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Planter's Cheez Balls

Does anyone know if these still exist? They came in a blue can with a yellow lid and were the best mixture of artificially cheesiness that I have ever put into my mouth.

I've found that the puffs (like cheese doodles) and curls (like Cheetos) just don't compare to the taste sensation of the balls.

I believe Utz makes a ball but sadly they dissapointed. Any suggestions to serve as a replacement for my childhood friend?

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  1. I am almost 90% sure that Planter's still makes these. I used to buy them at Target all the time. Sitting in front of the TV with that gigantic can of Cheez Balls is the best. OOh, with a soda too.

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    1. re: lamster

      Alas, I think we all may be disapointed. According to this site, they have been sent to the junk food graveyard:


      Oh the anticipation after you popped the lid off and opened the the metal ring freshness seal...

      1. re: dddhokie

        I too started doing research and was sad to see that they were discontinued. :( If I manage to find some at the dollar store or big lots, I will be sure to let you all know.

      2. re: lamster

        do you know if we have it here in the Phil.? I really crave for it... It was like searching all the supermarket nearby but I cannot found any planter's cheese balls for years. =(

      3. Oh you HAD to and mention those things. Dang. I may have to go to Target tomorrow and see if they have any.

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        1. re: Candy

          Let me know if you happen to find any at Target. It would make my year!

        2. I haven't seen these in a while! I loved cheez balls. So much better than the cheez curls (or whatever planters calls the straight ones). The best part is licking the "cheez" of your fingers after consuming the entire can!

            1. re: bethd127

              I haven't had these in at least five years, so why am I so incredibly sad about this news?

              1. They're being discontinued explains why I've seen them at Big Lots, though I haven't been to one recently.

                1. I've been looking for a suitable cheezy poof replacement for a while. Is it me, or are the cheetos puffs way more dense than they used to be?

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                  1. re: zfalcon

                    Yes, they are! If you can get your hands on Golden Flake cheesy poofs, they're a far superior product, though they tend to get stale very quickly.

                    1. re: zfalcon

                      It's not your imagination. They are awful. Way too hard and tasteless with little taste or enjoyment. No doubt the victim of the food police in Washington DC

                    2. Sad - I didn't know that they had been discontinued! I liked to suck on them until they were limp little pieces of artificialness.

                      I'm not sure who made them, but I think that I recently had something similar bought in bulk from somewhere like Costco or Sams Club. Or I might be dreaming it, I'm not sure.

                      1. If they've been discontinued, you might want to try some dollar stores. I see similar cans of Fritos in mine.

                        And in looking for a replacement, you ought to try the new Cheetos. They're "natural" and made with white cheddar. I for one find the fingertip residue of these new ones far preferable to the bright orange.

                        1. Yep, I loved them too. I remember them being 97 cents for a can. I bet I haven't eaten those things in 12-14 years. I will admit that I love the baked Cheetos, I can barely tell a difference between the baked ones and the regular ones. Love!

                          1. and how about when you put one in your mouth and then pressed it to the roof of your mouth so it exploded with cheez? awesome....they will be missed

                            1. Maybe Planters discontinued theirs, but I see huge clear jugs of some similar puffed air "cheez" balls every time I go to Costco. Can't imagine they would taste that different.

                              I always liked the puffed melt in your mouth cheesy snacks like that, rather than the crunchy style Cheetos. Around here we get Wise Cheez Doodles which I think are pretty good. I don't get them often, but I like a dose once in a while.

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                              1. re: CrazyOne

                                Those are the Utz balls mentioned in the original post. A sadly inferior knock-off...don't be fooled....

                                1. re: amyvc

                                  actually, wise and utz are two completely different brands...

                              2. Funny, my boyfriend's been searching for these for a while. I'll have to break the bad news to him.

                                1. I just came from Target. None there. The Cheetos just don't have the intensity of flavor that the Planter's Cheese Balls had.

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                                  1. re: Candy

                                    Nor the exploding-cheese-bomb sensation inherent to the spherical shape. I'd forgotten how good those Planters balls were

                                    1. re: Yaqo Homo

                                      Yes I miss them for my thrice yearly binge. The utz balls will allow you to do the exploding bomb sensation (I work with children with autism so I know the ins and outs of cheese balls), but a far inferior taste.

                                  2. So sad, no more cheese balls stained fingers... :(

                                    1. Funny, I hadn't eaten this type of snack in years until recently, when a friend started bringing over bags of Cheese Doodles (fried). He recently bought the Utz puff balls instead, and they were terrible - not as good as Doodles and certainly not as good as the Planter's.

                                      Have you tried Pirate's Booty? I've only had it once, but I remember its being pretty good.

                                      1. Cheetos makes a cheese ball but only in a plastic snack container that kind of resembles a creamer bottle. Not bad.

                                        1. So I've been on the hunt for a replacement cheese ball and this is the closest I've found:

                                          These are the Pirate's Cannon Balls. No neon orange on your fingers, but good texture and pretty cheezy. They are pretty healthy for a junk food, so I have no guilt when eating them.

                                          They are usually found in the "healthy" food section of your grocery, and I've seen them at trader joe's too.

                                          Also, those Cheetos cheese balls in the plastic snack container that Carmelizedbunions mentions above --- I think those are discontinued too.

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                                            1. re: MeowMixx

                                              What an amazing website! Tasting notes for processed snack foods (I think Frank Bruni or William Grimes did something similar with several brands of cheese crackers; I can't quite remember).

                                          1. I recently saw cheez balls in the 100 calorie packs - I think there are 6 packs in a box.

                                            1. What? Why would they discontinue them? They had the perfect crunchiness. My aunt used to buy those, along with pudding pops, circus peanuts, and other yumminess. She is sadly no longer with us, and I think the circus peanuts are the only one of her foods that remains.

                                              1. Cheetos brand (Frito-Lay) now has asteroids which are tiny cheese balls that taste great, much better than their cheese puffs or their other shapes, only problem is they only come in the 100 calorie snack packs, not in big bags. I called Frito-Lay to find out where I could buy them in bags and they told me they are only available in the small snack-size cups of 100 calories. I told them I am sure a lot of people would buy them if they start offering them in the bigger bags. I'm sure if they heard from enough people they'd eventually offer them that way.

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                                                1. re: cheri

                                                  Yeah. I have tried the Frito-Lay ones........... not too shabby

                                                  1. re: moiraknows

                                                    Those Asteroids are good. They also come in the commuter cup pack. I remember buying Planter's at the 99 cent store.

                                                2. I have great news for us Planters Cheez balls lover as we all know they've been discontinued but I refused to accept that so I called Nabisco to confirm and they did :( but..............they are willing to bring them back if enough ppl call and request for the return so for those of you who are as serious about this as I am here's the number 1800-932-7800. please call and give them you zip code and all the little info they ask for to know where the demand is. I'm calling everyday till I see them in the store cuz there is no replacing those tasty cheezy balls!!!

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                                                  1. re: K_burgins

                                                    I'm SO glad to see so many Cheese Ball lovers out there. Your memories are my memories and oh, what memories they are! As I recall: my grandmother's house, her hideous (and itchy) orange couch, the huge tv that still exists, pulling the yellow lid off of that beautiful blue can, unleashing the freshness, crunchy, cheesy flavor bursting with delight in my mouth. How I miss it!
                                                    There are far too many inferior puffed cheese snacks on the market! Thank you for the request number! I called- let's get this delicious treat back on the shelves!

                                                  2. www.hometownfavorites.com/shop/btwgb.asp

                                                    Above is a link to a site that lists products no longer available. Sadly, Planter's Cheez Curls/Puffs are on that list. I agree with you, they were the bast; I could easily eat a whole can in one sitting and nothing I have found comes close.

                                                    1. http://www.dollaritem.com/dollar_stor...

                                                      Is this the same item? I think so. I have a good friend who is all about these, and I can't find them for him anywhere. Just thought I'd ask someone who would know if this was the right brand.... Thanks!

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                                                      1. re: ashmash20

                                                        That is the brand, but I noticed when you click the order button, nothing happens. I actually sent an email to Planters, and they responded with a statement, to the effect of, that these are gone for good, sorry.

                                                      2. You want the Cheez Ball back?
                                                        We can make it happen!
                                                        Sign this petition and post the link on your facebook, myspace, whatever and forward to your friends and family!
                                                        My family is trying to get the Cheez Balls back by May for my brother's birthday...it was his favorite snack!

                                                          1. Nothing tears open the roof of your mouth like a Planter's Cheez Ball. When I was young(er), I dipped them in peanut butter(as though they didn't have enough fat or sodium on their own)...They do still have them at the discount store around here- Dollar Store, Dollar Star, Dollar Tree...They are probably from 1999, but they have em!

                                                            1. Last week I came upon this page while trying desperately to find my beloved Cheez Balls. After finding out that they are, in fact, discontinued, I gave up and bought some bagged crap that was absolutely horrible. Then I really gave up. Not 5 days later I was at Menard's of all places and in the check out lanes, there was a 35oz tub of Harvest Road Cheese Balls. Hope renewed I bought it ($5) and by god, they're the same as the Planters! AND they have Trans Fat! That excites me because I know that they are really the same haha. I sit here, with yellow/orange fingers, about 1/4 of the way through the tub and I've probably ingested way more than my daily dose of most of the items on the nutritional graph, but I am happy about it! Thank you, Harvest Road! (whoever the heck you are!)

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                                                              1. re: watsonea4

                                                                never heard of them. I'll have to check them out. Where did you find them?

                                                                1. re: dddhokie

                                                                  It is so funny that this came up. I bought a bag of cheez balls from a 99 Ranch market (Asian grocery store in So. Cal) thinking it would replace my craving. And, it used palm oil so I just knew it had to be deliciously unhealthy. Unfortunately, it had a weird sweet taste. . . Disappointing. . .

                                                              2. I'm sad to read this site. I became a member just to say that I loved those things! I was thinking about them a couple years ago and I tried to find them. But no luck. And now I hear they've been discontinued. Makes me sad. I loved those things so much! But I'm right now eating something that tastes remotely like the cheez balls ,and nothing like cheetos. Their in a orange bag. And their called Puffs! And there's like.. great value written on the side, and cheddar cheese on the bag, and it says made with real cheese. Give it a shot. I think we got 'em at wal mart. Or just try your local grocery store. They reminded me of the Cheez balls, thus the reason why I went looking to see if they still existed.

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                                                                1. re: ValValBoBal

                                                                  They are back!! CHeck Blockbusters!!!!!!!

                                                                2. During a recent out-of-the-blue craving I started looking for these at my local stores; no luck, of course. No other cheese puff I've tried comes close to how good these were. Sigh. It's it's own thing, but for cheese dust intensity I go for Jay's cheese puffs(or whatever they call them). Too bad Jay's is regional.

                                                                  1. I took a chance and tried the Kroger's brand of Cheez Balls, and they were pretty close to the Planters. Not exact, but good and cheesy with lots of crunch.

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                                                                    1. re: danhole

                                                                      I second that...save for the original these are the best I've tasted!

                                                                    2. I remember loving the Planter's Cheese Balls, and I was only allowed to have them just a handful of times, but they were sooo good that I can still remember how delicious they were. And none of the other cheesy snacks like Cheetos or Cheez Doodles taste as good..and I'll tell you why...Because the Planter's Cheese Balls had a very buttery taste! That's what I remember best and it has yet to be replicated...those little thingys were scrumptious. Bring 'em back!

                                                                      1. for anyone still looking for a product that is of a similar--if not BETTER--quality, try snyder of berlin's cheese curls. they are much poofier, lighter, but cheesier than the cheetos variety. i've attached a picture

                                                                        1. I can't believe that the Cheez Curls (Curlz?) are gone, too! I remember devouring a whole can of those as a kid watching tv in the afternoon. With a Dr. Pepper to wash all that glorious, crunchy, orange cheeziness down.

                                                                          I am now officially bummed out. '-(

                                                                          1. I have recently found out that PLANTER CHEEZ BALLS are making a come back in Blockbuster Stores!! I called my local store and they told me yes they are coming in any day. Let me know if anyone see them!!

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                                                                            1. re: cheezballnut

                                                                              now i'm gonna have to hightail it to blockbuster's! ;-)

                                                                              1. re: alkapal

                                                                                CHEEZ BALLS ARE BACK!! i have to admit, my search had ended with all the bad news online, but today i found them!!! i literally became speechless upon seeing them in the checkout line at blockbuster! granted the second language on the label is french and the big yellow letters read Cheez Mania Cheez Balls, this is it!! so, my fellow cheez ball nuts, do hightail it to blockbuster and engage in the bliss that is cheez balls.

                                                                                1. re: cheezballsareback

                                                                                  Do they have the same formula? Please don't tell me they changed the cheese flavor.

                                                                                  1. re: cheezballsareback

                                                                                    The return on Planter's Cheez Balls CONFIRMED (in California)! I saw your post here and went to Blockbuster's to see for myself. They only had one can left... it was just as good as I remembered. Tonight I'm going to drive to the next closest Blockbuster's and clean them out. I am so happy! Thank you internet people!

                                                                                    1. re: kanile

                                                                                      ITs true, i just got them in eastern PA. I was overly excited (according to my girlfriend) about it. However, maybe I'm letting nostalgia get the better of my taste buts, but I swear these used to taste a little better. At the very least, they don't seem as hard and roof of the mouth cutting like they did in the past... still cool to hear that noise it makes when you shake the tin.

                                                                                      1. re: philm662

                                                                                        I agree, I just got them myself and was totally let down. This is NOT the same product.

                                                                              2. no unfortunately they have been discontinued... =[ but they have a petition you can go and sign it, tell everyone you know to go andsign it!! hopefully they will bring them back!

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                                                                                1. re: jujubean23

                                                                                  jujubean, the upthread posters say they are available at blockbuster (or a similar product.)

                                                                                  1. re: alkapal

                                                                                    well unfortunately, where i live they do not have them ... not even something similar .. well they have a dollar store brand but that is just not worth the time.... they are terrible! but thank you for letting me know.. =]

                                                                                2. My husband and I have asked the same question for years now...I miss those things. I'll have to keep an eye out.

                                                                                  1. I discovered 100-Calorie Cheetos Asteroids mini bites. They are smaller than and not as perfectly round as Cheez Balls, but the texture is pretty close!

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                                                                                    1. re: feed_me_potatoes

                                                                                      Nice. The Planter's Cheez Balls used to be my go-to snack at the movies when I was small!

                                                                                      1. re: feed_me_potatoes

                                                                                        feed me potatoes, those snacks look dangerous. i'd be very tempted to open the top and pour them into my mouth!!! http://www.taquitos.net/snacks.php?sn...

                                                                                      2. Well.... they do exist I saw them at the costco in livermore, ca. They were not the same brand, but it was a huge plastic can filled with hundreds of them. I did not buy it, but i hope they are as good as I remember.

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                                                                                        1. re: bunny28904

                                                                                          I saw the same at a Cost Plus/World Market over the weekend. Didn't buy because I just don't need that many of them.

                                                                                          1. re: beachmouse

                                                                                            They package them as "Bunny Tails" and sell them with the Easter stuff--which means they're half-price today, while they last. I bought a giant jar--i figure at that price, we can eat them until they're stale, and pitch the rest, and they're still a bargain!

                                                                                        2. Just picked up 4 cans of Cheez Curls yesterday at blockbuster (all they had)

                                                                                          I was so excited. BUT just like PHILM662 said they are different. In fact they are terrible, It seems they must have changed the recipe, they had more of a baked flavor and they tasted stale.

                                                                                          I am really upset, the only thing worse than losing something you love is losing it twice!

                                                                                          1. Has anyone gotten an hold of the new Cheetos brand "Giant Cheetos?" Its supposed to be a marshmellow sized cheese ball! Could this be our replacement product?!?!

                                                                                            There was a nationwide release this month but I haven't seen it hit the stores yet here in the Bay Area.

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                                                                                            1. re: lamster

                                                                                              it looks like a selective release in any event. i did a search on the cheetos website, and the stores that turned up were not the usual suspects. in fact, i was surprised that my closest safeway didn't carry them, but other nearby safeways did -- and no harris teeter or giant.

                                                                                              here's the search result for north arlington, virginia: http://www.fritolay.com/our-snacks/wh...

                                                                                              you can do a similar search for your zip code. http://www.fritolay.com/our-snacks/wh... <the search set-up is a bit strange, as it doesn't appear that anything is happening, but just go back to the search box, and you'll see the options menu has changed to reflect your last selection. like a decision tree. >

                                                                                              1. re: lamster

                                                                                                They have them here in Austin and I just tasted a few. No cause for alarm - all they did was remind me of Planters Cheez Balls and made me miss them, that is how I ended up here. They taste like a giant cheeto. Nothing special.

                                                                                                1. re: HelloTiffy

                                                                                                  I am eating astroids and they are not as good... better than others... but it's the buttery taste!

                                                                                                  I will check my local blockbuster... I can't believe of all places!

                                                                                                  I can't understand why planters would do this... they had the best product!

                                                                                              2. Sis just got back from Australia yesterday and brought me back a bag of Cheetos Cheese and Bacon balls. Have not seen them in the US, but have not really looked for them. They were the same size as the Planter's Cheez balls. Not quite as hard, but still cheesy and definitely a bacon taste. They were really yummy. We ate the whole bag in almost one sitting.

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                                                                                                1. re: Sophie

                                                                                                  You can't get those here in the U.S. Only Australia. Sure wish we could, though! Sound great.

                                                                                                  1. re: danhole

                                                                                                    I, like most who have posted on this board, have a powerful childhood bond with Cheez Balls. Something about the can that just makes this product stand apart from all others. Honestly, this is the type of snack where, if you have a can, nobody around you better expect you to share, because it is near impossible not to devour the whole can. I'd rather be allowed only to sniff an empty can of Cheez Balls than to eat a bag, or jug, or whatever else kind of container of any other product.

                                                                                                    I have not seen these things personally in years, and I miss the hell out of them. I am about to launch an all out search for them though. If anybody can point me in the right direction it would be most appreciated.

                                                                                                2. American Fare Cheese Balls, so far, have been the closest I've tasted. In fact, were it not for the container, I would think they were Planters Cheez Balls. My roommate found these at Kmart of all places. Good luck to ya.

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                                                                                                  1. re: millagorilla

                                                                                                    isn't that the k-mart house brand? i wonder if the same people make them for wal-mart?

                                                                                                    1. re: millagorilla

                                                                                                      The only kind that Kmart carries anymore are "Smart Sense" (their own brand), and these are nothing at all like Planters. Just your usual "Damn, I miss Planters" cheese balls. ;) They weren't bad, but if you could see the container of them I bought last month you'd see how much I crave them...

                                                                                                      Harvest Road cheese balls are a spot-on clone of Planters, but they have stopped making them for the time being. Word is that they will "probably" be available at select stores sometime next year...

                                                                                                      By the way, I've seen "Utz" cheese balls at Walmart, but they don't look a thing like Planters, so my expectations have been low and I've never bothered to try them yet.

                                                                                                    2. http://www.petitiononline.com/cheez12...
                                                                                                      There's a petition to bring them back. Everyone sign!!

                                                                                                      1. Woahh nostalgia. I just had a flashback to sunday dinner at my grandparents' old house with football on TV and Planter's Cheez Balls from the can before the weekly roast beef (salted to hell and drowned in gravy of course).

                                                                                                        1. I said to myself, " Here is a thread that is going places!"

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                                                                                                          1. Sam'sclubs sells a very close copy. THey come in the perfect size, beleive it is a 2 gall jug. Walmart caries the same product very infrequent.

                                                                                                            1. Why don't we all write or email planters to bring them back.

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                                                                                                              1. re: dquick67

                                                                                                                AND bring back the cheese curlz. Cuz they blow the ballz out of the water, crunch & flavor-wise.

                                                                                                                1. re: dquick67

                                                                                                                  Gotta tell you, this was one of the seldom-seen-but-quickly-scarfed treats of my younger years. They were the bomb....there is a strange sweetness to a lot of the cheese puff snacks out there now, but those Planters....sigh.

                                                                                                                2. For some reason, the sound that the container would make when you shook it stands out to me more than their taste does...

                                                                                                                  1. i've gotten a strange addiction to crunchy cheetos!