I Tried Every Cheez-It Flavor and These Are the Best

The best Cheez-It flavors (or Cheez It flavors if you are anti-dash) are crunchy, salty, and, most importantly, cheesy! I tasted every Cheez-It flavor currently on the market and found the seven best ones you should be buying right now. 

First, a fun fact: Did you know that Cheez-Its are the color they are because they’re made with paprika? I didn’t until this taste test! Did you also know that there are approximately 400 different flavors of Cheez-Its? Okay, fine. Not really 400—it’s closer to 20, but y’all know I love to be dramatic!

When there are so many Cheez-It flavors to choose from, how do you decide? Luckily, you don’t have to! I decided for you. And while all Cheez-It flavors are good, some are really super extra good. Below is a list of the best Cheez-It flavors, ranked, that are currently on the market.

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Best of the Best

Cheddar Jack

The Cheddar Jack version of Cheez-Its is like the original Cheez-It flavor but a hundred times better. Cheddar Jack is cheesier and much more flavorful than the OG. And don’t be fooled by Extra Cheesy Cheez-Its! Those are awful and very different from Cheddar Jack Cheez-Its. Cheddar Jack Cheez-Its are a little garlicky and have a powdered cheesy coating. They’re so salty and just all-around perfect. I’ve seen the light and I will never be going back to the original Cheez-Its again.

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Rating:

10/10

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Best Snap’d

Snap’d Jalapeño Jack

I’m snap’d for Cheez-It Snap’d Jalapeño Jack! Okay, I don’t know what that means, but I do really love them more than any of the other Cheez-It Snap’d flavors. They have a gentle spice, a nice crunch, and they’re cheesy. I brought these home and made a Frito (or, I guess Cheez-It) chili pie with them, which was incredible. They’d also be perfect for dips. They’re bigger than normal Cheez-Its and a little sturdier. If you’re in the mood to mix it up, grab a bag of these Snap’d Jalapeno Jack Cheez-Its.

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Rating:

9.5/10

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Most Unique

Hot & Spicy

My big problem with snack products that are “hot” flavored is that they typically just taste like chemicals. But if you’re looking for a good, spicy Cheez-It flavor, Hot & Spicy Cheez-Its taste like they are flavored with an actual vinegar-based hot sauce. They taste like Louisiana Hot Sauce Cheez-Its. These would be so good with soup or chili. This is absolute blasphemy, but I would eat these with a bowl of gumbo. That being said, please don’t tell my dad (a former Louisiana resident and gumbo chef extraordinaire) I would eat Cheez-Its with his gumbo.

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Rating:

9.5/10

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Best Classic

Extra Toasty

I didn’t love Extra Toasty Cheez-Its. I think they’re fine. I do know that they have a cult following, though. People go hard for Extra Toasty Cheez-Its and I respect that. If you’re someone who is into dry rather than wet or likes their toast almost burnt, this will be the best Cheez-It flavor for you. They also have less flavor and less salt than other Cheez-It flavors. If you want a mild accompaniment to your meal or a simple snack, grab a box of these.

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Rating:

8.5/10

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Best White Cheddar

White Cheddar

White cheddar lovers, rejoice! White Cheddar Cheez-Its are very, very good. They have a little bit of a twang and a good amount of salt. They have a distinct white cheddar flavor that sets them apart from regular Cheez-Its. They’re not better than regular Cheez-Its, in my opinion. But in all honesty, I’m not a white cheddar lover in general. Despite not being a white cheddar lover, I still loved these. That says a lot!

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Rating:

8/10

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Best Grooves

Sharp White Cheddar Grooves

I’m on the fence about the Cheez-It Grooves flavors. I think they’re fun, but I don’t think they’re an improvement on the Cheez-It necessarily. If you do like something related to but different from a Cheez-It, the Sharp White Cheddar Grooves are the move. They’ve got a nice crunch and a light flavor. They’re milder than the White Cheddar Cheez-Its and have a more gentle twang. These are great for any lovers of subtlety out there.

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Rating:

8/10

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Best Puff’d

Scorchin’ Hot Cheddar Puff’d

I was surprised by how much I liked the Scorchin’ Hot Cheddar Puff’d Cheez-Its. They’re kind of like a spicy puffy Cheeto that’s a little denser. Once again, like the Hot & Spicy Cheez-Its, these have a great authentic spice that tastes like it was made in a kitchen rather than a lab. I love that! While I don’t know if I’d find myself reaching for Puff’d Cheez-Its instead of puffy Cheetos, I would absolutely help myself to a handful of Puff’d Scorchin’ Hot Cheddar Cheez-Its at a party.

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Rating:

7.5/10

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Cheddar Jack Cheez-Its

We were all on the same page when it came to the best Cheez-It flavor. Cheddar Jack was the flavor of choice for both Sporked and Rhett & Link when they did a Cheez-It Gut Check on Good Mythical Morning. It tastes like a classic Cheez-It with even more delicious, cheesy flavor. Rhett even went as far as calling it “perfection.” We agree, Rhett!

Other Products We Tried: Classic; Extra Cheesy; Extra Big; Snap’d Cheddar, Sour Cream, & Onion; Grooves Bold Cheddar; Double Cheddar Puff’d; White Cheddar Puff’d; Duoz; Zesty Cheddar Ranch Grooves

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About the Author

Jordan Myrick

Jordan is an L.A.-based writer and comedian who believes all food should come with extra sauce. When they're not writing for Sporked, Jordan is at the movies or sharing an order of french fries with their elderly chihuahua.

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  • *sees no regular Cheez-It anywhere*

    “Why would you say something so controversial, yet so brave?”

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  • You’re awesome, Jordan, but I have to say that I got a box of Extra Toasty last weekend and they are magical. The Cheddar Jack ones are really good, but the Extra Toasty are pure indulgence. They are like a whole box of unicorns. And then you still have an even more magical experience as just as the extra toasty ones occasionally make their way into the regular box of Cheez-Its, extra extra toasty ones pop up in the boxes of Extra Toasty! The rare extra extra toasty Cheez-It is like a unicorn riding a narwhal. Here’s to a never-ending fractal of increasingly toastier boxes of Chees-Its!

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  • I’m really wondering if the new Buffalo Wing Flavor was included in the testing. Because it’s sooo much better than Hot&Spicy. But the rank is definitely true short of that.

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  • With the disappearance of my most favorite cheese cracker, cheese nips. I am constantly searching for a viable replacement. What are your thoughts on the cheesy Jack being compared to the nips?

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