We keep a junk food stocked kitchen here at Six Apart. We owe the food stocking to our office manager, Maile, who, as a mother, knows all the sort of foods that we should but orders the food she knows we will eat. That's why the grapes go sour and mold while the peanut butter cups are gone within a half of a day.
Anyway, I wandered into the kitchen after a Costco delivery to find three huge cardboard boxes stacked on a table. The boxes didn't have any indication of their contents and were all still sealed -- I questioned whether I should even open them. As I thought about this, I pictured numerous Six Aparters looking at the boxes and not feeling at liberty to just open some box in the kitchen.
So, of course, I just found a knife and tore into the first box. To my dismay, inside the box were packages of some sort of cheese-like chip snack called "Munchies." I'm not a huge fan of cheese snacks (I absolutely detest Goldfish) so I tossed the box to the side and tried the next box.
Disgusted, I gave up and went back to my desk.
Later that day, at Foo Bar, I kiddingly ripped into Maile for buying such a disgusting snack.
Since most of the people at Foo Bar hadn't even seen the chips, I ran to the kitchen to bring in the evidence. It was then that I opened a bag of Munchies to show everyone the horridness up close.
But then I realized that inside Munchies was a fucking treasure cove of junk food.
Munchies are basically pretzels, Cheetos, Doritos and Sun Chips. All in one bag.
The picture on the bag is so utterly disgusting and yellow. And to make matters worse, the branding of the "contents" looks like a "from the makers of..." sort of labeling.
It turns out that these things are so addictive and so good -- and so deceptive. Most everyone I talk to say that they thought they looked disgusting but now have to watch their intake. We bond about the goodness as relative to the packaging and how bad of a job Frito Lay did with the marketing/color scheme.
Yeah, so they are targeted to stoners. And, they are horribly bad to consume.
But, they make me so happy.
In doing some online research about Munchies, I found this great review:
Frito-Lay scores a big hit with this mix of snacks. I figured that they just mixed Cheetos, Rold Gold pretzels, miniaturized Doritos and Sun Chips into a bag without much of a real plan, so I wasn't expecting a whole lot. But this combination of flavors really worked. There's plenty of cheese on the Doritos and Cheetos, but it's very well balanced by the smoothness of the pretzels and the different taste of the Sun Chips. These were very popular around the chip bowl. Good stuff.
I love that there is a site that reviews chips.
By the way, I know I could have just found a picture of the Munchies package online, but I just had to scan it in manually. It just shows what effort I'd go through to evangelize this treat.