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Taco Bell Cheddar Crisps – A New Spin on Cheese Whisps

by | Sep 20, 2021 | Taste Tests

The new Taco Bell Cheddar Crisps are keto-friendly cheese crisps that promise the flavor of Taco Bell’s famous taco sauces in a convenient, craveable cheese snack. How do they stack up to their doppelganger, Cheese Whisps? Are the Taco Bell crisps as good as promised? I dove in to find out!

love it or lose it series card graphic for tb cheddar crisps

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Keto-friendly, shelf stable cheese snacks like the (relatively new) Taco Bell Cheddar Crisps have been around for a long while now. I remember back when Moon Cheese landed on the market as an easily accessible product. Quickly, everyone and their brother was like, “I must try that!”

Been there, done that, and don’t ever want to do it again. However, Cheese Whisps caused a perplexed, but much more positive reaction for me. They tasted fine, but the texture was so weird compared to a real cheese tuile or a cheese frico. Over time, I acclimated to the odd texture. So when I saw these Taco Bell Cheddar Crisps, I knew this was definitely an item that I must try.



Taste Test Review Rating System

Trying out new things is always fun, but it’s honest and transparent reviews that really help us as consumers to make an informed decision. Given this, I will always be candid about how I feel about a product.

Every food product is reviewed on its Appearance, Taste, and Price. I take into account questions like, “Does it look IRL like it does on the packaging?”, “Would I go back for seconds?”, “Is this something I would share with others?”, and “Is this worth the price?”.

There’s no point system here—we don’t go through life judging whether something is a 3.7/10 or 7.8/10. We judge based on whether we like or don’t like something and whether we would or would not buy it again. So my rating system is simply four levels of appeal: Love it, Like it, Leave it, and Lose it.

Review of Taco Bell Cheddar Crisps – First Impressions

I’m a visual person when it comes to trying new foods. Even if something smells beyond amazing, I will not try it if it looks visually unappealing. Case in point, when my Grandma would make liver and onions, it always made her house smell downright divine! But as soon as I looked in the frying pan…nope, nuh uh, not gonna happen, sorry Charlie.

So the first thing that attracted me to these Taco Bell Cheddar Crisps was the packaging. It’s totally on brand for Taco Bell–bright, lively, and bold. I didn’t really get why they were going after the keto market since that’s not really their bag as a whole. But hey we live in the land of Capitalism, so I wasn’t surprised to see a mainstream player exploiting a niche market is to make an extra buck here and there. (Remember kids, don’t hate the player–hate the game.)

taco bell cheddar crisps in mild and nacho flavors

Either way, I freakin’ LOVE Taco Bell! And I was hyped to see these since I like Cheese Whisps and these cheddar crisps look so much like them.

Yes, I know some people won’t go within 10 feet of the stuff. But I guess I’ve always had a stomach made of steel. I’ve never gotten sick from Taco Bell’s food. And I loved when the cashier would put more sauce packets in the bag than I needed for my tacos because I loved putting it on so many things other than Taco Bell’s food. (Pro Tip: Drizzle it over your scrambled eggs at breakfast and thank me later.)

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Appearance – Do the Taco Bell Cheddar Crisps Look as Advertised?

Yes, they totally do! Albeit, I’ll say that the Nacho flavor looks a bit “fake orange”. They look like they’re crunchy, much like a real cheese tuile or frico looks. It’s easy to see the seasonings on these little cheddar crisps, which is enticing. They’re all pretty uniform too and there weren’t many broken pieces in the bags. This tells me that though they look small and are very lightweight, they’re not going to be something you crumble up and sprinkle over a salad for an extra pop of flavor.

Close up of each flavor of cheddar crisps from taco bell

Taste – Do Taco Bell Cheddar Crisps Keep You Coming Back for More?

Oh yeah! Now, my household didn’t come back for the Nacho flavor as much as for the Mild Seasoned flavor. But we still came back multiple times to pop a few more in our gullets throughout the day that I busted these out to photograph and share with you. I tried the Mild Seasoned first. To me, it nailed the taste of the Mild flavor Taco Bell Taco Sauce. The Nacho flavor on the other hand was tasty, but underwhelming.

You’re reading a blog post from a girl who used to go to Taco Bell and specifically order the plain nachos just so I could dip my burrito in the nacho cheese sauce. (Kids, this was long before you could order ahead in the Taco Bell app and make a million customizations to the menu items….like adding nacho cheese sauce to a bean burrito, or just getting a side of the sauce to go with my burrito.) So, when I say I know what Taco Bell’s nacho cheese sauce tastes like–trust me. And unfortunately, these Nacho flavored Taco Bell Cheddar Crisps miss the mark on the nacho flavor. Instead, they just taste “extra” cheesy. Not a bad thing, but I feel like it delivers less than is promised.

macro close up of each flavor of taco bell cheddar crisps

Price – Are Taco Bell Cheddar Crisps Worth It?

I paid around $3 per bag and there’s 2 oz of cheddar crisps in a bag. There’s about 2 servings per bag. So not a ton of cheese crisps in the bag, but enough for a small fix of something salty. I feel like this pricing is pretty in-line compared to the price of competing similar products. Given this, I would consider it a fair price. At this price point, I would definitely be enticed to buy them again if I see them.

opened bags of mild flavor and nacho flavor cheddar crisps

Results — Love It, Like It, Leave It, or Lose It?

Overall, these Taco Bell Cheddar Crisps are a Like It.

The Mild Seasoned cheddar crisps had much more depth of flavor than the Nacho cheddar crisps. If I’d have reviewed them separately, the Mild Seasoned crisps would have gotten a Love It stamp of approval. And the Nacho crisps would remain at a Like It stamp of approval.

Both are tasty and I think you get your money’s worth with them. I know I will definitely buy more of the Mild Seasoned crisps in the future. Whether or not I buy the Nacho will depend on whether or not the Mild Seasoned are available.

Where You Can Find Taco Bell Cheddar Crisps

The only places that I’ve seen carry these cheese crisps so far are Walmart (both in store and online) and Amazon. Walmart sells the 2 oz size bag pictured here in the review for around $3 per bag and carries all four flavors–Mild Seasoned, Nacho, Taco Supreme, and Fire Seasoned.

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