Cheez-It is making something new! They have taken their classic square Cheez-Its and puffed them up!
Wandering the grocery store, I found these in the Cheez-It Puff'd in the Cracker aisle. Then when I was wandering around another grocery store, I found them in the Chip aisle. What are they really? Crackers or Chips?
Today we're going to try all three Cheez-It Puff'd flavors and compare them to the closest classic Cheez-It flavor that I could find.
The back of the Puff'd Cheez-It bags say that these are:
- Crave-ably Cheesy
- Incredibly Airy
- Perfectly Puffy
- Baked with 100% Real Cheese
First we're going to compare the original Cheez-It crackers with the Double Cheese Cheez-It Puff'd.
These Cheez-It Double Cheese Puff'd look a whole lot like Cheetos Puffs. They are very orange. Even more so than the Original Cheez-It crackers. Puff'd is made with Corn Meal (just like Cheetos), while the Crackers are made from Wheat Flour.
Megan - It's like a Cheeto, but sticky!
Patrick - If I'm going to have a puffed anything, it would be a Cheeto.
Joe - These are really getting stuck in my teeth.
Megan - I don't like the Puff'd Cheez-It.
Joe - Megan, what are your feelings on Cheese Crackers in general?Megan - Cheez-Its are better than Cheese Nips. Cheese Nips aren't worth my time.
Joe - What about Better Cheddars? Remember those? That might be an interesting taste test comparison idea. EVERY cheddar cracker I can find.
Megan - Regular Cheez-Its are my go-to travel snack.
Theresa - These Cheez-It crackers aren't as good as I remember. I like the Cheddar Jack Cheez-Its better because they have the extra powder on them.
Next we'll be comparing the White Cheddar Puff'd Cheez-It with the White Cheddar cracker Cheez-Its.
These ones match in color a lot closer. They also look like Cheetos.
Theresa - I like the White Cheddar crackers better than the Original Cheez-It crackers.
Joe - I agree. They're better.
Patrick - The Puff'd version is just too soft.
Lastly let's try these Scorchin' Hot Cheddar Puff'd Cheez-Its. I couldn't find a great comparison to the classic Cheez-It crackers. I ended up going with the Hot & Spicy Cheez-It crackers.
Later I did find a Cheez-It Grooves Scorchin' Hot Cheddar, but oh well! Too late!
If the Double Cheese Puff'd Cheez-Its were orange, these are neon orange! They're so bright! Not quite to the level of Flamin' Hot orange though.
Time to try the spicy Puff'd Cheez-Its. The kids were armed with milk, just in case.
Sheila - Oh, those are too hot.
Megan - I like the flavor of them. I wish they had that flavor on a regular cracker though.
Mickey - I like the flavor too, but not the consistency.
Ian - The crackers taste like salsa. I like it!
Joe - They do taste like salsa don't they.
I was surprised!
The Puff'd are spicier than the crackers.
Theresa - I didn't think I would like the Scorchin' Hot one, but I love it!Joe - Are they similar to Flamin' Hot?
Theresa - A little bit.
Joe - Maybe more like Hot Fries?
Theresa - It's a little softer than Hot Fries. Not as crunchy.
With so many different people trying them, there's bound to be a lot of different opinions on which is the best.
Our overall winner today with 3 votes, is the Original. The one and only Cheez-It Baked Cheddar crackers. It got top marks from Megan, Avery, and Ian.
Megan - I am loyal to my original Cheez-Its.
The second favorite was also a classic cracker. The White Cheddar cracker Cheez-It was the favorite of Sheila and Patrick.
Sheila - I liked the Scorchin Hot Cheddar Puff'd, but I couldn't eat a lot of them. I can eat a lot of the White Cheddar crackers.
Also getting two votes, and our first Puff'd item are these Scorchin' Hot Cheddar Puff'd Cheez-Its.
Theresa - I liked all the Puff'd versions. I would choose them over all the cracker versions.
Mickey was a fan of the crackery Cheez-It Hot & Spicy.
Mickey - I liked the flavor of the Scorchin' Hot, but just didn't like that texture.
And rounding everything out is Alli with her choice of Double Cheese Cheez-It Puff'd.
This was a fun one to try! I like seeing the new items from classic flavors we love!
I saw that Cheez-It also came out with Cheez-It Pop'd Corn in Cheddar and White Cheddar. Might have to check those out too!