While I don't go as crazy as some Canadians (or wannabes) on U.S. soil for the ketchup chips, I do find them to be a nice alternative to shake up the palate.
So when I was grocery shopping in Canada last month, and came across ketchup flavored Doritos, the bag went into the cart and made it safely across the border.
I saved the special bag of Doritos until Super Bowl Sunday. Yes, Super Bowl Sunday is the ultimate "American" eating holiday that shouldn't be wasted on Canadian snack foods. When you run two ads in the Super Bowl, the Americanness of Doritos outweighs the Canadian influence.
Ketchup flavored chips don't so much taste like ketchup but more like tomato powder with a splash of vinegar. Some ketchup chips have a more intense taste to them, which is nice on one level because the taste is bold but a drawback if you aren't used to strong tasting potato chips — i.e., most of the U.S. chips market.
The Doritos version of ketchup chips fall well into the U.S. palate; not a bold ketchup flavor. And quite frankly, ketchup-flavored potato chips work better than ketchup-flavored corn chips. However, ketchup-flavored Doritos would be a good way to entice those in the States to this unusual treat.
Nacho cheese Doritos fans know the orange fingers you get from eating the snack chip. With ketchup flavored Doritos, you get the red fingers.
The Ketchup-flavored Doritos are a nice change of pace. If you really like Doritos, you should definitely try the ketchup variety. If you aren't as much of a fan, the novelty will be enough to give it a try.
As people who adore food, we are always intrigued by different flavor presentations. I recall visiting the Coca-Cola Museum many years ago and sampling different Coke products from around the world. There were a few that I would drink again, but some tastes pleasantly surprised me. And I've learned that even Coca-Cola tastes different depending on which country produced the soft drink.
Lay's is having a contest to pick out new flavors for its potato chips. Ketchup would be a nice option, but "Americans" aren't likely to vote for ketchup since they may not have a clue as to their taste.
I wanted the ketchup flavored Doritos to have that intense "ketchup" taste, but found that came up short. I suppose I would have the same reaction to ranch Doritos if I were to accidentally eat one.
I did find the Herr ketchup potato chips complete with a Heinz tie-in (both companies are from Pennsylvania) a couple of years ago. I remember those ketchup chips being pretty good, though not as good as Canadian brands. I haven't seen the Herr chips since.
When I bought the ketchup Doritos in Canada, I also picked up a couple of bags of lime and black pepper chips. I like the intense taste I get with those chips. Like the ketchup Doritos, you can't get them at the local corner store.
Ketchup flavored Doritos is available for a limited time and only in Canada. I wouldn't go to Canada just for the chips, but was glad I bought them as long as I was there. If you are game and nowhere near the border, perhaps a Canadian friend can help you.