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Cheetos Mac And Cheese Boxes Are Now Available At Walmart

The boxed mac and cheese shelves of grocery stores just got a new competitor, as Cheetos has officially entered the fray.

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The new boxes of Cheetos Mac N Cheese use the proprietary Cheetos seasoning and come in three flavors: Bold and Cheesy, Cheesy Jalapeno, and Flamin’ Hot.

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They’re the latest in a line of several Cheetos products that have shown up in both fast food and grocery stores in recent years, ranging from Cheetos Popcorn to boxes of frozen Mac N Cheetos, and even Cheetos-topped fried chicken sandwiches at KFC.

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You can pick up these boxes at Walmart stores nationwide, and they’re also available for order online through Walmart.

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Cheetos plans to roll them out to even more retailers in 2021. They’re available in a box or single cup format at a suggested retail price of 98 cents, putting it on par with longtime standards in boxed mac and cheese like Kraft when it comes to cost.

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Cheetos Gets It Poppin’ in 2020 by Releasing Popcorn

If you grew up in the 2010’s, where Hot Cheetos were breakfast at school and there was always that one kid that sold them out of their backpack, there’s a good chance you’ve eaten popcorn and thought “This would be amazing with that stuff they put on Hot Cheetos.” 

Just know that: a) you’re not alone in your hedonistic tendencies and b) this actually exists now. Starting this month, stores nationwide will be carrying bags of Cheetos Popcorn.

And, if you’re one of those people who likes regular Cheetos more— who am I to judge your lackluster chip preferences? — Cheetos Popcorn will be available in both regular and hot.

Each variant can be purchased in big bags (7oz for regular and 6.5oz for hot) at $3.99 as well as small, 2oz bags for $1.89.

Cheetos, unfortunately for my stomach, continues to know my weakness: putting hot Cheetle, the official name for “the stuff they put on Cheetos,” on any chip. I might have to stop by and pick up some from 7-Eleven on my way home from the office today and relive my after school, Cheetle-covered memories.

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Fast Food What's New

KFC’s Buzzworthy Cheetos Sandwich Is Coming To Stores Nationwide

Just a few months after their test of the hypeworthy collab went viral, KFC and Cheetos are officially bringing their fried chicken collab to the masses.

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Starting July 1st, the Cheetos Sandwich will be coming to KFC restaurants for a limited time. Just like it was in the tests, this version will contain fried chicken, a pile of Cheetos, and a custom Cheetos sauce made by Frito-Lay.

This is different than just mashing up Cheetos you can get in stores and a KFC sandwich specifically because of that sauce, which adds a level of sharp, cheesy flavor to it.

KFC and Cheetos will also be collaborating on a pop-up in New York City that features other exclusive Cheetos items. The restaurant, which will appear on June 27th, will sell items like a KFC Mac and Cheetos Bowl, Cheetos Loaded Fries, and KFC Cheetos Hot Wings.

Those items will only be available for a four hour period, but the Cheetos sandwich will be available for all of July nationwide.

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Culture Food Fashion What's New

Cheetos And Forever 21 Unleash A Flamin’ Hot Clothing Collection

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Cheetos, the cheesy snack with a cult following and fast fashion powerhouse, Forever 21, have linked up to release a seasonal collection of clothes that scream summertime hijinks. Stay on trend and on fuego with the fits with a capsule collection that celebrates the fun of Cheetos, minus the orange-dusted fingertips.

Launching today, June 6th, the limited-edition collection will consist of flamin’ hot gear the likes of graphic tees, shorts, swimsuits, crop tops, socks and slides. Comprised of women’s and men’s styles, the collection will be available online and at Forever 21 stores nationwide and will retail from $5 to $30. Check out the pics below for a glimpse into what’s in store for Cheetos fans.

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Packaged Food

Cheetos Just Dissed Doritos’ New ‘Flamin’ Hot’ Flavor

If you haven’t heard, Doritos recently dropped its own Flamin’ Hot chip, and Chester Cheetah was not too pleased.

Dropping a diss track titled, “Flamin’ Hot Diss Track,” Chester made his hip hop debut in savage fashion.

“Come on Doritos, you can’t rep the Flamin’ Hot name, watch your step, I’m the OG in the snack game,” Chester said menacingly. “I’m Flamin’ Hot, and you’re flamin’ not.”

The diss comes on the heels of Doritos’ Super Bowl commercial, where Chance the Rapper masterfully remixed the Backstreet Boys’ “I Want it That Way.”

Of course, this is all just a cute commercial package, and no real beef exists between the chip brands, seeing how they’re both owned by Frito-Lay.

So just like most cases in the hip hop world, this is just fake beef, but it’s fun. Hopefully Chance the Rapper claps back.

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Fast Food What's New

KFC Is Now Testing A Cheetos-Filled Sandwich With A Custom ‘Cheetos Sauce’

Our late night culinary fusions of fast food sandwiches and crunchy, cheesy Cheetos are becoming a reality we no longer have to hack for ourselves.

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KFC’s newest item, the Cheetos Sandwich, takes that college food combo and elevates it to a point where you can’t just replicate it at your local corner store. In addition to cramming Cheetos and fried chicken into the same bun, they’ve also drenched the interior with a custom Cheetos sauce made by Frito-Lay.

It’s the nighttime guilty pleasure we’ve all either made or dreamed of creating ourselves. The only thing missing to take this sandwich beyond insanity? A Flamin’ Hot version.

The new Cheetos Sandwich is being tested for a limited time at participating locations in the following regions:

  • VIRGINIA: Roanoke, Richmond
  • NORTH CAROLINA: Raleigh, Greensboro
  • GEORGIA: Greenville
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Culture Packaged Food

The US Military Is Apparently Behind The Invention Of The Cheeto

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Sometimes, the food we take for granted has the weirdest origin story. Case in point: the invention of Cheetos, which happened with the involvement of the US military. Want to know the tale? Join us!

Do you ever get lost in a weird Internet wormhole? Where clicking link after link after link takes you to faraway interesting places and reveals unimaginable treasures? And by treasures, I mean stories, my one and only favorite kind of Internet loot. This happens to me all the time, especially when it comes to food and stories related to food. They tend to make everything more palpable and they create an even deeper emotional connection to various dishes and foods all around the world. After all, isn’t food culture just a type of story to tell?

Yeah, this whole poetic, melancholy introduction is for a rundown of the invention of Cheetos, one of these things I have discovered while navigating the webs. The story was revealed by Wired a while ago, when they published an excerpt from the book ‘Combat-Ready Kitchen: How the U.S. Military Shapes the Way You Eat’, by Anastacia Marx de Salcedo. So yeah, Cheetos aren’t the only food innovation that owes its life to the military.

The invention of Cheetos: a fabled, military tale

But if you’ve ever or never wondered about how Cheetos came to be, the most interesting info is that it all happened with the involvement of the US military, who were simply doing research on dehydrating foods during World War II. This was supposed to be a way to make it easier for the foods to be packed into meal kits for soldiers. Because the last thing you want during times of war is for your food to expire, go rancid and make you sick, right?

The Invention of Cheetos: How the US Military Participated

Cheese is one of our favorites and it has been a favorite of the world for a long, long time. But it doesn’t last that long or keeps well during the summer or in hot climates. One of the first steps in creating a longer-lasting cheese was emulsifying salts, a process that creates a cheese-like product that can withstand heat. The U.S. Military first got into the cheese game during World War I, with buying a twenty‑five million quarter‑pound tins from Kraft.

But years later during World War II, the military wanted new ways to store and ship cheese. At the beginning of the war, they started to study dehydration and compression. They removed heavy water and reduced the volume of cheese. That way, they could ship more food with one shipment. The cheese was dehydrated by being run through drying chambers and squashed into bricks.

Research led to cheese powder

This research was conducted by the Quartermaster Corps’ Subsistence Research Laboratory, through the USDA laboratories, at various universities, and by the industry, especially Kraft. When you dry and press out cheese, what you get is fine dust. Which can be used for cooking. Basically, that’s how the cheese powder that’s the basis for Cheetos now was invented. The first powder was developed by a USDA dairy scientist, George Sanders, in 1943.

After the war, there was a lot of cheese powder left in the warehouses of the military. That’s where food manufacturers came in. A lot of corporations bought the powder to mix it into other goods, for adding extra flavor. In 1948, the Frito Company debuted the first ever American cheesy snack, made with dehydrated cheese. The founder of the company had been a military supplier. This snack was the Cheeto, made by the extruding of cornmeal and water, puffed, fried in oil, and coated with the orange dehydrated Wisconsin cheese. What a history!

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Article by Ruxandra Grecu from So Delicious. View the original article here.

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Cheetos Brought Back Its ALL-CHEETOS RESTAURANT To Los Angeles For Three Days

Last year, Cheetos hosted a pop-up restaurant in New York City where all of the items used some of their cheesy chips. After its viral success, they’ve decided to bring it back for another run, but this time, in Los Angeles.

The new Cheetos pop-up was helmed by street food legend Roy Choi, who’s developed an entire menu of creations based on his style of cooking. In total, there will be three appetizers, four entrees, and three desserts to choose from, with everything pricing between $11 and $32.

Below is a look at the entire menu Choi served up at “The Flamin’ Hot Spot,” the name given to his three-day Cheetos restaurant.

Appetizers

Flamin’ Hot Elotes

The buttered corn is covered with white cheddar and Flamin’ Hot cheese puffs in this Cheetos-packed take on the classic street food.

Flamin’ Hot Chipotle Ranch Wings

These are like buffalo wings with the ranch already on top, since they’re crusted in Flamin’ Hot Chipotle Ranch Cheetos. There’s still some on the side for dipping, though.

Cheetos Sweet n’ Spicy Chili Meatballs

A blend of sweet chili sauce and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos come together to create this fiery flavor combination.

Entrees

Xxtra Flamin’ Hot Rice Bowl

This rice bowl packs more of a punch than the other dishes since it uses Xxtra Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. There’s some sour cream to help cool it down if it’s too much for you, though.

Hot Cheetos Burrito

This burrito comes in both meaty and vegetarian options. You can opt for short rib or avocado to go along with cheese, chili sour cream sauce, and Cheetos.

Flamin’ Hot Fries

Loaded fries get an upgrade in this dish, as the crispy spuds are swapped out for Flamin’ Hot Cheetos puffs.

Five Alarm Cheetos Steak

Served sizzling hot to the table, this steak comes with a side of charred jalapenos and rice topped with Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.

Desserts

Cheetos Sweetos Hot Cakes

Classic pancakes are twisted up with the addition of caramel Cheetos Sweetos alongside whipped cream and chocolate for a breakfast spin on dessert.

Chester’s Cheetos Churros

Probably the most intriguing dish of the entire set, White Cheddar cheese puffs are paired with caramel and sweet whipped cream. I’m curious to see how the white cheddar flavor plays into dessert.

“Hot” Chocolate Shake

Choi’s take on a chocolate shake blends in Hot Cheetos and raspberries for a blend of sweet, spicy, and fruity. They’re garnished with a chocolate-coated spicy chip, an interesting flavor blend for sure.

Reservations were booked at a lightning speed this year, but Foodbeast was able to check all of the dishes out firsthand. You can see how all of the food tasted in the above episode of News Bites. If you want to make these dishes at home, you can order the ingredients and recipes to make the items yourself via AmazonFresh.

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