Try this hot ingredient on your summer menus
Try this hot ingredient on your summer menus
19 JULY 2018 7:11 AM

All the trendy hotel F&B establishments are experimenting with this snack food.

I know I’m way late to the party, but I just had Flamin’ Hot Cheetos for the first time last week, and now I see them everywhere—including hotels.

(We’ll just ignore the fact that these delights first came out in 1992, which is probably before my office colleague who shared them with me was born. Yes, please ignore that part.)

Despite their relatively advanced age, these tasty snacks are the new hot (haha) menu addition at restaurants worldwide. And hotels are getting in on the crunch.

The buffet at Harrah’s Resort Southern California rolls a spicy tuna sushi roll in Flamin’ Hots—there’s even a recipe to make it yourself here.

Bars are rimming Bloody Marys and tequila shots in the crushed Cheetos, and restaurants are topping mac and cheese with the dust.

Bodega Negra at the Dream Downtown in New York City might offer the most Instagrammable Flamin’ Hot food item this summer—Mexican-style street corn rolled in the yummy bits.

Check out this Instagram video below, from @Brunchboys.

I know. I can’t stop watching it either.

Friends, this is clearly a thing. Flamin’ Hot Cheetos may have been around for 26 years now, but they definitely are still having their moment. Last summer, maybe some of you caught the first-ever Cheetos pop-up restaurant in New York City that drew lines around the city?

All I’m saying is this: It’s summertime. Food should be fun and laid back. Your guests—especially the tipsy ones around the pool—probably would get a big kick out of seeing Flamin’ Hot Cheetos-inspired drinks and dishes on your menu.

If you do it—or are already doing it—please let me know. Comment below, email me at or find me on Twitter @HNN_Steph.

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