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Limited Edition – Doritos Locos Tacos Doritos Nacho Cheese

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Good Evening All!

So I am sure by now everyone has heard about the Doritos Locos Tacos craze and I hope you have tried them as I can’t remember life before they existed. Regular crunchy taco? You’re going the way of the dinosaur!

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When I saw the picture that Marvo from The Impulsive Buy posted on his instagram of the Doritos Locos Tacos Doritos I thought it was a joke. Its like Dorito inception. What is next? Doritios Locos Tacos Doritos Tacos? Where does it stop!?

Anyways, I saw both the Nacho Cheese and Ranch flavors at my local Walmart and figured that I would give them a go.

When I opened the bag, I was immediately greeted with the smell of stinky pits. What is with the food that I have been buying lately that smells like someones armpits after a long day? I thought that Doritos would work some sort of wonder and craft a single chip that tasted just like a Taco Bell Taco – but they totally duped me and just mixed Taco Doritos and Nacho Cheese Doritos together. So unless you are shoveling multiple chips together into your mouth, you slightly lose out on the Locos Tacos flavor.

I also find that the Taco flavored Dorito lacks the fresh flavor of wilted lettuce that you get on a Taco Bell Taco (well, I don’t get it because I don’t really care for warm lettuce) I think they need to partner up with Jelly Belly to fine tune the flavor profile a little.

Overall I like these chips, though had I known that they were just going to mix the two together, I would have just done that myself and pitched to it Frito Lay, then maybe I might be a millionaire – oh well, next time I guess. Hey Frito Lay, want my next big idea? Make a Salsa Verde Locos Taco. I may just never eat another food item ever again.

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Texture : 5/5 – Unlike the occasional Doritios Locos Taco shell that I get, which is chewy – mmmmm. NOT. these chips are extremely crunchy – good luck eating them secretly at work.

Smell : 2/5 – As I touched on before, when you pop the bag open, it kind of smells like pits. And tacos. Pit Tacos.

Appearance : 4/5 – The flavor distrobution on these is a little wonky at times. There are some that have WAY more seasoning than others, but overall these look good, and the trained eye can spot which chip is Nacho Cheese and which chip is Crunchy Taco. However, due to the excessive seasoning, chances are that if you have more than a few, you may need to brush your teeth after because that seasnoning gets everywhere.

Taste : 4/5 – Despite the limited edition tag, I would not be sad if Frito Lay decided to make these a permanent fixture on their racks. I like Nacho Cheese but I find that I get burnt out on them quickly, so the mixture of Taco chips really makes this bag irresistable.

Tomorrow – Doritos Locos Tacos Ranch Doritos!

April 9, 2013
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Pepperidge Farm Baked Naturals – Nacho Cheese

Posted in Chips

The other day I brought you the au-natural version of these chips, but today I will be trying out the Nacho Cheese version. Now I don’t know about you, but when I think of a nacho cheese chip, I instantly think of a Doritos. There is just something so addicting about the super cheesy, slightly spicy chip that always tempts me to eat the whole bag.

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Pepperidge Farm’s version looks a little less cheese coated and more spice. Most of their snacks have the flavor baked in with the exception of the Goldfish cracker, and even then, if you are looking for a cheese powder coated snack, you’ll have to opt for the flavor blasted. One advantage of this is that you don’t have Cheeto fingers when you’re done. Personally I think eating the cheese powder off your fingertips is akin to eating the crunchy part off the end of a corn dog (the best part) but to each their own.

When I popped open the bag I was slightly surprised to see how empty it was. Now I know chip companies pack their bags full of air so that you don’t end up with a bag of chip shards, but there is nothing more disappointing than opening a bag of chips and realizing you purchased more air, than chip. Pepperidge Farm air in a bag! Now with chips! Being lactose intolerant, I can appreciate a snack that goes a little easy on the cheese – not to say that I don’t torture myself with other cheesy foods.

The term nacho cheese usually conjures up thoughts of a mild cheddar cheese with a slight jalapeno flavoring to it – although I am not sure where all the spices come in on these chips, but I’ll go with it. Upon first bite… well… to me, tasted like the smell of BO. After I got past that, I could taste the slight spicy cheese flavoring to it, but the stank was pretty overpowering in my mouth. I am sure that some of you are wondering how something tastes like the smell of, but I assure you, it is possible. It is like when something is too flowery tasting, it tastes like the smell of perfume. Just go with it. Much like the original tortilla flavor that I tried the other day, these chips taste stale to me. They have a good crunch, but my brain just flashes STALE! STALE! STALE! ABORT! while I eat them. If I had to choose between these or the Simply Tortilla, the Simply Tortilla would win hands down, mostly because I can slather them with something like gross gas station nacho cheese or salsa.

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Texture : 3/5 – These chips are GRAINY. I don’t know if it is from the way they are processed, or if it is because they are baked, or because of the cheese baked in, but these are really grainy. They do have a nice crunch to them though.

Smell : 3/5 – The smell does not match the flavor, there is a nice spice and cheese scent when you open the bag.

Appearance : 3/5 – To me these look more like a multigrain chip, than a nacho cheese tortilla chip. I do however like their size because it means that you won’t spear the top of your mouth while trying to stuff the entire chip into your mouth.

Taste : 2/5 – I really tried to like these but I could not get past the BO undertone. I found that if I ate a few at a time the flavor was more apparent, but I feel like the nacho cheese flavoring really missed the mark. I also thought the flavor was odd in that the fresh bag of chips tasted stale. I think that this is partially due to the chip being baked. All in all, I would most likely never buy these again unless there was a flavor tweak to them.

March 13, 2013
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