Now, there are Pepsi flavored Cheetos out in Japan.
These Pepsi-flavored Cheetos are the latest food hybrid to spit in the eye of Mother Nature. They are from Japan.
The nosegrope upon opening the bag gave me pause. I immediately identified something very close to flat cola. Flat Pepsi? I dunno. My nose palate is not so refined. Something else was there in equal measure and it took me a moment to realize that the aroma was the same given off by powdered cinnamon donuts. You know, the Entenmannís ones in the three pack with powdered sugar and plain.
In these snacks the cheese powder has been replaced with a cola powder that is disturbingly not brown. The first sensation, which I did not expect, was a very acidic bite. Itís very citrusy, almost sour. And it hits hard. It tries to capture the citrus notes of Pepsi, but itís over the top. Too lemony. The sweeter cola flavor is there but itís subtler and overpowered by the intense citrus. The flavors are very distinct and donít really ever mesh well together. But they do linger in the mouth for quite a while to leave you with a weird, marginally accurate, if lemony, Pepsi aftertaste. The corn puff tastes like it should. It doesnít do a lot besides acting as a vehicle, which is good because there is already a lot going on.
Oh, did I mention these also fizz a little?! Yea! Not like crazy Pop Rocks fizzing, but there is some definite popping and crackling. Itís all about attention to detail, guys. I tip my hat to Frito-Lay for that one.
Overall, this is a pretty accurate flavor recreation. Itís an impressive effort to be sure. That said, I donít like them. I could only get through a few of them. Theyíve got a lot going on and are kind of intense. A few tweaks to the levels of citrus and cola and these could be passable.
These wouldnít be in my top 100 dream flavor what-ifs, but Iím glad they exist. They either point to a futuristic flavor-fusion utopia in which anything is possible or an apocalyptic hell place where cyborg velociraptors chew our faces off with laser teeth.
(Nutrition Facts Ė 1 package Ė 414 kcal, 24.8 grams of fat, 614 milligrams of sodium, 44.6 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of protein.)