Friday, Nov. 16, 2012

Cheese Puffs

There are few experiences more quintessentially American than finding one's fingers covered in sticky orange dust, the inevitable result of a cheesy-puff snack attack. Cheese puffs are a puffed-corn snack that also comes in ball and curl varieties. Most famous are Cheetos, the brand of cheese-flavored munchies with bags and commercials featuring Chester Cheetah, arguably the cheesiest cartoon cat of all time. The popularity of these terrible treats, which traditionally symbolize having no concern for your health, has inspired fictional brands too. There are Cheesy Poofs, a favorite on the scurrilous animated series South Park. And there is Sabor de Soledad, a Mexican off-brand eaten by Liz Lemon on comedy series 30 Rock. (Lemon turns to these when she is upset, which is appropriate since the name translates as Taste of Loneliness.)