Cheese Balls: Planters vs Utz

When I did my cheese curls post I mentioned how I wish we could have tested cheese balls but Planter’s discontinued their canister snacks products (that are not nuts).  Those were Ethan’s childhood favorite he wanted to test those.
I don’t know when Planter’s cheese balls were discontinued but there is a petition to bring them back.  There seems to be something magical about the Blockbuster Video stores in Portland, OR because that’s where a reader in Portland, OR says they are the only place that sells them. I searched the Blockbuster’s around here to no avail.  Anyway, from the kindness of her heart she sent me 2 (two) cannisters of these rare treats and it made a very awesome early Christmas present for Ethan 🙂   Not only is she a fantastic person, but she makes very cool jewelry and the least I can do to repay this kindness is ask you to check out her site: http://www.sunshowerdesignjewelry.com/

Planters:                       
At last!  Ethan was pretty excited to eat these yet cautious because sometimes things don’t taste as good as you remember them (as has been the case with a few items we’ve evaluated so far).  As soon as Ethan popped on of these in his mouth he nodded his head and said it tasted just how he remembered.  I don’t have a past connection with these but was impressed by the tangy cheese flavor and excellent “meltability”.  There is also a pleasant buttery taste to these.  Ethan’s said they just taste “right” and that was pretty much all that needed to be said considering he’s such loyal fan.

Utz:
These are considerably larger than Planter’s and also somewhat “rougher”.  They do not have good meltability but do have decent cheese flavor although it goes away fast, which I guess gives the corn flavor a chance to shine.  Ethan though these tasted pretty good too but recalled a time in the past where he ate too many and felt kind of sick.  Although I guess you might feel sick if you eat too much of anything. 

Wrap up:
Ethan still prefers his blast from the past, Planters, but did acknowledge that Utz was a good runner up.  They make a pretty good cheese ball, but I feel the meltability of Planters is what keeps it ahead.  Either would be acceptable for a cheese ball craving but Planters still gets the A+.

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16 thoughts on “Cheese Balls: Planters vs Utz

  1. I remember Planter’s Cheez Balls fondly. They were our favorites.

    Also, Planter’s Peanut Butter. Does anyone else remember that? It was awesome as well –

  2. I remembered planters chilli balls.

    only place I got them was when I went down to Trinidad.

    Chilli balls still exist, but is owned by another company called sunshine snacks.

    the taste is not the same…

  3. I have been thinking about Planters Cheese Balls for the last two months. They are extremely good and I would even buy bulk if possible. Nothing like it exists anywhere. What reason did they have to stop making them?

  4. I had Planter’s occasionally, but just thought they were OK. I prefered cheetos for my cheesy snack as a kid.

  5. Horray! 11 years after this article was written, Planters cheese balls have now returned! I’m not sure for how long, but they are widely available for the time being. Life is wonderful.

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