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Tesco Cheese Flavour Balls

Tesco Cheese Flavour Balls Review

Oh boy. Buckle in.

I don’t know what it is about certain types of foods from certain brands, but they never ever taste good to me, and the Tesco Cheese Flavour Balls are one of those things. I know the pallet is quite a personal thing, but I cannot get over the flavour of Tesco’s cheese flavoured free from products. There’s something wrong with it.

First of all, I made a mistake. I got so excited that I brought two packs of the Tesco Cheese Flavour Balls. I’ve experienced the Tesco Cheese Nachos, and they were awful, so I don’t know why I expected the Tesco Cheese Flavour Balls to be any better. I’m sometimes annoyingly optimistic about free from food products, always to my disappointment.

The Tesco Cheese Flavour Balls are ‘leave a bad taste in your mouth’ bad.

The Basics

  • Tesco Cost: £1
  • Size: 150g
  • Specified Free From: Gluten, Milk, Wheat
  • Also ‘free from’: Soy
  • Ingredients: Maize, Sunflower Oil, Dried Potato, Rice Flour, Salt, Onion Powder, Yeast Extract, Natural Flavourings, Garlic Powder, Colour (Paprika Extract), Acid (Lactic Acid).
  • Allergens: None mentioned.
  • Vegan/Vegitarian: Vegan

Smell, Taste & Texture

It’s the same smell as the Tesco Cheese Nachos, and the same smell as their cheese – though I can’t remember which one I tried it years ago and never got it again.  I can’t quite pinpoint the ingredient, but to be honest I don’t want to spend a long time doing so. It’s bad and tickles the ‘nausea’ reflex. I know it doesn’t seem like it, but I really wanted these to be good, to be different to all the other snack products in their selection.

Theoretically all these flavours should go together. I’ve had them in many other free from food combos (non-Tesco) and they’ve been fine, if not great at times. That’s not the case here. Don’t do it to your pallet. You will not be able to get rid of the taste, no matter what you do. I tried to taste the second bag I got after had to get rid of the first one, but I couldn’t do it. Couldn’t bring myself to taste them again.

I will say that the texture is spot on. They look, and crunch like real cheese balls! But when the taste is this bad, the texture can’t improve anything.

Final Thoughts

It’s tempting, it’s so tempting but don’t do it to yourself! Like the rest of Tesco’s free from snack line it’s got good intentions, but terrible execution.

All this sounds extreme, but I am extremely sensitive to smells and taste. The Tesco Cheese Flavour Balls are overwhelmingly bad.


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