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.
This 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.
First 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.
I 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.
So 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.
Grubbing on-the-go: 5.25/10
Price: $1.99 for four
Overall GrubGrade: 5.75/10
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