I got this recipe from a friend and made it for friends and family for Christmas. Quite a few have asked for the recipe and there are a few tricks to getting it to work correctly. I decided that Instructables would be an excellent way to distribute it.
Warning, this is an addictive snack! Salty, sweet, light. I made about eight batches and gave most of it away. It was safer for me that way or I would have overindulged.
Step 1: Ingredients
2 ea 8oz Lay’s Natural White Cheddar Cheetos
1 cup butter
2 cups light brown sugar
½ cup light corn syrup
½ tsp salt
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp cream of tartar
½ tsp vanilla
I have also made this with white cheddar cheese balls that I got from Sam's Club: UTZ White Cheddar Snow Balls in a 27 oz barrel. It comes out fine, but I found that I prefer the taste when it is made with the Cheetos. I used 16 oz of the cheese balls and the coating comes out thicker. I believe the cheese balls are a bit denser (heavier) than the Cheetos so the surface area is less. YMMV. I have not tried regular Cheetos. The cheese flavor may be too strong.