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12 Super Interesting Facts You’ll Wanna Read If You Fucking Love Cheetos

Yes, they are engineered to be this addictive.

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1. A panel of people at the Frito-Lay factory taste-test the Cheetos every four hours to ensure they are of perfect consistency. Yes, it is someone’s ACTUAL JOB to eat Cheetos.

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2. A janitor at the Frito-Lay factory, Richard Montañez, was the first person to invent the incredibly successful Flamin’ Hot Cheeto after he began adding chili powder to his own Cheetos.


3. Despite what you might have thought, the neon orange cheese seasoning does indeed contain cheddar cheese.

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4. Cheetos get their signature shape when the cornmeal passes through a boiling point.

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5. The limited edition cinnamon sugar Cheetos (called Sweetos) were the first non-savory Cheetos snack.

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6. Pepsi-flavored and Mountain Dew-flavored Cheetos exist — but only in Japan.

7. Japan ALSO has strawberry and chocolate Cheetos.

8. However, many different restaurants in the U.S. feed into the Cheetos obsession by offering food hybrids, like this Cheetos pizza and these Cheetos sushi burritos.

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9. Up until 1998, "Cheetos" was hyphenated as "Chee-tos."

10. Cheetos first mascot wasn’t Chester the Cheetah you’ll still recognize today, but a Cheetos Mouse.

11. A Cheetos bronzer really, truly does exist for those who are absolutely obsessed. No, sadly it doesn't taste or smell like the product.

12. And finally, the texture of Cheetos is engineered to be addictive. Because it melts away in your mouth quickly, your brain is tricked into thinking there aren’t any calories.

Your obsession is REAL, and this is WHY.

Your obsession is REAL, and this is WHY.

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