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Yellow cornmeal, expeller pressed high oleic sunflower, safflower or canola oil, aged cheddar cheese (pasteurized milk, salt, annatto extract, cheese cultures, natural enzymes), whey, buttermilk, sea salt, butter, blue cheese (pasteurized milk, salt, cheese cultures, natural enzymes), lactic acid, annatto extract and paprika extracts.
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Why You’ll Love Original Cheese Puffs
Say cheese to fun, tasty snacks that, for once, aren’t bad for you. Barbara's Bakery Original Cheese Puffs satisfy even the extremest cravings, but are light as air and made with only all-natural ingredients, including real aged cheddar and blue cheeses, non-GMO corn meal, expeller-pressed oils, sea salt, and rich buttermilk. There’s absolutely no artificial ingredients here!
Barbara’s Bakery has a long-running joke that a single serving size is actually one bag, and after ripping one open and diving in, you’ll definitely understand why.
What makes Barbara's Bakery Original Cheese Puffs so special
When it comes to a healthy, balanced diet, traditional cheese puffs definitely don’t make the cut. They’re loaded with sodium, fake cheese flavor, and pack on the calories. But when a snack attack hits, a sharp alternative like Barbara's Bakery Original Cheese Puffs can come to the rescue.
Barbara’s Bakery has long been a pioneer in the natural food industry, aiming to make wholesome food with honest ingredients that are also incredibly delicious. As such, Barbara's Bakery Original Cheese Puffs are not your average snacks. These little morsels stand out on the shelf for a number of important reasons:
- There’s only one gram of sugar per serving, meaning they won’t give you a sugar rush or sugar crash after eating.
- Each serving also has two grams of protein per serving, offering your body a good dose of energy and structural support since protein makes up cells, tissues, muscles, skin, hair, and nails.
- These cheese puffs are made from non-GMO corn that has been carefully stone ground.
- Only wheat-free ingredients have been used.
- It’s a completely vegetarian food product, meaning there are no sneaky animal byproducts in these puffs.
- Absolutely no harmful trans fats are in the mix, and these puffs are also free of cholesterol, so they won’t clog arteries or contribute to heart problems.
More on the natural ingredients in Barbara's Bakery Original Cheese Puffs
So what exactly is it that makes these cheese puffs so finger-lickin’ good? It’s all in the wholesome ingredients. A quick glance at the label and you’ll see items like:
- Yellow cornmeal. Barbara’s Bakery uses only corn that was made without genetically modified organisms.
- Aged cheddar cheese and blue cheese. If you’re craving artificial cheese flavor, then this is not the snack for you; instead, Barbara's Bakery Original Cheese Puffs are made with real dairy products, making them healthier and giving them an intense (and totally natural) flavor.
- Sea salt. Just a pinch of salt works to add a subtle pop of flavor, and gives you just seven percent of the daily recommended value in each serving.
- Annatto and paprika extracts. To give these puffs a little extra boost, slightly peppery annatto and spicy paprika are added to the mix for signature taste.
The benefits of snacking on Barbara's Bakery Original Cheese Puffs
Although you might not expect these tasty cheese puffs to have much in the way of nutritional value, their wholesome ingredients might change the way you think about snacking.
Aside from the absence of nasty ingredients like trans fats and the use of only one gram of sugar per serving, Barbara's Bakery Original Cheese Puffs also contain two grams of protein. Protein is a vital part of human existence that is often called the “building block” of the human body. Protein exists in muscles, ligaments, hair, skin, and organs, and it aids in growing and rebuilding cells. When you’re injured and your body slowly heals, that’s protein at work.
Additionally, protein will give you a boost of energy and makes you feel fuller for longer. So, an afternoon snack of Barbara's Bakery Original Cheese Puffs will satisfy you more than something like an empty calorie candy bar, which will only make you crave more junk food after eating it.
Last, Barbara's Bakery Original Cheese Puffs are made from carefully chosen corn that is stone ground. While corn sometimes gets a bad reputation (particularly for the way it can be harvested with GMOs and then processed into unnatural food products), as a raw product it actually offers some health benefits of its own. Corn is high in fiber, a nutrient that can only come from natural plant sources, and it too contributes to that full, satisfied feeling feeling after eating. Furthermore, it can improve digestive health by cleaning out the intestines and keeping bowel movements regular.
Corn also has antioxidant properties. Antioxidants fight against free radicals that oxidize and do harm to the body over time, eventually leading to the possibility of developing chronic diseases or even cancer. Lots of natural foods contain antioxidants, but the compounds specifically found in corn actually improve during the process of being cooked, amplifying their abilities in a product like that Barbara’s Bakery Cheese Puffs.
These puffs also have vitamin A, calcium, and iron in each handful, which means you’ll be supporting eye health, bone health, and healthy blood cell development every time you eat them.
More about Barbara’s Bakery
Barbara Jaffe started her food company in California’s Bay Area in 1971 at the tender age of 17. Seeing the movement around her for natural lifestyles and foods, Barbara soon established a small bakery with a simple plan to make wholesome food that tastes incredibly delicious. She was inspired by good health, family, and the setting of the kitchen table for communal meals and started using whole grains and oats to make a range of tasty baked goods and snacks. Over the course of 40-plus years, her modest storefront grew to an accomplished wholesale business. Today, the product line includes her ever-popular cheese puffs as well as cereals, snack bars, and cookies—all with the same commitment to creating quality food from the most honest ingredients.
Reviews For Original Cheese Puffs
Based on 86 Reviews
How do I even begin to describe these? I'm not even sure I can. Each time I order them, I tell myself, "Watch your portions. Just take half a cup."
And then I'm wondering, "Why is the bag completely empty?"
Except I know why. It's because these are absolutely delicious. I've tried some other brands but this one - this one has a special place in my heart. I would jump in a pool of these if I could.
My daughter discovered a love of "cheese doodles" while at grandma's house. We don't keep things in our house that contain artificial colors or ingredients so I began looking into other options. These are so good! I think they're better than the ones that are overly orange. I'll definitely buy these again for her.
better than the original
I buy these for my son who had always loved Cheetos cheese puffs. They're still a snack food, but I feel better buying him this brand and he loves the taste and texture.
Its very tasty!! Doesn't taste too cheesy like the usual cheese puffs!
A Healthy Snack
Nice crunch. Good flavor
very tasty not as salty as store brands. Can enjoy and feel i
I'm eating healthier
Great Crunchy Snack
It is crunchy and cheesy and a wonderful alternative to Cheetos. Probably not my favorite cheese flavor and surprisingly, a single serving or so satisfies. I didn't need to eat the whole bag in one sitting to feel satisfied.
- Amy Collins
got these for my son because cheetos were his fav, but i ended up eating them all. mom-shame, yes. but they were really good!
These taste very similar to "regular" Cheetos, but with much better ingredients! My husband thought they were the best kind he's tasted! Highly recommend!
We are addicted to these "cheetos." They are delicious, tasty, crispy, and fairly healthy. We buy several bags at a time.
I love chips so I was thankful to find a few other healthier options on thrive!
- Christi Barnard
My husband and I love these! I always buy two bags at a time. They taste better than the big name bright orange cheese puffs and they are not as bad for you.
These are tasty, crunchy and much better than cheetos. We love them.
Barbara's Bakery Cheese Puffs
Very tasty . Nicely salted, very cheesy. These have a 'more' taste. ;) Am ordering them again.
These are so delicious. I'm so happy I found this via Thrive. I remember loving cheese puffs as a child, but whenever I've tried them as an adult I've been disappointed--until now. It's the perfect amount of cheese, salt, and crunch.
these are delicious - all 3 kids like them. excellent flavor.
A quilty indulgence when I want a crispy snack.
Best Cheese Puffs Ever
I can't rave enough about how good these are! After giving up Cheetos (avoiding GMO's) I didn't think I'd find a good alternative. And I didn't until now. I add a bag (or two) to every order! Now if Thrive would only get the Jalapeno flavour.....
Way better than I expected!
These are delicious and I even brought them to the beach and my friends loved them too!
Barbara's Cheese Puffs
I like salty, crunchy snacks and Barbara's Original Cheese Puffs are a delicious way to satisfy that snack attack. Now, if Thrive will only stock the JALAPENO and WHITE CHEDDAR flavors of Barbara's Cheese Puffs I could cover all my favorite snack flavors in a more healthy manner AND at a decent price. The ingredients are great! The price is better than competive (thankyou Thrive) and these little gems are delish. ~
Flawless. Delish. Addictive. Moorish. Enjoy!
These are very good, the best alternative to Cheetos that I have found. Will definitely buy again!
2nd time around
This is the second time I've ordered this. It's as good as it was the first time. The family loves it too. It is lighter tasting than the regular kind but you can eat it without feeling like your bathing in cheese powder.
Talk About Filling the Bag with Air...!!!
Taste wise, these are pretty good. The cheese tastes fresh, but it's a little too salty for me. The thing that got me though was the fact when I opened the bag, 3/4 of it was air! The cheese puffs are extremely small as well. Overall, I don't think I'd spend money on this again for overly salty cheese puffs the size of a pen cap.
These are the best cheese puffs ever!
They're so cheesy, crunchy, and fresh. The seasonings are done perfectly. It's positively addicting - in the best way!
The best Cheetos alternative!
I can't rave enough about how good these are! After giving up Cheetos (avoiding GMO's) I didn't think I'd find a good alternative. And I didn't until now. I add a bag (or two) to every order!
These lasted about 12 hours lol. Everyone loved them, including the not so healthy eaters & the little ones (who call them "fancy" cheetos). They are enough like cheetos that they satisfy that craving but I think the flavour is much better & closer to real cheese.
Best Cheese Puffs Ever!
I ate cheetos crunchy and puffs before but it was really full of sodium and it made me quite thirsty but for Barbara's Bakery Cheese Puffs it has less sodium, the color of the puffs are less orange and are really tasty. It's the best cheese snack to always have around.
These cheese puffs are light and tasty and fill the need when you crave a crunchy snack
Was my favorite
So ridiculously delicious.
I grew up eating crunchy cheesy snacks. This is an upgraded crunchy cheesy. I had to use a bowl in order to avoid eating the whole (large) bag.
Should be renamed CRUNCHY Cheese curls
We were happily surprised that these are similar to Cheetos crunchy cheese curls. I really like these. I would definitely buy them again.
- Natalie I
My All-Time Favorite!!!
Discovered Barbara's snacks at Whole Foods years ago, and the cheese puffs are my hands down, all- time favorite!!! I ordered 3 bags from Thrive, and all 3 were eaten within a day. They're the best!!
best cheese puffs
these are habit forming. Too good.
Tastes better than cheetos...and I"m willing to give this to my kids a lot more than the "original"
It doesn't taste like the (bad for you) cheese puffs that we've always gotten like Cheetos brand, but these are a more healthy choice ... not organic but have no preservatives or artificial ingredients.. But if you are expecting them to taste the same as Cheetos, you will be disappointed. Taste pretty good.
Cheesey and crunchy, we couldn't put them down. What a good snack!
I love the fresh cheesy taste! I will purchase more!
Better than Cheetos!
My husband loves his junk food and was a lil suspicious to try the "healthy chips" I had for him, but when i asked him how they were he said "they're pretty good, better than Cheetos". I think we have a winner.
- CAF Herring
Barbara's Original Cheese Puffs
Love these. My diet is restricted now (no cheese/milk), so I can't have these anymore, but I really enjoyed them when I did. They were the best cheese puff snack I've ever tried, really the best chip snack I've had. Miss them.
Best organic chips I have found!
Great taste but not 100% non-gmo
My kids and I loved these. They taste great and we usually got several bags with each order. However, only the corn is non-gmo. Canola is listed in the ingredients which means this product still has gmo's in it. Love the taste but will wait now until all ingredients are non-gmo.
Both my two year old and I approve! These don't last long in our house and I've been known to hoard them for myself.
Satisfies the craving with crunch and flavor.
Better than Cheetos!
A cheesy snack I can feel better about giving to my kids!
Excellent. Fresh,crispy and flavorful.
Barbara's Cheese Puffs
Loved them!!! My family is a big fan of wholesome, non-GMO foods, and as chemical free as we can find. Cheese Puffs are a favorite!!! and these are so much better. Loved them
Alternative to Cheetos
DO NOT BUY THESE!!! They are the most addictive food I've ever eaten. You may think you're only going to eat a few and the next thing you know the whole bag will be gone!!! If you do actually buy these you will know what it's like being addicted to crack. Enjoy! :-)
- Hans Gilgen
I never had these before and had been looking for more healthy snacks. These were really yummy, and not dry tasting. I would definitley buy them again
These was good and they wasn't to saulty and theywas a good snack.
- margaret boone
I like these a little tooo much!
Finger Licking Good
These are genuine crunchy treats. Even my husband, who normally just laughs at my childhood craving for cheese puffs, scarfs love these. Barbara's is a brand I trust too.
Barbara's Cheese Puffs
Addicting! Delicious! And I'm not the Barbara who makes them!
Will buy these again for sure. I recommend this product, good afternoon snack!!
Better than the big brand
These are so delicious! Not even missing the chemicals! They say puffs, but they are more like crunchy. Which is great!
I know these aren't healthy, but they are a whole lot better than the standard cheeto. It is a great treat when I am craving a cheesy snack.
These have great flavor and taste with out the orange mess!
Great bag of cheesy puffs!
They are crispy, they are cheesy, and very similar to other products out on the market, but with a lot less ingredients and overall a superior product. love it. and so do my kids! :)
Original Cheese Puffs
Love these! Tastes very similar to Hood's Korn Kurls I ate growing up. Very crispy and cheesy. Yum.
I love these cheese puffs, I could seriously eat an entire bag in one sitting! I was leery at first because I'm not a fan of blue cheese but the flavor isn't strong at all, I actually think it's what gives these such a yummy cheesy flavor.
These things are addicting. I just wish they were made with ALL Non-GMO ingredients.
Delicious....even better knowing the corn is Non GMO!
Love this cheesy flavor and crunch without the orange skin that come with other brands!
Good luck eating only one.
All the reviews were right! Absolutely delicious! (without that sick feeling afterwards)
These are not puffs but rather the crunchy ones so they hold upto shipping with no problem. The taste is awesome.
I order these every time I order from Thrive. They are crunchy cheesy delicious I can not live without for a great price, bonus!
My kids love these and they are my "better than" option for when they would like Cheetos. Nice and crunchy.
I love these, cheesy without the orange fingers. My husband missed the orange at first but after a bit, he really got into the bag and they are gone. Yum!
I have had these many times in the past, I find them quite satisfy for snacking. Thrive prices are better than the grocery store!
Kids loved these & they're a great alternative to the junk food ones
Addictive. Watch out.
Barbra's Cheese Puffs
Delicious will buy again,love them!
- Debra Trail
Barbara's Bakers cheese puffs
These are so tasty. A great snack.
It's all about the CHEESE
My family and I love, love, love this product. Unlike, the other name brand out there this product stands out with a real aged taste not that powdery crap on the other brand. I wasn't sure my family would like this because it was more of a natural color and doesn't appear to be caked on, but surprise they devoured it within minutes and requested I purchase more. I love the that is a natural product with real ingredients yet in staying true it delivers a crisp crunch that we all love about our Puffs, no artificial ingredients here. Thank you Thrive I've found our family snack.
- C Robinson
oh soooo good
loved it, ordered 2 bags and after trying it, well, i had to hide a bag from me so i don't eat them all at once :)
Yeah--believe all the reviews. These are so good. I ate them in two sittings. DANGEROUS!!
Crunchy cheesy snacks are my vice and I'll try pretty much any thing with both "cheese" and "puff" on the bag. I'm surprised that my fingertips don't have a permanent orange hue to them and before I'd switched over to healthier alternatives, I'd tried every variation that Cheetos had to offer. After a horrendously fascinating and disturbing chemistry demonstration in my college organic chemistry course involving lighting a Cheeto on fire to determine its caloric value. After seeing the subsequent byproducts, I swore off Cheetos forever and quickly began trying any and every alternative.
Anyway, Barbara's is definitely in my top 3 as far as favorite cheesy crunchy snacks. It's got a hearty, satisfying crunch, a delicious and authentic cheese flavor, and best of all, the ingredients are all natural and non-GMO. I actually burned one of these (more out of curiosity and for fun than for science) and there was a huge difference from the Cheeto debacle. The smell was way less pungent, and the byproducts were not nearly as oily or unnatural-looking, definitely seemed cleaner. And I can feel the difference when I eat them too. On the not-so-rare occasions where I finish the entire bag at once, I don't have nearly as bad of a junk food hangover as I would when I did that with other cheese puffs. At least this habit isn't too expensive. The prices here are so tempting! I'm glad I found them on Thrive.
- Anne G.
Bye, Mr. Cheetah!
We all love those neon-orange chips, and we all know they got that color by being dusted with who-knows-what. When I started eating healthy and loosing weight, I definitely missed them, and would allow myself only a tiny bag of them once in a blue moon as a treat.
Thank goodness for Barbara's! The color is less intense, but real cheese isn't neon. These TASTE LIKE CHEESE, not "cheese product". They're delightfully crunchy, and I have to portion them out ahead of time to keep me from eating the whole bag! On top of how great they taste, there's no artificial ingredients, which is just awesome.
- Jenny Thornton
Light and Yummy!
After reading the reviews, I had to try these. They are just as yummy as described. If you are looking for an alternative to the major brand, this is the perfect snack without too much guilt.
Barbara's Bakery Cheese Puffs
You said the 'joke' is that the bag of cheese puffs is one serving. Our Son was visiting my Husband and I when we received our order from you, which had a bag of the puffs. I ask if anyone wanted any and both of them said no. I tasted them and ask once more and both answered no. So, I sat in my recliner reading and ate the entire bag, and wet my fingers so I could get the tiny powder-like crumbs! These cheese puffs should be against the Law. They are so good, crisp, fresh and just DELICIOUS, You can't eat just one and that's a promise.
- Tanya L.
I am quite fond of the name brand of cheese puffs, and I never expected a healthy version to taste nearly as good. Boy was I wrong! These taste ten times better than the others, and the texture is perfect. I'm doing a little happy dance over here.
I love these cheese puffs - in my not-so-humble opinion, they are the best ones out there. A huge plus that they don't contain MSG. However, like the inside joke @ Barbara's says, I can't seem to moderate myself with these & so only buy occasionally (as I will eat the entire bag all at once)
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