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Subscriber exclusive: Who really invented Flamin Hot Cheetos?

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May. 16, 2021

The man who didn't invent Flamin' Hot Cheetos

For years, Richard Montañez has taken credit for inventing Flamin' Hot Cheetos. He tells the story of rising from a janitor at the Rancho Cucamonga Frito-Lay plant to creator of the famed spicy snack. The story netted him speaking engagements and book and movie deals. But is it true?
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