OK — I never said I was a health food nut. Or a health food anything, for that matter! I’m all about the taste. Fresh fruit and veg just taste better. But one cannot live on locally foraged organic produce alone.
And sometimes, “Better living through chemistry” means better snacking too. Being a lactose-intolerant, I sometimes feel deprived of Cheetos. I know — nobody needs Cheetos as part of a balanced diet, but the food scientists at Frito Lay did come up with the perfect balance of cheesy-t0-crunchy and it’s sad not to be able to enjoy even an annual handful of their cheese-tastic crunchiness.
Chester the Cheetah must have heard my cries of anguish, because at the check out at Target, I discovered this amazing new COMPLETELY DAIRY-FREE snack — Puffcorn with butter flavor. The butter flavor is to butter as cheddar is to Cheetos — bold, flavorful, and deeply artificial — but it’s got that crack cocaine-like salty satisfaction factor down.
Yes — it also tastes a little bit like those eco-friendly packing peanuts that are made from corn — but GOOD as the old joke goes. They are also gluten-free and trans fat-free but made with peanut oil, sadly for people who are allergic to everything
I haven’t enjoyed a snack food so much in years. I fear I may be seriously addicted to Puffcorn already and it doesn’t come in small bags.
Now if they could just make a dairy-free Cheez Waffie! And then make it available on the West Coast. I haven’t seen Cheez Waffies in years — even on the East Coast — but then I haven’t been in a WaWa’s either in probably at least a decade or I would have known that their hot breakfast sandwich is called the “Sizzli.” Good lord.