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Doritos’ ketchup and mustard chips nail the spice flavors

Doritos are best known for their nacho-flavored iteration, notorious for leaving a significant dusting of orange safety cones on the fingers of those who indulge in them — as well as the cool ranch version, which enjoys its own devoted fan base . But over the years, the company has been known to dabble in a rainbow of experimental flavors, and recently introduced a trio of new limited editions: ketchup, mustard and tamarind.

With the spice duo, Doritos seems to evoke a nostalgic, all-American summer of burgers and hot dogs served at ballparks and backyard cookouts. But there’s also a global influence at play — the mustard flavor was inspired by the Chinese hot style, according to the brand, and the ketchup-flavored chips are a bestseller in Canada and beloved in Britain.

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So how do the new styles compare to the classics? All three taste unmistakably and strongly from their inspiration, so our hats are off to the flavor makers at Doritos Labs for nailing them so accurately. The red-hued version captured the sweet-edged, tomato-paste quality of President Donald Trump’s supposed favorite tantrum, along with that familiar, balanced, salty tang. A colleague who is an avowed fan of ketchup-flavored chips (so much so that he imports them from across the pond) called them a favorite in the States.

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Eating a handful of mustard chips instantly reminded me of dipping fried wontons in spicy mustard at the Chinese restaurants of my youth, with a similar sinus-clearing effect—to be fair, they’re nicknamed “Spicy Mustard.” so you should think about yourself. warned on that front. The tamarind tortillas, too, provided an intense and concentrated reflection of their namesake. With this flavor, in addition to a fruity sweetness, there is a strong sour, citrus-like note (again, Doritos is doing some truth in their advertising by labeling them “Tangy Tamarind”) that brings to mind the assertive profile of Tostitos. ‘ wrong ‘Hint of Lime’ chips. “They’re the Sour Patch kids,” said a frowning colleague.

And if you love the experience of getting Doritos dust on your fingers (apparently, people do—the residue was a signature quality that Taco Bell deliberately incorporated into its Dorito shells), then tamarind chips give you a layer brick red color alternative for you. carving figures.

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My verdict? As faithful as these re-creations are, I’d put all three new Doritos in the category of interesting but not addictive. I remember there being a reason ketchup and mustard – and tamarind chutney for that matter – are condiments and not main courses. I’m a version of Jennifer Coolidge: lovely as a character actress, but do I want to watch her for two hours in a leading role? Eh, probably not.

At the end of the day (definitely not the end of the bag; I never get that far), these are chips I admire most for their feat of capturing flavors that, apparently, I think are best enjoyed in small quantities. .