Chocolate Covered Cheetos

by Erin

You’ve heard of chocolate covered potato chips so why not chocolate covered Cheetos? They are sweet, salty, and slightly cheesy.

Homemade Chocolate Covered Cheetos.

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It’s National Cheese Doodle Day so you know what that means… a new Cheetos recipe! In case you thought my Caramelized Cheetos or Cheetos Marshmallow Crispy Treats weren’t weird enough, how about some Chocolate Covered Cheetos?

The idea blossomed from chocolate covered potato chips – if that salted snack can be delicious covered in chocolate, why not Cheetos? After all, most of that cheesy flavor is thanks to salt.

So of course, I had to try it.

Chocolate Covered Cheetos Ingredients.

Ingredients for Chocolate Covered Cheetos

  • Chocolate
  • Cheetos
  • Flaky sea salt

You truly only need two ingredients to make Chocolate Covered Cheetos, which should be obvious by the name: chocolate and Cheetos (or whatever brand of cheese doodle you prefer). But I jazzed mine up a little bit with a sprinkle of flaky sea salt and Cheeto dust.

But let me tell you, that extra bit of sea salt made the difference as I tried them with and without. The extra dusting of Cheeto powder also helped them look “fancy” – as fancy as Chocolate Covered Cheetos could look.

Chocolate Covered Cheetos Close-up.

What is Cheeto dust called?

Cheeto dust actually does have a name and it is Cheetle. I read once that the most unappealing part of eating Cheetos are “Cheeto fingers” – I’m sorry, what?

I think they meant to say the BEST part. Cheeto-lovers, tell me you don’t look forward to scraping that layer of cheetle off your fingers after you’ve polished off the bag. It’s a culinary delight.

Heck, half the reason I left part of the Cheetos uncoated was to make sure I would not be slighted by the absence of Cheeto fingers (the other half being it was easier to dip). But if you’d rather have chocolate fingers, be my guest and dunk them in.

Would you try Chocolate Covered Cheetos?

So what do you think? Would you give these Chocolate Covered Cheetos a try? If you are also a fan of salt-sweet combinations this might be your new favorite thing. Heck why not throw them into chocolate chip cookies while we are at it?

Or maybe not. Just dip one Cheeto into some chocolate and try it out first. To be honest, that’s what I did before I committed to dipping the rest in chocolate. No sense wasting precious Cheetos without verifying first!

Chocolate Covered Cheetos from above.

Homemade Chocolate Covered Cheetos.


Yield: 12 Servings Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat


  • 1 (8.5 oz.) bag of crunchy Cheetos*
  • 12 oz. good dark chocolate, chopped
  • Flaked sea salt, for garnish


  1. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper; set aside.
  2. In a heat-safe bowl over a pot of simmering water**, add 3/4 of the chocolate. Heat, stirring occasionally until the chocolate has melted.
  3. Keep the bowl over the water, but remove the pot from heat, and immediately stir in remaining chocolate until melted.
  4. Use tongs to dip the Cheetos one at a time 3/4 of the way into the chocolate, letting the excess drip off. Place prepared cookie sheet, sprinkle with extra Cheetos dust and/or flaked sea salt, and allow to cool until set***.
  5. Enjoy or store in an air-tight container at room temperature.


*I prefer crunchy but this could easily work with any other style. I also crushed the smaller bits of Cheetos for garnish. **Alternatively, you could microwave the chips in 30 second intervals, stirring in between time-points. ***2 hours room temperature or 15 minutes in the refrigerator.

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Source: The idea was my own, but the recipe outline was adapted from AllRecipes.

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