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Chicago Snacks®: Vitner's Crunchy Kurls Cheese Flavored Sizzlin' Hot

Giving spotlight to this underrated brand, at least here in the West Coast, due to certain companies ceasing production of spicy snacks.

No joke: I emailed Kroger about their Hot Crunchy Cheese Curls (reviewed back in 2015) in January 2021. The manager responded back telling me that sales were sluggish eventually getting trickled away to stop production. Apparently, I'm witnessing the same at our local Walmart and their Hot Cheese Crunch product not being available on the shelves, but still being sold online. I really don't know what's causing these shortages, besides low sales, but I'm living into thinking that these kinds of snacks are the go-to, aren't they? I'd like to think so, at least here in southern California where I'm at, so I did some searching and found this unique treat from Vitner's. When all else fails, we can thank Amazon.

One thing you'll immediately notice is how small this bag is (the 3.5 oz version). While that may not sit well with the average snack fan, who may indulge in the Family/Party Size bags, this is packaged for good reason. That reason is that the chips are quite spicy. For someone like myself, who's a fan of hot and spicy foods, these snacks woke me up. Unlike the popular brand represented by my favorite cheetah mascot, all the pieces in this bag are fully coated in its blend of spices, making sure that your tongue and teeth embrace every flavorful particle. It's one of those where being a gluttonous couch potato is something you can be proud of being (not that we recommend it or anything). The spicy flavors are rich and the pieces are crisp and crunchy. Some may find this to be too sharp a taste, but that may depend on the snacker—the one eating it.

One of the main complaints with these snacks is that upon ordering online, they received stale/expired chips. That is not the case with us, as ours were crisp and fresh. Food companies: If you want to talk about stale foods, without sending off the reputation that you're wasting food, I'd suggest lowering the price. I've seen this countless of times at grocery stores, as some folks even confessed that any product under its expiration date gets re-labeled and sold again, while another one says you can even sue the grocery store for selling expired products. Message to all food vendors big and small: Limit food waste. I'm just one person, with this simple website swamped by others which probably shouldn't be online for obvious and/or controversial reasons. I love food, and I hate to see it go to waste. If that means adjusting prices, by means of profit losses by the week/month, might as well. If you've hung around this website in your free time, you'll find that food comes and goes, always re-grows and de-composes upon consumption (naturally, we hope), but bad reviews stick forever. Even if the review gets taken down, someone somewhere has a screenshot of it, and if it was originally posted on a social media website, they've got a copy of it on their databases which only employees and various prosecutors/authorities who need proof, can have access to it (a big caveat when posting/sharing things online). Human beings, to this day and sadly forever on, still continue to mistreat each other. Let's not do the same with food, as it's a source for survival, togetherness and happiness. Is that something we can agree on? Let us know. (Sorry, anything involving food waste is a big problem I have to address on this website. Only time we'll start caring about saving food is when there's a worldwide shortage, forcing every citizen to pursue a diet which may or may not be sufficient enough for human life. Does that sound crazy? I hope it does; Don't wait for it to happen.)

Anyway, snacking on a product exclusive from the East Coast is a treat that makes you thankful why we have Internet. I even bought and tasted their Cheese Twists Corn Snacks (third and fourth picture above), which are equivalent to Cheese Puffs, and I found them to be a delicious treat. Vitner's being in business since 1926 tells you they're doing something right. I'm not sure if this review will be enough to challenge the top brands, nor be sold at local stores here in California, but if you're a food/snack fanatic, you need to try these! Since hot cheese curls are also being used as ingredients, the sharp taste of these will add a huge boost to your recipe! If you read the ingredients, the powdered spices is very much hot sauce seasoning. I'm drooling already.

Highly recommend these!





  • Exclusive brand of chips from Chicago.
  • Heavily coated in its spice blends, ensuring rich, flavorful tastes on each piece.
  • Vitner's has operated since 1926.
  • Vitner's also sells corn snacks and potato chips.
  • Customer complaints in receiving stale/expired bags.
100% (A+)
Fan Rating
Brand Vitner's
Item Crunchy Kurls Cheese Flavored / Cheese Twists Hot Cheese Flavored Corn Snacks
Description Sizzlin' Hot

Hotter than the Great Chicago Fire, Vitner's HOT CRUNCHY KURLS are for the fearless snacker with a burning desire for the extreme! Can you handle the heat?

Since 1926 Vitner's has done things the Chicago Way: BIG AND BOLD! The flavors and traditions of Chicago go into everything we make, and today everyone can savor our robust, full flavored snacks.
Bar Code Number 0 78271 11760 4
Net Weight 3.5 OZ. (99 g)
Product Number 524010LAP
Serving Size 1 oz (28g)
Servings Per Container 3.5
Calories 150
Total Fat 10g - 13%
Saturated Fat 1.5g - 7%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Monounsaturated Fat 2.5g
Cholesterol 0mg - 0%
Sodium 440mg - 19%
Total Carbohydrate 13g - 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g -3%
Total Sugars 2g
Included 1g Added Sugars 2g
Protein 1g
Vitamin D 0mcg - 0%
Calcium 20mg - 2%
Iron 0mg - 0%
Potassium 50mg - 2%
Ingredients Cornmeal, Vegetable Oil (Sunflower, Safflower, Corn, Cottonseed, Canola, and/or Rice), Hot Sauce Seasoning (Salt, Modified Starch, Maltodextrin, Dextrose, Paprika, Citric Acid, Monosodium Glutamate, Red 40 Lake, Sucrose, Natural Flavors, Vinegar, Caramel [For Color], Onion Powder, Garlic Powder), Cheese Seasoning (Whey Powder, Maltodextrin, Reduced Lactose Whey Powder, Canola Oil, Cheddar Cheese Powder [Cultured Milk, Salt, Enzymes], Natural Flavor, Salt, Citric Acid, Lactic Acid, Artificial Flavors [Yellow 6 and Yellow 5]).
Other Contains Milk. Produced in a facility that also taht Soy.

Snak-King Corp., Chicago, Illinois 60632
© 2019 Snak-King Corporation

SINCE 1926

1.5g SAT FAT 7% DV
440mg SODIUM 19% DV



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Comments (1)


Bro where can I find some I heard Chicago itself. I love 2 hours north of Chicago in Wisconsin and the new crunchy curls are disgusting, whole different recipe.


Hey Daniel, we ordered ours on Amazon (we currently reside in Los Angeles, CA). It was our first time trying these. Hope that helps!