Twisted: Unserious food tastes seriously good.

Cheetos launch cheese puff flavoured with one of the world’s hottest chillis

24/05/2023

Twisted: Unserious food tastes seriously good.

Article by Joanna Sarah-Freedman

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Cheetos has dropped a new crisp flavour, and it isn’t for the feint hearted.

Yup, the brand has just dropped its hottest flavour yet. Introducing the Flamin’ Hot Smoky Ghost Pepper Puffs.

The crisps are made with a chilli pepper that is at the top of the Scoville Heat Index. In fact, it comes in at number seven on the list, with over a million Scoville heat points.

That makes it 400 times hotter than a jalapeño pepper, to give you some context!

cheetos ghost pepper

Can you brave the heat? (Credit: Cheetos/ Frito-Lay)

The Ghost Pepper has actually previously been dubbed the World’s Hottest pepper by the Guinness World Records, back in 2006.

However, it has since been usurped by a variety of other peppers.

Don’t be fooled though, whilst it may not be the World’s Hottest any more, it’s still pretty lethal. Only the brave should try these!

Indian Ghost Peppers (also known as bhut jolokia peppers) have a fruity sweet chilli flavour, but then a smoky heat develops over time.

The spice adds “burn, smoky flavour and a hint of sweetness,” according to the folks at Cheetos, and this is then softened with a cosy hit of cheese from the Cheetos coating.

cheetos ghost pepper

These bad boys aren’t for the feint hearted (Credit: Pixabay)

The brand promise a “slow-building heat” of the crisps will “take snackers by surprise and bring the spicy snacking game to all-new heights.”

Don’t mind if we do!

The sad news for anyone in the UK (like us) is that these puffs are only available in the States currently.

Lucky Americans will be able to get the spicy puffs in Walmart stores and online, and on Frito-Lay’s website.

cheetos ghost pepper

The crisps are only available in the US (Credit: Cheetos/ Frito-Lay)

However, they’ve gotta be quick, as they’re only available on from 22nd May to the 14th August, and then they’ll be gone.

You can grab em in 2.3 ounce bags for $2.49 (£2) and 7 ounce bags for $5.69 (£4.60), if you’re confident you can handle the heat.

Anyone from the US wanna post us some? We’re up for the challenge.

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