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John Wm. Macy’s CheeseSticks

This product was tested and reviewed by Ruth of The Crafts of Mommyhood.

I am now, and have pretty much always been, a chips girl. Don’t get me wrong, I love sweets, but salty, crunchy goodness is one of my main weaknesses. When I was asked to sample John Wm. Macy’s CheeseSticks I was very excited. I mean, cheese curls are kind of addicting for me, so getting to try something “real” sounded like a great treat.

While I had looked at the website (www.cheesesticks.com) in advance, I was amazed by the selection of products that arrived at my door. From their line of CheeseSticks, CheeseCrisps and SweetSticks (12 different flavor combinations in all), I received eight boxes of treats to try. And try them I did! All eight varieties!

Overall I was quite pleased with the CheeseSticks and Crisps. They are light, airy, crispy and fresh tasting. I have a personal preference for the Crisps, as they are bite-sized and fun for snacking while the Sticks are a bit more crumbly (which makes sense, as the Crisps can be eaten in one bite and the Sticks can’t!).

I brought the Melting Parmesan CheeseSticks to a get together at a neighbor’s house. I thought it would be a great testing sight, as there would be six adults and six children ranging from 2 to 6 years old. All of us were pleasantly surprised. The sourdough tang came through nicely, but wasn’t overwhelming. While I might have liked a bit of a stronger cheese flavor, I did find myself going back to the box quite a few times. And the kids all loved them, which is always a ringing endorsement!

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The Asiago and Cheddar CheeseCrisps came to a staff meeting with me, where they were met with a challenging offer of available cheese puffs. I was pleased to see that the CheeseCrisps went – there were none left at the end of the 45 minute long meeting. Two coworkers in particular were very complimentary and asked me to note their enjoyment in my review.

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The Smoked Jalapeno CheeseCrisps were brought to a family get together. My husband was very excited for these, as he loves spicy foods. I liked the crisps, and didn’t find them too hot for my more “delicate” (read, wimpy!) tastes, and my sister-in-law loved them, and took the box home with her! I also brought the Java Cinnamon SweetSticks to the family. These were the ones I was most nervous about – sweet cheese sticks? While the cheesiness came though, I was really impressed with the sweet, cinnamon flavor. While it isn’t a flavor combination I would have sought out, it really worked well.

The run down for the other flavors sampled:
CheeseSticks: Original Cheddar – nice, but not my favorite. I would prefer a stronger cheese flavor. Dijon Swiss – the Dijon came though really nicely, I really enjoyed these!
CheeseCrisps: Sesame Gruyere – very subtle. Both my husband and I would have liked the sesame to have been stronger, but they were quite good.
SweetSticks: Madagascar Vanilla – very good. I am partial to vanilla, so this might have affected my thoughts on the matter, but my husband, a die-hard chocoholic, through they were great.

John Wm Macy’s CheeseSticks could really make a great addition to many meals, as appetizers, accompaniment for a salad, and even dessert. I was impressed with the quality, variety and flavors of the Sticks, Crisps and SweetSticks. I think they have a fun versatility which can really work well in pretty much any snacking situation!

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