by Liz Miller
On January 29, Taco Bell chief executive officer Greg Creed officially spilled the beans about the fast-food chain's forthcoming Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos. Originally the Cool Ranch-flavored tacos were to descend on the masses today, but earlier this week Taco Bell announced via its Facebook page that the tacos were arriving in restaurants a day early, on Wednesday, March 6.
Apparently Taco Bell forgot to share this bit of news with stores across the country, resulting in scads of disappointed customers unable to collect Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos yesterday.
Despite the national snafu Gut Check had no problem procuring a sack of Taco Bell's latest Dorito-flavored innovation yesterday evening.
See also: -Taco Bell Cool Ranch-Flavored Doritos Locos Tacos Available March 7 -Taste Test: Taco Bell's Regular and Supreme Doritos Nacho Cheese Locos Tacos -Taco Bell Tests Dorito-Flavored Taco Shells: Five Repurposed Junk Foods
After clocking out for the day we bellied up to Taco Bell (1324 Hampton Avenue; 314-647-2139) and ordered two regular and two supreme Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos.
Our expectations were high, and the tacos didn't disappoint. While we enjoy the Nacho Cheese Doritos Locos Tacos, we've never though the shells taste particularly like Nacho Cheese Doritos -- just vaguely cheesy-tinged, at best.
In contrast to the Nacho Cheese Doritos Locos Tacos, the Cool Ranch taco shells better approximate the taste of the chips. Also, the special outer sleeves Taco Bell serves the Doritos Locos Tacos in are essential to the eating process, as the Cool Ranch shells are just as thin, crunchy, crackly and Doritos dusty as the Nacho Cheese variety. Gut Check ate our Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos much like a push-pop, using the outer sleeve as protection from actually touching the thing.
All in all the Cool Ranch-flavored shells far exceed the Nacho Cheese in expectation, experience and execution.