As a lover of Flamin' Hot Cheetos, I, too, have been on the hunt for them since they seem to disappear from the shelves just as soon as they arrive.

Look, I know they're not the greatest, and they're terrible for you (and terrible for monkeys) but every now and then I need some Flamin' Hot Cheetos.

If you're having a hard time finding them in stores, you're not alone. Many are reporting a shortage of Flamin' Hot Cheetos- it's not a shortage per se, but the are flying off the shelves quickly. As a result, there is now a Flamin' Hot Cheeto black market. Some bags are being sold for as much as $35!

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If you don't want to shell out the $35, but do have a craving for that Flamin' Hot flavor, you've come to the right place.

I have ventured out of my usual chips order to test out what other Flamin' Hot chips could come close to the love I have for Flamin' Hot Cheetos. I ended up loving some of the alternatives probably more than Hot Cheetos, but some, well, they take the craving away but it should be a lesson that not everything should be given the Flamin' Hot treatment.

Here are seven alternatives to Flamin' Hot Cheetos, starting from least favorite to favorite.

7. Flamin' Hot Ruffles.

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In a crunch, these will do. They're good, but are lacking that oomph that Flamin' Hot Cheetos have.

6. Flamin' Hot Smartfood Popcorn

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This is only on the low end of the list because I'm not particularly fond of already made popcorn- but this one isn't bad.

5. Flamin' Hot Fries 

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Of course, this is a classic. However, these are starting to also disappear from shelves quickly!

4. Flamin' Hot Lays

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These are so simple yet, delicious!

3.. Flamin' Hot Baken-Ets 

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These are delicious! If you already enjoy the chicharrones and like Hot Cheetos, then you're in for a treat with these!

2. Flamin' Hot Puffs 

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Somehow, these are the ones still left on the shelves, but I feel like people are missing out- these are good!

1. Flamin' Hot Kettle Cooked Lays

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These are becoming hard to find too! And obviously it's because they are so good! The crunch, the flavor I seriously think these are BETTER than Hot Cheetos- and they're my new favorite.

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