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Cheetos' New Flamin' Hot Pepper Puffs Are the Hottest Variety Yet

Your taste buds aren't even ready.

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I have spent the past three months of quarantine eating my way through the grocery store chip aisle. And while much of the country has begun a phased reopening process, that doesn't mean we should ease up on social distancing all together -- or the snacking habit that came with it. Especially now that Cheetos is unleashing its hottest Flamin' Hot product yet: Pepper Puffs.

Our guy Chester Cheetah is dropping the tongue scorcher exclusively at Walmart and Circle K. They sound a whole lot like the classic snack -- made with real cheese and everything -- but these suckers are packing extra heat. 

Of course, there is a caveat: these fire-hot Cheetos aren't sticking around for good, so you might wanna start stockpiling bags now. Not only is the new Frito-Lay product the hottest Flamin' Hot snack we've ever seen, the puffs are also shaped like actual peppers. You can snag a 7-ounce bag for $3.99 or 2.375-ounce bags for $1.89, but let's be honest with ourselves and just admit, we're going with the former -- and several of them, at that. 

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@Cheetos flamin hot pepper puffs. I posted about these coming out back in March I believe and they finally started hitting shelves! They state that they are the hottest ever! Which I’m pretty sure they mean by the hottest Cheetos not the hottest chips ever lol. These were send to me by @thejunkgoat who was the first to find them so thank you, cause they still haven’t made it to my area. SWIPE to see the little pepper puff! These are actually shaped like a pepper and you can actually tell lol, they are SO cute 😍 they have the same texture as the flamin hot puffs but definitely ARE hotter. I eat spicy food and cover my food in hot sauce daily, and these are definitely the hottest Cheetos. Even hotter then the extra hot which I don’t find that hot lol. These definitely made my acid reflux burn right away lmao. So they’re doing their job 😂 these are so damn cute! Not @Cheetos can you please bring back the twist puffs! I used to eat those all the time before I even moved to the US and I miss them 😩they also have been found @walmart . . . Tag a friend Turn notifications on . . . . #cheetos #cheetospuffs #cheetospopcorn #cheetospepperpuffs #spicy #spicyfood #chips #snacks #junkfood #instafood #foodpic #foodie #candy #sugar #cantstandtheheat #yum #delish #nomnom #iifym #flexibledieting #fitfam #foodbeast #forkyeah #foodphotography #likeforlikes #quarantine #walmart #crisps #foodforthought #hottestpepper

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Though it doesn't sound like your local grocery store will have the Pepper Puffs permanently, Frito-Lay has more than a few Flamin' Hot ideations. And for your convenience, we ranked the best of them. The purveyor of snack foods has got tongue tingling variants across its brands -- we're talking Flamin' Hot Ruffles, Lays, Funyuns, even Smartfood popcorn.

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Megan Schaltegger is a staff writer at Thrillist.