REVIEW: Limited Time Cheetos Sweetos Cinnamon Sugar Puffs

Cheetos Sweetos Cinnamon Sugar Puffs

As anyone who has ever eaten Cheetos knows, 90 percent of the appeal is licking the disgusting (and by disgusting, I mean awesome) amount of cheese powder residue that clings to your fingers. Cheesy, salty, delicious, and basically deserving to be packaged and sold as a savory rendition of a Pixy Stix, the Cheeto powder would constitute my entire source of calcium should the world ever see the abolition of pizza. Its deliciousness begs the existential question though: is the quintessence of the Cheeto unique to the cheesiness of the powder, or is it just the presence of a lickable flavor powder in and of itself? In other words: if you take away the cheese, can Cheetos still be great?

A question as mysterious and elusive as ”why is there an Easter bunny?”, the springtime arrival of Cheetos Sweetos as a limited edition Easter-themed snack provides ample empirical evidence to finally put to rest this most vexing of questions.

Shaped like Easter Eggs (or, presumably, drops of cheetah poop) each cinnamon sugar puff is light and airy with a dusty brown complexion one might associate with a well-aged gouda. There the similarities with cheese cease, as the hollow crunch of each puff flees from any notion of the salty Cheeto we’re accustomed to. The powder, too, is not quite as intense in its coverage, and while a fair amount of the advertised cinnamon-sugar transferred to my fingers, I didn’t find myself in need of a good Beethoven slobbering to remove it. I considered this most unfortunate.

Now that I think about it, that’s probably because the taste falls below expectations. For something which has adopted one of the most basic adjectives in flavor for its namesake, Cheetos Sweetos don’t initially taste very sweet at all. If anything, the pieces taste like an over-buttered but under-sugared piece of slightly soggy toast, with loads of cinnamon seasoning but nothing particularly salivating about that seasoning. To put it more bluntly; they’re straight-up bland.

Cheetos Sweetos Cinnamon Sugar Puffs Closeup

The buttery coating isn’t bad, and really, the amount of actual cinnamon flavor is quite admirable, but each puff plays it too safe in the sweetness department, like some kind of alternative cereal ever cognizant of a dreaded lecture by the health food police. What I was expecting, and what my and I’m sure most sweet snack food eaters would have preferred, was something like Post’s Mini-Cinnamon Churros cereal. Likewise, the corn base and cinnamon flavor leave my taste buds grasping for a point of reference, one which inevitably turns to the sturdier crunch of sweetened corn-based cereals. In this case, the puffed approach hinders old Chester, who would have been better to market these in the traditional, crunchier texture of a regular (crunchy) Cheeto.

To be fair, Cheetos Sweetos aren’t bad. But they’re far from memorable, and I wouldn’t choose them as a snack over the multitude of very good cinnamon-sugar cereals out there. If nothing else, they’ve established a fundamental and universal truth that we Cheetos lovers have long pondered over. Yes, the greatness of the Cheeto resides not just in the fact that you get miles of flavored powder to lick from your fingers, but in the unique and especially savory cheese flavor of the powder, and no amount of buttered and slightly sweet cinnamon coating can ever come close to replicating that deliciousness.

(Nutrition Facts – 1 ounce/about 13 pieces – 160 calories, 90 calories from fat, 10 grams of fat, 1.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 120 milligrams of sodium, 16 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fiber, 4 grams of sugar, and 1 grams of protein.)

Item: Limited Time Cheetos Sweetos Cinnamon Sugar Puffs
Purchased Price: $2.50
Size: 7 oz. bag
Purchased at: Weis
Rating: 5 out of 10
Pros: Pretty solid buttered cinnamon-sugar toast flavor. Strong and authentic cinnamon taste. Easter-themed treat which isn’t dark chocolate. Discovering the real essence of Cheeto deliciousness.
Cons: Sweetness is dull and bland. Mild corn aftertaste is distracting. Doesn’t work well in puffed form. Not getting to slobber up Cheeto powder.

31 thoughts to “REVIEW: Limited Time Cheetos Sweetos Cinnamon Sugar Puffs”

  1. My bestie and I tasted these at the same time, crunched for a second, then in unison turned to each other and went, “uhhh… no.” A few minutes later, my husband snatched one and popped it in his mouth, then another, and another. He dug them! Weirdo.

  2. Yeah, we passed them around at work the other night. No one was very impressed, and no one wanted to be responsible for the last half of the bag.

    1. I Absolutely Agree ! Sweetos are light & airy enough as to still have that “Cheeto experience” but in a Cinnabon treat kinda way ! They’re not overwhelmingly sweet or cinnamon-y……………..they’re perfect for a Great Snack & “we” miss them in Oklahoma City !!

  3. I absolutely love these!!!!! My whole family adores them. 🙂 I wish they would stick around forever. I cannot believe everyone doesnt like them!

    1. It should be a crime punishable by removing their taste buds. How dare they tease up by only making these during the winter.

  4. We opened them as soon as we got in the car and my 18 month old kept calling them nonuts (donuts) I was ready to get back out of the car and run back in to get another bag because we couldn’t stop eating them. I ended up getting another bag the next day when I went back to the store. Wish they would stick around !

  5. OMG, THESE ARE LIKE CRACK..I am so addicted, I’m trying to burn myself out on them before they are gone. The texture us amazing, the flavor is amazing. I hate taco bells twists, these are so much better….Hope they decide to bring them back soon

    1. Soooooo good….I mean, I hate cheetos normally. I got these for my kids lunch and musta “accidentally ingested”, u know…, now I lovem, can’t findem….hate Frito lay now. Need sweetie.

  6. OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IM SO ADDICTED PLEASE CHETOS COMPANY IM BEGGING YALL TO PLEASE MAKE THEM ALL YEAR AROUND I CANT FIND THEM ANY WHERE’S MY 3YR OLD SON LOVES THEM IM WILLING TO GIVE YALL MY ADDRESS TO SEND ME A COUPLE OF CASES SERIOUSLY WE LOVE SWEETOES THAT MUCH

    THANKS ,THE COLLINS
    FAMILY
    MY ADDRESS
    ALANA&JARREDD COLLINS
    105 TEN SPOT DRIVE
    CROWLEY, LA 70526

  7. please bring them back. i loved them, reminded me of taco bell cinnamon twists. Only chips besides sun chips i would eat

  8. They have GOT to bring these back! They are incredibly good! My entire family is crazy about them! I bought as many bags as I could get my hands on, but now they’re running out! I may go into withdrawals!!

  9. (Please let me know if these are coming back and if so when.I will buy a case of these things, they are that good.My wife bought a bag of these and they sat on the table for 2 weeks because we really were not sure if we would like them. When we finally did try them we could not stop eating them but when I went to buy more I found out they were limited time only.Please bring back permanently.

  10. I just bought some from walmart and boy i could like not stop eating them! I wish they were not limited! Hum….. i wonder if it would be good with eggnog .!?DO NOT REPLY! I BARELEY GET IN 5HE IMTERNET SORRY SO DO NOT REPLY THANKS

    LOVE,
    JESS

  11. LIMITED TIME!! What are the Cheetos people thinking? These are great! We can’t get enough of them and they are now very hard to find on the store shelves. This could be a gold mine for Frito-Lay, Inc.–increase your profits by making more, and more, and more. Any, by the way even the health food people know cinnamon is a very healthy spice for people. At 4 grams of sugar for 1 serving–about 17 pieces is fantastic! MAKE MORE!

  12. I love them! I’m a big cinnamon nut and please keep them around. A light snack and not heavy. Would rather have them than any other sweet snack.

  13. Where Are They??? When i go in a store i grab at least 4 bags I Fell in love with these. They taste like cinnamon toast chunch cereal. Safe sweet snack also for infants to eat they melt instantly. Why limited Time???
    Bring them back

  14. I loved them so much. Even drove out of my way to buy the last three in our area of Madisonville, KY. Please bring them back. Love anything with Cinnamon.

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