If all the snacks in the Frito-Lay family gathered for a game of Never Have I Ever, they would quickly assume their distinct roles. Rold Gold, the pretzel stick, would be the conservative player, taking forever to say something safe and uninteresting like, “Never have I ever been to Canada.” Funyuns, on the other hand, would be expected to entertain with wild stories, but would ultimately disappoint everyone. (Seriously, Funyuns, only four flavors in forty years?)
Cheetos, however, would be the most annoying player, boasting about experiencing everything imaginable. While he might be more of a fibber than a risk-taker, no one would dare challenge him for fear of appearing prudish. “Yeah, one time at summer camp, I was milk-chocolate flavored. Who doesn’t have an anthropomorphic mascot that can sell cigarettes to kids? You’ve never had an interpunct in your name? Dude, did you even go to high school?”
But eventually, it would be Cheetos’ turn, and he would drop this bomb: “Never have I ever been honey-barbecue flavored.” The other snacks would go crazy, especially Cracker Jack, but as they listed all his varieties, they would realize that, somehow, despite having 100 variations across 16 countries in the last 60 years, Cheetos never had a honey-barbecue flavor… until now. Cheetos could proudly lower one of his cheese-dust-covered fingers, as Frito-Lay recently introduced the Cheetos Puffs Honey BBQ.
These new Cheetos are coated with a layer of honey barbecue powder in addition to the usual cheese dust. The honey barbecue flavor adds a delightful sweetness that stops short of being overwhelming. The smokiness is subtle but becomes slightly more pronounced with each bite. The cheese dust is noticeably reduced compared to regular Cheetos, allowing the cheesiness, sweetness, and smokiness to blend harmoniously.
While the flavors are well-balanced, they are somewhat mild, making them less memorable. When I first opened the bag, I had one serving, put it away, and didn’t think about it again until now. These Cheetos are pleasant to eat but not addictive, which goes against the very essence and appeal of Cheetos.
Being irresistibly addictive is a characteristic that has become associated with gaming enthusiasts because we all recognize its allure. A bag of Cheetos should make me feel powerless against my cravings, compelling me to stock up on Mountain Dew and dive back into online poker. If I wanted a snack that allowed me to easily control my appetite, I would have opted for rice cakes or Baked Lays.
Okay, I may have gone a little overboard there, so let me dial it back: the Cheetos Puffs Honey BBQ are decent but not exceptional. If you’re looking for a new snack to enjoy in moderation, give them a try. Otherwise, don’t feel ashamed to keep your finger up when someone mentions “those new honey barbecue Cheetos” during a game of Never Have I Ever. (By the way, that person clearly stinks at playing Never Have I Ever. My bet is they’ve never even been to Canada.)
Nutrition Facts: 1 ounce – 150 calories, 90 calories from fat, 10 grams of fat, 1.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 220 milligrams of sodium, 15 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fiber, 1 gram of sugar, and 1 gram of protein.
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Item: Cheetos Puffs Honey BBQ
Size: 9 ounces
Purchased at: Shaw’s
Rating: 6 out of 10
Pros: Pleasant mild sweetness and smokiness. Flavors blend well. Cheetos finally offers a honey and/or barbecue flavor. Reflecting on the “essence and appeal” of Cheetos. Visiting Canada.
Cons: Flavors are too mild. These Cheetos lack addictiveness. Pretzels are dull and inoffensive. Feeling compelled to play online poker. Playing Never Have I Ever with that person who claims to have done it all. Yes, I attended high school, FRANCES.