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* Every Cheez-It flavor we could get our hands on within a reasonable amount of time. So, 16 Cheez-It flavors.

Danica Lo
February 16, 2018

For our latest snack food taste test, we chose Cheez-Its—that quintessential orange cheesy cracker that's a fixture on convenience store shelves and in dorm rooms everywhere. We gathered 16 flavors, including a selection from the brand's newest Duoz range—which features flavor and texture combinations never before seen together in a Cheez-It box—and rallied our writers, tasters, and editors. Here are our favorites, ranked. 

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16. Italian Four Cheese

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"Whoa. Too much. But then it gets better."

"No distinct flavor, yet somehow overpowering."

15. Extra Toasty

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"Having one toasty one in a box of originals? Great. A whole box? No thank you."

"Very plain."

14. Duoz: Bacon & Cheddar

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"The bacon flavor is surprisingly close."

"I want to feel like I'm tasting bacon, but I'm just not."

13. Grooves: Hot & Spicy Cheddar

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"This texture is brilliant."

"I'm really liking these grooves."

"Why are all these 'spicy' ones so vinegary? It's not hard to make a chip spicy. I'm angry at these."

12. Duoz: Cheddar Jack and Sharp Cheddar Pretzel

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"These should be called Chetzels."

"Cheddar Jack is the winner here; pretzel is just filler."

11. Reduced Fat White Cheddar

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"Would be good in soup, but tastes like air."

"Good crunch, mild flavor."

10. Grooves: Zesty Cheddar Ranch

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"Love the texture but it's a bit too ranch-y or too flavored or something."

"Very unique and different from other flavors—jarring at first, but delish!"

9. Hot & Spicy

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"Not spicy at all—very Tabasco-y and vinegar-y."

"Addictive, love the kick!"


8. Big

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"Better texture than the OG, flakier."

"Cheez-It, but more!"

"I like how they're a bit crispier than the original."

7. Original

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"Tangy, sweet, classic Cheez-It. Love these."

"Best at, like, the 16th one, when the Cheez-It taste coats your mouth and you don't remember how many you've eaten."

6. Made With Whole Grain

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"Convincingly healthy packaging and aftertaste."

"Flavor is slightly nutty, but still as cheddar-y as the original."

5. Grooves: Original Cheddar

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"OG flavor, but as a crispier cracker—perfect!"

"I love the texture and crispiness of these. I feel like I'm eating a Dorito and a Cheez-It at the same time and it's a great experience."

4. Cheddar Jack

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"Tastes like mac and cheese powder." — comment left on comment: "What's wrong with that, you monster?"

"Super cheesy in that great cheese way. This is what I want in a cheese powder."

3. Duoz: Cheddar Jack and Jalapeño

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"Reminiscent of a queso dip."

"This is the piquant spicy and cheesy combination we've been after."

2. Grooves: Sharp White Cheddar

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"The 'best of a Cheez-It and a chip in one' line on the box is correct and I love these. I could eat this whole box."

"Balanced flavor, but doesn't taste like cheddar."

1. Duoz: Caramel Popcorn and Cheddar — THE WINNER

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"I like this. God. I don't know why."

"My heart is beating so fast from an extreme jolt of excitement about this amazing flavor."

"This is perfect: salty, sweet, nice texture. We need a bigger box."

"I wanted to hate this. I did not."

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