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Taco Bell Just Launched Real Crispy Cheese Snacks


taco bell cheddar crisps

Crispy cheese could be considered a delicacy in a number of places, namely my household. The crunchy ends on pizza crusts, the bits of shredded cheese that come out of a quesadilla while it’s cooking, hell, even the burnt Goldfish at the end of the bag — none of these are safe in my presence. For anyone on the same wavelength as me (so, anyone who isn’t lactose intolerant I presume), Taco Bell just came out with the perfect snack: Cheddar Crisps.

Their new Cheddar Crisps are now available in participating 7-Eleven’s and Kroger’s nationwide, and eventually will be on Amazon delivery services. Taking inspiration from classic Taco Bell flavors, they’ll be launching in three different variations: Nacho, Fire Sauce, and Mild Sauce.

Made with real cheese, the disc-shaped snacks are similar to other cheese snacks, except these have the feel of actual crunchy cheese rather than a cheese-flavored cracker. 

If you’re curious as to how these taste, and how fiery the fire sauce flavor really is, check out our Foodbeast first impressions on our Instagram.

For more info on where to stock up on these savory snacks, check out for a store locator.

Health News Packaged Food Products Science

Rare Botulism Outbreak Likely Happened Due To Gas Station’s Nacho Cheese

A rare outbreak of botulinum poisoning linked to a Sacramento-area gas station has resulted in at least five confirmed hospitalizations.

The Sacramento Bee reports that nacho cheese sold at the Valley Oak Food and Fuel gas station is the likely source of the poisoning, which may have also resulted in four additional poisonings of patients currently in medical care. While the case is still under investigation, the gas station’s permit to sell food and drink has been revoked at least until the whole mess is sorted out.

Botulinum poisoning, which stems from the microorganism Clostridium botulinum (CBOT), is among some of the worst food-borne illnesses you can possibly contract. It’s relatively rare, with only 15 confirmed cases occurring in the United States in 2014, but it can be deadly in extremely small doses. Just a few micrograms of the neurotoxins that CBOT excretes are enough to cause poisoning within 18-36 hours of ingestion, resulting in symptoms including weakness, vertigo, double vision, and constipation, along with more severe symptoms such as paralysis and death. Botulinum poisoning has a high mortality rate to begin with, so without the antidote and respiratory support to treat it, death is very likely.

Typically, CBOT grows well in airtight cans that weren’t properly sterilized during processing, making canned nacho cheese sauce a possible culprit in the investigation. If you see a bloated can, it’s a sure sign of CBOT growing in that food, and you should discard of it immediately.

The family of one of the confirmed victims is suing the gas station in Sacramento Superior Court for negligence, product liability, and breach of implied warranty, which could potentially cost the station millions. Other than that, if you consumed food at the Valley Oak Food and Fuel between April 23rd and May 5th and have experienced or are currently suffering from any of the above symptoms, you should contact your doctor as soon as possible.

UPDATE: Unfortunately, the outbreak has claimed its first victim, as ABC7 reports that one of the five confirmed patients battling botulism passed away. A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help his family.

#foodbeast Features Hit-Or-Miss Video

This Carne Asada and Tater Tots Burger Is Ready to Wreck All Appetites At MEAT STREET

It’s safe to say I didn’t know what to expect when I heard The Vulgar Chef and Slater’s 50/50 Burgers decided to collab on a exclusive item for FOODBEAST’s upcoming meat festival, Meat Street Presented by the Makers of SPAM Brand at Main Place Mall.

But, when I saw what these two masters of burger architecture built — it was more amazing than I could have imagined.

Enter The Totcho Burger.  Think part nachos, part carne asada fries, part bacon burger. Every aspect of this Vulgar Chef x Slater’s 50/50 collab is a detailed and focused on the all-meat theme of MEAT STREET — even the roll has bacon in it.

Slater’s signature 50/50 patty with pepper jack cheese, carne asada marinated bacon, loaded with TATER TOTS, then topped with nacho cheese, real chorizo crumbles, and sliced jalapeños. And all’s served up on a bacon-infused telera roll with guacamole and a cilantro lime dressing.


It wasn’t too long ago we reported on the The Vulgar Chef calling out big names like Burger King for stealing his recipes, so hopefully the corporate trolls will just sit back and enjoy the show.

I know I will — as long as I can grab a Totcho Burger.

MEAT STREET is on Saturday April 22. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit

#foodbeast Hit-Or-Miss Humor

8 Popcorn Toppings And The Moviegoers Who Choose Them

Popcorn is the best snack to have at the movies. It just embodies all that you’re about with a day or night at the theater: slight escapism. You’re not looking to get crazy, but you clearly want to treat yourself. How you do it, though, is up to you, whether it’s well mannered or really going for it. Here’s a few routes to take.

1. Regular

You’re not a wild man or woman, but you make solid decisions. People respect that about you. Maybe you bought popcorn for the group and don’t want to try anything fancy because it may snub a member’s tastes. It’s possible you fear losing your reputation as a reliable person, or it comes down to the fact that you just like things the way they are. A dip or two of butter and a pinch of salt is as far as you’ll go, but even that’s calling it close.

2. Salt


We’re not talking a civil sprinkling here. This isn’t a polite kiss of salt that’s going to delight any and all. No, this is the addition of salt that makes you wonder if heart disease runs in your family. It’s the kind where you spend the movie realizing you might die in your seat, frenzied up with questions about yourself, like why you have this affinity for salty things and how it may be a problem. But you don’t stop because you don’t want to stop. It’s just too good. Salt is life! You’re practically high on the stuff!

3. Flavored Toppings (Butter, Caramel, etc.)


I know this seems like one of the safest moves, but it’s absolutely not. This is such a reckless all-or-nothing deal. It’s like trying to diffuse a flavor bomb. If you nail the ratio, you’re pretty much destined to become a fabled hero. If you add too much, which is all too easy, that voluptuous bag of popcorn is ruined. You then have to buy another one or boldly ask for an empty bag to try and salvage it.

4. Chocolate Candy


Here’s an umbrella move that could mean anything from Junior Mints to a broken-up Butterfinger. It’s all delicious, that sultry yet classic bite of sweet and salty, and yet it doesn’t ring as store-bought. You feel some ownership, like you successfully cooked up a dish without reading the recipe at the snack bar. Personally, I’m a Reese’s Pieces kind of guy, but it’s all pretty killer.

5. Gummy Candy


This is an acquired taste, maybe even simply niche. It’s got a specific taste and texture that you might not be ready for (or even be that kind of the person). It’s probably for people with really strong jawlines. I mean, there is some serious chewing involved here. People are probably going to think you’re trying to kick cigarettes. Don’t be fooled though, because if you are the type of person who enjoys this, you really enjoy it.

6. Jalapenos


This is an underutilized move. It’s got boldness; it’s got sass. Butter and spice and everything nice are at play, and you feel like a king or queen scarfing it down. Of course this combination works, you pridefully think with each handful every time you make this magic happen at the movies. They’ll make a statue out of me someday, you consider, already delusional with pride before the full lights go down. Do work, me, you likely whisper before licking your salty pickled lips.

7. Nacho Cheese

Nacho Cheese

Did you come here to ball or what? This is a game-changer move, or it at least feels like you’re pulling a sly run out of the naughty playbook. “You’re just replacing chips with popcorn,” some yokel might say with a dismissive shrug. Your reply should be obvious: “Oh, I’m just replacing chips with popcorn?” What, like this is an everyday occurrence? Hell no, make them take it back. You did the unthinkable. Where’s your biopic?

8. Tapatio & Lemon Pepper

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This is if you’re straight up just down to bring your own gear from home. It’s an insanely delicious combo, but this is you playing God. If you get carried away with hot sauce power, be sure to bring a spoon, because you’re going to have to eat it like cereal. If you’re capable of restraint, bring a bottle of Tapatio, not some measly packets. Go big or go home, you know? Oh, you do? Okay, good. Yeah, you look like a confident person.

See you at the movies!

Fast Food

Little Caesars Swaps Pizza Crust with Soft, Fluffy Pretzel


Kicking off the end of summer, Little Caesars is introducing their new Soft Crust Pretzel Pepperoni Pizza. Come September 1st, the carryout special will be priced at $6 between 4pm to 8pm.

According to GrubGrade, the chain’s regular greasy crust will be swapped with a salted, buttered soft pretzel with a cheddar cheese sauce base topped with an Asiago, Fontina, Parmesan and White Cheddar cheese blend. While there was no mention of a tub of nacho cheese sauce to go with the new pretzel crust, we suggest bringing your own anyway. It’s only proper.

Packaged Food

New Doritos Roulette Bags Contain One Extremely Spicy Chip in Every Handful


Last month, PepsiCo Canada launched a new Doritos flavor party game in which a few chips in the regularly Nacho Cheese-flavored bag are ridiculously spicy, allowing sadistic children everywhere to enjoy a whole new form of schadenfreude-fueled glee simply by sharing a bag.

Currently only available in Canada, most of the chips in each Roulette bag are Nacho Cheese Doritos, while 25% or so are “solid slap in the face” hot. The problem is, the spicy ones look and taste just like the regulars, leaving adventurous eaters guessing until they’re left grabbing for a couple gallon jugs of milk.

So far, there’s been no news of Doritos Roulette making its way to the United States, though you could whip up some Sriracha salt and make your own. Or you could just laugh at all the Canadians posting #BurnSelfies, that works too.


Canadian Parenting 101


I read on the internet this actually works


There are some things you can’t unsee


Good luck with that


H/T Impulsive Buy


DIY Doritos Locos Tacos Coming to Grocery Stores

DIY Doritos Locos Tacos

Sure Taco Bell has sold over half a billion Doritos Locos Tacos since conception, but what happens when a craving hits and there aren’t any DTLs to be found? UGH. Well, thanks to Old El Paso, you can now make your very own nacho cheesy taco in the comfort of your home.

Just like the classic DTLs, these shells are nacho cheese-flavored with a bold kick. What’s more enticing is their flat bottoms, making for a spill-free dinner stuffed with any sort of fillings you fancy.

These flavorful shells will be hitting shelves come August, so there’s plenty of time to prep yourself for a supermarket taco raid.

Fast Food

Taco Bell Tests New Flamin’ Hot Fritos Taco Dip [PHOTOS]

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It’s the closest thing we’ll have to a Flamin’ Hot Doritos Locos Taco (for now, at least). Taco Bell’s new Double Dippers were spotted in Bakersfield, CA.

The experimental product features three main components: a nacho-shaped beef and cheese-stuffed grilled flour tortilla, a cup of warm nacho cheese and a cup of crushed Flamin’ Hot Fritos corn ships. Think of the now discontinued Grilled Stuft Nacho dissected, as the idea behind the Double Dippers invites patrons to dip their taco pocket into the nacho cheese and then coat it in the crushed Flamin’ Hot Fritos.

BrandEating reports that the munchie-appropriate item is being offered at 99 cents during this testing phase. This is something that’s definitely worthy of our 4 am appetites, so we wish the DD luck.

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