Herman was wandering through Wal-Mart the other day, and he stumbled on the new Doritos Loaded packages on a freezer end cap. It didn’t take long after telling Denny about them to realize that we had to go to the store and get these. Doritos and frozen cheese bites put together. Sounds like a place made for Fewd Snobs. We sobered up, and off to Wal-Mart we went.
The store in our area is carrying two kinds of the Doritos Loaded snacks. There is Nacho Cheese, and there is Jalapeno & Cheese. They are being featured as a new product at our store.
We did a little research on these, as we always do, to keep you informed. We should be winning journalism awards any minute now, don’t you think? Anyway…these were evidently first sold at 7-Eleven stores back in July of 2014. Our friends at Brand Eating have a review. Check it out here. It seems they were sold at Burger King for a while, although they may only have been sold in test markets.
It is time for the Big Leagues, kids. Because now they are being sold in the freezer section of your grocery store.
But here is where it gets a little strange; we checked on Frito Lay’s website, and we can’t find ANY information on them. They do not appear on the website at all. So, we can’t tell you anything else about them. We wanted to know if there were any other flavors. Strange.
In any case, we took our packages (HO HO!) home and got ready to cook them up. Here is where it gets a little strange again.
Usually, breaded frozen snacks like these can be microwaved. Yes, yes, we know…microwaving sucks. But at the same time, the type of person that eats this kind of stuff isn’t usually happy with waiting (be honest, college kids and bachelors!). The box explicitly says, “Not for microwave preparation.” Again, this struck us as kind of odd.
So, microwaving isn’t an option. There are instructions for regular oven and toaster oven cooking. Mmk then.
We put ’em in the regular oven. It takes 12 minutes to cook 8 pieces at 450 degrees. This isn’t exactly convenient. Not really at all.
Here is what they look like out of the package:
So we put the little suckers in the oven, and waited. And waited some more. Still waiting. STILL WAITING!! YES, WE ARE SHOUTING!
…and 12 minutes later:
When we test stuff like this, we usually go for what the directions say. The directions said 12 minutes. Well kids, 12 was too long for the Nacho Cheese bites. The cheese exploded all over the pan. The Jalapeno & Cheese ones held up much better.
We need to make this clear before we yap any longer…we are going to review these together because they are identical except for ONE thing. Can you guess what it is?? One kind has jalapenos! That’s it! That’s the ONLY difference. So, we aren’t breaking them down separately.
Let’s start with the size, because it does matter. These are about twice the size of a typical pizza roll. They are reasonably thick. And that is good, because there are only about 16 in a package. Not bad. We each had 4 of them to test, and they filled us up pretty well for a snack.
Now, on to the breading. The breading appears to be breadcrumbs based. You can see other bits in there, too.
Overall, the breading had a good flavor. It had a slight crunch to it, but it was very slight. Herman would like it to have more crunch. Denny doesn’t mind the way they are. He likes stuff like this to not be as crunchy.
There is a Doritos Nacho Cheese flavor to the breading, but it is mild compared to the regular chips. Still, it is certainly there. You can identify it. It probably is strong enough for a snack like this; if the taste were as strong as the chips, it might overpower the cheese flavor.
There is plenty of cheese in each bite (or snack, or whatever you want to call them). As we mentioned earlier, the 12 minute cook time the directions say was too much for the regular Nacho Cheese ones. Some of them had virtually no cheese left in them. Others were fine, and looked like this:
Again, the only difference between the two flavors is the jalapeno. And there IS some kick to the jalapeno ones! It is enough that you WILL know it is there. We thought it was just enough, but not too much. Stay away from these if you don’t like heat. You were warned.
We like both flavors. They both have a nice flavor, they are decent in size, plenty of cheese, and so on.
The price for a package was about 5 bucks. There are 16 in a package. The price is debatable. On the other hand, these things will fill you up more than other similar snacks. So, you do your own math.
Overall, we think both Doritos Loaded are pretty good. We would be happier if they didn’t take as long, but it is hard to bitch about that too much! We recommend them. Try them. Let us know what you think below.