Japan, Bacon & Mustard Doritos Gourmet packaging, 2014. From the Liebold Archives via Kelly Thompson.
Well what do we have a here. Last week I was presented with this delicious surprise by a co-worker for an office tasting test. The consensus was these definitely don’t taste as much like bacon as they smell like it. The mustard taste here reigns, which as a mustard lover, I can appreciate. But also being a bacon lover, I was a bit disappointed on that front.Original post follows: I haven’t been so envious of a Japanese Doritos flavor in a long while, but LOOK AT THIS. If you told me you didn’t want this, I’d call you a liar and ask you to leave. I’m serious. Get out of here if this doesn’t look like it would make your life better. Now, I mean it. GO! Ok if you’re still here, we can be friends. And since we’re friends, would you mind sending me a package of these, please?
USA, The Imagination Cookbook from Doritos® Brand Tortilla Chips, 1978. From the Liebold Archives courtesy Myriam Liebold.
In a time before Doritos decided to create the robust flavor library they have created today, they encouraged the home audience to go for it with this mini cookbook. While 50% of the recipes show a distinct lack of imagination (nachos or dips) the remainder just mostly add plain corn Doritos on the side. None of the recipes use flavored Doritos. Even the desserts play it safe.
So to basically recap, it’s time for Doritos redo this with some real pizzaz. Like Spicy Nacho encrusted baked Mac n Cheese or Cool Ranch and Bacon Meatloaf or Spicy Sweet Chili Brownies or Chile Limon Fried Ice Cream…
Side note, after tweeting that I was surprised no one had gotten this for me, it showed up in the mail not more than a week later from my sweet sweet Mom who saw the tweet. How awesome!
USA, Doritos Dinamita Fiery Habanero packaging, 2014. From the Liebold Archives.
Another nearly too-hot-to-taste-what-you’re-eating flavor starts off intense. Everyone who tried these with me followed the same basic pattern of “These are good but hot *COUGH*” and suffered through more. I don’t know what it is about these to be honest, they really are maybe a little too hot, but that won’t stop you from powering through a small bag.
USA, Doritos Supreme Cheddar packaging, 2014. From the Liebold Archives courtesy of Fred Liebold.
Another Costco exclusive, which sucks because these are really awesome. I took this mammoth bag to my office where the unanimous call was that these are better than even the Nacho Cheese variety. They’re similar, and an early complaint at first taste was that there was no difference. But they have a smooth finish, and you could easily find yourself halfway eaten through a bag without realizing it. Enjoy responsibly.
Turkey, Doritos Fritos Shots commercial, 2012.
Megan Fox. Of course.
USA, Doritos Loaded, 2014. From the Liebold archives.
The Doritos Twitter account put up a picture of this wild thing around midweek. These “loaded” variety are only available at 7-Eleven convenience stores so sorry to those of who can’t try these out.
So, here’s the deal. These taste pretty much EXACTLY like nacho cheese Doritos but in this fried triangle form, sort of like a mozzarella stick. It seems like breading even has a hint of the cheesey dust baked in. The bit of false advertising though is the cheese is nowhere near gooey like the images would suggest. I asked the clerk if these we’re going to be good and her response, “Yeah if you like cheese. And when you get home, dip ‘em in ranch dressing…mmmmm!”
I didn’t try that last bit but she’s right about the cheese thing. After two wedges I was about done, even when I bought them I thought four wasn’t going to be that many. I’m not sure what’s “loaded” about these either. They’re just nacho cheese flavored, not like a smattering of flavors slammed into it.
For the hardcore Dorito hunters only, otherwise you may find these a bit much.
USA, Cheetos Flamin’ Hot / Doritos Dinamita Chile Limon packaging, 2014.
Not to be outdone by the announced Batman v Superman film, Frito Lay answers by releasing the hottest crossover of 2014. Not sure where to find these but get ‘em while they’re hot, nyuck nyuck.
Canada, Doritos Roulette packaging, 2014
I absolutely love this idea. Promote the chip designer who invented this genius. So each bag is outfitted with a portion of really spicy chips and with each reach into the bag, you’re not sure if you’re getting the really spicy or a just a regular delicious chip. So fun. Hope these make their way to the States.
Tawain, Doritos Late Night American Hot Wings packaging, 2013.
Canada. Doritos Ketchup limited edition packaging, 2014.
Boy would I love to try these. Anyone able to ship some down? I’ll trade test jacked flavors!
USA, Doritos Jacked Test Flavor: 855 packaging, 2014. From the Liebold Archives.
So here we are, the final test flavor of the series. These are definitely hot, and red like their packaging. One guess for these was Sriracha, and I can buy that. But with sour cream listed as ingredient, I’m wondering if it’s more like Chili with Sour Cream or something? Whatever it is, it’s hot and turn your taste buds to ash and your set your soul on fire.
Thank you Doritos flavorologists for this new set of chips, but I don’t know that any of the flavors are game changers or add to the overall experience like other past entries have, like Wasabi or All-Nighter Cheeseburger.
USA, Doritos Jacked Test Flavor: 2653 packaging, 2014. From the Liebold Archives.
First of all, I wonder if these numbers have any relevance to the flavors inside. Secondly, this batch is a little more interesting. It has a distinct chocolatey taste with a spicy bite as you finish the chip. It’s pretty good, but it’s also clear why they market these without names. I don’t think a chocolate Dorito would fly off the shelves.
I have yet to go online and try the contest but will for the last test flavor.
USA, Doritos Jacked Test Flavor: 404 packaging, 2014. From the Liebold Archives.
So here we are again, our taste buds challenged to decipher the machinations of Doritos scientists through unnamed flavors.
These have a bite to them that made me think of Thai flavors, but honestly beyond that, they just are intensely flavored. It’s hard to pinpoint a specific element beyond that really, but I’m also not a spice savant.
Overall these are tasty, but strong. I split a small bag over two sittings to give you an idea.
Japan, Doritos Gourmet Anchovy Garlic packaging, 2012.
These Japanese seafood varieties are generally pretty tough on the Western taste buds, so I imagine adding garlic to the equation can only make things rougher. Good gracious.
Japan, Pizza-La Get’s, packaging 2014.
I really have no idea what a “Get’s” is but I bet these chips will gets you some delicious flavors to enjoy in your life. There.