I like the new trend of products that mix two different flavors together in the same box or bag. It makes the eating experience a little more interesting, which is always a good thing. Cheez-It has their Duoz line of crackers that mix two flavors in each box. I reviewed Duoz Zesty Queso and Cheddar Blanco a couple years ago and gave it the highest rating. Unfortunately, I think this variety has been discontinued. You’re in luck, however, because there is a Duoz that I may like even more - Smoked Cheddar and Monterey Jack. They are a great combination of flavors. In particular, the smoked cheddar crackers are outstanding – you can really taste the smokiness in them. It may just be the tastiest Cheez-It flavor yet. Monterey Jack cheese isn’t one of my favorites, but I liked the flavor of the cracker. Like almost all Cheez-It products (there have been a few that I haven’t cared for…), the box is empty very soon after I open it. My inability to close the box and put it back in the cupboard is a sure sign that Duoz Smoked Cheddar and Monterey Jack crackers deserve an Outstanding! rating.
Wendy’s recently introduced new French fries to their menu. A few weeks ago, the company sent me two gift cards so that I could eat some of the old fries, then the new ones, and compare the two. I love these types of comparisons, and I love them even more when someone else is paying. So, a couple weeks ago, I got an order of the fries they have been selling for who knows how long. They were typical fast food fries that tasted okay, but were nothing special. Yesterday, I sampled the new fries. Their selling points are that they are “natural cut,” in that the skins are left on, and are seasoned with sea salt. The new fries are definitely better than the old fries, with a nice potato flavor and sufficient crispiness. They are similar to the natural-cut fries sold at Carl’s Jr., but Wendy’s fries taste better. As for the salt, it’s hard for me to say if the sea salt really tastes any different than whatever type of salt was on the old fries. Overall, Wendy’s new fries taste better than the old ones and are worth giving a try.