From a marketing perspective, Doritos Locos Tacos are among the most successful of a new generation of what some food critics call “Frankensnacks” — foods formed from the (apparently unholy) mashing-together of various different products.
In their first year-and-a-half or so on sale, Doritos Locos Tacos racked up US$1 billion in revenue south of the border, prompting the U.S. edition of HuffPost to declare that “the stoner economy is in full gear” (and also, “we’re all doomed”).
Now the “frankensnack” that brings Doritos flavour to Taco Bell’s taco shells will be a permanent fixture in Canada, Taco Bell has announced.
The product first came to Canada last summer as one of those “while supplies last” deals, and Taco Bell locations ran out over the fall.
“Taco Bell Canada fans loved [Doritos Locos] so much, we had to take action to make DLT a permanent menu item,” Taco Bell Canada marketing manager Veronica Castillo said in a statement, though we at HuffPost suspect it was always the plan to bring the product to Canada. (Nothing gets sales up like that old “while limited supplies last” adage.)
As part of the marketing for the product, Taco Bell Canada released a video showing a Toronto-area Doritos Locos fan getting a Taco Bell tattoo — in exchange for a free lifetime supply of the tacos. The video is below.
Here’s hoping the guy never gets sick of those tacos (or the tattoo).
Mcdonald's - Pizza
That's right, McDonald's actually once served a <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadsidepictures/1544645159/">pizza</a>. The company <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/1989/09/20/business/mcdonald-s-hopes-pizza-will-be-the-next-mchit.html">hoped the idea would be its next "McHit</a>" around 1989, according to the New York Times. The item was largely considered a <a href="http://finance.yahoo.com/news/pf_article_113424.html">fail</a>, but that hasn't stopped a <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/BRING-MCDONALDS-MINI-PIZZAS-BACK/296327889050">cult following</a> from forming around the dish.
Baskin-Robbins - Turkey Cake
It's a turkey, but it's also a cake, but it's also ice cream? This slightly bizarre specialty item became available in November of 2012.
Pizza Hut - Bigfoot Pizza
The pizza debuted in 1993 and was nearly 2 feet long, according to Doug Terfehr, Director of Public Relations for Pizza Hut. What's not to love about 2 feet of pizza?
KFC - Double Down
The <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/nyer82/4522189922/">sandwich</a> is rather simple: just chicken cheese and bacon, sans the bread. But that hasn't stopped over <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/20/kfc-double-down-success-s_n_583434.html">10 million people from trying it</a>.
McDonald's - Shamrock Shake
McDonald's first introduced this mint-flavored shake topped with whipped cream and a cherry in 1970. Since then, it has garnered somewhat of a cult following at McDonald's. Despite such popularity, it can still only be purchased during certain times of the year.
Taco Bell - Doritos Locos Tacos
After it busted onto the scene in<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/13/cool-ranch-doritos-tacos-release-date_n_2672134.html?1360771758&ncid=txtlnkushpmg00000067"> March of 2012</a>, the Doritos locos taco quickly became the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/05/doritos-locos-most-popular_n_1571160.html">most popular item in Taco Bell history</a>. In February, the fast food chain announced that a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/06/doritos-locos-taco-sales-taco-bell_n_2631552.html">whopping 325 million had been sold</a>.
Burger King - Memphis BBQ Sandwich
The Memphis BBQ sandwich, which hit menus last June, includes Sweet Baby Ray’s Sweet ‘n Spicy BBQ sauce, bringing a bit of country cooking to Burger King's menu. And it may have just inspired other fast food chains, like Carl's Jr and Hardee's, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/21/carls-jr-hardees-bbq-pulled-pork-burger_n_1818619.html">to explore BBQ-themed items as well</a>.
Starbucks - Pumpkin Spice Latte
Every fall, customers begin to crave <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffhester/6179580054/">Starbucks' pumpkin spice latte</a>, so much so that the coffee giant struggled with a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/05/pumpkin-spice-latte-shortage-starbucks-limited-supply-high-demand_n_1942289.html">shortage</a> last year due to have demand. (Containers of the syrup sold for as much as $50 on eBay.)
Burger King - Cheesy Tots
The cheesy tots first made their way onto Burger King's menu in 2010, only to disappear later that year. That eventually led to a <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Burger-King-Bring-back-Cheesy-Tots/229469816570">Facebook campaign </a> to bring the tots back, which proved successful when they reappeared last month.
McDonald's - McRib
The barbecue-slathered McRib was such a hit in 1981 that it became a seasonal menu item the next year. The item is so popular, in fact, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/23/mcdonalds-profits-mcrib_n_2532822.html">that it even boosted McDonald's profits at the end of last year</a>.