We’ve all eaten Doritos at one point or another. Those neon orange triangles of addictively flavored nacho cheese-topped tortilla chips are found in every supermarket, corner store, and vending machine. They’re just about inescapable. And while yes, they’re not exactly healthy, it’s hard to argue that they’re not tasty — in that processed junk food kind of way. But even though we’ve all heard of Doritos, we bet that there are some things you didn’t know about them.
They Were Invented at Disneyland
Food company Frito-Lay owned a restaurant called Casa de Fritos at Disneyland, and one day in 1964 employees decided to cut up excess tortillas, fry them, and cover them in basic seasonings like cumin. They were such a success that Frito-Lay refined the recipe and released them nationally in 1966. [related]
They Were a Trailblazer
When Doritos were released in 1966, they were the very first tortilla chip to be given a national release.
The Name Derives from “Doradito”
It’s the Spanish term for “little golden thing.”
They Were Completely Overhauled in 1995
That year, the chips were made 20 percent larger, 15 percent thinner, and the edges were rounded to prevent them from breaking off in the bag. They were also given a bigger dose of seasoning to make the flavor stronger.
There Are Lots of Retired Flavors
Flavors that were once sold but are no longer available include sour cream and onion, sesame, Nacho Chipotle Ranch Ripple, Jumpin’ Jack Monterey Cheese, Texas Tang, Chester’s Cheese (covered with Cheetos cheese — yes, please), and Buffalo Wings n’ Ranch.