That's Cheezies with a Z
May 2, 2012 4:14 PM   Subscribe

"That's Cheezies with a Z." The inventor of the beloved snack product has died.
posted by anothermug (25 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
anybody know which came first? the chicken or the egg?

not that it particularly matters
posted by armitage at 4:31 PM on May 2, 2012

Wow, that CBC page layout's terrible. Here's one that requires less scrolling. Also, why didn't anyone link to the official Cheezies site? They're awesome, and I'll be picking up a bag on the way home.
posted by Zack_Replica at 4:33 PM on May 2, 2012

Sooooo... they're like Cheetos, but Canadian?
posted by item at 4:33 PM on May 2, 2012

never heard of it.

but .
posted by Ironmouth at 4:34 PM on May 2, 2012

Sooooo... they're like Cheetos, but Canadian?

Cheezies were invented in 1947. Cheetos were invented in 1948. Therefore, Cheetos are like Cheezies, but American.
posted by mightygodking at 4:53 PM on May 2, 2012 [8 favorites]

Ah yes I had forgotten about these (it's been awhile since I've been to Canada). They are, as I recall, yummier than Cheet-ohs. One of the many superior junk foods of the Great White North, also including poutine and the Wunderbar (aka StarBar in Germany).

And Crispy Crunch is light years ahead of Butterfinger.

Okay so those are Cadbury and thus more likely British than Canadian but then you have Jersey Milk, a distinctly Canadian chocolate bar which is much better than the standard Hershey's bar for s'mores construction.

This post is making me super nostalgic for Gentler Canadian Times.

posted by Doleful Creature at 4:58 PM on May 2, 2012 [2 favorites]

Quick, let's make this about which latitudes we come from!
posted by foursentences at 4:59 PM on May 2, 2012

The Sunday Edition's documentary on Cheezies is quite charming.
posted by maudlin at 5:06 PM on May 2, 2012

Licks neon orange dust off fingertips in honor. Thanks for the crunching into puffed cheese-like umami guilty pleasure, James E. Marker.

posted by nickyskye at 5:12 PM on May 2, 2012 [1 favorite]

I caught part of that Sunday Edition and thought it was sweet that they were doing a doc on Cheezies. I didn't realize it was because the inventor had died. RIP Mr. Marker.

The last bag of Cheezies I consumed was from the cold beer and wine store. It's the only thing I bought while in there. I think the cashier thought I was strange. "Nope, no beer or wine, thanks. Just a bag of Cheezies!"

. <--orange dot
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 5:48 PM on May 2, 2012 [3 favorites]

"Cheezies with a Z." That's Z as in Zed.
posted by ThatCanadianGirl at 6:04 PM on May 2, 2012 [2 favorites]

Heretics. Cheezies are nothing like Cheetos. Cheezies are bone-hard and have a density approaching that of lead. They snap with a satisfying crack like firewood chopped by hand, not like a cheese-flavored log of dryer lint.

R.I.P. Mr. Marker. I have several arterial plaques with your trans fats in them.

posted by benzenedream at 6:14 PM on May 2, 2012 [7 favorites]

Why is it that whenever I see a picture of something like Cheetos or Cheezies I get an intense craving for a snack that I know will make me sick?
posted by Splunge at 6:19 PM on May 2, 2012 [1 favorite]

posted by SpaceWarp13 at 6:29 PM on May 2, 2012

Hawkins Cheezies are my kryptonite. I can ignore all other cravings. But my local shop sells 'em in the big bags.

posted by clvrmnky at 6:49 PM on May 2, 2012 [2 favorites]

We never got Cheezies. We got imitation Cheezies from the bulk bin at what was first Steinberg's, then Miracle Mart.

I believe that makes me and my sister more Canadian than the rest of you hosers.
posted by Capt. Renault at 7:01 PM on May 2, 2012 [3 favorites]

Cheezies are so much better than Cheetos. The cheese powder is a burnt orange, not the sunny nonthreatening orange of Cheetos, and eating a Cheezie requires some jaw strength as opposed to the air-puffed nothingness of a Cheeto.

Now I just need to find the Secret Store of Canadian Stuff in Atlanta because I have just been hit by a craving for something I haven't eaten since high school.
posted by catlet at 7:01 PM on May 2, 2012

I have a bag of those sitting in the kitchen as I type. Guess I'll go open it and eat it in honour of Mr. Marker..

posted by fimbulvetr at 7:04 PM on May 2, 2012

posted by furtive at 7:40 PM on May 2, 2012

"Want a Cheezie?" ...but those aren't Cheezies! They're Humpty Dumpty brand whatever-those-ones-are-called.

Yes, in Canada, we call all foodstuffs that are orange crunchy corn clots "Cheezies." Even Cheetos. Which is a weird thing, really, because actual Cheezies aren't really all that ubiquitous; you usually have to hunt them down. I don't think I ever even saw the real thing until the mid-nineties.

They don't taste very good. But you can't stop eating them. They're like crunchy beer or something.

[Let's pretend I found a link to Martha and the Muffins' "Cheezies and Gum" and linked to it here]

posted by Sys Rq at 7:46 PM on May 2, 2012

Cheezies have the same gum-shredding quality as Capt. Crunch. A strong flavour, too. Very hard crunch.

I'm hard pressed to think of another junkfood with its qualities.
posted by five fresh fish at 7:49 PM on May 2, 2012

I had a packet only last night. Thank deity for being back in Canada.

. and om nom nom nom.
posted by arcticseal at 7:49 PM on May 2, 2012

Huh, a fascinating culture thread. Those Canadians with their burnt orange, hard as hand hewn firewood, gum shredding cheese cracklings (not the hoser puffs) available in the copycat versions at Steinberg's and Miracle Mart.

Cute eating Cheezies video.

The interesting details one learns here.
posted by nickyskye at 9:27 PM on May 2, 2012

Heh. Nothing like messing with the shreds of skin on the roof of your mouth after a bowl of The Cap'n.
posted by Splunge at 10:45 PM on May 2, 2012

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