Review: Monsterella Stix from Checkers

An appetizer/side item like mozzarella sticks always appeared to lack much in variety.  Breaded and fried mozzarella cheese with some marinara dipping sauce on the side has been done over and over.  It’s rare to come across mozzarella sticks that will separate themselves from the rest, especially with limited availability on fast food menus.  Sure there are the good and the bad ones, but the core ingredients remain the same.  This is grub that deserves a fresh new style and taste.  Checkers new Monsterella Stix didn’t exactly make the jump I was looking for, but there seemed to be just enough tinkering to get me to sample them for a review.

Checkers Monsterella Stix 1This advancement in mozzarella sticks I’d like to see isn’t something that hasn’t been done before.  I just think the fact that more fried cheese stick options haven’t been sprouting up everywhere is beyond me. At some point I’m sure companies will hit on something like a new cheese blend or spicy breading, but until then I’m going to see if Checkers “Famous” fry seasoning  will be enough to wow me. 

Monsterella Stix 2First off, my opinion of Checkers Famous Seasoned Fries.  Just because you call something famous doesn’t make them famous.  Hey I’m famous Ryan and I’m not at all famous.  Apparently there are legions of Checkers fry fans out there and I’m not one of them.  I’m not a Checkers fry hater either and I’ll just say I’m somewhere in the area of “they’re OK”.  So there’s no extreme love or hate going on for Checkers fries and I’ll point out that I always found them to be on the overly greasy side.  Sometimes the grease-factor gets so overwhelming to the point that a solid third of my fries will be sad, limp and have zero crunch.  Flavor-wise I’d describe them as “oily black pepper”.  This oily black pepper flavor translates over to Monsterella Stix, but the impact isn’t as strong considering how there’s mozzarella right underneath to break things up.

Monsterella Stix 3I found the crust of the Monsterella Stix to be quite decent.  The breading adhered to the cheese more like a skin and not like a shell.  A sign of a pathetic mozz stick for me is when the cheese and breading seem to have this reverse magnetism going on.  When I take a bite of a Monsterella Stick, I get what I bite. I didn’t find myself pulling at a stretchy goo of cheese or tearing off just portions of crust.  The stick remained intact due to the breading being more like a fry crust rather than a typical fried cheese stick.  The exterior was heavily saturated with oil just like Checkers fries, but they remained adequately crispy.  There were four Monsterella Stix to my small $1.99 order and it comes with the ubiquitous marinara dipping sauce.  Ehhh, seemed to be slightly on the pricier side of my Checkers expectations. 

Monsterella Stix CheckersSo what makes these Monsterella Stix get the “monster” description?  Not much really.  They’re a little longer than traditional mozzarella sticks and that’s about it.  The fry flavor is there, but gets broken up by the mild tanginess of the mozzarella.  The taste combination was alright.  I didn’t expect a whole lot from Monsterella Stix and they seemed to meddle in between average and mediocre.  I like the move of using a familiar Checkers-centric flavor and putting a spin on a popular item like mozzarella sticks.  If you’re a fan of Checkers fries, you should sample Monsterella Stix.  If you’re indifferent about Checkers fries, Monsterella Stix probably won’t offer much to be a memorable new fast food item.

Pros: Texture of the fry-seasoned breading was crisp and hugged the mozzarella cheese well.

Cons: Greasy/oily (but not as bad as Checkers fries). You only get four Monsterella Stix for $1.99 (small order). Nothing too special or different if you're not already a fan of Checkers fries.

Taste: 6.00/10
Value: 5.00/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 5.25/10
Price: $1.99 for four

Overall GrubGrade: 5.75/10

More Info: http:///www.checkers.com
Nutrition Facts:
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15 comments on “Review: Monsterella Stix from Checkers

  1. rob says:

    They look okay but I agree that they seem pricey given what you can buy for $2.00 at Checkers.

    I do love the fries, though.

  2. Icedus says:

    I love ‘em. The marinara was the low point for me, I feel like they picked a weak brand. Then again, I’m nuts for the fries, so maybe famous Ryan’s on to something.

    • Mike N. says:

      I was wondering about that when I saw famous Ryan’s pic — I didn’t know Red Gold made marinara. They seem to be expanding their product line, because I recently picked up a jar of their new salsa and it was pretty good. Red Gold has been around for ages selling canned tomatos, paste and sauce so it seems like a natural for them to branch out into related tomated products.

  3. Alex K. says:

    ..Cheese isn’t even melted, and they aren’t “Monsterella” sized at all. They’re longer and skinnier. It’s like that classic test of asking a three year old if a long-neck bottle of beer has as much in it as a stubby one. People will fall for it.

    • Klee says:

      Any three year old should know there beers pretty well :). I’m going to give these a whirl, I recently had the Burger King ones and I think they are delicious. They look similar to these, long and skinny. At bk they’re only $1.49 and don’t seem to be advertised or even appear on my two local bks’ menu. They are always fresh because of this. I asked about why they’re not on the menu, they said they were testing them out first.

  4. Ken says:

    I didn’t care for them. The taste of the breading was too overpowering IMO and I had one that was hollow. That right. All breading. No cheese inside.

  5. BigBelly says:

    good review, I like the “fry crust” reference, it paints a nice visual
    on the downside, I now have a hankering for some skin LOLz j/k

    a spicy breading, or perhaps even a habanero jack cheese would be interesting, you could pair it with some type of fruit sweetened sauce to get a sweet & spicy thing going on

    hey Ryan, I sent you a email with some pictures the other day… did you get it, or is it in your spam box?

  6. Jonathan Wayne says:

    Have to try them at some point. Don’t seem like a good or bad deal, just average. Arby’s has the best mozzarella sticks out there but I don’t ever buy them without the coupon which is about $2.

  7. jenne says:

    I am a fan of the fries but not a fan of these, because to me, they taste nothing like the fries..in fact…they taste like …nothing… cheese wasn’t even melted as the other poster mentioned. Epic fail.

    • Kyo-Chan says:

      THIS. They tasted like warm string cheese rubbed around in the fry breading. Something about that breading coupled with the cheese made them taste terrible. The marinara is a good idea but it ended up being warm (either they don’t refrigerate them or it got warm being in the same bag with the food) and tasting just as bad. It’s one of the few times I was truly disappointed at Checkers.

  8. Lay says:

    My son makes fresh mozzarella and then uses that to make fresh cheese sticks. Absolutely amazing and the only cheese sticks I can eat.

    He also makes fresh pasta and uses it to make fresh fried ravioli. Blows anything in St. Louis out if the water.

    For some foods, once you,ve had from scratch, you can,t go back.

  9. Cory says:

    I tried these about a month ago. I would definitely not recommend these to anyone. First of all, the name is very deceiving. I expected the monsterella sticks to be large in size. The taste is ordinary. Overall a waste of money. If you want great fast food mozzarella sticks spend the money and go to arbys!

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