What are they?
They are the love children from a White Castle cheeseburger slider and a pizza roll. And there are lots of kids in this 40-ounce party pack, which is also available in a hamburger variety.
How are they?
These are delicious, but with a big asterisk. And that asterisk is because these really don’t taste like White Castle sliders, neither the ones you get from the restaurant nor the frozen ones from the grocery store (and yes, I can confirm there is a difference). Part of the White Castle experience, especially if you get them fresh off the grill, is the pillowy softness of the bun that soaks up that distinctive beefy-onion flavor. That’s what’s missing here, along with the signature White Castle smell. If not for the packaging, I’m not sure I would have associated these with White Castle. But if you are just looking for cheeseburger-flavored pizza rolls, these really hit the spot. The outer shell has a nice crunch, and the filling provides a satisfying cheeseburger flavor with just a hint of onion. My only disappointment was the lack of White Castle smell and taste.
Anyone who’s made pizza rolls knows there is about a 15-second difference between perfect crispness and a crime scene with filling splattered everywhere. These are no different, as evidenced by the pictures, except at least the oozing cheese makes it look less like something from a horror movie. And keep in mind, I’m the guy who turns on the oven light constantly to check on my food’s progress (and also the guy who always ignored my parent’s warnings and pressed my face against the microwave window), so I was watching these with fervent dedication, and I still got the dreaded explosive results.
Anything else you need to know?
It’s generally not a great idea to read the ingredients on Frankenstein-type food products like this, and that’s the case here. The back of the bag raises more questions than it answers, such as, what the heck is “natural grilled hamburger type flavor”? I didn’t expect this to only contain chopped up White Castle sliders, but the long list of ingredients (including chicken fat) probably does explain why these don’t taste how I thought they would. Also among my questions is how water is the first ingredient in these (as a refresher, ingredients are listed in descending weight order).
If you don’t go in expecting the signature White Castle flavor and instead are just looking for a tasty and unhealthy snack, then you should enjoy these. And if you don’t want to make the significant financial commitment on a 40-ounce bag, an 18-ounce version is also available.
Purchased Price: $11.49
Size: 40 oz. party pack
Purchased at: Kroger
Rating: 8 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (6 bites) 190 calories, 6 grams of fat, 2.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 20 milligrams of cholesterol, 660 milligrams of sodium, 24 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of dietary fiber, 1 gram of sugar, and 8 grams of protein.
9 thoughts to “REVIEW: White Castle Castle Bites”
You can make these in an air fryer with shelves, and they’ll turn out perfect.
No mess at all or wasted filling!!
…I’m still left curious and also I really just want someone to tell me why these are so expensive!!!
Yeah, even pizza rolls at the same price have 130. This is half of that. White Castle be price gouging yo.
What Other major grocery stores carry the m ? We don’t have a Kroger in our area. We r in Pennsylvania . I know my family would love the cheeseburger bites.
Save your money – these hardshells without taste are terrible. White Castle should do all of us fans a favor and dump these things in the nearest landfill.
I agree! What I decided to do is scrape out the filling to salvage this expensive snack.I miss the soft bun!!!
I’ve been looking forward to finding these. They finally found their way to Maryland.
These are absolutely disgusting!! They taste nothing like a White Castle. They taste like rancid beef and cheese of some sort. I’m going to write White Castle and Bellisio Foods a strongly worded letter.
I’ve never eaten dog food, but they kind of remind me of dog food.
If I was on their taste testing panel and they offered my opinions on different options, I would tell them honestly.. they’re horrible. If this was the best option to choose from then I’m scared to know what the other options tasted like.
I didn’t think this was a good idea from the start. I stayed away from them because I thought this had nothing to do with the taste of burgers. I was at the Kroger sale frozen food section and they had a bag for $2.89 so I thought I would take a chance. They were alright nothing to brag about, probably a good thing for drunk people watching sports on tv, but that is about it. Not bad, but definitely not impressed, thus the sale price. I would bt their sliders, but they have jacked the price up so much that I can get a fresh cooke fast food burger (that is bigger) for the same price of each of their sliders. Someone in development and marketing I doing some serious drugs to even think this is a good idea.
I was so excited to try these but they are horrible. So bad they went in the trash. I tried both methods of cooking; oven and microwave and they’re both really bad. I guess it’s a good thing I don’t like this trashy food.