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Doritos Fires Up Our Tastebuds With New Flamin’ Hot Nacho!

That nacho flavor we all love is spicing up for the new year. Doritos is taking their classic cheesy flavor and adding that addicting flamin’ hot kick that has been near and dear to our hearts for so long. Doritos Flamin’ Hot Nacho is a match made in heaven, as if it was always meant to be.

For the first time ever, the famous tortilla triangle will be dusted with heat. Begin your flavor journey with that familiar nacho cheese crunch quickly followed by fire. I am so ready for my fingers to be stained red with happiness.

Look out for the signature black and red Flamin’ Hot Doritos bag in the snack aisle today. It’s about time Doritos joined the hot and spicy family. New year, new chips!

Packaged Food

Pringles Releasing Limited Edition Thanksgiving Flavors

Around this time last year, Pringles teased Foodbeast with Thanksgiving-flavored chips that weren’t released in stores.

The package came with eight different flavors; turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, mac & cheese, creamed corn, pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, and green bean casserole.

Some were hits and some were misses, but either way, it didn’t seem to matter since we couldn’t get our hands on them after they were all devoured by the rest of the Foodbeast team.

After Pringles’ little test run, it seems that they feel confident in releasing them to the masses, but with only three of those flavors mentioned above.


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The limited Thanksgiving package will come with turkey, pumpkin pie, and stuffing, which were probably the safest flavors of the lineup.

While they still won’t be available in stores, you can grab a set for $14,99 at the online Kellogg Store, November 6, at 11:59 p.m. EST/8:59 p.m. PST.


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This probably won’t replace anyone’s Thanksgiving dinner, especially since a pack costs almost as much as a real turkey, but ironically enough, this could probably make for a cute Christmas gift.

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The Best and Worst Packaged Chips for Your Health

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Is there such thing as a healthy chip? We scoured the grocery aisles to find out.

Finding it hard to imagine a “healthy” chip? That’s understandable! It’s no surprise that potato chips don’t have a superfood reputation. But it’s possible to indulge responsibly with a healthier brand. You’ll want to check the nutrition facts for something with the highest fiber and protein, but the lowest saturated fats and sodium.

Just look at the labels in the grocery store, or pick up our dietitian-recommended brands for a healthier crunch.

Our Top 5 Healthy Chips

Bare Veggie Chips

Bare Veggie Chips are made from carrot, sweet potato or beet, which makes them high in fiber. Simply, these chips contain a short ingredient list. It’s about as unpretentious as you can get! Nutritionally, they pack 3-4 grams of protein per serving. Look for flavors such as BBQ sweet potato, ranch carrot and salt and vinegar beet.

Your bag of chips might be half-full—here’s why each bag has so much air.

Saffron Road Baked Lentil Chips

One smart way to improve the nutritional quality of your chips is to swap out the main ingredient for pulses. (Here’s why we’re crazy about pulses!) Lentils are super high in fiber and protein, so these healthy chips naturally boast these nutrients, too. Saffron Road Baked Lentil Chips have only 3 grams of fat per serving (with NONE from saturated fats) and clever flavors to choose from—like cucumber dill, cracked pepper, Moroccan barbecue and sea salt.

Eat Your Vegetables Chips

Thanks to an amazing mixture of vegetables (carrot, sweet potato, kale, spinach, broccoli, tomato, beet, shiitake mushrooms and red and black beans), you almost can’t go wrong with these tasty chips. The power-packed veggies make Eat Your Vegetables Chips high in vitamins, which no other chip can claim. In one serving, you’ll get 30% of your daily vitamin C and 25% of vitamin A, not to mention 10% of vitamins D, E and B6.

Beanitos White or Black Bean Chips

Pulses are the beauty of these delish healthy chips, too. Beanitos White or Black Bean Chips have only 130 calories per serving with 4 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein and 6.5 grams of healthy fats. The white bean-based flavors include sweet chili and sour cream and garden fresh salsa. The Skinny Dippers variety contain 6% of your daily iron needs in a low-calorie serving. They’re all gluten and corn free, if food sensitivity is an issue for you.

Baked Ruffles Cheddar and Sour Cream Potato Chips

So you really want a good old-fashioned potato chip? Choosing these baked Cheddar and Sour Cream Potato Chips saves a ton of fat and calories when compared to your traditional potato chips. In other words, they’re flavor-packed without the guilt. You could also make your own microwave potato chips with heart-healthy olive oil.

The Least-Healthy Choices

Chili Cheese Fritos

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a snack chip higher in sodium. With 270 mg of sodium per serving, this equates to the amount in a slice of processed cheese. These salty snacks have virtually no fiber, but 10 grams of fat per serving, more than in a McDonald’s hamburger. Skip these chips for a healthier choice.


Nope, these aren’t a good substitute for high-calcium cheese! Rather, with 10 grams of fat and almost no fiber, they’re really nothing more than empty calorie bombs. The baked version is a healthier choice, however.

Kettle Brand Potato Chips

With a huge variety of flavors on the market, these crunchy, savory chips are quickly flying off the shelf. But the sea salt variety is a fat bomb with 14 grams per serving, more than a whole tablespoon of butter. The jalapeno flavor contains 180 mg of sodium and the pepperoncini 170 mg of sodium, so this chip can quickly bust your sodium budget.

Psst…Here’s why potato chips are so addictive.

Ruffles Cheddar and Sour Cream Potato Chips

The fried Cheddar and Sour Cream Potato Chips make the unhealthy list, with 10 grams of fat and 180 mg of sodium per serving. Stick to the baked version (on the healthy list above!) for the same flavor without the guilt.

When you’re in the snack aisle, take a sec to read the nutrition facts and ingredients to find the healthy chip choices. Don’t forget to pair your chips with fresh vegetables and dip or some fresh fruit kabobs!

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Study Reveals Which Popular Chip Brands Have The Best Chip to Empty Air Ratio

One of the biggest gripes folks have with chips is that almost half the bag is comprised of air. Sure it makes sense for packaging reasons, and you wouldn’t want your chips to be crushed, but large part of us are still salty that there aren’t more chips to occupy all that empty space in the bag.

Which now begs the question, how much air-to-chip ratio is really out there and what brands give you more snack for your money?

Kitchen Cabinet Kings did a recent study to see exactly how much air was inside your favorite bags of chips.

To do so, they purchased 14 different chip brands that ranged from Ruffles to Fritos and measured the air-to-chip ratio for each of them.

For testing, they used the water displacement method to measure air percentage. This is where the bags are submerged to calculate the amount of air left over in the bag versus chip content.

Here are their findings:

As you can see from the image above, some chip containers are filled with as much as 59 percent air. A few, however, only boast about a little more than half.

So what chip brands will give you the most for your money?

They discover that Fritos, Pringles, and Tostitos were the brands lowest in air and highest in snack content. While knowing this probably won’t stop me from crushing a bag of Cheddar Sour Cream Ruffles, I will begrudgingly eat those chips knowing the bag’s about 50 percent empty.

The full infographic can also be seen here.

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This Dino-Sized Dorito Chip Is Everything We’ve Ever Wanted

It’s like Universal Studios and all the pathos that comes with it was mailed to us at Foodbeast.

Unbridled child-like joy is what a group of grown men felt when we opened this big ass box, following some corny instructions and getting hyped over a foot-long Dorito chip, taking pictures like some eager tourists.

It’s a good move from the Jurassic Park movie series and I’m not surprised that their marketing has taken on such a ridiculous yet amusing tactics. Chris Pratt helped, I’m sure.

After opening the gargantuan over-the-top packaging, we found what Doritos is calling, “the world’s largest” Dorito chip.

It’s as big as my head, and apparently my head is as big as a baby dinosaur because this chip hatched from a dinosaur egg.

Check this out.

Jurassic World has partnered with Doritos to promote the upcoming movie and in doing so has released this colossal chip. However, this promotion is not just some gimmick, as there’s actually some cool stuff Doritos has offered to fans.

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From June 13th until June 20th, a bidding auction will go on putting up the Jurassic Dorito, so you have your own chance to crack this huge thing and find your very own T-Rex approved snack. All proceeds from the auction will go to help funding disaster relief efforts for the American Red Cross chapter in Hawaii.

Until them, I’m gonna spend the rest of the day chomping on this foot-long chip.


Glass Potato Chips Exist And Here’s How To Make Them

Are clear foods becoming a thing? Last year, we wrote about a restaurant that created an exclusive see-through pumpkin pie, and it looks like the trend is continuing in the form of a glass potato chip.

YouTuber My Virgin Kitchen shows us this interesting recipe to create the peculiar snack. No, it’s not actual glass, so put away your pitchforks.

Through some simple food science, he created a stock out of roasted potatoes and combined it with potato starch to create a clear gel. He accomplished this by combining the two ingredients over heat, turning the stock and starch mixture translucent. The starch’s reaction with water causes the solution to thicken for a jelly-like consistency.

Once it cools for a bit, he adds the gel to a squeeze bottle and forms small potato chip shapes over a baking tray. He then bakes them for about 8 hours at 135 °F. Once they’re out of the oven, he flash fries them for a few seconds.

Even though the process is extremely time-consuming, the final result looks pretty damn cool.

If you’re inclined to impress your dinner guests, give this recipe a shot. Just be careful, these chips look like they’re easy to misplace.

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Doritos Is Creating Chips For Women To Keep Them Quiet

At a groundbreaking time in history when women all over the world are being encouraged to be louder, PepsiCo’s Doritos are making chips to keep them quieter.

According to an article by TIME, Indra Nooyi, the CEO of PepsiCo, told Freakonomics Radio that the company is creating a chip that’s made exclusively for women.

The idea for women’s Doritos materialized because, according to Nooyi, women “don’t like to crunch too loudly in public. And they don’t lick their fingers generously and they don’t like to pour the little broken pieces and the flavor into their mouth.”

Furthermore, the new women’s chip bags will be designed to fit better into purses because “women love to carry a snack in their purse”, according to Nooyi.

In a backwards effort to try and include more women to snack, PepsiCo has ultimately ostracized their target audience. Nooyi’s backhandedly sexist comments have left a bad taste in the mouths of women, and they’ve taken to social media to express their confusion and bewilderment.



Of course, Doritos has tried to smooth over the controversy with their weak tweet below:

However, it’s important to note that Nooyi’s Dorito comments aren’t the first time the powerful business woman has acted contentiously or made remarks that reek of sexism.

In April 2017, Pepsi’s highly controversial ad starring Kendall Jenner was pulled after backlash on social media. The ad, which showed Jenner handing a police officer a can of Pepsi to create peace and unity, was accused of appropriating and trivializing the Black Lives Matter movement all at once, and was regarded as tone-deaf.

Nooyi came under fire again in August 2017 when she did not step down from President Trump’s business advisory council after his nonchalant stance after white supremacist violence in Virginia. The public was left stunned by Nooyi’s choice to not immediately leave her position on the advisory council, especially because Pepsi has a long standing public portrayal of supposed unification and diversity. It was even more curious considering Trump himself has had his fair share of sexist controversies that have gone public.

Furthermore, in an interview with Fortune from September 2017, Nooyi made the following comment when asked about what advice she’d give women who were entering the workforce today:

For women, know your journey is going to be tougher because you have so many other priorities to worry about. Today people would argue that men have the same priorities. Yes, but women were born with an extra gene that makes us worry about those things just a little bit more. I don’t know why—societal or genetic—but we worry about the family, the husband, evening’s dinner, yesterday morning’s breakfast, aging parents.

Whether or not the issues she notes are legitimate worries isn’t the point. The issue is that Nooyi seems to already have a predisposed notion that women aren’t equal with men and need to worry about household problems more than them.

Women are capable of prioritizing their professional work, just like how men are equally capable of worrying about their family and home life as well. It’s difficult to see how different her statement is compared to the popular sexist belief that “women are too hysterical or emotional.” And additionally, if it is a societal issue, isn’t that what we’re trying to tackle at this very moment in history?

At the end of the day, food is food, and it’s made for anybody and everybody. How a female CEO of a worldwide, billion dollar company thought it would be ok to market gendered chips is beyond concerning, and it really makes us wonder what other ludicrous ideas brands will come up with to separate men and women in the future.

Packaged Food

Lay’s Announces CRISPY TACO As Flavor Contest Winner

Photo: Lay’s

A few months back, Lay’s announced the finalists for their annual “Do Us A Flavor” contest. The yearly competition had fans create flavors they thought would be perfect for the potato chip brand.

Fans voted for either Fried Green Tomatoes, Everything Bagels, or Crispy Taco – the three finalists from this year’s competition.

It seems a winner has finally been found.

Photo: Lay’s

Lay’s announced that Crispy Taco is the winner of this year’s Do Us A Flavor contest.

The Crispy Taco flavor was created by Elle Sarem from San Antonio, Texas. She said inspiration came to her from years of hard work perfecting her taco recipe. While her first attempt at making tacos was less-than-perfect, she appears to have nailed the technique. Her winning idea landed her a $1 million grand prize.

A million bucks buys a lot of tacos. A lot.

You can find Lay’s Crispy Taco flavor at participating grocery retailers. Now that this year’s competition has come to an end, better start brainstorming flavors for next year’s contest.

Uni pot pie, anyone?