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Apr 17, 2008 09:50 AM

Doritos Nacho Cheese Flavor Question

ok, fellow doritos people: is the original nacho cheese flavor changing to a less intense (and less tasty) cheesy hit? or is it just me? i wonder if the proliferation of specialty flavors, e.g. the recent "spicy sweet chili" flavor -- among many others -- has made frito-lay change the original nacho cheese flavor to a blander flavor. the last time i tried the "nacho cheesier" flavor, it was not as good, either. are we going to have to give up on doritos?

yep, i am aware this is trivial, but....hey, its important to me (tho' doc would prefer no such high sodium products). sometimes you just have to have doritos!

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  1. I think you got a bad batch. My daughter had nacho cheese doritos at her sons birthday party, and they were so cheesy and good. Lots of coating on them. I haven't had them in a very long time and now I am craving them!

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    1. re: danhole

      yeah, have to agree, you got a bad batch. It DOES happen. About 25 years ago my neighbor girls got a burned bag of doritos, and wrote the company a little poem:

      We like your product/it goes well with dips/but this bag tasted/like buffalo chips!

      They were sent 10 coupons for free bags of doritos.

      You could try the other myriad doritos flavors and see if any of them deliver. I personally like taco flavored.

      1. re: charlesbois

        I wish they were not so I abhor Doritos because they are much too coated with gross nacho cheese flavor

        1. re: Johnresa

          ummm, not to be snarky, but this op was for doritos people. if you don't like them, well....ok!

          ...and yes, doritos people are recognized in the official census! ;-)

          looking at your profile, we could probably agree on some good collards! fresh, fresh mustard greens have been a revelation.. (yeah, just a wee bit OT).

          1. re: alkapal

            Just found it funny someone feels exactly opposite as I do about Doritos. I used to love them as a kid and a young adult. Then when they made them "Nacho Cheesier" I lost interest.

          2. re: Johnresa

            I love the nacho cheese powder on doritos, but oddly enough I HATE it on other things - like flavor blasted goldfish.

            And I haven't noticed any difference in the doritos taste recently, but they are a rare treat for me, so I might miss a more subtle difference.

            1. re: aryqalyn

              yeah, goldfish always give me indigestion....but mr. alka always complains when i get doritos, because i eat too many, and then complain about my tum. that is why i am alka-pal.

              1. re: aryqalyn

                I just tried Flavor Blasted Goldfish for the first time the other day and I actually liked them and I am far from a person who likes Goldfish.

                I loved Doritos until they became too cheesy. The original though and not all the other flavors they have came up with since then. I do miss the Jumpin Jack cheese flavor though

        2. Dunno, I've always been pretty indifferent to regular old Doritos, but I love some Sweet Chili Heat!

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          1. re: julesrules

            I'd love it if there were some actual heat.

            1. re: aynrandgirl

              you're right. less sweet, more heat!

              1. re: aynrandgirl

                Try the fiery habanero then.

                I will say, seeing as how this post was about lessening the taste. I don't think the FH Doritos are as hot as they used to be either.


                1. re: Davwud

                  I agree when the Fiery Habenero first came out they were painfully hot, now they barely burn and the burn is slow to arrive...

                  1. re: Sean

                    I don't agree that they just barely burn but do agree that you need to have a few before you feel it.


                    1. re: Davwud

                      Can we still get Fiery Habanero in TO?
                      I just tried the two-in-one buffalo wings & dip flavour (some chips are blue cheese sauce, some are buffalo wing). I couldn't help but compare them to the recent President's Choice take on this theme, which were actually potato chips and combined both flavours on one chip.
                      Dorito got the blue cheese flavour much better, but failed on the buffalo wing chips which just don't have much flavour at all (beyond sodium and MSG). The PC chips, which actually tasted a lot like All Dressed, had a whiff of vinegar which helped recreate that vinegar vapour you get with buffalo wings.
                      Overall Verdict: the Doritos are okay. I like the blue cheese ones alright but they are a little too salty. I won't buy this flavour again (nor the PC version), but that doesn't mean much because other than Sweet Chili Heat (and Fiery Habanero if I could get them), I don't buy flavoured chips in general!

                      1. re: julesrules

                        What part of the city are you in??
                        I've found the FH chips at just about every 7 - 11 I've been in. Often times they're up front under the hotdog display.
                        I still say they used to be hotter but they're still damned good.


                        1. re: Davwud

                          East End (Danforth area). I was just looking for them at 7/11 yesterday because of this thread. Also at Food Basics where they were on sale, that's how I ended up with the buffalo wing flavour. I will keep looking though, thanks!
                          Oh, do you buy big bags or single serving? I only ever saw them in the smaller bags.

                          1. re: julesrules

                            I buy the small bags. I think some have the big ones and some don't.
                            I believe the 7-11 on Queen west of Leslie has them. The Doritos I mean.


                            1. re: Davwud

                              Hey Jules
                              I was there (Queen and Leslie) today and they don't have the FH.
                              Next time I'm at one I'll pick up an extra bag and you can have them.


                              1. re: Davwud

                                That's very generous of you but probably unnecessary, I will find them sooner or later! Thanks though.

            2. alkapal,

              I don't know about recently, but I do know that the nacho cheese flavor has in fact decreased in intensity since the early 1990s.

              I used to eat a large bag of Dortios Nacho Cheese chips (with a 2 litre Dr. Pepper) nearly everyday after practice in high school and back then the nacho cheese was much more intense, and it was definitely more salty.

              I think the chips were also thicker back then as well.

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              1. re: ipsedixit

                All I taste nowadays is onion powder when I eat the Nacho Cheese variety.

              2. Personally I find that each bag/batch varies in intensity. Some bags I buy are loaded with cheese, some not so much.Hense the taste varies also.

                1. I agree that taste varies from bag to bag. So does smell. There's an unnatural odor to some bags of Doritos (and not other corn chips) that is remarkably similar to foot odor. The ones that taste the best smell the worst.

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                  1. re: mojoeater

                    Totally agree! Some doritos smell like feet!