Doritos Heat Wave Chipotle Cream
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Doritos Heat Wave Chipotle Cream

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Taste test: These chips were the first we've found (along with a concurrently discovered BBQ version) that promised a two-stage taste, starting "cool and tangy" and then super-hot. We've actually noticed just this pattern in many snacks we've reviewed, but in this case it was actually the stated point of the snack.

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The chips looked like fairly standard Doritos, with a color much like the Nacho Cheese ones. There appeared to be a lot of powder on the surfaces. I crunched in to find the usual excellent Doritos crunch, with an initial taste that was indeed creamy and not hot, but also a bit strange. Not really bad, but just an odd taste briefly. As promised, it quickly transitioned into a hot chipotle pepper taste. Initially, it was just somewhat hot, but the heat kept growing strong for a few minutes in the aftertaste, so I would say it ended up impressively hot. Not world-record hot (Hi Paqui Carolina Reaper!) or anything close, but still pretty hot. Pretty good.

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Smell test: Good zesty smell, but not too different from the Cool Ranch ones.

From the package: “2 experiences in 1 chip” ... “First chipotle cream then heat” ... “New Doritos HeatWave delivers a one-two kick. First it's cool and tangy, then it's — WAIT FOR IT — fiery hot. Once you crunch, a burst of heat is released for an intense flavor experience.”

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Company: Frito-Lay

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This snack was discovered by Jeremy at Stop & Shop. Review published .

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