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Cheesy Poofs is a fictional brand of a cheese-flavored snack. Like Snacky Cakes, they are among Cartman's favorite snack foods.


Cheesy Poofs were first mentioned in The Unaired Pilot and "Cartman Gets an Anal Probe". They were later shown in "Weight Gain 4000" when Cartman eats them while watching television. In "Starvin' Marvin", "Yeah, I want da Cheesy Poof" was the first full sentence said by Starvin' Marvin. Cartman auditioned for a chance to sing the Cheesy Poofs Theme Song for a Cheesy Poofs advertisement in the Season Two episode "Roger Ebert Should Lay off the Fatty Foods", but his lines were cut, leaving only the last word of the song, "lame".

Starting with Season Three, the show has evolved and Cheesy Poofs were rarely seen on screen. In the Season Ten episode "Cartoon Wars Part I", Cartman poured a box of Cheesy Poofs onto the road to make Kyle lose control of his big wheels on the highway. Cheesy Poofs were seen again in the Season Eleven episode "Guitar Queer-O" during the first scene. In the Season Eighteen episode "Gluten Free Ebola", Sharon Marsh was seen throwing them away after John Garner's penis flew off after consuming gluten.

In "Mexican Joker", Cartman eats Cheesy Poofs as he watches ICE agents escort the four Broflovskis out of their house to be detained. In "The Pandemic Special", Cartman pours some into a bowl with milk and eats them as cereal for breakfast while ditching online school as he sings. Near the end of South Park: Post Covid: The Return of Covid, when Cartman is shown homeless, a box of Cheesy Poofs can be seen in his shopping cart.

According to a script for South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, Cheesy Poofs are from Canada; this is another reason for Cartman joining La Resistance. However, this aspect of the film was not animated, so the information is most likely non-canonical.


Cheesy Poofs typically come in a light green package with a rocket ship blasting through a yellow moon. The name of the snack is imprinted on the moon in darker yellow text.

The snack itself is shaped like cheese balls.

Video Games[]

South Park[]

A box of Cheesy Poofs is a health-restoring item. Picking it up restores 10 HP.

South Park: Big Wheel Death Rally[]

A bag of Cheesy Poofs is used as a power-up, which provides temporary speed boost.

South Park: The Stick of Truth[]

A bag of Cheesy Poofs is essentially a "small health potion" which can restore 40% HP. It can be purchased from most stores at $1.00.

South Park: Phone Destroyer[]

Released on May 12, 2021[1], Cheesy Poofs are a seasonal game currency that can be spent in a special shop.

South Park: Snow Day![]

Cheesy Poofs can be looted during gameplay, healing players 10 HP per bag. The perk "Buy in Bulk" gives a 20% chance for the packs to drop as "Cheesy Poofs Grande", which heal 25 HP. Cheesy Poofs can also come in the form of a Healing Totem Power, healing all surrounding players for a short time.

Real Cheesy Poofs[]

Cheesy poofs

Real Cheesy Poofs from 2011

Comedy Central has released Cheesy Poofs to stores for limited edition, at least twice - in 1998 on their website, and in 2011, in which they teamed up with Frito-Lay to release repackaged Cheetos Puffs under their name as part of Year of the Fan at the San Diego Comic-Con, and later for two weeks in September at Wal-Mart stores.

The 1998 release bears a greater resemblance to how they appear in the show, in terms of the packaging, for the Cheesy Poofs are contained in a green cardboard box. The 2011 release has the food in a packet that is more like a typical chip packet.




International Titles[]

Language Title Translation
Cantonese 芝士波
(Zi1 si6 bo1)
Cheese balls
Czech Křupinky Crumbs
German Käsebällchen Cheese balls
Mandarin Chinese 起司胖
(Qǐ sī pàng)
Cheesy Poofs
Spanish (Latin America) Quesitos Poofs Cheesy Poofs
Ukrainian Сирні пундики
(Syrni pundyky)
Cheese balls

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