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Nik Naks Maize Snack "Original Cheese Flavour"

Simba

Taste: 4

Texture: 3.5

Novelty: 4

All scores out of 5

These cheesies are pretty good. The only mystery was that when I bought them, I wasn't entirely sure what they were. Nowhere on the package is the word cheesie, cheese puff, or anything familiar that would indicate that I was going to eat an inflated cheese product. It only says "maize snack", which with a bit of translation tells me there's corn involved, and not much else. My problem is that I rarely associate corn with cheese puffs. Had I given it more thought I might have figured it out, but considering I bought these at a South African and Botswana border gas station, my mind was on other things.

As for the cheesies themselves, they weren't my favourite cheesies ever, that crown still goes to Hawkins Cheesies, but these are easily in my top 3. They might even be my second favourite, though I'd have to have a bag of Cheetos next to these to be sure. The crunch was nice, the cheese flavour was just a little sharp, the way I like it, all around it was a fine snack.

The only thing that might rank these over Cheetos might be the name. Nik Naks is a fun couple of words to say together.