Monday, June 27, 2016
You got me. I don't care about your regular flavors - your nacho cheese or cool ranch don't tempt me at all. Quite frankly, if I'm going to eat some chips, I'll go for some kettle-cooked BBQ chips over yours, every time. But I don't make chips a habit, so for me to purposely buy a bag is unusual. Which is why I'm a bit chagrined to admit that when I was waiting to checkout at Target and saw your throwback packaging with taco flavor chips, I was intrigued. But I did not buy a bag, as it's not something I automatically do anymore.
However. I kept thinking about those chips. Honestly, I know that it was the old-school packaging that got me...I'm a sucker for nostalgia, and evidently I'm old enough that things from my childhood are now considered retro, and as we all know, retro is cool. Which is why I always consider buying Necco wafers whenever I happen to see them, even though I'm pretty sure there are only about two flavors in the entire package that I used to like...but that wax-paper package full of pale, cornstarch-dusted discs gets me right in the memories, and there you go.
A week later, we had to make another Target run. As we were driving there, I told Jeff I wanted to buy a bag of those Doritos. The lure of the packaging, of the old-school flavor, was too much for me. I had to have some. He said "of course you do - I'm surprised you waited this long" - so see, I have some willpower. And I will say, the old Shelley, the pre-2008 Shelley? I would have bought the chips without Jeff knowing and would have sneakily eaten the entire bag myself. So this is, for me, progress.
As for the chips, they tasted like we both remembered. Taco flavor was good! But, the chips were a tiny bit on the stale side...or else that's what Doritos really taste like? I honestly don't know, and I didn't buy another bag for comparison. We finished off the bag over the next few days, and while I'm glad I satisfied my curiosity and craving, I won't be needing to eat these again.
I'm sure I'll come across another retro snack soon, and I might even buy it, but it feels like I have a better handle on this situation than I would have had in the past...I'm going to claim progress, not perfection, with this.
Is there any retro snack/candy item that you would buy, if you saw it now? For me, I could pass on a lot of things (like Tab - ugh, that was nasty back in the day and I can't believe they brought that drink back), but I'm sure there's something else out there that will call my name once more.