Review: Limited Time Cheetos Sweetos, The Nosh Show Ep.49: Snacknado, & What’s the Best Movie of the 2000s?
Junk Food Nation, I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. I stayed up WAAAY too late watching the Oscars…weren’t they supposed to end at like 11:30? It was past midnight when Birdman swept the last three categories. C’mon now ABC. You think we didn’t see how all the presenters started talking faster and faster?
As usual, Twitter was ablaze last night with snide comments. This was, by far, the tweet of the night:
"I'm going to kill you, Brendadirk Cramplescrunch." pic.twitter.com/UQ4LUgzozD
— Michael Deppisch (@deppisch) February 23, 2015
After Birdman won, I got to thinking: what if all the past winners from the 2000s had to duel it out, Quarter Quell style? Which movie would win best movie of the 2000s? Consider the list:
2001: A Beautiful Mind
2003: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2004: Million Dollar Baby
2006: The Departed
2007: No Country for Old Men
2008: Slumdog Millionaire
2009: The Hurt Locker
2010: The King’s Speech
2011: The Artist
2013: 12 Years a Slave
2014: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
In fairness, I’ve only seen seven of these 15 movies – I’m really behind – but I’m curious what YOU think, Junk Food Nation? Which of these movies is, so far, the best movie of the 2000s? And why? I’m partial to Gladiator and the Departed, myself, but that’s only because OOOO FIGHTING AND BLOOD! DOUBLE CROSS! WHERE’S THE HOT CHICKS?? I am not a movie aficionado. But you may be – so tell me your opinion in the comments below.
EPISODE 49 OF THE NOSH SHOW IS HERE!
For the uninitiated, The Nosh Show is a podcast started by Marvo from The Impulsive Buy, featuring Ryan from GrubGrade, Dubba from On Second Scoop, and, of course, me, your friendly neighborhood Junk Food Guy. And today marks the release of The Nosh Show, Episode 49: Snacknado:
This week, we “we talk about Little Caesars’ Bacon Wrapped Crust Deep Dish Pizza, Taco Bell’s Sriracha Quesarito, Ben & Jerry’s The Tonight Dough Ice Cream, and Baskin-Robbin’s Snacknado. We also share our opinions about the new Girl Scout cookies and the latest Häagen-Dazs and Edy’s flavors.” You can listen embedded here:
TODAY’S JUNK FOOD: Limited Time Cheetos Sweetos!!
Limited Time Cheetos Sweetos were discussed on the Nosh Show back in Episode 47, and I was a full on NOSH back then. I finally found them at a local grocery store, and I got word from my Doctor Sis that they were also in a nearby Harris Teeter. THESE ARE EVERYWHERE NOW, apparently. But no TV commercials? Weird.
Limited Time Cheetos Sweetos are cinnamon sugar puffs, and represents Cheetos first foray into the sweet category. Some people’s first reaction to these might be “BLEH, Sweet Cheetos???” Hear me out – you eat Corn Pops, right? Well that’s a corn popped cereal with sugar on it. Or, you’ve eaten sweet popcorn, right? Popped corn with sweetener… I don’t see this as any different. Corn puffs, covered with cinnamon and sugar – I expect these to mimic bite size churros, or maybe those old Taco Bell CinnaTwists.
Limited Time Cheetos Sweetos are released with Easter in mind, clearly, hence the circular “egg” shape of the puffs themselves. Nice bunny ears, Chester.
Jumping? Bunny rabbits? Easter? ….I feel like you could’ve worked the pun a little better, Limited Time Cheetos Sweetos. Something like…Hop on board with the great taste…er…no that’s also lame.
Limited Time Cheetos Sweetos contain a bit of buttermilk, which I like – it’ll add a tiny bit of creaminess, I think, which is nice.
I opened up this bag of Limited Time Cheetos Sweetos and noticed IMMEDIATELY the strong smell of cinnamon and sugar. BUTTERY smell too – it reminded me a LOT of when I was a kid and used to make cinnamon toast but sprinkling cinnamon/sugar onto a buttered piece of hot toast. The butter would melt soaking into the toast and the cinnamon/sugar would adhere perfectlyOMG I AM SO HUNGRY NOW.
Anyways, these smelled VERY sweet and buttery from the get-go. I popped one in my mouth and WOW. These were really. really. REALLY tasty. These worked, people. THESE WORKED.
Like normal Cheetos Puffs, these Limited Time Cheetos Sweetos had a very SOFT crunch. These puffs were light and airy and crunched/dissolved nicely on the teeth and tongue. While they still had a nice crunch, these puffs sort of melted away in my mouth as I chewed. I could crush them against the roof of my mouth without much damage – these weren’t hard puffs like some companies make where they are sharp and rip up your mouth insides. These were soft soft puffs.
Add on top of that an amazing flavor – perfectly sweet with cinnamon and sugar, but surprisingly not cloying. The aroma of the puffs was sweet, but the flavor wasn’t over the top – the flavor of the corn puff helped balance out the cinnasugar, and the resultant flavor was nice and balanced. It was a weird sensation at first – the flavor of the corn puff was distinct and Cheeto-like, but the cinnamon and sugar blended nicely with it. Not quite churro-like – these weren’t donuts – but still delicious nonetheless.
Honestly, the thing that helped the most was the small buttery flavor these had. It helped tie the corn puff and the sweet flavor together, and the closest overall flavor I got was cinnamon popcorn. The buttery flavor also made these taste NOT DRY, oddly – corn puffs sometimes have a tendency to feel like you’re eating sawdust. I never got that with these.
In short, AWESOME. I loved these.
PURCHASED AT: Safeway, Waterfront Metro, DC
COST: $1.67 on sale
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