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Cheetos Cheese Puffs

My SO bought a pack the other day and I had not seen them in such a long time. We opened the bag eagerly, but after the first bite, thought....hmmm something is weird...
Took another one and realized that these are not the same cheese puffs that we are use to or grew up with. They seemed to lack in cheesiness and also the texture or consistency seemed different. Anyone else notice this?

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  1. Maybe your tastes have changed. Because they haven't changed since they've been in production.

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    1. re: chipman

      Is that a fact on their website or ?? I haven't seen bags of the puffs in awhile just the crunchy ones. Plus, I wasn't the only one that thought that, so did my SO. Lastly, I tried the organic, white ones and they seemed more like the way they use to be, but w/the orange and not the white...???

      1. re: justagthing

        I've worked for Frito for twenty years. I don't know much, but I can tell you there hasn't been a change in the puffs since I've been there.

        1. re: chipman

          Thanks for your reference. Still...it does seem different. But I believe you. I guess things just tasted better when you are a kid.

      2. re: chipman

        Ok- but the cheeto-foot shaped ones are quite cheesy and yummy. I look for a cheese puff every so often and the foot shapes are crispy yet fluffy and quite cheesy. I bought a bag a few months ago but just went to the website and they don't list them.

        1. re: Boccone Dolce

          Cheeto Paws are not a regular item. They're brought out a couple of times a year for reasons, none of us have ever figured out. But your right, they're almost like a combo of the Cheeto Crunchy and Puff.

          1. re: chipman

            I guess I was low on carbs or oxygen to my brain when I called them "foot shaped". I totally knew they were PAW shaped. I must have been thinking cat foot = paw= foot...
            They make things LTO, typically to build hysteria and excitement (girl scout cookies, mcflurry shakes, cheeto foot-paws...)

      3. Make sure you dip them into yellow mustard. Gotta carry on the tradition!

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        1. re: nosey

          ewww...that's as odd as my friends growing up and eating it w/jook (aka Chinese porridge).

          1. re: nosey

            Tradition? I've never heard of this. Is it a personal tradition or what?

            1. re: diablo

              It is best on the crunchy ones. It was the big thing at our pool when growing up. Try it!

              1. re: nosey

                I am *almost* sorry to say that I tried this at lunch today. Brought Cheetoes with my sandwich and happened to have yellow mustard on hand at work.

                It wasn't bad. Hmmm.

            2. re: nosey

              I prefer ketchup on my cheese puffs.... it has those mellowing agents.

              1. re: nosey

                Talking about tradition. About 15 years ago, I was in a small convenience store near a middle school. All the kids were buying Hot cheetos (only kids buy hot cheetos) and they were all buying those little squeeze bottles of lemon juice. They told me everyone in their school ate the hot cheetos with lemon juice.
                Five years later Frito comes out with 'Flamin hot Limon cheetos'

                1. re: chipman

                  I tried those hot cheetos once, and man alive were they hot! I ended up giving them to someone else. But I do like the jalapeno flavored ones, but only a few at a time!

                  I love the cheese puffs, more so than the crunchy kinds. Sometimes they aren't as cheesy but it varies from bag to bag. The X & O's kind aren't as soft as the puffs, but they pack a lot of cheese flavor. Never tried them with mustard or ketchup - I want to taste the cheese!

                  1. re: chipman

                    In many of the Latino communities they have been putting the lemon juice, but also they add more hot sauce, like tapitio.

                2. Every once in a while I get a wild craving for Cheetos (the crunchy ones). My husband has forbidden me from eating them in our new car (and I agree) so I must stand outside and crunch a few. I can make a small bag last for several weeks and then not have any for months.

                  1. I found them less "poofy" than they were before. The cheesiness seemed about the same.

                    They were always inferior to Planters cheese balls, which sadly aren't made anymore.

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                    1. re: zfalcon

                      That is what I thought as well, but I just called it a texture thing. They seem to be more 'rough' on my mouth when I kinda recall them almost 'melting' in my mouth in the past.

                      1. re: zfalcon

                        Mmmm, Planters cheese balls were buttery tasting. Yum.

                      2. i know i am bringing an old post back to life, but had to vent!!! I am addicted to cheese puffs. If there was a 12 step program for them i would have to go.
                        Now my dilemma----the last two bags i bought just didn't taste right, they were not as cheesy, bigger, airy, and not at ALL like the cheese puffs i have loved for years and years.
                        I called Frito Lay, and asked the lady if i was going crazy, or if some thing had changed...............much to my surprise she admitted very quickly that, indeed, our cheese curls had changed!!!!!! We now will get the new "improved??" curls, a bigger, better curl!!
                        I told her "I want, no I need, my old Cheese curls back!!" The reply was that my suggestion would be forwarded to marketing and i would soon be receiving a coupon for some more curls!
                        I am presently going through withdrawal..................

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                        1. re: k8mcn

                          I'm so sorry. How dare they?

                          If you wanna play the field/experiment/branch out... buy you a bag of Gibble's. They are made by the same folks that make the Martin's Potato Rolls. They are shockingly cheesy. I tried the Jalapeno Cheddar and wasn't as impressed, but the regular ones are a tasty alternative. They call them Cheesy Puffys.

                          1. re: Boccone Dolce

                            thanks, will give them a try if i can find them in St Louis!!

                          2. re: k8mcn

                            I'm going to have to drag this post back up as well! Cheetos puffs have always been my guilty pleasure. I first encountered the horrible "bloated" puffs when I began college on the east coast. I begged my mother to send me care packages from our home on the west coast full of bags of the cheesy, melt-in-your-mouth, slender puffs. Then to my horror, the cheetos in the west changed as well! Now you can't get them anywhere. I doubt there is anything that can be done but I did write a short complaint to Frito-Lay through http://www.fritolay.com/about-us/cont... and even more futilely, there is the facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-b...

                            Maybe, just maybe, if enough people complain they'll eventually produce a classic version!

                          3. they have strawberry cheetos and milk chocolate cheetos in japan.

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                            1. re: cornflower55

                              Are these new? I live in Tokyo and haven't seen them.

                            2. And what ever happened to Planter's Cheese Balls?!? They came in a cylindrical container about twice the diameter of a Pringle's can. I haven't been able to find them for a couple years! Another brand is out there in a cellophane bag, but they lack the rich cheesy flavor the Planter's product had... :(

                              1. I've recently discovered the white cheese puffs...OMG, good!

                                Some friends and I used to eat the regular cheese puffs with sour cream, yes, sour cream. There's a brand of low fat sour cream in the midwest with a cow-print design on the container and even though low fat, it is REALLY good (I am a butter-not-margarine person so if I say it's good, well...)

                                Anywhoo, silliness ensued and we ended up calling this delicacy...CheesyFeet. No clue why; chalk it up to silly women having fun.

                                The combo is just as good with the white cheese puffs. Yum.