Sunday, 29 January 2012

Doritos review - Australian flavours

Compared to the 12+ flavours they have in America at any given time, we have 3 regular flavours, and the occasional limited edition flavour, plus a couple "new" flavours that probably won't be around for more than a year.

With half-price Doritos at Coles this week, I thought I might do a quick review... even if it is just for my own future reference.

Original
lightly salted, with its own subtle flavour. boring, but not as boring as I had thought. 2.5/5

Cheese Supreme
very fake cheesy, tastes like cheezels, so not unique enough to be interesting 2/5

Nacho Cheese
This is my favourite of the main 3 regular flavours. And when Doritos first came out, this flavour had a beefy taste, making them taste like real nachos, but a short time later, the flavour changed, wasn't as nice and lost its top rating. 4/5

Sweet Thai Chilli
One of the two new flavours. An interesting flavour, sweet and spicy, and very MSG-ish... which isn't surprising, as it is the main flavour ingredient. They call it a "Flavour Enhancer", but what is it enhancing if it is the main flavour ingredient?  Other flavour ingredients are enhancing IT. 2.5/5

Hot Mexican Salsa (not at Woolies)
Tastes like Salsa, as intended, so probably would be the one flavour to not need salsa to dip it in, as it'd be a waste. I'm not much of a salsa fan, but these aren't too bad.  Not hot though, so it only manages to get half the flavour right. 2/5

Mexicana (not at Coles)
Similar name to the flavour above, but completely different taste and ingredients.  This one has a more taco-beans type taste to it. I liked it at first, but got sick of it real fast. 1.5/5

Burn (not at Coles)
Very bity hot, and sweet on the side. Makes the nose run. Works at being burning hot, but too hot to be an enjoyable flavour to snack on. Probably best used in a dish like nachos, to soften it. 1/5


Now, put to the test... with sour cream.
(no need to buy flavoured dips - if you have flavoured chips just use plain sour cream for the same effect, for less)
Unlike the slow-cooked potato chips which are all great with Sour Cream, not all these Corn Chips flavours work as well.

Original
The sour cream really brings out the flavour on this one. really surprised. 3/5

Cheese Supreme
softens the fake cheese taste, but not enough. 1.5/5

Nacho Cheese
Nachos are incomplete without sour cream, so this flavour is best with it. 4.5/5

Sweet Thai Chilli
The sour cream neutralises the MSG taste and some of the spiciness, making it a rather sweet, creamy taste. 3/5

Hot Mexican Salsa (not at Woolies)
A strange flavour combination, fruity salsa with creamy sour cream... I'm not sure if I like it or not. I can still taste the salsa though, so 2.5/5

Mexicana (not at Coles)
Softens the rough taco/beans flavour, but still not very nice after a while. 2/5

Burn (not at Coles)
Takes a lot of sour cream to neutralise the burn, and even still it leaves a spicy feeling behind in the mouth and lips. Still not a fun flavour on its own. 1.5/5

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