Purchased at: Valley Liquidation
Price: 25 cents
Ben’s Take: No night of Dungeons and Dragons would be complete without a bag or twenty of Cheetos. It’d be like trying to drive a car without fuel, grow a flower without sunlight, or sail a baroque without wind. Your quest would crawl until each party member succumbed to Cheetos withdrawal. Even a dungeon master wouldn’t be able to make it through without an adequate supply of Chester’s cheesy corn meal snack. Now, the staple of these games would be the standard cheese flavor, but any good Dungeons and Dragons host would provide a good variety of snack foods for the discerning nerd palette.
Cheetos Crunchy Cheesy Cheddar BBQ is really something that any refined nerd palette can appreciate. Unlike Cheetos’ spicy products, the Cheesy Cheddar BBQ variety of Cheetos offers a more subtle and complex bouquet of flavors. Unlike most barbeque flavored snack products the barbeque flavoring complements the overall flavor of the snack. Instead of overwhelming the “real cheese” (artificial flavoring is real, right?) flavor, it complements it in a way that I had not tasted before in a snack product. Throw in the classic Cheetos crunch and you’ll be right on track to understanding America’s obese geek epidemic.
America’s obesity problems aside, I would highly recommend hunting down a cheap bag of these guys. They’re just what your dungeon crawl needs to add some variety up your snack table without resorting to anything crazy. Like Doritos. Your party members will love the really artificial flavoring and it just might be like discovering Cheetos all over again. If we did a rating, I’d give this the best score we could give for snacky empty calories based artery clogging food stuffs.
Marisa’s Take: One of America’s cultural icons seems to be going to be going through a mid-life crisis. Rising to fame in the mid-80s, they’ve gone through several transformations that have shocked the public. In more recent years, they’ve been trying to spice things up and have been recently spotted using a fake British accent. No, I’m not talking about the Material Girl, it’s your good ol’ friend Chester Cheetah. The skinny mischievous cartoon character of your childhood has now been re-imagined as a suave, CGI cat not just pushing Cheetos, but prompting an “Orange Revolution”, coaxing Cheeto consumers everywhere to ruin clothing with their fluorescent orange cheese dusted fingers. You may also have seen him in a recent “horrible” short film about meeting Felicia Day in a laundromat.
Through all of his incarnations, his acclaimed product has also transformed a bit as well. Cheetos seem to have been every shape and texture under the sun from crunchy, puffy, swirly, waffle-shaped, spicy and even color-changing. In this most likely discontinued/phased out incarnation of the product, Cheetos kicks it up a notch and combines the sweet tangy flavor of BBQ with the classic cheezy crunch. Personally, my favorite BBQ snack are Fritos Flavor Twists in Honey BBQ (the twist makes the difference), but these aren’t too bad. I think they could use a little more BBQ flavor to create the tangy yin to the cheezy yang, but they’re a decent choice considering we picked them up at Valley Liquidation for a cool 25 cents.