Taste test: After bring quite disappointed with the taste cheddar flavor of Cheez-It Crunch'd, we were cautiously optimistic that this spicy version would be better. Other than the different flavor and a slightly darker color, these seemed to be the same in just about every way — which is also to say, different from what you probably think of as Cheez-Its in most ways. They were not crackers at all, but square cheese puffs made from wheat and corn, with a small hole in the middle of each piece.
We crunched in to find the same good texture as the cheddar ones, along with a vastly superior flavor. The bag showed a bottle of Tabasco Milder Jalapeño flavor hot sauce, and that tasty sauce brought these puffs some very nice flavor. The taste was moderately hot and quite zesty, a nice strong flavor. We shared these with lots of hungry snackers, and they ate their way through the bag as they heaped praise on the taste and texture.
Smell test: Nice zesty, spicy cheese smell.
From the package: “The puffed up crunch you'll love to munch!” ... “Made with 100% real cheese” ... “Crunchy puffy and still 100% Cheez-It” ... “It's everything you love about Cheez-It® now puffed up and ready to crunch.” ... “Product of Mexico”
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This snack was discovered by Jeremy at Target. Review published .