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We Made Cheetos Milk—Here’s One of the Crazy Things You Can Make With It

July 9, 2017

Cheetos milk. Because Cereal Milk is so 2008. We were feeling a little experimental and thought, if breakfast favorites like Corn Flakes and Fruit Loops can be “milked”, why not Cheetos—which itself is technically made with a cereal (specifically, corn) base?

This pastel orange elixir is a cinch to make. We toast the just enough to bring out its natural corn-y nuttiness before steeping it in the dairy and straining the solids out after a brief period of rest, similar to regular ol’ cereal milk. You get an crazy-creamy concoction infused with the sharp, decidedly in-your-face essence of processed cheese powder—which sounds crazy, we’ll give you that, but we’ve never heard anything bad come out of the combination of milk, cheese, and corn.

But why stop there? There’s no point in backing out now. Spoil your inner baboy and take the milk out for a sugary spin. We turn it into this easy homemade sweet inspired by old-fashioned fudge—a candy marked by sugar and dairy mixed at a specific temperature to form an extremely small crystalline structure that makes for a uniform, ultra-smooth texture and creamy feel in the mouth—formed into balls that you’ll find hard to stop popping one after the other. Lest you think we’re losing our minds here—that’s true only half of the time—the combination really isn’t all that strange: think of the creamy, cheesy, sweet-and-salty goodness of the warm liquid from the streetside cheese corn you loved as a child (or still continue to love)—just in handheld form, spiked with more cheetos bits to up the savory contrast and crunch. Don’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it.


Cheetos Milk

Yield: 5 cups
Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 250 g Cheetos
  • 5 cups milk
  • salt, to taste

Procedure

  1. Preheat oven to 300 F.
  2. Place Cheetos on baking sheet and toast in the oven for about 10 minutes.
  3. Remove the Cheetos and allow to cool.
  4. Place cooled Cheetos in a large bowl and pour in the milk.
  5. Stir and cover with plastic wrap. Allow the mixture to rest for 20 minutes.
  6. Strain the mixture using a fine strainer, and store until ready to use.

Cheetos Milk Fudge Truffles

Ingredients

  • ⅔ cup Cheetos milk
  • 1 can (390) Condensed milk
  • 3 cups sugar
  • ½ cup butter
  • 250 g Cheetos, crushed

Procedure

  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, add all the ingredients and stir until melted.
  2. Let the mixture boil then lower heat and simmer, stirring constantly until the mixture reaches118C.
  3. Take the mixture off the heat and carefully transfer into a large bowl.
  4. Whisk the mixture until cool and thick, about 15 minutes. (You can also use a mixer with a whisk attachment on low speed)
  5. Add the 250g crushed Cheetos and fold into the fudge mixture.
  6. Refrigerate mixture for 2 hours or until set.
  7. Using spoons or small measuring scoops, form fudge into circular truffles. Allow to cool in the fridge for 30 minutes or until ready to serve.
Patricia Baes SEE AUTHOR Patricia Baes Trish thinks too much about everything—truth, existence.....and what’s on her plate. Her ongoing quest for a better relationship with food has led to a passion for cooking, gastronomy, and a newfound interest in its politics. She is a cheapskate in other aspects of her life, preferring to use her savings on specialty vinegars and degustation menus. While she admits to eating out too much, cooking and baking remain her first love, and she's always looking for quirky new ways to use up seasonal produce. Thanks to her obsession with (unnecessarily) making everything from scratch, she is now desperate to clear her fridge full of homemade condiments. She dreams of perfecting the art of making soufflé with her crappy toaster oven.
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