Cheez-It. The quintessential baked, cheesy cracker. When I get hungry at work and there’s no backup food, I go for OG Cheez-Its. The White Cheddar variety, however, is an entirely different beast. I could have sworn the last time I ate this flavor (definitely high school, perhaps sometime in undergrad) it was much sharper and way more artificial tasting than whatever is in this delicious bag. I quickly googled for a possible formula change and checked the bag. the only hint of an explanation is the “made with 100% real cheese” tagline on the front. But what’s more important than the mystery change of what used to be an acrid cracker flavor is some information I found:
Did you know cheddar cheese originates from an English village called Cheddar in Somerset? Me either! Evidently the hamlet had a well-developed cave network that was perfect for what is now the second-most consumed cheese in the United States and number 1 in UK. The average American consumes 10 lbs of cheddar cheese per capita and, since people like myself aren’t very receptive to dairy … some of you Yanks are putting in serious work with the cheddah!
In fact, cheddar cheese is one of the products the USDA uses to track the country’s dairy business. Weekly cheddar reports are sent to someone at the Department of Agriculture. I assume this guy does what I do when I receive literature at work – he wholly ignores it.
Now, let’s talk baked crackers. I do adore the calming forest green of the White Cheddar bag. It definitely pops when hanging there alongside the original red. And it provides a contrasting backdrop for the paler product pictured on the bag.
Opening the bag wasn’t the best experience for me. The White Cheddar Cheez-Its I had in mind were way too salty and sharp tasting than the good ol’ orange homies I enjoyed so much. But as I peered inside and the lighter crackers (I’m not talking about their color, I swear) stared up at me, my heart melted. I succumbed to the Cheez-It charm. My first bite was a total surprise. The flavor is incredibly mild and the cheddary sharpness is only an aftertaste. These crunchy quadrilaterals of cheese do not disappoint. In fact, I find them much more palatable in the long run.
Nutrition Info (per bag)
|Calories||430, 21.5% DV|
|Total Fat||21g, 32% DV|
|Sodium||590 mg, 25% DV|
*These calculations are based on a 2,000 calories diet, which is indulgent and wholly unrealistic.