This Snack Should Be in the United States. I Really Enjoyed It.

After spending my first night at the Hilton Garden Inn Calgary Airport hotel and on my way to my first day of exploring in the Rocky Mountains of Canada, I stopped off at the Chinook Centre to pick up a few snacks and some water…

This Snack Should Be in the United States. I Really Enjoyed It.

Chinook Centre

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

…and among the snacks which I wanted to try while I was in Canada that are not readily available in the United States was Intense Pickle flavour Doritos.

Pickle Doritos

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

Pickles are amongst my favorite foods; and yet for some reason, I never was all that crazy about Lay’s Dill Pickle potato chips, which are available in the United States. As both Lay’s and Doritos are manufactured by Frito Lay, I would not be surprised if the pickle seasoning used on both products are identical…

…but yet, one bite of the Intense Pickle Doritos led to me to the unusual act of inhaling three-quarters of the 255 grams of tortilla chips in the bag while I was driving — they were that good.

The flavor really was intense and easily became my favorite flavor — or favourite flavour — of Doritos. It reminded me somewhat — but not completely — of the intensity and flavor of a real dill pickle which one can purchase at an authentic delicatessen in New York.

Many Other Flavors of Doritos I Have Never Tried

I know that at least one reader of The Gate will point out all of the flavors of Doritos which are available in other countries such as Japan. Of the 102 flavors of Doritos mentioned in this article — which is probably not considered definitive — how about sinking your teeth into flavors of Doritos such as bacon, fish taco, olive, teriyaki chicken, garlic, shrimp mayo, coconut curry, steak, tomato and onion salad, roasted turkey, corn soup, sausage and beer, winter crab, crispy salmon, and seaweed?

Actually, some of those flavors sound quite appetizing to me…

Deception — or The Case of the Missing Doritos?

Salsa Verde Doritos

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

Back in the United States, do you see a difference between what appears to be two identical bags of Salsa Verde flavored Doritos?

Salsa Verde Doritos

Photographs ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

If you look closely, one quarter of an ounce — or 7.1 grams — of tortilla chips has been recently removed from each bag of Doritos currently sold across all flavors. Of course, the regular price of $4.29 per bag was not reduced…

…but even then, that is still 21.4 grams more than the weight of the Intense Pickle Doritos sold in Canada.

Does the apparent sleight-of-hand remotely remind you of how frequent travel loyalty programs are administered?


I am not a junk-food junkie — although I do enjoy snacks between meals — but if you really enjoy the intense flavor of real dill pickles, you must try Intense Pickle flavour Doritos when in Canada.

I am sure that there are ways to purchase this flavor of Doritos in the United States — but I am also sure that the prices would border on usurious to the point that the cost would not be worth the indulgence…

All photographs ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

3 thoughts on “This Snack Should Be in the United States. I Really Enjoyed It.”

  1. Christian says:

    Come on, Brian. How can anyone refuse the temptation of crispy salmon chips? It’s like pickle brine flavored breakfast cereal.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      May I sheepishly admit that crispy salmon is one of the flavors which interested me, Christian?

      I would so try that flavor…

  2. NB_ga says:

    I happened upon Tangy Pickle Doritos at the Kroger supermarket in Georgia last week. I cannot compare them to those sold in Canada… but they are mighty tasty!

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