Frito Lay Munchies Cheese Fix Snack Mix Review

I’ve been traveling again lately. Road-trip’n and such. I have found a new best friend for road trips in the form of Frito Lay’s Munchies. Essentially its 4 delicious snacks crammed into one bag. They have a few different blends. The Cheese Fix Snack Mix includes Doritos brand Nacho Cheesier brand tortilla chips, Cheetos brand crunchy cheese flavored snacks, Sunchips brand Harvest Cheddar brand Flavor Multigrain Snacks, and Rold Gold brand Classic Tiny Twists Pretzels. For a full list of other varieties, please click here.

Now, I’m not a huge fan of Chex Mix, or Pub Mix type snacks but I must admit I like these. A lot. And not only that, but a recent Department of Transportation report actually revealed that consuming them while driving reduces traffic accidents because a different snack variety in each handful keeps you alert at the wheel. OK, I made that last part up, but it’s true that they each handful is unique.

It’s like the God of Frito Lay looked over his largesse and greatest and saw the width and depth of his Empire and decided to throw a party and invited all of his best conquests to the party and then invited you to join in. How awesome is that.

Those of you who have a little sister or a little brother know full well the agony you felt when you wanted to go hang out with your friends, but your mom would only let you go if you took the aforementioned younger sibling. I never had that problem. Instead I was the younger sibling but I’m smart enough to understand what a pain in the arse it must have been. The interesting thing is that it was my older brother and his friends who introduced me to girlie magazines, beer and weed so the jokes on my parents I guess.

What does this have to do with my review of Frito Lay’s Munchies? Well it outlines the only real problem I have with them. I like pretzels. I really do, but they are definitely a snack that is meant to party alone.
You know the type. He’s kind of a freak but if you can hang out in his basement playing ColecoVision for an afternoon, he’s really not all that bad, but when you get him in a crowd of people he puts a lampshade on his head and starts acting like the Fonz, and you find yourself telling people “No, I don’t know who that weirdo is” and “No, he didn’t come here with me, I don’t even like ColecoVision”. That’s pretzels and they do NOT work well in this snack mix.

Normally I would only remove 1 star for this but it really is a downer. I actually feel better when my handful of snacks comes out of the bag without a pretzel in it, and conversely find myself getting angry when it does have a pretzel. What’s the deal. Frito Lay owns like 30 different snack companies. I wasn’t hyperbolizing when speaking of it’s largesse and greatness and it’s width and depth. I find it hard to believe there isn’t a more suitable substitute for pretzels in their Munchies Brand snack mixes. Chili Cheese Fritos would work as would Cheddar and Sour Cream Ruffles. Why not Funyuns? I mean if you’re going to put Rold Gold Pretzels, why not Spitz Sunflower seeds for hell’s sake? And the different varieties I mentioned earlier….they have one constant and that is the Rold Gold Pretzels.

Obviously they are not selling very well or else Rold Gold Pretzels has some incriminating photos of somebody high up in the decision-making chain at Frito Lay. Whatever the reason my conclusion is if you’re going to eat these out of a bowl I could give Frito Lay Munchies Snack Mix 5 stars (because you can pick out the pretzels and enjoy them later), but since my primary use for them is on road trips I can only score them with 3 stars.


Matt said...

Cheesy Funyuns.....hmmm. I need to make a call and make some money.

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