Caramel Cheetos®

Lucille Hoerle Recipe

By Lucille Hoerle hoerlel

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I know you are going to think I am crazy with this recipe but it is actually a fun and addicting snack. Maybe not the healthiest, but very tasty. I got this recipe off one of my quilting forums.


2 c
light brown sugar
1 c
margarine - yes, for this one you must use margarine
1/2 c
light corn syrup
1/2 tsp
baking soda
21 oz. pkg. cheetos® - crunchy kind

Directions Step-By-Step

Mix sugar, margarine and corn syrup in pan. Bring to a boil. Boil 5 minutes, stirring often. Remove from heat and add soda. Stir until light in color and foamy. Spray a roasting pan (deep 10 x 14) with Pam. Put Cheetos® in pan. Pour the mixture over Cheetos® and stir, coating each piece. Place in oven at 250 degrees. Bake for 1 hour stirring every 15 minutes. Immediately, pour onto wax paper, or cookie sheets, sprayed with Pam. (This is the hard part.) VERY QUICKLY spread out as thin as possible. If not quick and spread out as thin as possible, you will get a big hard glob. After about 5 minutes, pull/break these apart even more and loosen them from the wax paper. If you don't, you'll have wax paper stuck to them when you go to eat them.
You will regret it if you don't double the batch as guests are going to demand MORE! You can bake batches together and add an extra 20 minutes to bake time. I do them separately because of having to work so quickly to keep them apart at the end. The one batch can almost get too hard while working with the other batch.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Snacks
Main Ingredient: Non-Edible or Other
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids
Hashtags: #sugar, #cheetos, #margarine

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Lucille Hoerle hoerlel
Nov 29, 2013
Thanks, April. I will give the Blue Bonnet a try.
April Jones apester4u
Nov 29, 2013
I make these all the time for co-workers. I have found in the past that if you use Blue Bonnet margarine they don't get as sticky and are easier to work with.
Lucille Hoerle hoerlel
May 5, 2013
I don't know the reason for not using butter, but if you are brave, try it and let us know.
Annette Seberson imaseber
May 5, 2013
Why do you have to use margarine? Can't butter be used?
Lucille Hoerle hoerlel
Dec 9, 2012
Thanks, Mary! in the real ones?? We live in a very rural area of upstate New York and we hear them howling almost every night. We have lived her over 30 years and have never had a problem with them.