5 Super Tasty Tidbits About The Unhealthy Snack Of Cheetos

Bag of popcorn cheetos.

Bag of popcorn cheetos.

Alton, Mo. – Hate ’em or love ’em— this is about Cheetos. Those orangey, messy, salty, crunchy conglomeration of all things not healthy for your body.

Cheetos History

Cheetos were invented by Charles Elmer Doolin, who is Fritos creator, in 1948. Doolin did not have the production or distribution capacity to support a nationwide launch. [1] Doolin then partnered with Herman W. Lay, who was a potato chip businessman, for production and distribution. In 1948, Cheetos was introduced nationally in the U.S. With Cheetos being a success, Doolin and Lay joined companies and created Frito-Lay Inc. Frito-Lay Inc. then joined with the Pepsi-Cola Company to form PepsiCo in 1965.

21 Types Of Tasty Cheetos

Cheetos first came out with Crunchy Cheetos in 1948. Then in 1971, Cheetos Puffs were introduced. Cheetos now has twenty-one different flavors. A few of the flavors include the following: White Cheddar Bites Cheese Flavored Snacks, Crunchy Flamin’ Hot Limon Cheese Flavored Snacks, Crunchy Cheddar Jalapeno Cheese Flavored Snacks, and Cheddar Popcorn Flavored Snacks. [2]

Three types of the many cheetos types.
Three types of the many cheetos types.

Janitor Invents Flamin’ Hot Cheetos

Richard Montañez was a janitor for the company and came up with the idea of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos inspired by Mexican street corn. [3] The Flamin’ Hot Cheetos were first released in the early 1990s.

Chester Cheetah

As hard as it may be to believe, Chester Cheetah was not always the Cheetos mascot. The first mascot was a mouse, named Cheetos Mouse. Chester Cheetah became the mascot in 1986.

Cheetos Dust Has A Name

After you eat a bagful of Cheetos, you have orange fingers. You may have just called it Cheetos dust, but there is a name for it. The name for the orange dust on your fingers is Cheetle. [4]

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