REVIEW: Cheetos Puffs Honey BBQ

Written by | June 28, 2011

Topics: 6 Rating, Cheetos, Chips

Cheetos Puffs Honey BBQ

If all the snacks in the Frito-Lay family got together and played Never Have I Ever, I imagine they would quickly settle into the classic participant archetypes. Rold Gold would be the (pretzel-)stick-in-the-mud who hems and haws for ten minutes before saying something completely boring and inoffensive like, “Never have I ever been to Canada.” Funyuns would be the guy who the whole group would expect to tell wild and entertaining stories (after all, “fun” is his first name), but he’d only end up disappointing everyone. (Really, Funyuns, you’ve only had four flavors in 40 years?)

Cheetos would be that most annoying of Never Have I Ever players, the guy who claims to have done everything. He’s likely more of a liar than a slut, yet no one dares question him for fear of being portrayed as a prude. “Yeah, I was milk-chocolate flavored this one time at summer camp. Who doesn’t have an anthropomorphic mascot that could probably sell cigarettes to kids? You’ve never tried having an interpunct in your name? Bro, did you even go to high school?”

But eventually, it would get to Cheetos’ turn, and he would drop this bomb: “Never have I ever been honey-barbecue flavored.” All the other snacks would go nuts (Cracker Jack especially), but as they listed out all of his varieties, they would slowly come to realize that, somehow, with 100 varieties in 16 countries over the last 60 years, Cheetos has never had a honey-barbecue flavor… until now. Cheetos can put down another of his hypothetical (but sure to be cheese-dust-covered) fingers, as Frito-Lay recently introduced the Cheetos Puffs Honey BBQ.

Cheetos Puffs Honey BBQ Naked

These new Cheetos have a coating of honey barbecue powder in addition to the regular coating of cheese dust. The honey barbecue provided a definite sweetness that stopped well short of cloying, while the smokiness was understated but grew slightly more pronounced the more I ate. The amount of cheese dust had been noticeably scaled back in comparison with regular Cheetos, and the cheesiness, sweetness, and smokiness generally worked well together.

The flavors were well-proportioned, but I think they were all too mild to the point of being unmemorable. After I first opened the bag of Cheetos, I ate about one serving, put the bag away, and didn’t think about it again until I sat down to write this review. These Cheetos were pleasant-tasting but not at all addictive, which seems to run completely counter to the essence and appeal of Cheetos.

A love of Cheetos has become a principal feature of the compulsive gamer stereotype because we all intuitively recognize their addictiveness. A bag of Cheetos should make me feel helpless to my urges and thus compel me to purchase a couple cases of Mountain Dew and start playing online poker again. If I wanted some snacks that let me regulate my appetite so easily, I would have bought a bag of rice cakes or Baked Lays.

OK, obviously I just got weirdly over-the-top there, so let me take a step back: the Cheetos Puffs Honey BBQ were fine but nothing special. If you’re looking for a new snack that you can enjoy in moderation, go ahead and give these a try. Otherwise, you certainly shouldn’t feel embarrassed to leave your finger up if someone says, “Never have I ever tried those new honey barbecue Cheetos.” (Also, that person sucks at playing Never Have I Ever. I bet he’s never even been to Canada.)

(Nutrition Facts – 1 ounce – 150 calories, 90 calories from fat, 10 grams of fat, 1.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 220 milligrams of sodium, 15 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fiber, 1 gram of sugar, and 1 gram of protein.)

Other Cheetos Puffs Honey BBQ reviews:
That Bootleg Guy
Stephen Loves Candy

Item: Cheetos Puffs Honey BBQ
Price: $2.99
Size: 9 ounces
Purchased at: Shaw’s
Rating: 6 out of 10
Pros: Nice mild sweetness and smokiness. Flavors played well together. Cheetos finally has a honey and/or barbecue flavor. Writing about the “essence and appeal” of Cheetos. Going to Canada.
Cons: Flavors were all too mild. These Cheetos weren’t addictive. Pretzels are boring and inoffensive. Feeling compelled to play online poker again. Playing Never Have I Ever with that guy who claims to have done everything. Yes, I went to high school, FRANCES.






15 Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. MOMFOREVERANDEVER says:

    these look yummy- I tweeted your review for you

  2. Thrash says:

    Should have bought these instead of the Ruffles “Two Fisted Bacon Cheeseburger” Potato Chips…. Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwww nasty.

  3. Jeremy Smallwood says:

    I can’t imagine these are better than the Wise brand….drool….

  4. Andi says:

    Ehh? Yours had cheese flavor? Mine tasted like packing peanuts coated in honey barbeque flavor. I’ll try them again if I get a small bag.

  5. Chuck says:

    I never liked the puffed kind as much as the crunchy kind. The jalepeno cheddar ones are my fave. Flamin hot is ok but you practically need to eat those with chopsticks to keep your hands from being dyed red for hours.

  6. Melissa says:

    Oh I didn’t even know there were other flavours of Cheetos..don’t get them here in Canada. I do miss those Cheetos Paws they used to have a long time ago.

  7. Marko says:

    What’s interesting is that there are Rold Gold pretzels in Canada, but not Funnyuns.

  8. Kelly says:

    OMG!! These Cheetos Honey Bar-B-Q Puffs are my new addiction! We had these in our break room snack machine at work, so I tried them!! They are delicious!!!! It took me 3 weeks to find them at the grocery store, and now that I have, I will buy them every shopping trip!!!!!!!

  9. Kristi says:

    OMG i so love these new cheetoes. I tried thwm once and immediately became addicted but now i cant find em anywhere. I nees em bad!!!!

  10. tallnjuicey1 says:

    The honey barbecue Cheetos are so good I’m hooked on them. I have everybody at my office eating them. My question is why can’t I find them anymore I hope they are not discontinued. Very dissapointed if they are.

  11. dan says:

    we love the honey barbecue cheetos the store don’t have then and we want to keep getting ,what up please don’t stop making then.
    WE WILL BE VERY DISSAPOINTED

  12. mechelle says:

    I’m in love with the honey barbecue Cheetos puff. It starting by when they were in the vending machine at work fast they put them in they disappear. Everyone at the job like them I brought two or three bags of them. I also found them in ultra food store. I addicted to them and now there gone can’t find in any store I go to. I’m will be very sad if you can’t find a way to bring them back please. I crave for them everyday with no way to get my hands on them. P.S PLEASE FIND THEM FOR THE WORLD TO FALL IN LOVE AGAIN THANKS!

  13. Sal says:

    Why I can’t find them anywhere.
    I’ve been looking everywhere
    Plz if you know let me know

    Thanks.

  14. Dawna says:

    PLEASE,PLEASE,PLEASE bring the honey BBQ Cheetos back. Right now I have to try to curb my cravings with Herr’s brand honey flavored but they are only a mild substitute. I have friends who, along with myself, bought them two or three bags at a time. It would be great to have them back.

  15. Shay says:

    I love the honey barbecue puffs. I had got addicted to them. Now I can’t find them no where . Why did they stop selling them? When are they going to start back?



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