It wasn't long before I graduated to cheesy snack items, like Doritos and Cheetos. But when I met the Cheeze-It cracker, a devastating love affair began, filled with obsession, longing, secret meetings, and eating of whole boxes at one sitting.
Yes, I admit it. I'm addicted to Cheeze-It crackers.
I try to avoid them, but it's impossible. They line up, box by box, along the shelves of the grocery store in a riotous variety of flavors that I can't ignore. They lurk on the aisle endcaps, forcing me to notice their svelte orange-red cardboard, their jaunty crackers dancing on their box fronts, and their yummy cheddar hunks, tempting me with tasty goodness.
How can I resist?
Oh, I wish I could place the blame elsewhere. On MSG, say. But Cheeze-Its don't contain MSG. They aren't made with addictive food additives. It's just the cheese...the darned, tasty, irresistible cheese! And I can't say no.
Even their ads are charmingly enticing. How devious! I can't turn away from the mix of charm and humor that says, "You want me, baby. You know you want me."
And I do. I yearn for Cheeze-It crackers, like the deserts yearn for rain. It's embarrassing and humbling. And it's hard to admit. But for my own recovery as a cheese addict, I have to tell you about it. Maybe one day, I will live in a world free of temptation.
But until then, I'll have to put the Cheeze-Its back on the shelf, and buy something else.
Like Cadbury milk chocolate bars. Because chocolate is good for me. Right?
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