Cheetos is popping back into the Super Bowl ad scene for the first time in over a decade to debut its biggest innovation in a decade — Cheetos Popcorn — on the world’s largest advertising stage. The 30 second TVC spotlights the orange and red dust that all Cheetos fans proudly wear on their fingertips, known officially as Cheetle, and will kick off Cheetos’ newest marketing campaign, “It’s a Cheetos Thing.”
Who better to celebrate the magic dust than ’90s hip-hop star MC Hammer. He is the star of the new commercial, as seen in the teaser released today on Cheetos’ social channels. The teaser video explores the origins of one of MC Hammer’s most beloved songs, “U Can’t Touch This” — which celebrates its 30th anniversary this week — and asks the question, “Was Cheetos and Cheetle the inspiration behind the iconic track?” Fans are transported back to the 1990s before MC Hammer debuted his hit song, showing that it all began with a bag of Cheetos and Cheetle-covered fingertips. The teaser is in preparation for the full Super Bowl commercial that will give a nod to Cheetle-covered fingertips being not just a delicious treat, but a permission slip to escape the mundane routines of everyday life.
“Cheetos is such an iconic and beloved brand that has gained even more popularity in the last decade, so we saw the Super Bowl as the only fitting place to debut our biggest product launch in a decade with Cheetos Popcorn,” said Rachel Ferdinando, SVP and Chief Marketing Officer, Frito-Lay North America. “And of course, joining our mischievous brand identity in a playful way with MC Hammer was a perfect fit. It’s two icons coming together — Cheetos and Hammertime — in a relatable story about the Cheetle that sticks to everyone’s fingers when eating Cheetos.”
Cheetos last had an in-game Super Bowl TVC in 2009 during Super Bowl XLIII when the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Arizona Cardinals.
Now, the brand is embarking on its biggest effort yet and is using the world’s largest advertising stage to launch not only a massive new product, but a new Masterbrand campaign as well. The campaign, “It’s a Cheetos Thing,” is described as a point of view, or a way of life. As in, it’s an unspoken bond you share with anyone whose fingers are constantly orange. It’s a break from the everyday, or a momentary pause on adulthood. The campaign narrative concludes with the tagline, “It’s a Cheetos Thing.”
Cheetos’ new ready-to-eat Popcorn brings the legendary taste of the iconic Cheetos seasoning to one of America’s snacking favorites, swapping the butter and salt for the cheesy flavors fans know and love. Available in two flavors — Cheddar and Flamin’ Hot® — Cheetos Popcorn elevates fans’ snacking game with cheesy and flamin’ hot twists on a snack perfect for any occasion.
Cheetos Popcorn is available now in 7.0 oz. Cheddar bags and 6.5 oz. Flamin’ Hot bags for a suggested retail price of $3.99 and 2 oz. bags for a suggested retail price of $1.89. Cheetos is a brand of Plano-based Frito-Lay North America, the $16 billion convenient foods division of PepsiCo, Inc. (Nasdaq: PEP).