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Why Your Customary Free Taco Bell Is In Jeopardy This World Series

For the third consecutive year, Taco Bell is doing a promotion where everyone in the U.S. gets a free taco if there is a stolen base in the World Series. The promotion has usually been money, as stolen bases have always been essential to baseball, and it’s almost a certainty that we’ll all be able to cash in on their offer.

This year’s a little different, though, as the four teams fighting for a shot at a World Series appearance aren’t, well, very fast.

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Take the Houston Astros and New York Yankees for example — both are trying to get to the World Series, and in 12 combined 2017 playoff games (as of this writing), they’ve only mustered out a total of 2 stolen bases between them.

On the other side of the playoffs, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs do have 8 stolen bases between them during the 2017 playoffs, but most come from the Dodgers, who were almost gifted every single stolen base.

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OK, enough baseball stats. Let’s get to what you really care about — free tacos. All those stolen base stats were to show that stolen bases have been few and far in between this postseason, which brings up the real possibility that there could be zero stolen bases this World Series, meaning zero free Taco Bell tacos for us.

For comparison, the 2016 World Series between the Cubs and the Cleveland Indians saw a total of 12 stolen bases, which is more than the the four remaining teams COMBINED.

Your best bet would be to root for the Dodgers, as they’ve had the most stolen bases (5) between the four remaining teams, but again, we might be very disappointed this year, and might not “steal” ourselves free Taco Bell, as has become customary over the last two seasons.


This Is How Much Air Is Actually In Your Bag Of Doritos

It’s customary to open up a bag of chips, notice that the goods are all the way at the bottom in a crunchy abyss, then complain about the bag being more air than chips.

Doritos is no exception, and a European kitchen appliance company called CDA took the time to find out that Doritos are actually 47 percent air.  That means that almost half of the bag is air. Air and doritos are almost splitting space 50-50.

A lot of popular chips from the U.K. were tested, and the most exaggerated airy bag came from Pop Chips, with an astounding 72 percent air within the packaging. That one should actually get you a little mad, because it’s clearly more air than chip.

It might feel like chip companies are just being dicks by trying to make us think the bags are filled to the tippy-top with chips, but they claim there’s actually a good reason for it.

A Lays rep said the reason there’s so much air inside your favorite chip bags, is to reduce pressure when stacked and shipped, according to Potato Pro.

OK, Lays. If you want to stick with your “reduced pressure” story, go for it, but I know you just want to piss us off.


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Watch Irish People Try American Doritos For The First Time

You’re either down with Hot Cheetos or you’re down with Doritos. There’s really not much of a middle ground when it comes with to a bag of chips here in the United States. Unlike Cheetos, however, Doritos has quite a few more fan-favorite flavors to choose from, complete with iconic packaging.

The folks over at Facts got a panel of Irish men and women together to try different flavors of American Doritos for the first time. These flavors include Nacho Cheese, Cool Ranch, Salsa Verde, and After Dark: Tacos at Midnight.

Check out the video and see whether or not these lads and lasses like the seasoned tortilla chips. Definitely makes us want to grab a bag on the way home.

So what’s your favorite Doritos flavor? Personally, we’re on the Cool Ranch train.

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Doritos Releases Green SUPERNOVA Chips For Guardians Of The Galaxy 2

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is only a few weeks away and we’ve already got tickets to catch the much-anticipated Marvel feature. The only thing that could make a comic book flick even better are some snacks to munch on while we wait in line. Here’s where Doritos come in.

The snack brand released a limited edition flavor of Supernova Doritos in celebration of the new Guardians movie.

While only available in Australia, these Doritos are definitely worth eBaying if you’re an avid collector of rare flavors. Boasting a bright green color, the Doritos feature a zesty lime flavor buddied up with a kick of black pepper.

You can find them now in the snack food aisles of participating grocery retailers in Australia.


Watch How Nacho Cheese Tortilla Chips Are Made

We usually don’t give much thought about how our chips are made, but it’s pretty interesting to to see how the little tortillas get their shape and seasoning.

The Science Channel show “How It’s Made” always has fascinating inside looks at the making of everyday things, including food.

In one of their past episodes, they showed the tortilla chip-making process, in great detail using Tom’s Snacks, which are pretty similar to Doritos.

The chips start off as raw yellow corn, before they kernels are cleaned and shipped off to the chip factory.

At the factory, the cooking process begins, as the corn gets hydrated, ground into masa, and shaped with a triangular mold roller.

The chips then move into an oven for 16 seconds, and get dumped into a fryer for 55 seconds so the chip is finally formed.

The chips then travel into a seasoning machine consisting of powdered cheddar, Parmesan, Romano cheese, and other spices, before getting bagged up and shipped out.

It’s a pretty fun video to watch, as we learn exactly how one of our gameday guilty pleasures is made.

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Taco Bell’s New Naked Chicken Chalupa Is Their Next Big Hit


Yesterday, Taco Bell released their newest item: The Naked Chicken Chalupa.

The idea was pretty simple, take a piece of breaded fried chicken and fold it so that it doubles as a taco shell. Once it’s shaped, the fried chicken shell is filled with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, shredded cheese, and an avocado ranch sauce.

Doesn’t sound half bad at all. You get a taco, and you get fried chicken.

As soon as it launched, social media blew up and immediately took to posting photos of the new fast food item. A simple idea that’s been making waves across the sea of “likes.”

There was another simple idea Taco Bell had a few years back that also took off like gangbusters: the Doritos Locos Taco.

The concept was also pretty simple. Taco Bell took a regular corn taco shell and dusted it with the spices and seasonings found in Doritos chips. Flavors included Nacho Cheese, Fiery, and Cool Ranch.

Could Taco Bell’s newest entry to the world of fast food compared to the now-iconic Doritos Locos Taco? You bet your fried chicken-loving ass it could.


Here’s a little history behind it:

Avid Taco Bell enthusiasts might have seen the item around before this nationwide launch, albeit under a different nom de guerre: The Naked Crispy Chicken Taco. The then “taco” was briefly seen at select test locations where it caused quite a buzz. 

More than a year later, it’s been retitled and given a wider release. On paper it may have seemed that way, but this was not an overnight process.

A spokesperson for Taco Bell said this unique iteration of their chalupa took three years to come into fruition. The inspiration behind the menu item came from a random food idea and a single text message.

What if we made a taco shell out of chicken milanese?

Steve Gomez, Manager Product Development, and the rest of Taco Bell’s Food and Innovation Team took the concept and ran multiple tests and prototypes of the pitch. As the item built momentum in the chain’s test kitchen, Gomez said the item was met with overwhelming success. 

I’ve never felt that amount of excitement and internal love before.

The chain tested it in San Bernadino in 2015 and Kanas City in 2016. 

Here’s why it could easily crack off.

Unlike some of Taco Bell’s other trending items (Cap’n Crunch Donut Holes, anyone?), the Naked Chicken Chalupa has the potential to be a blank slate for many future innovations. The proof is in the protein. 

The company could easily go the DLT route with the concept and dust it with the same prolific flavors flying off Taco Bell countertops. 

Taco Bell could also draw inspiration from regional fried chicken cuisines the same way Kentucky Fried Chicken did for both Nashville Hot Chicken and the more recent Georgia Gold Chicken. A Naked Buffalo Chicken Chalupa, coated in buffalo sauce and topped with bleu cheese crumbs, could easily be done. The numerous possibilities could be LIT. 

On another end of the fast food spectrum, a breakfast menu item could be created by filling the insides of the chicken shell with scrambled eggs and bacon, or smothering it in country gravy. 

What do people actually think so far?

A lot of folks seemed to go into the experience with low expectations, only to be pleasantly surprised by the overall taste of the Naked Chicken Chalupa. 

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Even KROQ’s own Beer Mug seemed to enjoy it.

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Our very own Managing Editor Richard “Reach” Guinto, a connoisseur of fried chicken and casual eater of fast food was one of the first to try the Naked Chicken Chalupa ahead of its launch.

Here’s what he had to say:

It’s genius in how it toes the fine line between stoner foodie wet dream and clever innovation. The fact that fried chicken can now serve as a vessel for food opens up more delicious possibilities for Taco Bell. And I, for one, cannot wait to see what iteration of a Naked Chicken Chalupa comes out next. *cough*cough*Do a breakfast version*cough*cough*

Thanks, Reach! Have a lozenge.

Mike Chau, one of the kings of the New York City’s food beat and father of @FoodBabyNY also tried the new item.

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So what could the guy who’s eaten almost everywhere in New York had to say about the item?

Admittedly I don’t eat fast food that much anymore, but I was pleasantly surprised. It was pretty greasy as you might expect from fast food fried chicken, but it had great flavor and a nice kick of heat.

Only time will tell how well Taco Bell’s newest addition will actually do. From an analytical standpoint… it’s going to be the fast food chain’s next big thing.

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Packaged Food What's New

Cool Ranch Loaded Doritos Are FINALLY Here

Those who  lost their shit when Doritos announced their new Loaded cheese products should prepare to clench once again. Joining the existing Jalapeño Cheddar and Nacho Cheese flavors will be Doritos Loaded’s new Cool Ranch snack.

We’ve been waiting for this one to drop since the line came out a few years ago.

According to our pal over at JunkBanter, the new item features a medley of cheeses including mozzarella, Monterey, cheddar, and cream cheese tucked inside a crispy Doritos Crust. The crust is seasoned with the same spices one would find on the classic Cool Ranch Doritos chip.

Customers just have to pop them into the microwave and they’ll be good to snack on in a couple of minutes.

The Impulsive Buy confirms that you can now find them at select Walmart locations. For sure gonna try to grab a box during our lunch break.

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Frito Lay Has A Line Of WALKING TACOS Featuring Hot Cheetos & Doritos


Frito Lay has created a new line of TOP N GO Walking Tacos. The savory snack item, inspired by street food, allows you to top your favorite chips with anything your heart desires and eat them on the go. Get it? Top and go.

Currently, flavors available are Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, Nacho Cheese Doritos, Original Fritos, Original Ruffles, and Tostitos. The packaging, unlike traditional chip bags, are wider rather than vertical. This leaves room for you to access your loaded chips without getting sauce or other food bits all over your hands.

While toppings aren’t included in each bag (can you imagine the mess?) they’re designed to throw on whatever you heart desires. This includes cheese sauce, ground beef, jalapeños, olives, peppers, onions, or whatever you would on a taco.

Once your chips are loaded, you can commence with the convertible dining experience.

You can find a list of vendors and retailers that sell the walking tacos here.

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