Late in 2020, Cheetos debuted a surprising addition to their line of crunchy snacks: Mac ‘N Cheese. The boxes hit shelves in three different flavors (Bold & Cheesy, Flamin’ Hot, and Cheddar Jalapeño) at just 98 cents, and received average reviews across the board. One writer for Food and Wine wrote that “as a boxed mac and cheese fan, it’s something I’d definitely have again.”
The blog The Impulsive Buy echoed those sentiments and called the store-bought microwavable cups “decent,” but mentioned they lacked milk and butter. Not to mention, the flavors were “a bit bland.” This is where the TikTok hack might have a leg up; Getti was able to use the Flamin’ Hot with Lime variety of Cheetos mixed with a bag of the original in her dish, which likely elevated the flavor.
The easy weeknight meal is intriguing, but the internet is a little uneasy about what The Impulsive Buy calls “the angry red/Swedish Fish/B-movie blood color” of the store-bought version, and we have to agree. Whether you buy your Mac ‘N Cheetos in-store or boil your own bag at home, you’re definitely in for quite the unique experience.