Second only to chocolate, nothing says “snack” to me like Doritos.
Doritos also says “meal” (when combined with a block of medium cheddar cheese) and “self-absorbed, feel-sorry-for-myself binge,” too, but when I plumb the memory banks for my youthful snacks, Doritos rank right near the top.
Why am I thinking about Doritos? Well, it doesn’t take much, but two reasons. One, I made a banana-raspberry-vanilla shake the other day and it tasted distinctly like strawberry Laffy Taffy (I know, how does banana-raspberry taste like strawberry, but I’m betting Laffy Taffy wasn’t using certified organic real fruit flavoring back in the ’70s — they were using “pink” and it was close enough). I instantly was transported to the Little Store, a neighborhood candy shop a block and a half from my childhood home in Wadena, Minn. It was a convenience store in someone’s house tempting children on their way to school with every kind of candy and snack. Besides Laffy Taffy, I remember buying Bazooka Bubble Gum and Hostess Fruit Pies at the Little Store.
The snack-size bag was 25 cents. I wonder how many times I bribed my little sister or brother to get me a bag of Doritos at the Little Store. I think the going bribery rate was 5 cents (I was a conniving older sister, what can I say?).
The second reason I’m waxing nostalgic about Doritos?
A clever little video that’s gone viral called “Hot Cheetos & Takis” by Y.N. Rich Kids, a group of kids in a summer enrichment program in Minneapolis. Having been featured in the Star Tribune and National Public Radio, the catchy little video has gone mainstream. Inject a little joy into your day and check out the video on You Tube.
The lyrics include “I go to the corner store” and “I got my fingers stained red,” which makes my mouth water for Spicer Nacho Doritos (I know, there’s something just wrong with that). The Y.N. Rich Kids disdain Doritos, but really, Takis are just the New Age Doritos. Same song, different verse.
Any cheesy memories in your history? What says “summer snack” to you?