Coyote Poop | Candied Cheetos®

This recipe for coyote droppings, or coyote poop, was brought to my attention by anykinesnax on Instagram. A delicious snack, it nicely balances the savoriness of Cheetos with the sweetness of its caramel topping. 

And while the name may be off-putting to some, no need to be alarmed: they are called coyote droppings due to their color and shape, NOT because of their taste. 

The process to make them is fairly simple and straightforward. We’ll be taking Cheetos — you know the puffy cheese snacks — and we’ll be enrobing them in a sweet caramel. So think caramel popcorn with a little bite, rather than literal coyote droppings.

Since I was only able to find the snack pack size for my YouTube video, I made a half batch, utilizing both regular Cheetos Puffs and Crunchy Cheetos. 

I adapted Just a Pinch’s recipe for Coyote Droppings which I found needed more caramel coating, and so I adjusted the recipe accordingly.

And even if you don’t have Cheetos where you live, most countries do have similar cheesy puff snacks that you could use instead. 

A plate of toffee coated cheese puffs on a white plate

Coyote Droppings

Cheesy poofs coated in a crunchy butterscotch candy.
3.67 from 3 votes
Cook Time 1 hr 5 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 432 kcal

Equipment

  • oven
  • saucepan

Ingredients
  

  • 1 bag Cheetos® puffs or crunchy-style 8 oz.
  • 1 C. butter 2 sticks
  • 4 tbsp. corn syrup
  • 2 C. brown sugar packed
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 250˚F/120˚C.

Caramel coating

  • In a non-stick skillet or saucepan, melt the butter.
  • Empty the bag of cheese puffs into a very large bowl or stock pot.
  • To the melted butter, add the corn syrup and brown sugar. Stir to combine.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Line a half-sheet rimmed baking pan with parchment paper.
  • Remove from heat and sprinkle in the baking soda. Stir to incorporate.
  • Pour the caramel over the cheese puffs and quickly toss to coat.

Baking the puffs

  • Transfer the coated puffs to the prepared baking pan.
  • Bake for 1 hour stirring the puffs every 15 minutes.
  • Pour the baked puffs onto a waxed paper covered countertop and allow to cool completely before serving. Store in an air-tight container.

Notes

I adapted Just a Pinch’s recipe: https://www.justapinch.com/recipes/snack/other-snack/coyote-droppings-caramelized-cheetos.html

Nutrition

Calories: 432kcalCarbohydrates: 59gProtein: 2gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 292mgPotassium: 113mgFiber: 1gSugar: 42gVitamin A: 493IUCalcium: 83mgIron: 1mg
Keyword cheese puffs, cheese snacks, Cheetos, coyote droppings, coyote poop
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