Flamin' Hot Cheetos Ice Cream Proves There's Nothing This Snack Can't Do

Plus, five other creations coated, infused, and stuffed with the spicy snacks.

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It recently came to my attention that an ice cream shop in California called Drill'd Ice Cream is selling vanilla ice cream blended with Flamin' Hot Cheetos. Far from being scandalized by the unholy combination of the spicy corn puffs and ice cream, I was more intrigued by the idea, for a couple different reasons.

Let me start by saying that I am a proud junk food connoisseur. I find myself craving Hostess Sno Balls, especially the raspberry variety, which I only seem to be able to find in gas stations these days, and I know very well that you can only really appreciate Tim's Cascade jalapeño chips if you've dipped them in cottage cheese. I am also of the opinion that the best snack food you can get at your local corner store or bodega is Flamin' Hot Cheetos. The crunch, the kick, the neon red color — Hot Cheetos hit every button. If there is a way for me to combine the best frozen dessert with the my go-to drug store comfort food, than I am 100% on board.

The second reason is that savory ice cream seems to be growing in popularity: Last year Dominique Ansel created avocado toast ice cream, made with avocado and olive oil and drizzled with sea salt, and Salt & Straw released smoke ham soft serve as well as entire line of Thanksgiving Dinner ice creams, including Salted Caramel Thanksgiving Turkey, which was mixed with actual turkey stock. In 2018 you might want to keep an eye out for even more savory ice cream as the trend continues to grow.

Anyway, back to the really important aspect of this story, the Flamin' Hot Cheetos. It is my belief that Cheetos can improve just about any food by adding a little spice, a crunchy texture, and a splash of color. Don't believe me? Here are five more foods that got a delicious upgrade thanks to Flamin' Hot Cheetos.

Chicken tenders

Grilled cheese

Marshmallow squares

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