"Gobs of cornmeal are fed into an extruder , which rubs the meal between two metal plates. The friction melts the starch in the corn and causes the moisture to heat up...
...When it passes its boiling point, the meal "pops," creating the Cheetos shape. The craggy bits are then spit out of the extruder, flying 3 feet at high velocity before hitting a safety cage and dropping onto a conveyor belt."
This, my friends, is poetry. This, my friends, is a miracle. This, my friends, is how Cheetos are made. [Wired]