Who doesn’t love peanut butter?  It is a universal unifier.  If you don’t love peanut butter, I don’t really want to be your friend.

When I saw these Bamba Peanut Snacks at Giant, I was intrigued.  They looked like peanut butter flavor Cheetos.  I had to try them.  Here is what I thought:

Smell: It smells like concentrated peanut butter with a slightly plastic edge.

Appearance/Texture:  These looked like straightened out cheetos; they are one and a half inch long tan tubes.  Upon hitting the tongue they instantly disintegrate and adhere to the roof of your mouth.  I was instantly reminded of communion wafers. These puffs are sticky and having an amazing talent for coating every inch of your mouth with a waxy substance.

Taste: What is the deal with all the food on the market that tastes like nothing?  OK…I wouldn’t say this tasted like nothing, but the peanut butter flavor was barely present.  It was tasting with my nose more than my mouth for sure…I knew it was supposed to be peanut butter, so that was what I tasted. I was all prepared for awesomeness…there was no awesomeness to be had.

Final Verdict: I will get my peanut butter fix from a Reece’s peanut butter cup or straight from a spoon. Peanut butter cheetos should not exist. I will pass.

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Lemmonex writes almost daily about food, life and her unending search for the perfect safety word at her blog, Culinary Couture.

14 Responses

  1. LiLu

    You’re welcome for the Reese’s yesterday. :-)

    Also, I ate a High School Musical chocolate coin with strawberry pop rocks in it. Well, I started to, until I realized what it was and had to sit down until the queasy passed. If you can find those, they’d make some damn good fodder… VOM.

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  2. Jon

    Do you remember Planters had a similar product available at one time… They were fake peanuts with a cookie shell filled with Peanut Butter. I remember loving them when I was a kid and before I knew any better.

    The name escapes me and a Google search didn’t help me either.

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  3. B

    What is the business model involved with creating and marketing a product this crappy or, at best, tasteless (literally, that is)? It can’t involve repeat customers – I would imagine that nearly all consumers would buy this and, like you, find it crappy and a waste of money and calories. So do they survive merely on impulse, novelty buys? Seriously, I want to know …

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  4. Eick

    “unending search for the perfect safety word”???

    That might be your best note since “the perils of being a pretty, pretty princess”

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  5. danielle

    these are HUGE in israel. when i went over on a group trip, the israeli soldiers we met all told us that bamba is like the quintessential israeli snack.

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  6. KassyK

    B–This is a HUGE product in the Middle East–Osem is an Israeli brand which is really good–I hate Bamba though. But its been around for decades.

    Lemm–I wish you had asked me, I would have told you they are HORRIFIC. Grew up with them around…

    Osem makes some amazing snacks but Bamba is just horrible. People LOVE it there though.

    They have this BBQ like corn chip called Bisli that is amazing. :)

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  7. Amanda

    Ah, man, I remember I was watching over a class of first-graders and one of them had these “snacks” for lunch, and there was another little girl who was deathly allergic to peanuts and we had to hide her in the bathroom. Good times.

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  8. Michelle

    Are you kidding? BAMBA is the best! :) I probably only think that because it reminds me of my childhood, as they are classic Israeli snacks which most kids there grow up eating.

    I grew up in the US, so every time a relative came over we’d get to scarf these down. YUMMM!!

    M

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  9. Mishi

    Peanut butter straight from the spoon? You’re brave to admit that so publically. That’s a little habit that most people try to hide – and the pretend they have no idea how the multiple spoon shaped gauges appeared in the peanut butter jar during the night.

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