Taco Bell and Doritos, and by proxy their respective parent companies, Yum Brands (NYSE:YUM) and Frito-Lay owner PepsiCo (NYSE:PEP), like to play fast and loose with your blood pressure. They know you like it, too. What good is a fast-food meal unless you can physically feel a mound of processed beef and a mine’s worth of sodium forcing blood through clogged tubes in your heart?
That’s why the two have teamed up to deliver the crushing power of the Doritos Locos taco at Taco Bell. It’s a cheese-and-beef-filled taco wrapped in a taco shell made of Doritos. The powdered cheese flakes off in your hand and delivers a taste halfway between delicious and horrifying. It’s one of the great pleasures of 2012.
It’s also the latest food product in a long tradition of bizarre amalgamated foodstuffs. Sometimes, rather than make up some new confection to entice consumers, foodmakers find it’s more cost-effective to build a Frankenstein’s monster of deliciousness out of two pre-existing products. Here are five greats that preceded the Doritos Locos.