Cheez-Its were first introduced in 1921 by Green and Green Company, and yield a loyal fan base history for quite some time. Cheez-Its are rectangular baked crackers that are made from cheese, wheat flour, paprika and other secret ingredients. The cheesy taste and orange color are two of the hallmarks that give Cheez-It its name. Cheez-Its have been known to be similar in style to a baked Rarebit. Alongside the original flavor, Cheez-It crackers come in a rather large range of different flavors to choose from. Some of these phenomenal flavors to choose from are Atomic Cheddar, Smoked Cheddar, and Extra Toasty. Keep reading for more information on the history of the Cheeze-It legend.
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- 1 Cheez-It History And Information
- 2 Where To Buy Cheez-It
- 3 Stores That Sell Cheez-It
- 4 Buy Cheez-It Online
- 5 The Flavors And Types Of Cheez-It
- 6 Spin-Offs
- 7 Review
- 8 Cheez-It’s Advertising And Marketing
- 9 Cheez-it’s Mascot
- 10 Cheez-it’s Packaging Style
- 11 Counting The Number Of Cheez-its In A Container
- 12 Popularity
- 13 Cheez-It’s Legal Issues
- 14 Watch Cheez-It Commercials
- 15 Experiences
- 16 Cheez-It Nutritional Information and Ingredients
- 17 Is Cheez-It Safe for Vegan/Vegetarians?
- 18 Recipes Ideas For Cheez-It
- 19 Cheez-It – Frequently Asked Questions
- 20 Pictures
- 21 Read About More Snacks!
Cheez-It History And Information
The Cheez-It company formed in the early year 1907 in the small town, Dayton, Ohio. Weston Green, the first company president began its legend by first introducing the Cheeze-It cracker. On March 31, 1921, the Green company produced Cheez-It crackers in high gear, which would go on to become its most popular legacy. Although the company specialized in many kinds of extensive crackers, such as Edemont, Dayton, and Flag crackers, the Cheez-It crackers quickly became its most popular and soon would go on to become its most popular legacy.
Cheez-It was eventually acquired by Loose-Wiles Biscuit Company whom bought out the Green Company in the year 1929. Ownership of the Cheez-It brand changed when the Loose-Wiles Biscuit Company changed its name to Sunshine Biscuits and was eventually acquired by the Keebler Company in 1996. Ownership of Cheez-It’s once again changed hands in 2001 when Kellogg’s, maker of products like Froot Loops and Apple Jacks cereal, acquired Keebler Company as a subsidiary. As of the year 2019 Kellogg’s is still the owner of the Cheez-It brand.
Cheez-It is often acclaimed for having a unique taste, and one of the earlier slogans for Cheez-It was reported to be that it was like a baked Rarebit, which a dish made with a savory sauce of melted cheese and various other ingredients and served hot, after being poured over slices (or other pieces) of toasted bread. The many flavors available for Cheez-it snacks has been said to be a positive point for the Cheez-It brand, making it easy for fans to find a flavor they like. Cheez-It has had over 40 different varieties and flavors released since its introduction. Some of these include Pepper Jack and Mozzarella flavored Cheez-It’s, as well as a reduced fat Cheez-It and a Hot & Spicy Cheez-It variation made with Tabasco.
Since the brand was acquired by the Kellogs company, it has seen extensive renovation to re-brand and promote the cracker. The Cheez-It brand has had several television commercials, generally promoting the real cheese taste of the snack. In order to help promote the brand, Cheez-It has had several slogans for the snack over the years. Such slogans include, “You’ll like Cheez-It”, “The Big Cheese”, and in 2007 “Get Your Own Box.” Pro angler Shinichi Fukae has also been seen Cheez-It brand clothing prominently displayed as he fished, promoting the snack brand further.
However, not all the reviews for Cheez-It are favorable, with it being compared to tasting like a cardboard box by some consumers. One piece written by the WordBaron, the editor’s experience with Cheez-It 30 years ago, described an inconsistency with Cheez-It crackers due to various rumors on chief bakers’ frequent absences from monitoring the workflow at the time. Allegedly, the yeast was not always in correct proportions, causing the cracker to sometimes be too puffy or too flat. Also, it is worthy to mention that the editor called the company to ask about the oil taste in Cheez-It that he noticed. In response to his concerns, he was notified no standardized oil measurement for the product exists in the production and that each bakery procured oil within their own discretion. It should be noted that this was said to be 30 years ago by the editor, and if the manufacturing process was the way as described in the piece, then it may have changed since then.
Cheez-It cheese crackers is shown to have a trademark filing on 5/23/1921, and the registrant is shown as the Green and Green Company. The first use in commerce date for that trademark filing is March 31, 2021. It should be noted that the first use in commerce date is not always an accurate portrayal of the true original date a product was first sold. The registration date for that trademark is February 14, 1922. The last listed owner for the trademark is Kellogg North America Company Corporation. Kellogg North America Company also registered trademarks for Cheez-It branded non-food items such as dishware, jackets, pants, shirts, and toy cars. Kellogg North America Company also registered trademarks for spin-off snack products such as Cheese spread in an aerosol container, which had its trademark filed initially on April 3, 2006.
The Company That Invented Cheez-It
Cheeze-It was invented by the Green Green company. Green and Green Company was President Weston Green, born on April 15, 1868, and passed away in 1926, 5 years after his company invented Cheez-it. Weston Green was Dayton local, moving there as an infant with his parents. The Green Green company was started at least as early as 1896 and was run as a family business alongside Weston’s father and brother Joseph W. Green. The Green Green Company made several products, but primarily made crackers, eventually going on to invent Cheez-It.
The Year That Cheez-It Was Invented
Cheez-It was invented in the year 1921. Cheeze-It baked crackers were released to the public for sale on March 31, 1921. The first Cheez-It Logo was filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office on May 23, 1921, and it was approved on December 20, 1921.
The Company That Owns Cheez-It
That company that owns Cheez-It is The Kellogg Company, who acquired the snack in 2001. Sunshine Biscuits is a subsidiary for Kellogg’s and Cheez-It is produced under its branding.
Where To Buy Cheez-It
Cheez-It is a fairly accessible snack that can be found in many stores as of 2019. Stores that have been known to sell Cheez-It includes Walmart and CVS, both being widely established in countries like America. Sometimes even though a store may carry a snack, it may not have it at all locations, but this snack is fairly easy to come by. You can check below on this page for a list of stores that have been known to have sold Cheez-its. You may also check this page for offers from online sellers to buy Cheez-Its online and have them shipped to you if you can’t find it in local stores.
Stores That Sell Cheez-It
Here is a list of stores known to sell Cheez-it
- Doller Tree
- Watkins Glen International Store
- Ruler Foods
- Sams Club
- Chief Supermarket
- CTown Supermarkets
- Stop And Shop
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The Flavors And Types Of Cheez-It
Here is a list of the different flavors and types of Cheeze-It’s that have been produced.
- Original flavor Cheez-It
- Italian Four Cheese
- Mozzarella flavored Cheez-It
- Pepper Jack flavored
- Atomic Cheddar Cheez-It
- White Cheddar flavored
- Cheddar Jack flavor
- Chipotle Cheddar
- Extra Toasty Cheez-It
- Hot & Spicy flavored Cheese-It made using Tabasco
- Nacho flavored Cheez-It
- Colby Cheez-It
- Chili Cheese flavored
- Smoked Cheddar flavored
- Parmesan & Garlic flavored
- Whole Grain Cheez-It
- Asiago Cheez-It
- Romano flavored
- Buffalo Wing (Introduced in 2017 as a football themed flavor)
- Cheese Pizza flavored (Introduced in 2017 as a football themed flavor)
- Cheese Burger flavored Cheez-Its (Introduced in 2017 as a football themed flavor)
- Cheddar Nachos (Introduced in 2017 as a football themed flavor)
- Hot and Spicy Grooves Cheese-It’s
- Cheez-It Big (a larger cracker made for dipping)
- Cheddar Cheese Grooves Cheez-It
- Swiss Cheese Grooves styled Cheez-It
- Provolone flavored Cheez-It (With Hickory Smoke Flavor)
- Reduced Fat Cheez-It
- Reduced Fat White Cheddar Cheez-It
- Cheesy Sour Cream & Onion flavor
- Baby Swiss Cheez-It
- Duoz Sharp Cheddar & Parmesan (Duoz Cheez-It has two flavors inside one box)
- Duoz Bacon & Cheddar flavor
- Duoz Jalapeño & Cheddar Jack
- Duoz Smoked Cheddar and Monterey Jack
- Duoz Caramel Popcorn and Cheddar
- Duoz Zesty Queso and Cheddar Blanco
- Duoz Cheddar Jack and Sharp Cheddar Pretzel
- Twisterz styled Buffalo Bleu Cheez-It
- Sharp White Cheddar Grooves styled Cheez-It
- Zesty Cheddar Ranch Grooves
- Zingz styled Chipotle Cheddar Cheez-It flavor
- Zingz styled Queso Fundido
- Cheez-It Snap’d (made extra thin and crispy)
- Cheez-It Snap’d Double Cheese
- Snap’d Cheddar Sour Cream and Onion flavor
- Snap’d White Cheddar and Bacon
- Cheez-It Snap’d Jalapeno Jack
- Scrabble Junior styled Cheez-It. (Featuring Cheez-It’s squares with letters on them like in a Scrabble game.)
- Cheez-It Gripz “mighty tiny baked snack crackers”
- Cheez-It Snack Mix Classic
- Snack Mix Double Cheese
- Snack Mix Sweet & Salty
- Cheez-It Snack Mix Sriracha
- Cheez-It Crunched (A puffy and crunchy version of Cheez-It)
- Cheez-It Crunched Cheddar Cheese
- Cheeze-It Crunched Hot And Spicy
- Grooves Loaded Cheesy Taco flavor (Introduced in 2018)
Cheez-It has had a variety of alternative versions to the original.
- Duoz: Cheez-It Duoz is a version of Cheez-It that has 2 different types of flavors of the snack in one box. Flavors that are combined in Duoz include Sharp Cheddar & Parmesan and Popcorn and Cheddar.
- Big: Cheez-It “Big” is another alternative to the original, with the crackers being similar in nature to the original but much larger.
- Cheez-It Crunch’d: This is a spin-off to Cheez-It that is a puffed up and crunchy version of the original. Crunch’d was also advertised to be the first Cheez-It brand product to be in the chip aisle. This version comes in a cube-like/3D square shape and is far thicker then the original variety. Cheez-It Crunch’d was introduced in the year 2015.
- Snap’d: Cheez-It Snap’d is a thin and crispy version of the snack, sold in flavors such as Cheddar Sour Cream & Onion and Jalapeno Jack. Cheez-It Snap’d were first announced in the year 2018 at the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Show.
- Cheez-It Grooves: “Grooves” are made to be a Cheez-It that is light and crispy like a chip, and includes, of course, grooves. Cheez-It Grooves wre invented in the year 2014 and are said to be good for dipping.
- Cheez-It Sandwich Crackers: A spin-Off to the original version, with this style having 2 crackers between cheese or peanut butter to form a Cheez-It cracker sandwich of sorts. These were first released in the year 2016.
- Zings: Cheez-It Zings are a more crunchy version of the snack, marketed as “the crunchiest Cheez-it yet” in advertisements for the spin-off. Zings were first released in the year 2013.
- NutriSnack Cheez-it Crackers: Another spin-off product for Cheez-its are a NutriSnack version of Cheezy Cheez-it crackers, as well as a Cheese and Ham flavored version. These NutriSnack versions of Cheez-It came in bags you often find normal potato chips in. These are crunchy and cheesy chips, either based off the original flavor of Cheeze-Its or containing a cheese and ham flavor in a crunchy chip.
- SpongeBob SquarePants Edition Cheez-It: This version of Cheez-it comes in a shape that vaguely resembles SpongeBob SquarePants. It has been said to be a bit more thin then the normal version.
- Cheez-It Scrabble Junior: This special edition of Cheez-It features crackers in the shape of Scrabble Junior letter pieces. You can play games with this version of the snack and eat it. This product allows for all sorts of creativity and is fun for kids to play around with and eat as a fun snack.
- Shrek Edition Cheez-Its: This version of Cheez-Its features crackers that have shapes in the form of characters from the film Shrek. Kids can enjoy seeing the Shrek shaped Cheez-It crackers and eat them, adding a little life to their snack.
- Kung Fu Panda Edition: This special edition hexagon shaped Cheez-Its features characters from the movie Kung Fu Panda. These “baked mild cheddar” crackers are given the theme of the movie to add some fun shapes for kids to eat.
- Cheez-it Spray Cheddar Pasteurized Cheese Snack: This is a cheese spread in an aerosol container. A trademark filing for a Cheez-it branded “Cheese spread in an aerosol container” was filed on April 3, 2006, with it first use in commerce date being shown as August 28, 2006. The trademark info for this shows as canceled on February 21, 2014.
This review is for the original Cheez-It
Cheez-It has a bread-like taste to it, toasted and dry. The taste of cheese is not appearing at the very first moment, one must chew and savor it for the cheesy nature of the Cheez-It to assert itself. Cheez-It is lightly covered in salt on the surface, with a few grains visible, the salty taste they add helps keep you craving more and combines well with the cheese taste of the cracker. It’s a tasty little snack that is a bit tame but does leave you craving more after you eat it. Cheez-It does not have much of smell do it, as one may have imagined, but again the snack is a bit tame in terms of attention gaining aspects and aims instead for a more cheesy and salty aftertaste that leaves you wanting another bite so you can recover that cheesy flavor.
Cheez-It’s Advertising And Marketing
Cheez-It has had a wide array of advertising and has employed much in the way of marketing to promote the Cheez-It snack brand. This includes commercials as well as a wide variety of other options the brand has explored.
One advertising plan for Cheez-It, though if it is unknown if it is implemented, depicted the snack as having numerous commercials in prime TV ad slots, such as “Are you smarter than a 5th grader”, “Dancing with the Stars”, and The “Young and the Restless”. Cheese-It was shown to or was planned to be advertised in TV ad slots on ABC, CBS, and FOX. The marketing plan stated Cheese-It is a well-recognized snack in the U.S and is sold in all states, and in almost all cities.
The marketing plan called for or did have Cheez-It using billboards to advertise the snack in several prominent cities, such as Chicago, Dallas, New York, and Los Angeles. The plan also called for Cheez-it to be promoted in magazines, advertising its products in Reader’s Digest, Marvel Comics, and People magazine. The snack was or was called for to be promoted using banner ads on websites such as Myspace, WebMD and All Recipe.
The marketing plan for Cheez-It views its prime customer as adult age women, around the ages of 25-54. However many people from a wide variety of demographics do like Cheez-its as well, and are fans of the product. The marketing plan posted for Cheez-It listed Cheez-It having a 15 million USD advertising budget, with Cheez-It spending a total of $14,978,574.08 USD out of it. A date could not be confirmed for the information, however.
Cheeze-It commercials tend to be upbeat, energetic, and heavily places heavy emphasis on promoting Cheez-it as tasty and cheesy. The commercials for the snack often will include a statement about Cheez-It using real cheese. Often the commercials will make a claim that they are afraid they will run out of cheese. The fear of running out of cheese is used on several occasions in the video commercials for Cheese-it, and the fear varies in level of intensity, from heavy emphasis in voice tone to outright repeated declarations of a possible impending cheese-shortage crisis.
A talking wheel of cheese is often shown in the commercials as a mascot for Cheez-it, in various stages of maturity, but often acting as a prankster adolescent. Some commercials for the snack will talk about how they need to get the cheese to mature just right and will display this mascot of a wheel of cheese, simply called cheese, as a teenager of sorts until he reaches maturity. Some commercials depict people trying to teach the mascot, “Cheese”, to become more mature by educating him about various topics.
Commercials about Cheese-Its will often describe the taste of Cheez-it to be highly favorable, with some ads showing children refusing to trade Cheeze-it in the lunchroom for just about anything else offered, to other children describing fantastic and over-the-top ideas for how they think the cheese gets into the chip. Cheez-it has also sponsored College GameDay, a broadcast by ESPN. On 2013 it was reported that Cheez-Its brand has spent 8 million to 10 million dollars yearly on the sponsorship. Cheez-It has shown off a new flavor on-site for their Zings spin-off. As a promotion for the spin-off snack Cheez-It Snap’d, Kellogg had a bunker hidden somewhere in the United States for people to find that was filled with Cheez-It Snap’d in order to promote the brand and product. In 2017 the brand held a contest for consumers to vote on their favorite football themed flavor of Cheez-Its to decide what should stick around out of the 3 choices, (Hamburger, Cheese Pizza and Cheddar Nachos flavors).
Cheez-It’s mascot is a wheel of cheese. The mascot, who’s name is simply “Cheese”, is a subject of heavy promotion and interest for the brand. A series of commercials for Cheez-Its were released that showcase the mascot “Cheese” in his various stages of maturity. This was a nod to the fact that good cheese and matured cheese are often viewed as synonymous. Cheese, the mascot that is, is often shown to be immature and somewhat rude at times, often joking around at others expense. The series of commercials dedicated to Cheese the mascot detailed an extensive list of things done to help “Cheese” mature, as well a rather long waiting period for the maturity of Cheese to occur. Throughout the commercials with the mascot’s various stages of maturity on display, the product Cheez-it was extensively promoted and often tied into the commercial in a humorous manner. The mascot Cheese also appeared in some commercials helping to promote new versions and spin-off to the original Cheez-It product.
Cheez-it’s Packaging Style
Cheez-It’s packaging style tends to make use of an eye catching red as its color of choice for the snack. The box art for Cheez-It tends to have the crackers on display in the center of the box, surrounded by red coloration around the outer area and edges of the packaging design’s available space. The name of the product, “Cheez-it”, is typicality displayed in large and easy to read white lettering across the top-mid-center of the packaging. The version of Cheez-it that the product is generally has been placed below the prominently displayed large white lettering of the name “Cheez-it”, in a smaller font.
Depending on the variety or flavor of the Cheez-its in question, the packaging’s center area may have various different colors or design art, presumably to help distinguish themselves as to what variety they are. For example the variety of Cheez-It’s called Sharp Cheddar and Parmesan have orange and green respectively to help show off the flavors the product has. Sometimes a small square Cheez-It cracker will be displayed between the “Cheez” and “It” words at the top of the box art in place of a – symbol that is normally used in the snack’s name’s proper spelling. This small detail helps draw the eye and describe the product in a minimalist manner, even more so since the Cheez-It cracker displayed in the box art near the products name is turned on its side in an almost diamond-like manner, that is both eye-catching and interesting to some.
Counting The Number Of Cheez-its In A Container
Snack History decided to count the number of individual crackers that were included in 1 container of Cheez-It. For this test we used a 62 Gram container of Cheez-It original. It should be said that some extremely broken crackers remained at the bottom and thus were uncountable. Going off intact or somewhat intact crackers we counted a total of 55 clearly identifiable Cheez-It crackers that were included in the purchased 62 Gram container. From the amount of broken Cheez-Its at the bottom of the container it seems there may have been 3 or so extra ones that we could not count due to it being too broken up.
Since Cheez-It was invented in 1921, it has moved to firmly establish itself as a dominate player in cracker snacks. In 2017, Cheez-It beat out Ritz crackers in total sales, showing the strength of its brand. Cheez-It may have several reasons why is managed to stay on top for so long. One such reason could be its advertising, with a slew of charming and humorous video advertisements, Cheez-It’s may have managed to win their way into customers hearts. Another reason could be the most obvious, the taste. Cheez-It is has cheese, and cheese has known to be a rather addicting snack, making its consumer crave more of the cheesy warm-inducing good stuff. You can speculate what makes Cheez-It so popular, but one way or another the snack is well liked by a number of people.
Cheez-It’s Legal Issues
In May of 2016, a lawsuit was filed against the Kellogg Company regarding Cheez-It Whole Grain crackers nutritional and packaging information. The complaint was filed by the “Center for Science in the Public Interest” was is acting as a co-counsel in the suit, filing on behalf of consumers in New York and California. The lawsuit alleged that Cheez-It Whole Grain crackers consist of large amounts of white flour and not enough whole grain to justify the promotion of being a “whole grain product”.
The complaint sought to receive an injunction by the courts to stop the alleged deceptive marketing regarding Cheez-its packaging and nutritional information’s potential to cause consumers to believe that Cheez-its are made primarily with whole grain. The District Court for the Eastern District of New York granted a motion from Kellogg’s to dismiss the case in 2017. This decision was later overturned in New York’s Second Circuit Federal Appeals Court in 2018, who struck down the ruling and cleared the way for the case to proceed further.
Watch Cheez-It Commercials
Here are some commercials videos for Cheez-It.
CHEEZ-IT COMMERCIAL ON CHEEZ-IT’S MATURITY
MORE ON CHEEZ-IT BECOMING MATURE.
YET MORE ON CHEEZ-IT’S MATURITY DEVELOPMENT.
HOW CHEEZ-IT GETS ITS CHEESE.
The first experience i had with Cheez-It was when i was 13 years old. I never wanted to try it originally. At that point in my life i had always preferred chocolate treats like candy bars. My mother bought my a small container of Cheez-It and i did not want to complain so i just ate it, reluctantly figuring it was at least something different for a change. I found Cheez-It to be addicting, you normally don’t hear phrase with them, but once you eat one it can be hard to stop. I figure it has something to do with the cheesy nature of them. They tend to give me a warm fuzzy feeling inside, a warm cheesy glow, so to speak. Now that i am an adult eating Cheez-It makes me feel kinda like a little kid again, watching kid shows at 5 at in the evening. They bring me back to a more carefree time.
Cheez-It Nutritional Information and Ingredients
The following information is for a package of Original Cheez-It and a 21 Grams serving size:
Ingredients: WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR, ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, VITAMIN B1 [THIAMIN MONONITRATE], VITAMIN B2 [RIBOFLAVIN], FOLIC ACID), WHITE CHEDDAR CHEESE (MILK, CHEESE CULTURES, SALT, ENZYMES), SOYBEAN OIL WITH TBHQ FOR FRESHNESS, CONTAINS TWO PERCENT OR LESS OF SALT, CALCIUM CARBONATE, PAPRIKA, YEAST, PAPRIKA OLEORESIN FOR COLOR, TURMERIC EXTRACT FOR COLOR, ANNATTO EXTRACT FOR COLOR, VITAMIN A PALMITATE, SOY LECITHIN.
ALLERGEN INFORMATION: CONTAINS WHEAT, MILK AND SOY INGREDIENTS.
Nutrition Facts: Serving Size 21 Grams, Calories per serving: 100, Calories from Fat: 30, Total Fat: 3.5 Grams (5% DV), Saturated Fat: 1 Gram (5% DV), Trans Fat: 0 Grams (0% DV), Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.5 Grams, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.5 Gram, Cholesterol: <5mg (1% DV), Sodium: 150mg (6% DV), Potassium: 0, Total Carbohydrate: 14 Grams (5% DV), Dietary Fiber: 1 Gram (5% DV), Sugars: 0 Grams, Protein: 2 Grams, Vitamin A: (10 %DV), Vitamin C: (0% DV), Calcium: (10% DV), Iron: (4% DV).
% DV = Percent Daily Value. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Information taken from http://district.schoolnutritionandfitness.com/richardsonisd/files/specs/Grains/Cheez-It_Crackers.pdf and this was info created in 2013.
Is Cheez-It Safe for Vegan/Vegetarians?
Cheez-It tends to be okay for most vegetarians, as the original version contains no meat. In fact, even the Bacon & Cheddar flavored Cheez-It Duoz only uses natural smoke flavor to produce the bacon taste and does not contain any meat in the snack. Those who are vegan may be less thrilled however, as those vegans who avoid milk in products will find that Cheez-It needs dairy products in order to make the cheese. So if you are a vegetarian, then Cheez-It may be okay for you, but if you are a vegan and are avoiding dairy products, then this snack may not be for you.
Recipes Ideas For Cheez-It
Cheez-It can be used in a variety of Recipes
- Cheez-It Meatballs: When making meatballs you can mix in crushed Cheez-Its and used them in the shaping of the meatball. Add in your favorite species and meats to make the meatball and it will come with mixed with the Cheez-It crumbs.
- Cheez-it Breaded Mozzarella Sticks: The crumbs of Cheez-Its are vary versatile and can be used for breading. Roll mozzarella cheese with the crumbs of Cheez-Its, mix with eggs, and then fry in something like vegetable oil and you with come out with an interestingly orange and Cheez-it breaded mozzarella stick.
- Cheez-it Macaroni and Cheese: Many people like a breading for their Macaroni and Cheese. The crumbs that Cheez-It produces is so versatile that you can replace things like breading entirely for Macaroni and Cheese. Take the crumbs and pour a plentiful amount over your mac and cheese and you end up with a Cheez-it covered Macaroni and Cheese concoction that does well to replace your more typical breading.
- Flamethrower Cheez-Its recipe: Like your Cheez-Its hot? Of course you do! You can make them way hotter with this recipe. Take pan of Cheez-It crackers, with each cracker laid out individually, and sprinkle just a dash of red pepper on each, then spice with very light amount of Tabasco sauce. After that, shake it all up in a big bowl, and then enjoy your Flamethrower Cheez-Its, homemade style.
- Grilled Cheese Cheez-Its: Another homemade recipe for Cheez-It is to used it in a grilled cheese sandwich. Right before you close up the sandwich, take some whole Cheez-Its, and add it into the sandwich to give a crunchy and extra cheesy taste. The Original and Extra Toasty flavors work best, but you can substitute any flavor of Cheez-It that you want for this recipe.
- Breaded Chicken With Cheez-It: This fancy recipe is both as simple as it is tasty. Bread your chicken with Cheez-Its to add a new flavor to your otherwise ordinary meal. Use beaten eggs and add it with some milk, dip some chicken in it, and then use the crumbs from some crushed Cheez-Its as your breading. After your chicken is cooked it will have a Cheez-It breading to it.
- Cheez-Its With Melted Cheese: You can a cooking pan full of Cheez-It crackers, spread the crackers evenly, then take melted cheese and pour it over the crackers. Alternatively you can bake the crackers just briefly on a pan in the oven with them covered with your favorite cheeses. The end result are delicious cheese covered Cheez-It crackers.
- Cheez-It Salad: Here is a recipe for those who like to add more healthy options to their snacks. You can take your favorite salad of choice and mix in the crumbs of Cheez-It crackers into a salad dressing to pour on your salad with. For those of you living on the wild side, you can use the “Breaded Chicken With Cheez-It” recipe and cut up the chicken into pieces and mix it with your salad, throw in some Cheez-It crumbs from crushed up crackers and you will have an extra cheesy-crumb filled snack. You can experiment with all sorts of varieties of “Cheez-It Salad” and really have some fun with it.
- Use Cheez-It As A Hot Dog Topping: The crumbs from the Cheez-It can be easy mixed into ketchup or poured directly on a hot dog to get that signature Cheez-It taste and adding some crunch to your hot dog.
- Peanut Butter and Cheez-It: This little recipe comes in handy when you want to turn a peanut butter sandwich into something special. You take a jar of peanut butter that is already a bit used up, and mix in a large amount of crushed Cheez-It crackers into it, and mix it thoroughly as you add the Cheez-Ot crumbs into the jar in portions. Take your time as your stir and and add the crackers bit-by-bit, and before you know it you will have a Peanut Butter and Cheez-It spread that will make your sandwiches taste amazing!
- Bagel And Cream Cheese With Cheez-It: Another easy recipe you can do with Cheez-it is to take the crumbs from the crushed up crackers of the snack and mix it very well into cream cheese. It makes for a very good adhesive to put Cheez-It crack crumbs on your bagel to add something new to your morning. You can also do this with toast and make it more crunchy and cheesy this way.
- Dill And Ranch Cheez-Its: Take some diced up Dill and mix it with some oil and Ranch dressing in a large bowl. Once you have done this get some intact Cheez-It crackers and mix it gently in the bowl with the rest of the concoction. After that bake the Cheez-Its in a suitable deep pan for about 8 to 12 minuets, give it a stir every few minuets, and you have a Dill and Ranch flavored Cheez-It creation.
Cheez-It – Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some frequently asked questions and answers about Cheez-It.
Q: How many types of Cheez-It is there?
A: Snack History counted at least 58 separate variations of Cheez-it. Including different flavors, varieties, and spin-off products.
Q: What color is Cheez-It?
A: Cheez-It crackers are orange in color.
Q: What company makes Cheez-Its?
A: Cheez-It is made by the Kellogg Company. Kellogg is a large American food company.
Q: What shape are Cheez-It crackers?
A: Cheez-It crackers are square shaped. At least for the original version of the snack. There are some special edition shapes also, such as SpongeBob SquarePants shaped Cheez-It crackers.
Q: When was Cheez-It invented?
A: Cheez-It was invented in the year of 1921. And first went on sale on March 31, 1921.
Q: What is Cheez-It’s mascot?
A: Cheez-It’s mascot is a wheel of Cheese that goes by the name of “Cheese”. He is often shown in various stages of his maturity as “cheese”.
Q: Is Cheez-It still made? / Has Cheez-It been discontinued?
A: As of the year 2019 Cheez-It is still being produced and has no been discontinued. Several varieties of Cheez-It are produced at this time.
Q: Where can i buy Cheez-It?
A: You can buy Cheez-It from several places. This page has a list of stores that sometimes sells Cheez-It. You can also buy Cheez-it online.
Q: Who invented Cheez-It?
A: Cheez-It was invented by the Green & Green Company. The company formed in the year 1907, and Weston Green served as the company president.
Q: What is the slogan for Cheez-it?
A: Cheez-It has had several slogans for the brand over the years. Slogans that the Cheez-It brand has used include “The Big Cheese” and “Get Your Own Box.”
Q: How many Cheez-It crackers come in a box?
A: Once source claims that Sunshine Bakers, who produces Cheez-It for Kellogg, has estimated that there is about 405 Cheez-It crackers in a one pound box of the snack.
Q: Is Cheez-It Gluten Free?
A: No, Cheez-It is not gluten free. For example it contains wheat flour.
Q: Is Cheez-It vegan or vegetarian?
A: The original version of Cheez-It is safe for vegetarians, but not for vegans due to its milk being derived from animals.
Q: Is Cheez-It Kosher?
A: Yes, it seems that Cheez-It is Kosher. It has been said that the book “Kosher Nation” talks about how the plant that makes the cheese for Cheez-Its employs observant Jews to supervise the process.
Here are some pictures of Cheez-It
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