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7 Reasons You Need Hot Cheetos To Live Your Best Life (And Death)

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Not to be dramatic or anything, but it’s clear that Hot Cheetos are the single most important invention in the history of time. They are literally life-changing. To wit: They’re the invention of a dude named Richard Montañez, whose idea for the perfect snack helped him rise from janitor at Frito-Lay to an executive at PepsiCo. They pretty much improve everything they touch. For example…


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Food. It’s good, right? WRONG. All food is essentially just a blank canvas for Hot Cheetos. From hot dogs to hamburgers to literal bags of cheese, here’s a complete list of ways to up your Hot Cheeto game.


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You can’t just use Hot Cheetos on savory foods, you fool. Use ’em to make desserts too, like Hot Cheeto brittle, Hot Cheeto marshmallow treats, and Hot Cheeto macarons.


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The only thing better than Hot Cheetos are Hot Cheetos-and-alcohol. Maybe you’d enjoy from Flamin’ Hot Cheeto tequila shots? By “enjoy,” I mean “drink while crying.”

First Dates

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First dates can be really rough, not to mention awkward, stressful and often totally lacking in Hot Cheetos. That’s why it’s always best to present your date / potential future soulmate with a bouquet of Hot Cheetos. It shows you care, that you have good taste and that you also like things that taste good.


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Everyone is having babies. Sometimes several babies. Hundreds and thousands of babies, all over Facebook and at the table next to yours and screaming all throughout every movie at every movie theater.  The solution? Replace babies with Hot Cheetos. You’re welcome.

Awkward Family Functions

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There’s nothing worse than standing in front of the tia you haven’t seen in sixteen years as she asks you “¿Y tu novio/a?” and then points out that you’ve gained a lot of weight since the last time she saw you. And then there’s your creepy uncle, the cousin you had a crush on when you were younger, the cousin everyone compares you to and Abuelo, who won’t stop farting and trying to mask it by coughing. So just don’t do it. Don’t hang out with them. Replace your entire family with Hot Cheetos.


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Death is kind of a bummer. But you what isn’t? Hot Cheetos.

See? Don’t they make everything better?

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WATCH: Takis vs. Flamin’ Hot Cheetos

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Melissa Fumero and Stephanie Beatriz of 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Are The Other Latina TV Duo Absolutely Killing It


Melissa Fumero and Stephanie Beatriz of ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Are The Other Latina TV Duo Absolutely Killing It

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Flaca and Maritza of “OITNB” aren’t the only Latina duo kicking ass on TV these days. Rosa and Amy from the Golden Globe-winning sitcom “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” are a killer comedic duo.

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And the best news? They play razor sharp detectives, not meter maids.

Melissa Fumero plays the innocent, smartypants detective Amy Santiago.


Stephanie Beatriz is tough-as-nails detective Rosa Diaz.


That scar over Stephanie’s right eye is from tripping on a lego, but “Rosa” would prefer saying it was from a knife fight.

Together, detectives Diaz and Santiago kick ass.

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Diaz is sarcastic and kind of terrifying.

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Santiago is adorkable.

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And they’ll both crack you up.

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Fumero, born to Cuban parents and raised in New Jersey, says growing up Latina gave her strength.

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“I think that there’s a quiet strength you’re brought up around when you’re Latin, especially growing up in a Cuban family made of refugees. There definitely was an extreme work ethic — anything less than working really, really hard is unacceptable — and just a general toughness and strength that I learned from the women in my family and my father,” said Fumero to Huffington Post.

Fumero studied drama at NYU. On her last day of class, she got hired on the soap “One Life to Live.”

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For four years, she played Adriana Cramer, a naive Puerto Rican girl who aspired to become a fashion designer.

You may also remember Fumero as aspiring minion Zoe on “Gossip Girl.”

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Newsflash: She’s currently sporting a baby bump!

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This detective just got put on diaper duty.

Stephanie Beatriz was born in Argentina to a Bolivian mother and Colombian father.

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She moved to Texas when she was three. Can you say “Tejana boss bitch”?

She got her start in drama as a Shakespearean stage actress.

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He resume includes performances at renowned theaters like Yale Repertory, Old Globe Theatre and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

You may remember her as Sonia, Gloria’s little sister on “Modern Family.”

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You know, the one who tried to seduce Jay.

Together, Beatriz and Fumero are proud Latinas… and total goofballs.

Almost as hot and tempting as those fries.

And they’re helping destroy those one-dimensional roles that Latinas have played for decades.

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Beatriz told Latina magazine they’re excited to bring much-needed diversity to television: “If you look at the landscape of television right now, we are in a really exciting time, with shows like ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine,’ ‘Orange Is the New Black,’ ‘Jane the Virgin,’ and ‘How to Get Away with Murder.’ There are so many different types of people right now on television. The light is coming through the cracks. You can’t block it out anymore. It’s changing.”

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Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that Stephanie Beatriz played Amy Santiago and Melissa Fumero played Rosa Diaz.

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