It’s the age old question that has puzzled mankind for centuries: Takis or Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, man? Our judges snack their way to the bottom of this age-old riddle and choose a crunchy champion. Plus: Check out the Latina who has never tried either snack…wait how is that possible?
It seems that spicy foods are everywhere these days. Every brand out there is releasing some version of their original product but in ‘flamin hot’ form, there’s an abundance of YouTube videos of people eating insanely spicy foods as if it were some sort of competition, restaurants have ‘eat it and it’s free’ contests for spicy options.
The world is obsessed with spicy food right now.
But let’s be real. Many Latino foods were the OG spicy. Many Latino chefs and even our tías and abuelas have been experimenting with some seriously spicy foods for many many years.
But now that it’s gone mainstream, the LA Times recently conducted a not so official study into which snacks are the spiciest and the results have proven to be pretty controversial.
One writer at the L.A. Times decided to sample every spicy branded snack and share his findings with the world.
In the article, he says that he’s sampled every spicy snack known to mankind (not exactly), except for the ones that he couldn’t find, that he deemed unworthy, or both.
He also calls out the haters who say all the Flamin’ Hot and spicy snacks taste the same, saying that’s simply not true. He notes the subtle differences based on combination of heat vs. flavor.
So what are his findings?
According to this LA Times Food writer, his favorite spicy snack is the Doritos Flamin’ Hot Nacho. They’re the perfect mix of cheesy and spicy and come packed with a pretty hefty kick of spice.
Next came the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Puffs which he says are packed with spicy flavor, sometimes almost too much so. The only con he had to say about these is about the texture – sometimes too much can build up in your back teeth leaving you feeling sick.
Coming in at third place is Pop Fuego Popcorn. He says the level of MSG is at a 12 and that the flavor sensation is something like being on a rollercoaster. Pop Fuego kernels are not particularly heat-heavy but they’re almost hyperbolically tangy and acidic.
The Top 3 options weren’t exactly controversial picks but the rest of the results seemed to be pretty polarizing on social media.
I mean who would ever put Takis Fuego and Doritos Dinamita in a tie for 5th place?!? Or Zapp’s Spicy Cajun Crawtators ahead of Doritos Tapatío? That’s just straight up madness.
And how are the OG Flamin’ Hot Cheetos not number one?
And it’s clear that the classic battle between Hot Cheetos and Takis rages on.
But like in all honesty, will it ever go away? I hope not.
But some on Twitter were totally not having any of it.
I mean ranking #12 out of 30 isn’t too bad. But apparently still wasn’t good enough for this Flamin’ Hot Cheetos con Limon super fan…
In his write up, Lucas Peterson said these would take a back seat to Takis any day.
I mean this Twitter user was so upset they’re apparently canceling their subscription to the LA Times.
Now that’s some serious feelings there.
But, to be fair, the LA Times placed Andy Capp’s Hot Fires at #27 (out of 30) and said they had an unpleasant spice mixture that tasted like powered tomato. That’s not great.
One Doritos super fan took to Twitter to notify the LA Times of a possible typo in their report.
The LA Times actually tweeted back saying: “These are pretty good and am honestly impressed how much these taste like Tapatío, they’re just not the best *spicy* snack.
Be careful, those are fighting words.
Also, just this tweet, because I’m pretty sure all of us were thinking it.
Sometimes the issue of whether to eat or wear your food just pops up in a girls life! Take for instance the stretchable hard candies we had as kids, edible underwear, ring pops, Crocs. All things we can wear AND eat but do so always with the awareness that if we do take a bite, we’ll never see our beloved garbs again.
Fear no more mujeres! Forever 21 seems to have a fix. And it comes in the form of a firey outfit that will make you look like a snack but will never leave your side.
This Thursday, Forever 21 blessed all of us Hot Cheetos fans with an entire collection of swimwear, women’s wear, men’s wear, and accessories and every piece is anything but cheesy.
Jen_ny69 is one of the first influencers seen to rock the Forever 21 x Flamin’ Hot Cheetos line and we’ll take her with a side of limón.
The Hot Cheetos bodysuit, which can totally be worn as a bathing suit, is high cut and is priced at $24.90. This is only available in S, M and L.
You better believe you can be setting fire to the world this summer in this tube dress.
This Cheetos Graphic Tube Dress for $27.90 is fireee.
And this Flamin Hot Cheetos Graphic Jersey has your name all over it.
This jersey mesh top features an embroidered “Flamin’ Hot” design and a boxy silhouette. $24.90
This 90s-inspired graphic with rhinestones is the change we want to see in the world.
This knit boxy tee with a Cheetos rhinestones graphic is the crop top that will cut a look. And only for $17.90.
This shirt is next level and your BFs future.
This crew neck tee on your mans will turn up his heat factor for only $19.90
My GIRL, you can even get some flamin hot panties!
That’s right skip your trip to VS and load up on pairs of the fuego underwear that will do you all types of good. $12.90
This Hot Cheetos Towel will guarantee take down your senses.
Watch yourself pop out of the pool all cooled off and then burn up because of how fire the terry cloth of this will make you look. Price point: $14.90
The graphic tee that will make being cheesy pero cute so easy!
This raw cut shirt is by far the cutest in the collection, IMO, and tbh has already been added to my cart! You too can have this queen’s shirt for $17.90.
The fire slidders that will have your cute little toes on fire!
So fire your toes will look like Hot Cheetos. But uhh don’t eat ’em. $12.90
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