would most likely result in some form of diabetic shock to any of us!!

Great job Pringles!  Thanks for continuing to push the flavor combo boundaries, and dabbling in flavors that most other chip companies wouldn’t ever think of trying!  As long as you keep coming up with these unique flavors, we’ll keep trying them out!

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

Discovered at Walmart; Darien, Illinois

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REVIEW: Snyder’s of Hanover Sweet and Salty – Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Pieces

Rating: ©©©-3/4 chips  (notable)

Snyder's of Hanover Sweet and Salty - Cinnamon SugarAll new Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzel Pieces alert! 

If the sound of that doesn’t peak your interest, than we’re not sure if you are in the right place, nor if your taste buds are actually working!  May we suggest you have those checked out right away!!

As many of you are probably already aware Snyder’s of Hanover (SOH), are (in our humble opinion) the “classic masters of hard sour dough pretzel snacks”.  We have touted their pretzel making merits countless times around these parts.  That being said, although being a little better than the other Salted Caramel flavor, for the most part we’re not huge fans of SOH’s ‘Sweet and Salty’ line of pretzel pieces.  We’re just going to stick with their ‘salty and savory’ line of tried and true pretzel pieces!

For those of you somehow still unfamiliar with Snyder’s of Hanover’s pretzel pieces, let us explain to you our hypothetical scenario beliefs regarding these deliciously crunchy pretzel pieces.  In a perfect world, SOH would resourcefully use their leftover, broken during the manufacturing process, pretzel pieces to creatively provide us with these tasty bites (unlikely, we know)!  The most ingenious part of the “broken” pretzel pieces, is that they generously expose their very porous, bread-y insides, and willfully absorb an often more than ample amount of whatever flavoring SOH is applying.

Once again, as was the case with the other ‘Sweet and Salty’ flavor, we were wishing that there was even more salt.  More like ‘Sweet and sorta Salty’!  While salt was not necessarily nonexistent this time, it would have benefited tremendously from an extra dash, or two, or five of the world’s greatest mineral rock formation!  The finely ground cinnamon and sugar combination was abundantly coating every nook and cranny of the pretzel pieces.  The flavors melded well, and while it the pieces weren’t necessarily overly sweet, they just would have profited from the salt cutting though some of the monotonous cinnamon and sugar sweet tones.

All in all, these were certainly not bad, but we didn’t really love them.  This is one of those cases where we think SOH could really take some notes from Pretzel Crisps’ ultra successful Cinnamon Toast flavor, and made sure to still include enough salt to juxtapose the sweetness.  Maybe we should set these out amongst another salty snack to help balance each other out.  Or, MAYBE Snyder’s of Hanover should do another Flavor Doubles with Cinnamon Sugar, and one of their deliciously salty-savory flavors?  How does Cinnamon Sugar and Buffalo Wing sound….huh?!?  You heard it here first!

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

Discovered at Hy-Vee; Madison, Wisconsin

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REVIEW: Oogie’s Gourmet Popcorn – Original Kettle Corn

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Oogie's Gourmet Popcorn - Original Kettle Corn

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Chip Review of the day…..

Rocky Mountain Popcorn – Cinnamon Sugar

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Wait, this popcorn tastes eerily familiar…. Have we tasted and reviewed this popcorn before?  Our records indicate that we have not ever tried Rocky Mountain’s Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn before.  However, after some further reflection, and investigation, we are fairly certain that what we were thinking of was Smartfood’s (much better version of) Cinnamon & Brown Sugar Popcorn!

Sorry, Rocky Mountain Popcorn, but your cinnamon and sugar popcorn, doesn’t hold a kernel to Smartfood’s version.  In fact, we are very close to simply describing Rocky Mountain’s popcorn as the antithesis of Smartfood’s popcorn, except that there are a few low-lights that should be addressed.  First, the popcorn kernels are very small and soft.  They just do not exude any of that full, light and crispy kernel-ness that everyone wants from their popcorn.  Secondly, who at Rocky Mountain Popcorn has the unbelievably heavy hand with the all too fine sugar?!  The cinnamon is present, but both it, and the popcorn, are practically lost under the mounds of super fine sugar that annoyingly stuck to our fingers while trying to pinch the tiny kernels.

Note to Rocky Mountain Popcorn: when producing a sweet version of  a traditionally salty and savory snack, the seasoning should not sway too far from the savory end of the spectrum.  There is a reason why certain snacks are iconic = because they work!!  In other words, do not forget to include at least some of that savoriness, and most importantly: SALT!!

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