Pepsi flavored Cheetos now available in Japan, received mixed reviews (Video)

By on Aug 16, 2013 in Asia, Food, Weird Comments

The so-called Pepsi flavored Cheetos is now being sold in Japan, and has been receiving mixed reviews, including the ones in the videos below. This name of this new snack from Japan is Frito Lay Cheetos x Pepsi Shuwa Shuwa Cola Corn Snack, or simply Pepsi Shuwa Shuwa.

Pepsi flavored Cheetos

Pepsi Shuwa Shuwa (Pepsi flavored Cheetos)
Credit: Lisa H/Twitter

“The nosegrope upon opening the bag gave me pause. I immediately identified something very close to flat cola. Flat Pepsi? I dunno. My nose palate is not so refined. Something else was there in equal measure and it took me a moment to realize that the aroma was the same given off by powdered cinnamon donuts.” Steve of Impulsive Buy wrote.

“In these snacks the cheese powder has been replaced with a cola powder that is disturbingly not brown. The first sensation, which I did not expect, was a very acidic bite. It’s very citrusy, almost sour. And it hits hard. It tries to capture the citrus notes of Pepsi, but it’s over the top. Too lemony.” Steve added.

“The sweeter cola flavor is there but it’s subtler and overpowered by the intense citrus. The flavors are very distinct and don’t really ever mesh well together. But they do linger in the mouth for quite a while to leave you with a weird, marginally accurate, if lemony, Pepsi aftertaste.” Steve further said.

Based on the nutritional facts mentioned in 75-gram pack bought via eBay, this Pepsi flavored Cheetos has 414 kcal, 24.8 grams of fat, 614 milligrams of sodium, 44.6 grams of carbohydrates, and 3 grams of protein, and costs $3.99 (plus shipping).

According to LA Times, PepsiCo spokesman Jeff Dahncke confirmed to them that this Japanese junk food will not be sold in the US, but did not give further details why not. Anyway, the rate given by Steve to his experience after tasting Pepsi Shuwa Shuwa was 5 out of 10, noting on cons as with a lingering aftertaste, lemon taste, and robot dinosaurs.

However, not all Pepsi Shuwa Shuwa reviews were negative. Lisa H (‏@midori711c) tweets, “Amazing Pepsi flavored Japanese Cheetos from @jlist …reactions ranged from ‘awesome’ to ‘crazy’. They’re yummy!” and even posted a photo of this Pepsi flavored Cheetos snack.

Pepsi flavored Cheetos (Pepsi Shuwa Shuwa) review
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Pepsi flavored Cheetos (Pepsi Shuwa Shuwa) review
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Pepsi flavored Cheetos (Pepsi Shuwa Shuwa) review
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