Cheetos Taste Test

By: Madi, Levi, Zack, And Emily

1. Problem/ Question

Can people tell the difference between Cheetos and Baked Cheetos? Are research has shown that Cheetos and Baked Cheetos contain the same ingredients, but Baked Cheetos are suppose to be healthier and taste the same. So we took that into thought and said lets do a triangular taste test to see if people can tell the difference between the two different kinds of Cheetos.

2. Gathering Information:

The first thing we did to start our research was find the company that the Cheetos were made from. Luckily they were both made from FRITO LAY. After that we gathered all the information about the two brands like, ingredients for Baked and regular Cheetos, then we had to gather background information about the company like when did it start, who started, who owns the company, where is it located and so on. (When, where, why, how) When did it start: 1932. Where did it start: San Antonio. Why did it start: Doolin purchased bag of corn chips, they tasted so good, he bought the manufacture, and started the business. How: After he bought the company, meanwhile Herman Lay created potato chips. Afterwards in 1961 they joined to make an official company called FRITO-LAY. We also had to get information on the calories, and interesting information. We had to get the same information we did on Baked Cheetos, as of regular Cheetos, and there really wasn't that big of a difference. After we have gathered all our information on our products we moved on to the next step.

WEBSITE: www.fritolay.com/our-snacks/cheetos.html

3. Hypothesis

Madi's Hypothesis: 65-75% of people will not be able to tell the difference between Cheetos and Baked Cheetos.

Zack's Hypothesis: 70-75% of people would not be able to tell the difference between the 2 different kinda of Cheetos.


Levi's Hypothesis:75-85% of people would NOT be able to tell the difference between the 2 brands of Cheetos.


Emily's Hypothesis: 80% of people would NOT be able to tell the difference between Cheetos and Baked Cheetos.

4. Experiment

Step 1: Materials. Some of the materials we needed for our taste test to succeed was an Ipad, a 11 oz bag of Baked Cheetos and an 11 oz bag of Regular Cheetos. We also needed 4 pairs of plastic gloves, 150 napkins and 2 popcorn bowls. We also used a piece of paper to write our numbers 1,2,and 3 on for the places we were suppose to place our Cheetos for our taste test to be successful.

Step 2 of Experiment

Procedure:
  1. First we will put all our materials needed for our taste test on the table and get organized.
  2. Then we will grab the two popcorn bowls and dump the Baked Cheetos in one, and Regular Cheetos in the other, and the bowls are going to be two different colors so we could tell the difference between the 2 Cheetos. Then we will hide the two bowls behind our bag of materials that is empty so that no one will see the Cheetos and it will be fair.
  3. Then we will grab our 150 napkins and put them for easy reach because we will be using them for every single person tasting our test.
  4. After that we will label the table 1,2 and 3 all the number about half the size of a napkin, so we can place the napkins above the numbers so we can use our randomizer and place our Cheetos in the proper spot.
  5. When we finish that we will set up our 3 napkins above the 3 numbers. We will put on our gloves and place our Cheetos on the 3 separate napkins in the order it tells us on the first set of the randomizer.
  6. When one of the students comes to our table we will read what is on our greeting note card and tell them exactly what the taste test is an about.
  7. They will eat the Cheetos from 1 to 3, and on the ipad that has a form for them to fill out to select what Cheeto they want, they will fill in their name, female or male, and what one they thought tasted different.
  8. After the students have left we will reset the ipad
  9. We will grab the dirty napkins and replace them with fresh ones while throwing the dirty ones away. We will place the 3 napkins in the same spot as we did the first time.
  10. After that we will also fill the napkins with the second set of Cheetos in their exact order just like before.
  11. We will keep repeating steps 5 through 10 until time has run out and the taste test is over.
  12. After the taste test is over we will throw away our gloves, the last set of dirty napkins, and Zack will take home his empty bowls. Meanwhile the owners of the 2 bags of Cheetos may take what is left over, home.
  13. After the table is cleared off, we will put our other lasting materials in the bag (except the iPad) and place it in Mr. Landers science room on the back counter.

The Final Results of Our Cheetos Taste Test

Observation, Data collection, Analyzation:

To find our data about , if people can tell the difference between Baked and Regular Cheetos, we grabbed our randomizer and started to tally up the results of who could tell the difference and who couldn’t. We flipped through all the pages of our randomizer and tallied up the results of who could tell the difference and who couldn’t. The final result were: Could: 18, Couldn’t: 21. Then we had to get the results of the female and male section of the taste test. So we went through the packet and labeled the people, by their gender, and if they got it wrong or right. When we finished that the final results were: Male Right: 11 Male Wrong: 9, Female right: 7 Female Wrong: 12. Our group was shocked by the results.

5. Conclusion

Conclusion: Madi’s hypothesis was: If people where given baked and regular Cheetos then 65-75% of people would NOT be able to tell the difference. Her hypothesis was a reject. She was close, but the final answer was 53.8% could not tell the difference.

Zack's hypothesis was: If people where given baked and regular Cheetos then 70-75% could NOT tel the difference between the 2 Cheetos. His hypothesis was rejected. He was close, but the final answer was 53.8% could not tell the difference.

Levi's hypothesis was: If people where given baked and regular Cheetos then 75- 85% could not tell the difference between the 2 Cheetos, his hypothesis was rejected. He was close, but the final answer was 53.8% could not tell the difference.

Emily's hypothesis was: If people where given baked and regular Cheetos then 85% of people would not be able to tell the difference between Baked Cheetos and Regular Cheetos, his hypothesis was rejected. She was close, but the final answer was 53.8% could not tell the difference.



Error/Mistakes

One of the major problem that happened in our taste test was the iPad. Some function did not save our results, and we lost all our results and had to start all over.

We also made a mistake by forgetting to take pictures for our project.

If I were gonna tell you things to do to get a good grade on this project I would make a checklist of things to do so you don't forget, and Instead of using the iPads I would just circle the answer on the randomizer.

Thanks For participating in our Taste Test, We Hope You Enjoyed!(: