Bizarre Cheetos Flavors You Can Only Find Internationally

According to NPR, Cheetos were invented by snack manufacturer Charles Elmer Doolin during the 1930s. Obsessed with creating a corn-based snack food that would not go stale as quickly as tortilla chips, Doolin purchased the patent for Fritos from a man selling a new type of snack. The man informed Doolin that these fried corn chips were a popular beach snack in Mexico. After purchasing the patent, Doolin immediately began tinkering around in his kitchen, trying to perfect the crunchy chip. Aided by his mother and using his children as taste testers, Doolin formulated a variety of flavors and versions of these corn-based snacks — including the Cheeto.

While we know many brands formulate different products for different markets (do you have any idea how many flavors of Kit Kats are available in Japan?), the Cheetos product page states that there are only 19 varieties of Cheetos available in the United States. We can't help but feel like we're really missing out on some awesome Cheetos products, especially when we see so many unique flavors in other regions that we think would totally work stateside. Even the products we don't necessarily believe would be popular here, we're still interested in trying them out, you know, for science.

Cheetos Spicy Chicken

Okay, so we know people love using crushed Flamin' Hot Cheetos to coat all sorts of baked and fried foods, but the snack seems to go particularly well with fried chicken. Frito-Lay Japan has taken this amazing culinary mash-up to the obvious next level with their Cheetos Spicy Chicken flavor. Napa Japan states that these crunchy Cheetos have a nice amount of spice to them and taste exactly like fried chicken! The bright yellow bag also features a goofy illustration of the Cheetos mascot Chester Cheetah riding a piece of fried chicken and holding a hot pepper, which we love.

Cheetos Fresh Shrimp

While we can definitely appreciate a good prawn crisp, that is so not what we're expecting when we reach into a bag of Cheetos. Taquitos gave us the details on Cheetos Fresh Shrimp flavor, which is available in China. These scoop shaped chips are primarily made from cassava (which is a root from South American also known as yuca) instead of the standard Cheetos corn, making them a lighter, airier snack than the traditional Cheetos. The outlet compares the texture to styrofoam, though not in a bad way. While they didn't mind the taste, we aren't totally sold on seafood flavored crisps being part of the Cheetos family.

Cheetos Paprika Spinners

In a ranking of various Cheetos flavors, Business Insider introduced us to Cheetos Paprika Spinners, which we are dying to try. The outlet states that the product is only available in certain parts of Europe, and is a combination of all the best parts of Doritos and Cheetos in one perfect crunchy bite. The snack is star (or pinwheel) shaped, and described by Holland Shopper as light and airy with a sweet paprika flavor. Would it be too much if we booked a flight to the Netherlands specifically to buy these curious Cheetos? We promise to check out the Van Gogh Museum while we're there.

Mountain Dew Cheetos

Snaxtime reviewed Mountain Dew Cheetos, which hail from Japan and come in a handy snack cup. The Cheetos are a surprising white color instead of the green normally associated with Mountain Dew, and are the same shape and size as Crunchy Cheetos. While Snaxtime wanted to like this strange mashup, they stated that they found the result to be an odd mix of sour citrus and salty corn. They also noticed a slight lemon flavor, which they said adds a little sweetness to the snack, but also has an unappealing bitterness and chemical note. The Mountain Dew Cheetos have an aftertaste reminiscent of lemon-lime cereal, and the outlet ultimately declared it too confusing and complicated to enjoy. All those clashing flavors add up to a big "no thank you."

Cheetos Just Salt

Cheetos Japan is at it again, this time with a surprisingly simple product we're kind of shocked has never made it to the U.S. market. Chip Review shares the details behind Cheetos Just Salt, which they rate a four out of five. The outlet describes the snack as being a salted crunchy corn Cheeto that tastes similar to Fritos. In their profile, NPR stated that Frito founder Charles Elmer Doolin would actually grab Fritos off the production line to take home before they were salted or flavored, so maybe Frito Lay Japan is on to something with this simplified take on the normally flavor-packed snack.