Still talking about ‘Hot Cheetos and Takis’

The viral summer hit of 2012 (“Hot Cheetos and Takis”), the rap written and performed by north Minneapolis kids through a program at the YMCA, makes a brief scene in a new episode in the hit Netflix series “Orange Is the New Black.” The episode revolves around a three-day prison riot. When the inmates compile a list of their demands, the least serious is for Hot Cheetos, which later are provided. As the scene begins, two inmates — Blanca and Red — chomp on Flamin’ Hot Cheetos while chanting the words from the kids: “Hot Cheetos and Takis, Hot Cheetos and Takis/ I can’t get enough of these Hot Cheetos and Takis.” A bit later Red says, “Have you seen this video, ‘Hot Cheetos and Takis’? It’s wonderful. Children are so motivated these days.” Find the scene in Season 5, Episode 6 (called “Flaming Hot Cheetos, Literally”) at 20:45. Hear the kids’ track in its entirety at or watch them on


Park your appetites at food truck fests

Minnesota Food Truck Festivals will be hosting three outdoor food truck festivals in the Twin Cities — in Minneapolis’ Uptown on June 25; in Anoka on July 22, and in St. Paul’s Mears Park in Lowertown on Aug. 19. Each event offers delicious food from local culinary entrepreneurs, local live music, outdoor games and more. Admittance is free, and to encourage tasting and sharing of new foods, food trucks will feature a “$5 Pair Share” deal. In addition, all proceeds from age-21-plus alcoholic beverage wristband sales at each location will benefit Feed My Starving Children.

The Uptown festival at Lake Street and Hennepin Avenue S. is to have more than 65 trucks in place from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Organizers promise a more streamlined system of queues this year and enlarged the seating area. Also: more dessert trucks, including Minnesota’s first cookie dough truck, Dough, Dough. There’ll also be fashion/clothing trucks, a photo booth truck, and a dog treats truck.

Crapola! They’re 10

Crapola Granola, the cereal aisle’s most cheekily named offering, celebrates its 10-year anniversary June 23 with a block party at CrapolaWorld Headquarters in Ely, Minn., where husband Brian Strom and wife Andrea Strom make their high-fiber blend of natural grains, dried fruits and nuts. Within the year, they’ll have four times the production capacity of its early days to service accounts at Lunds & Byerlys,, Kowalski’s Markets and many co-ops. Friday’s party is from 3-9 p.m. with food trucks, Jaycees beer tent, games for kids at 3 p.m., and live music throughout.


TV cooking show seeks kids

Kids ages 8-13 currently are being cast for Season 4 of “Kids Baking Championship” on the Food Network. Applicants should have the ability to bake a variety of different dishes from scratch. Contestants will be selected to appear on the show to participate in a series of baking challenges, with one winner awarded a cash prize. To apply, parents should visit:

Three cheers for two food writing awards!

Staff writer Kim Ode earned third place in the Les Dames d’Escoffier International’s M.F.K. Fisher Awards for Excellence in Culinary Writing. She won in the newspaper category for her story “Ooh, Can I Have a Taste?” about snitching from fellow diners’ plates. Find her story at And restaurant critic Rick Nelson won first place from the Society of Professional Journalists for his lively Twitter account. Find him on Twitter: @RickNelsonStrib.