Packaged Food

DIY Choco Tacos from Taco Bell – Ice Cream Sadly Not Included


Why do we eat fast food? Chances are, because we’re broke and too lazy to cook ourselves. Now, to be fair, scooping ice cream chunks into pre-made taco shells can’t strictly be classified as “cooking,” but part of me wishes good ol’ T-Bell would just bring back the in-store Choco Taco and stop asking people to do things for themselves.

First spotted back in August, Taco Bell is apparently selling do-it-yourself dessert kits at Wal-Mart. Available in “Chocolate Taco” and “Cinnamon Nachos,” the $3 kits come with almost everything you need to be an enterprising fattie: chocolate-flavored corn taco shells, chocolate sauce and sprinkles for the Choco Taco, and cinnamon tortilla chips, caramel and toffee bits for the nachos. The ice cream, unfortunately, you’ll have to pony up another $3 or so for, sigh.


Marvo from The Impulse Buy reports the shells are pretty fragile, and most people will probably wind up eating chocolate nachos rather than chocolate tacos by the end of their endeavors. We haven’t had the chance to try them yet, but “fragile ice cream receptacles” seems like a pretty solid (heh) reason not to.

Just think, if you know the quality’s going to suck anyway, wouldn’t you rather outsource the labor?

Taco Bell Chocolate Taco Dessert Kit: $14.99 @ Amazon

Taco Bell Cinnamon Nacho Dessert Kit: $5.99 @ Amazon (for some reason)

H/T Consumerist + PicThx Impulsive Buy


Go Home Health Food Advocates – DIY High Fructose Corn Syrup Now Exists


Every so often, the world likes to remind us that yes, we do still live in ‘MURICA.

A graduate student at Parsons The New School for Design has just developed an artisanal kit for small-batch DIY high-fructose corn syrup.

The student, artist and designer Maya Weinstein, told Bon Appetit that the idea for her kit sprung from the fact that high fructose corn syrup, despite being one of the cheapest sweeteners in the industry, is still not available for consumer purchase. She said she hopes her DIY HFCS will be just the first of a series of “’citizen food science’ kits that let people make industrial ingredients in their home kitchens.”

“I’d like to give this recipe to people and let them do what they will,” Weinstein told BA. “It’s all about doing it yourself, taking the ideas of open sourcing technology and applying them to food. By taking back these foods that aren’t ours, deconstructing them and reconstructing them, maybe we can disrupt the industry a little bit.”

Those who actually like the sweet taste of processed food and were hoping to create their own hyper-sweetened Coke on crack, however, should know that Weinstein’s kit cost her between $70 – $80 for “just a little jar.”

BA thought it was delicious though – like “corn candy.”

Check out the ingredients for yourself below:


H/T + PicThx Bon Appetit


Adventure: Pie-ology

After a long summer day at the sunny beaches of Southern California, my friends and I wanted to relax and try out a new pizzeria joint called Pie-Ology. Very similar to the famous Chipotle Mexican Grill, you have the ability to customize your pizza to your liking. From artichokes to jalapenos, you can put anything you’re heart desires on your personal pizza-pie! Check out the crazy combinations we ended up throwing on our pizza!