Don't Miss: Flamin' Hot Cheetos

A bag of Flamin' Hot Cheetos.

hide captionAll over America, school kids can be seen stumbling around, their eyes watery, their mouths ringed with the atomic red powder from Flamin' Hot Cheetos.

I know, I know... you thought Flamin' Hot Cheetos was best known for Californication.

Nope, it's NPR's Luke Burbank's entry into the fast/bad food phenomenon that's hitting the schools. Luke sends this most serious warning exclusively to Mixed Signals readers:

"If you've got kids between age 5 and 15, you're probably already aware of a pernicious red menace that's sweeping the nation these days — Flamin' Hot Cheetos. That's right, the snacks, introduced in 1991 by Frito-Lay (which also makes Original Cheetos, the nation's best selling extruded cheese-flavored snack), have exploded in popularity over the last few years. All over America, school kids can be seen stumbling around in Cheeto-induced dazes. Their eyes watery, their mouths ringed with the atomic red powder that gives the Cheetos their zest."

Luke beat the House Committee on Un-American Activities to the punch. He visited an elementary school in Pasadena, Calif., where the principal has banned Hot Cheetos — though the students sneak them in anyway. Check out his report on NPR tonight.

One serious thought: If Flamin' Hot Cheetos were outlawed, then only outlaws will have Flamin' Hot Cheetos.

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