How Do Cheetos Get Their Shape?

July 16, 2023
David Sunnyside

As an iconic snack brand with a wide variety of flavors, Cheetos have become a household name. But what do people know about how these cheese puffs are made? How do they get their trademark shape and what makes them so addictive? This article will answer all of these questions and more.

Cheetos are made by a company called Frito-Lay and are a puffed cornmeal based snack. They are flavored with a variety of spices and seasonings. One serving of the snacks contains about 150 calories. They are available in a variety of shapes and colors but the most popular shape is the classic cheetah.

The process for creating cheetos begins with a mixture of cornmeal and water. The cornmeal must be chosen carefully to ensure that it is super fine and that the moisture content is low. This is important because an abundance of moisture can cause the cheetos to become soggy. Then the cornmeal is treated with heat, steam, and moisture which gelatinizes the starch in the mixture.

This mixture is then fed into a machine that rubs it between two metal plates. This creates friction which causes the starch to melt and the moisture to rise until it reaches its boiling point, which then pops the cheetos into their classic shape.

These puffed cornmeal pieces are then seasoned with a variety of spices and flavorings before being fried. The seasoned cheetos are then rushed through an automated process of packaging and boxing. The final product is then shipped off to stores and distributed across America.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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