Snack Review: New Flavor Blasted Goldfish Monstrous Mozzarella Stick from Pepperidge Farm

Goldfish crackers have always held a warm place in my snacking heart. Portable, cheap, and decently healthy, they were not only a go-to side item in my lunchbox as a youth, but they’re still an occasional treat for me to this day. I’ve always been partial to the pretzel Goldfish variety, but frankly I’ve never met a Goldfish snack cracker I did not enjoy, and that includes Pepperidge Farm’s expanding line of “Flavor Blasted” Goldfish. With a “Goldfish extravaganza” sale on at Albertson’s a few weeks ago, I recently stocked up on several packages of the cheese flavored crackers, including the new Monstrous Mozzarella Stick flavor.

Mozzarella Stick Gold Fish

I have to admit that it is getting hard to tell the different kind of goldfish crackers apart. I definitely liked this new flavor, but found them hardly distinguishable from the already existing Pizza and Parmesan flavored Goldfish crackers.  The powder is a bit spicier than the powder used for the Parmesan crackers, but lacks enough of the subtle yet sweet tomato flavor that I would associate with a mozzarella stick. Still, I enjoyed the hints of garlic and onion powder, and found the flavoring component to deliver a reasonably intense (albeit short-lived) flavor “blast.” Unfortunately Goldfish epitomize the very concept of the snacking equivalent to the law of diminishing returns,  which led me to more or less devour the entire bag in one sitting just to get some benefit from my tasting experience. While their was a Parmesan cheese flavor, I didn’t find the flavor overly cheesy, and the could not distinguish a unique mozzarella flavor apart from the cheddar and Parmesan. I hate to say it, but in a way you can reduce these down to a bag of regular Goldfish with one of those cheap “pizza seasoning” blends they give you at Papa Johns or Domino’s.

Goldfish Crackers

Look, Pepperidge Farm’s Monstrous Mozzarella Stick Goldfish are good, but they’re not great. Like all Goldfish crackers they have their limits, and after the first couple of handfuls become dull and unrecognizable from their regular cheddar cheese counterparts (or any other baked cheese cracker for that matter.) Nevertheless, a snack company can do far worse than Goldfish crackers, which will continue to be an occasional snacking buy for me in the future.

Mozz Stick Goldfish Crackers

Pros: Decently spicy Italian flavor. Can taste the garlic and Parmesan. Healthy, baked snack with only 130 calories and 5 grams fat per serving. Childhood memories abound for only a buck a bag (on sale).

Cons: Not nearly as "intense" of a flavor as expected. Very little (if any) Mozzarella taste. Could use more sweetness and a little more spice. Why can't they bake the flavor into, you know, the actual cracker. Eating something that smiles at you.

Price: $1.00 (on sale)

Overall GrubGrade: 7.00/10

More Info: PepperidgeFarm.com
Nutrition Facts:
Serving Size: 57 fishies
Calories: 130
Total Fat: 5 g
Sat. Fat: 1 g
Trans Fat: 0 g
Cholesterol < 5mg
Sodium 330mg
Total Carb. 19g
Dietary Fiber < 1g
Sugars 0g
Protein 4g

12 comments on “Snack Review: New Flavor Blasted Goldfish Monstrous Mozzarella Stick from Pepperidge Farm

  1. SkippyMom says:

    Give me the original or the pretzel and I am a happy kid.

    I don’t get all the new flavors and I won’t buy ’em? Why ruin a good thing – an original.

    Besides the pretzel are the best for you.

    And the “eating something that smiles at you” as a con? Priceless. I have to agree. My food doesn’t need a face however manufactured. giggle.

  2. Ryan says:

    I love Pepperidge Farm stuff. I always thought that the Goldfish were decent but you’ve got to try Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies if you haven’t. They are my latest snack addiction.

  3. maxchain says:

    I agree with you on the smile thing–personally, I think they were way cooler without ’em. (That might just be the jaded twelve-year-old in me so tenaciously resistant to change, though.)

  4. Adam says:

    I also picked up a box of the chocolate flavor. They aren’t too much different than teddy grahms, but I liked them. Oddly enouigh, I was in the store the other day and saw a “Garden Vegetable” flavor offered as having a 1/2 serving of veggies. Haha weird.

  5. jperonto says:

    They have a new smore’s adventures flavor that’s amazing!

  6. Adam Bomb says:

    I also think they shouldn’t branch out in the flavor department too much. Has anyone else noticed how absolutely insane Pringles have become with all the new flavors in recent history? It’s ridiculous!!! Companies try to come up with too many varieties of their basic product, in an attempt to draw in more customers. I don’t know if it works or not, but it’s a big turn-off for me. I like the original and rainbow colored Goldfish. I can see maybe going with parmesan, or a simple cheese variant. All these extravagant flavors are just too much though.

  7. rob says:

    Cheeze Its are the superior snack cracker imo.

  8. Yum Yucky says:

    HA! I mis-read (as I sometimes do?) and thought it said “Flavor Bastard”. Looks good though. I’d try it.

  9. ChrisSh says:

    @Adam Bomb… true, true. Pringles seems to have so many different flavors out there, many of them extreme, flavor blasted or whatever, and it’s the same deal as the goldfish: they barely taste like what they claim.

    When I buy “Extreme Blazin’ Buffalo Wing” I want some actual flavor, not just a hint, which means I probably won’t be buying that brand anymore.

  10. Adam Bomb says:

    @ChrisSh: True dat. Companies think that if they slap vinegar and cayenne powder on a food, it’s automatically “buffalo” flavored! I actually saw pickle Pringles at the store, along with Mozzarella stick, loaded baked potato, and pizza flavors. I want to say I saw a “cheese fries” flavor, too. Seriously? C’mon….this is just getting ridiculous!!

  11. Anthony says:

    The Dill Pickle Pringles do taste like a bit like a pickle. More BITE, though. They are too much like Salt ‘N Vinegar ones.

  12. Christine says:

    I really liked the moz. goldfish….but where did they go? in the store one day and completely gone now…oh, and i think they should make a pumpkin flavored goldfish…awesome!