I never liked Taco Bell. Even as a five-year-old whose diet consisted mostly of highly-processed cheese products and bacon bits, I was not down with the fast-food chain. So news of Taco Bell really doesn’t pique my interest, but as my coworker explained to me earlier today, many people remember Taco Bell as their favorite childhood fast-food spot and therefore care about it deeply. (And, he also told me, some people think of it as their first foray into Mexican food, to which I cringed.)
So to all the Taco Bell fans out there, good news: The company just announced that they’ll be getting rid of all artificial colors, artificial flavors, high-fructose corn syrup and unsustainable palm oil in their food (except for sodas and co-branded items like the Doritos-flavored taco shells) by the end of 2015, ABC News reports. Read more »
Over on the Insider, there is news that the space at 1035 Chestnut Street is going to become a Taco Bell. That, in and of itself, is not big enough news to rate a mention of Foobooz (or the Insider).
But 1035 Chestnut is not just going to become any old Taco Bell. No, it will apparently become one of the new-fangled “upscale” Taco Bells.
No, I have no idea what an “upscale Taco Bell” might look like either. But in taking a cue from a couple of the wise commenters on the original Insider post, I’m guessing it’ll look something like this…
I don’t know if this is real or fake (though I’m pretty sure it’s fake). I don’t know if Taco Bell ever actually marketed a “Mexican Cheesesteak” (although it appears that they might have, at least in California), or whether this is a complete fabrication. And you know what? I don’t care. Because this video–whatever it is–is one of the funniest things I’ve seen in a month. We found it yesterday afternoon. I’ve watched it probably a dozen times since. And I have laughed every single time.
So now, as we begin to close out our broadcast day here at Foobooz HQ, I offer it to you. The Taco Bell Mexican Cheesesteak commercial. Enjoy…
360 days a year I avoid Taco Bell. 360 days a year I am stronger than the sirens of Yum Brands! marketing whizzes. But probably five days a year I stumble, unable to resist the call of processed cheese and meat that comes in plastic bags. Today looks to be one of those days as I am uncontrollably drawn towards the Doritos Locos Taco (and I don’t even like doritos!). I had no interest in the Double Down, I only had the McRib in order to compare it to the much superior boneless rib sandwich at the Reading Terminal. But there’s something irresistible to me about this latest Frankenstein food.
So are you going to have a Doritos Locos Taco this weekend?
Remember a couple months back when everyone was in an uproar over a lawsuit claiming that the meat being used by Taco Bell was not actually meat at all, but rather some kind of mysterious meat-like substance which did not meet the legally required minimum percentage of beef to actually be called “seasoned beef”? Remember the fun we all had trying to guess exactly what Taco Bell was filling its chalupas with that was so artificial and processed and full of additives and fillers that it couldn’t even legally be called meat?