I’ve spoken quite a bit about Takis snack crisps, and about what a Scoville rating is here. But what about Cheetos Flamin’ Hot snacks? Not to be outshined (or outspiced in this case), here is some information about Cheetos’ spiciness.

A bunch of different bags of Cheetos - What is Flamin' Hot Cheetos' Scoville Rating

What is Flamin’ Hot Cheetos’ Scoville Rating? Some experts estimate Flamin’ Hot Cheetos’ Scoville rating at around 8,000 and 11,000 SHU. But there is no hard evidence to support this. This puts Cheetos towards the bottom of the scale.

What does the upper end of the scale look like? Try the Carolina Reaper pepper. It is rated between 1.5 million and 2 million SHUs!

How many Scoville heat units are Hot Cheetos?

Cheetos features a top secret proprietary recipe, so exact information is difficult to nail down, but there are flavor experts who would state that Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, like Takis, come in at around 8,000 – 11,000 Scoville units. 

Flamin’ Hot derives its flavor patterning from Cayenne peppers. Arguably, Takis probably pack a slightly stronger flavor than Flamin’ Hot Cheetos’. Try them both, and compare and contrast to judge for yourself. 

What’s Worse: Takis or Hot Cheetos?

Takis are definitely crunchier than their puffed cheese Cheeto counterparts and keep in mind that Takis do not feature a cheese flavor to balance out their overall effect.

Takis crisps go right for the jugular with their acidity, spiciness, and lack of cheese flavoring and are arguably spicier than the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.

What are the Hottest Cheetos?

Cheetos’ in recent years has released their Flamin’ Hot Pepper Puffs, and these snacks rank as the hottest Flamin’ Hot chip from the brand. Expect the familiar yummy cheese flavor, but with lots and lots of spiciness! 

Related: Riddle: The More You Take, The More You Leave Behind.

How Spicy are Xxtra Hot Cheetos?

As mentioned previously, Cheetos Flamin’ Hot snacks rate, like Takis, between the 8,000 and 11,000 Scoville Heat Unit rating. 

Just remember not to go overkill, unless you want to deal with a huge belly ache later. You probably want to avoid too many of them before bedtime, too!

What Flavor is Flamin’ Hot Cheetos?

Flamin’ Hot flavor is comparable to the flavor you’ll get from a Cayenne pepper with a little bit of cheese.

Can Spicy Cheetos Burn a Hole in Your Stomach?

Like Takis, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos aren’t more potent than your own stomach’s digestive acids. But that doesn’t mean that these snacks can’t cause you severe gastrointestinal distress if consumed in large quantities. Children and seniors are particularly susceptible to extreme spice, so be careful.

Things Most People Don’t Know About Flamin’ Hot Cheetos

They have led to a few hospital visits

There have been reports of people heading for the emergency room with chest pains and red poop when they eat a lot of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.

They’re Not Allowed in Some Schools

A lack of nutritional value in Cheetos led California, Illinois, and New Mexico to ban them from being sold on school campuses.

They Might be Addicting – Mildly

Eating spicy foods, Cheetos included, can tell your body to release endorphins and gives you a mild opiate effect. That can keep you coming back for more. Because the brain associates crunching sounds with freshness, eating something with a crunching sound, in this case Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, seems more healthy than they actually are.

The Serving Size Is Very Inaccurate 

This one you might know and is two-fold. First, they say that there are multiple servings per bag and clearly, when I eat them, there is only one serving in that bag. There is also a discrepancy between the serving size on the bags and the actual number of chips per bag. You typically get 238 pieces instead of the 189 they say are in there.

They Were Created by a Janitor 

He took home some Cheetos and liked them after pouring some chili powder on them. True story.

The U.S. military invented the Cheetos cheese powder.

During WWII, the military invested heavily in the development of dehydrated foods. Cheese in particular. A cheese powder had a long shelf life and was lighter than regular cheese. That cheese powder was then used in Cheetos!

It’s someone’s job to eat Cheetos every day.

Yep, there is a group of people who test the Cheetos every 4 hours to make sure the batches taste the same. It’s called quality control. 

Are Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Good For You?

No, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and other Cheetos are not good for you. Some states have even banned them from being sold on campuses because of their lack of nutritional value. Additionally, each year people visit emergency rooms after eating large amounts of Cheetos that experience stomach problems. 

Can Hot Cheetos turn your poop red?

Yes, they can and do. People who consume large amounts of Cheetos can have their stools turned red or orange because the snack contains a lot of red food dye. A parent and child might mistakenly think there is blood in the stool, leading to a panicked hospital visit.

How often should you eat Hot Cheetos?

This depends on your values and health goals. They aren’t the healthiest snack choice, so you should not eat them all the time, if ever. 

They make a fun snack though. As with any processed snack food, moderate your intake. You decide whether that means having smaller portions or having them less frequently. You can’t have too few of them but can have too many of them. 

Are Hot Cheetos vegan?

Even though Hot Cheetos are made of a lot of artificial and processed ingredients, they do contain certain dairy products such as cheddar cheese. This is the main reason why they cannot be considered vegan.


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