Hot or Not: Hot Cheetos
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From the opening of the bag to the last spicy bite, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos™ are a ride. The familiar chemical taste, the tongue burning, and the anxiety of trying to find a drink to numb the burning pain are something that is unique to Flamin’ Hot Cheetos™.
Cheetos™ came into my life when I was a young lady, although Flamin’ Hot Cheetos™ came in a bit later during seventh grade when the vending machines were the only good part of Oquirrh Hills Middle. They’re hot, spicy, and delicious. Throughout middle school, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos™ were a staple for most kids who frequented the vending machines. Teachers were shocked at the high level of Cheeto™ intake displayed by students.
“Flaming Hot Cheetos™ are too hot; make my nose run. But that’s the point. They’re so so good,” says senior Abbey Rassmussen, a Cheeto™ connoisseur.
Flamin’ Hot Cheetos™ were invented by Richard Montañez when he put chile on regular Cheetos™ for a spicy kick. After marketing to the actual Cheetos™ team, Montañez was completely shocked by their reply that they would make and market the snack. Not all heroes wear capes.
“When I lived in Arizona, there was this food truck that sold Mexican candies that was parked on the route from school to home. I didn’t really like the Mexican candy because it wasn’t the kind of candy I was used to. Anyways, one day someone told me to try Flamin’ Hot Cheetos™. I was apprehensive because I didn’t like spicy foods and clearly they were hot. I got over my apprehensiveness and tried the Cheetos™ and my life was completely changed. Turns out, I love spicy foods. I love hot Cheetos™. I couldn’t live without them and they’ve completely changed my life for the better,” says senior Danika Nageli, and Arizonian.
The verdict on Flamin’ Hot Cheetos™ is that they’re hot in more ways than one. If you haven’t tried them, you’re very much missing out.