A question for someone with good 1980's-1990's snacks knowledge.


macrumors 6502
Original poster
Mar 16, 2006
Wishing for a magic bus.
Okay. There was an international food market near my house that was closing down. To empty the stock out, they had everything like half off and buy one get one free. So I find this bag of cheezy popcorn with the cheetos cat on it. But it didn't say cheetos, it said Chester. At this point two questions popped into my mind, "Who's Chester?" and "How old is this popcorn?". Chester is the cheetos cat apparently. Does anybody know when cheetos stopped labeling him as Chester? Heres a picture of the bag.

All I'm really looking for is a date. A year when this crap was made.



macrumors 68030
Jan 25, 2002
Orange County, CA
Here's some wikipedia info. I can't say if the popcorn is good or not, but the Cheetos Cheesy Masala Balls sold in India sound really tasty.

You might sure it's made by the Cheetos people and not some cheap knock-off.


Staff member
Jan 20, 2005
Yep, that's Chester Cheetah, and Chester's Popcorn is a Frito-Lay product. Still being made as far as I know.


Moderator emeritus
Jan 9, 2004
Grand Rapids, MI, USA
but the Cheetos Cheesy Masala Balls sold in India sound really tasty.
God, that sounds good! :eek:

I remember commercials when I was a kid with the Cheetah, and he was referred to as Chester the Cheetah in numerous commercials. If the packaging ever had his name on it, though, it was incidental (like a minor blurb at the bottom in line with an advertising campaign).