I’m not saying there is no better snack out there than Utz Cheese Balls -- but they are definitely up there, and they were one of the first snack companies to experiment with serving vessels larger than those little, weird, greasy tins and your garden-variety bag. For that, I salute them.
Maybe there are better uses of my tender words. But giant barrels of Utz Cheese Balls have saved so many events from fading into obscurity by virtue of their day-glow orange hue, endless availability, and eminent edibility. A group of people can take a barrel of these suckers down faster than they can demolish a barrel of almost anything else, and I'm including cracker barrels.
The bottom line? Utz made it a whole lot more economical to fill up a bathtub with cheese balls. And if that isn’t worth lauding, what is?
Adam Lapetina is a staff writer for Thrillist, and his keyboard is forever stained orange. Read his musings at @adamlapetina.