I’ve eaten too much delicious aged cheddar to enjoy Cheez-Its anymore, so when I spotted J&M Original Cheese Straws in the Memphis airport gift shop I thought I’d give them a try. Now I’m hooked. The straws are a popular Southern snack, and they’re crisp, with substantial cheddar flavor and just a hint of heat from cayenne pepper. I ate them at breakneck speed while driving in my rental car, but I could see them being enjoyed leisurely with a glass of Zinfandel as well.

J&M Original Cheese Straws, $19.95 for a 10-ounce tin

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