I Try It So You Don’t Have To: Cheetos Crunchy Jalapeno Cheddar Lemmonex September 24, 2008 Bizarre, I Try It So You Don't Have To, Reviews 12 Comments The suggestions for disgusting/bizarre/odd things for me to eat have been rolling in. I have done a few and welcome them all. So, while my stomach may not thank you, I do. Yet, sometimes, I don’t need your suggestions. There is plenty of random stuff out there for me to just stumble upon on my own, when I am out minding my own business. For instance, during a quick dash in to CVS this weekend, I stumbled upon these Cheetos of the Crunchy JalapeÃ±o Cheddar variety. I picked them up, pondered them, and wondered “Who eats this stuff?” I was then quickly reminded that I write a column to explore such things. I am smart like that…so here are my thoughts. Smell: Fake cheese smell…gross, processed, mildly stale fake cheese smell. I have come to know this smell well. It is becoming and old and familiar friend. Texture/Appearance: What an apt moniker these “treats” have. These Cheetos are, indeed, quite crunchy. Frankly, I am more of a fan of the regular, non-crunchy Cheetos ( or even better, Jax…oh, how I adore Jax), but there was nothing inherently objectionable about the texture. The appearance? Kinda lumpy and bumpy and speckled with red dots. They look like they need a trip to the doctor. The specks make sense when you read the ingredient list; these Cheetos are made with “jalapeÃ±o chili powder”. Taste: These are not all that spicy, yet they do manage to have a bit of a slow burn afterward. Flavor wise, my roomie hit the nail on the head: they taste like Doritos. This prompts the question: Cheetos, why did you replicate a flavor that already exists? And after said replication, why did you call it jalapeÃ±o flavor? These do not taste like jalapeÃ±os; these are merely cheetos with heat. JalapeÃ±os actually have a flavor besides containing heat, but you sure don’t experience that flavor here. Final Verdict: These were fine. Yet, plenty of things in this world are fine. I don’t want fine. I want wonderful. You know what is wonderful? Doritos. Eat those. ***************************************************** Lemmonex writes almost daily about food, life, and her undying love for anything animal print on her blog, Culinary Couture. The following two tabs change content below.BioLatest Posts Lemmonex Latest posts by Lemmonex (see all) I Try It So You Don’t Have To: Smucker’s Goober - February 4, 2009 I Try It So You Don’t Have To: Hi*Ball Energy Grapefruit - January 21, 2009 I Try It So You Don’t Have To: Vita Herring in Real Sour Cream - January 14, 2009 12 Responses Barbara September 24th, 2008 I’m a real sucker for CRUNCHY Cheetos, my all-time favorite junk food. I also like heat, so these sound perfect! Reply LivitLuvit September 24th, 2008 Oh Lem, I thought it was true love until you said you like the puffy Cheetos. We can never be. At least we’ll always have Cool Ranch. Reply Youppi September 24th, 2008 Cheese Doodles are way better than Cheetos, puffy or crunchy. I think most puffed cheese treats are gross, and that crunchy is the way to go. Reply Eick September 24th, 2008 Puffed cheese treats are gross. I will say though, I like Cheetos better than any other brand I’ve had. Reply jordanbaker September 24th, 2008 I recommend the Habanero Doritos as a follow up. Those are pretty spicy. . .and gross. Reply Lemmonex September 24th, 2008 Jax! What is wrong with you people? You are all taking crazy pills. Jax is where it is at. Reply B. Spears September 24th, 2008 I heart cheetos. My children are comprised of 80% cheezy goodness. Reply KassyK September 25th, 2008 I am with you Lemm, Jax are the best. I also love love those Smart Puffs. Reply Grimace September 25th, 2008 Jax Rule. I always equate crunchy cheetos as cheetos and completely ignore the “Cheetos Puffs.” Did I mention Jax Rule. Long Live Bachman. Reply rrr! October 12th, 2008 What kind of question is “Who eats this stuff?” They are Cheetos! Everyone eats Cheetos! Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Current ye@r * Leave this field empty Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.