Product Review – Cheetos Mac ‘n Cheese Flamin’ Hot and Childhood Food Memory

Happy National Mac n Cheese Day! Probably a lot of you, especially if you’re growing up eating Mac n Cheese, gotta celebrate this special food holiday today. 


As I grew up in Japan, I am not used to eating Mac & Cheese. Yes I love macaroni gratin(macaroni casserole with lots of cheese on the top)  or macaroni salad, so I don’t mean I don’t like macaroni or creamy flavor, but I just didn’t have an opportunity to try it because…yeah mac n cheese are typically on kid’s meal, so I thought it’s for kids only. 


I finally tried making them on my own, but still mac n cheese on my dining table was a rare thing. It’s just because we prefer tomato sauce pasta and I don’t usually stock macaroni for no reason. But a few days ago, another time for mac n cheese came because I found this in my local grocery store. So I’d like to talk about it today. 


<Product Review>

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cheetos mac n cheese

Name: Cheetos Mac ‘n Cheese Flamin’ Hot

Contains: 5.6 oz

Price: $1~4? Online tends to be more pricey so try hitting your neighbor’s store first!

Main ingredients: Wheat Flour, Palm Oil, Whey, Salt, Maltodextrin, Cheddar Cheese (Milk, Cultures, Salt, Enzymes), Corn Syrup Solids, Sugar, Modified Corn Starch etc…


In my home country, snack flavored food is rare if I remember it right. So as soon as I saw them, my eyes were caught. Probably I’d study the package and return it on the shelf, but it was a huge deal of 50c per package(I doubted it too but it’s true…even the expiration date was far, far away) so I brought it home. 


I showed it to my husband and he was like “oh yeah…that mac n cheese. You wasted money again” kinda attitude, so I thought it’d sit in my pantry for a while. But he asked me when we’” be eating it several times, so sure enough, he was also interested in what the taste is like with flamin’ hot cheetos flavor. 


As same as other boxed mac n cheese, the preparation is easy: boil macaroni, make sauce by mixing powder seasoning, milk and butter. Within 15 min, the meal for two is ready. 


And I admit that the vivid red color scared me a little bit since I was making the sauce. Yes it’s the same as the snack one, but a pot full of vivid red color macaroni was overwhelming. 


The taste…yes it’s very similar to the snack one! While I prefer the original flavor, my husband loves flamin’ hot so seemed happy to eat them. I Need lots of glasses of water for me, so be prepared if you have a weak tolerance for spicy food. Also, be ready to see scarlet red tongue after a meal! 


I asked him if I should buy another package, he was like “…as an emergency stock, probably.” So even though a single package feeds 2 very well, I’d try the original flavor next time. 

cheetos mac n cheese


Pro: cost performance (reasonable, feeds 2 adults well with a single package

) easy to prepare, long shelf-life, fun meal for the snack lover

Con: color looks overwhelming, some would feel guilty eating them(carbs, color addition…well, nutrition!) so you might need to prepare some healthy side dish like salad


<Food and Age Restriction>

So I wonder, is it possible to order a kid’s meal even though you’re not a kid anymore in your country? 


In Japan, we have a kid’s meal called “okosama(kid)-lunch.” In a single plate, there are meat patti(hamburg steak), spaghetti neapolitan or ketchup flavored chicken rice(with a fag on it) or plain rice with rice seasoning called furikake(usually anime character on it), fried shrimp, french fries etc and comes with dessert and a toy. Each food is a small portion and is reasonable, so I used to eat them a lot in a restaurant. 


I’m too old to be called “kid,” but if I could, I’d order it and enjoy every single bite. But, it’s just a dream…the restriction seems strict, so when the waiter/waitress doesn’t see you as a kid, the order would be pretty much rejected. Some reasons are that it’s reasonable for customers, but not really for the restaurant side(lots of variety of food in a single plate and the toy!) Some restaurant PR said the “kid’s plate” is supposed to teach kids that eating is fun and giving them the opportunity to learn etiquette. 


Whenever I see kid’s meal in the states, I’m not really interested so I don’t care for the food having the age restriction, but when it comes to senior meals, it is a different story…when I was a college student, we used to go to Denny’s at night to study(Thank you for being open 24 hrs!!) and whenever waitresses handed me the menu, the senior menu was so tempting. They’re low in calories, healthier choice of food with lots of veggies, the portion was just right, and the price was also reasonable…What more can I ask for? But as you can guess, the order was rejected…at that time, I wasn’t even 20 years old, so yeah, I understand…a several decades more to go until I can finally order a senior meal…wait for me, dear senior meal!;)


<Other Food with Childhood Memory>

If you want to make mac n cheese from scratch, yes you can do it(and it’s easy!) Mac n Cheese

mac n cheese

I might make you nostalgic! Sloppy joe

sloppy joe

Popular school lunch item in Japan! Wakame Seaweed Rice Spring Version

Enjoy home cooking and your own creation of homemade food:)

13 Comments Add yours

  1. johnrieber says:

    There was a poll that showed Kraft Mac’n’Cheese was the most popular instant version by far…we all had it growing up and its not slowing down at all!

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Ah yes! Kraft Mac n cheese seems this-is-the-one kind😋


  2. Wieder sehr appetitlich fotografiert!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Tanooki says:

      danke mein lieber freund💕✨

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  3. elvira797mx says:

    Wow! Looks delicious! Thank’s Tanooki for share.
    Have a wonderful day!
    Enjoy your coffee!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Tanooki says:

      Thank you Elvira! I hope you’re enjoying your morning coffee and relaxing afternoon tea too😆
      Have a wonderful weekend❤️


      1. elvira797mx says:

        Thank you, Tanooki.
        Yes I enjoy my morning coffee.
        And now I AM drinking a delicious green tea. Enjoy too! ☺️🧁🫖☕
        Have a wonderful weekend! ❤️

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  4. Livia says:

    Thank you for your insights on this product. The only instant pasta I’ve ever eaten in my life was cup noodles some years ago. So it was very interesting to read your experiences and opinion. 🙏 😊

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Oh yeah, you might not eat instant noodles especially they’re pasta! Your ancestor won’t allow you to do that🤣 By the way, I really like mi goreng, the Indonesian signature noodle😍 But I only tried it with instant one sold in the US…do you guys also use instant one or make from scratch, especially the sauce?👀✨

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      1. Livia says:

        I hardly ever prepare Mie Goreng at home. 🤔 We usually it them in food stalls. There are some that use instant noodle packages for it but we try to avoid those. 😉

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      2. Tanooki says:

        Oh really!👀💕✨ OMG I’m huge fan of Mie Goreng since I tried instant one last year🤣 I want to try it sold in food stalls…must be so good😋😋😋 So it makes me wonder again…Mie Goreng and Nasi Goreng…sounds like Nasi Goreng is more popular?🤔

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      3. Livia says:

        I’m not sure which one is more popular but I was told that Mie Goreng were introduced to Indonesia by Chinese immigrants many years ago while Nasi Goreng is recognized by the Government one of Indonesia’s five national dishes.
        Although it seems that Nasi Goreng maybe was originally introduced by Chinese immigrants, too as a Wok is used for stir frying it. 🤔
        I think Nasi Goreng could be more popular as it is often also cooked at home as a great opportunity to use leftover rice from the previous day, and you can prepare it with vegetables and/or chicken and/or seafood and/or whatever you like. 😊👍

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      4. Tanooki says:

        Oh really! That is a fantastic food with interesting history behind it👀✨ Thank you so much for thoroughly explaining it to me, Livia! 🤗

        But for now, I’d be in a team mie goreng…I’m so in love with that yummy noodles😋💕✨

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