The Delicious World of Japanese DoritosS

This weekend I was shopping for snacks. I picked up a bag of corn soup-flavored "Gourmet" Doritos. But that's only the tip of the iceberg.

Most Doritos in Japan are typical Doritos—"Dorito-flavored," if you will. But, like Kit Kats, Doritos also get an array of interesting flavors in Japan. The vast majority of them are strictly "kikan gentei" (期間限定) or "for a limited time only." But for many flavors, their short run on store sleeves still leaves an impression.

Doritos launched in the U.S. in the mid-1960s, but didn't come to Japan until 1987. The unique flavors aren't exactly brand new, but they certainly became much more noticeable after, say, 2006 or so. In the last few years, the "Gourmet" line of Doritos has added even more taste sensations. Case in point: Hokkaido camembert cheese flavor.

The Delicious World of Japanese Doritos

Or, better yet, anchovy and garlic flavor:

The Delicious World of Japanese Doritos

Typically, only a couple unique flavors are on sale at anyone time. And they are seasonal: limited edition flavors change quarterly.

Here are some of the flavors the snack has received in Japan over the years:

The Delicious World of Japanese Doritos

Shrimp mayonnaise flavor—as in the pizza topping flavor.

The Delicious World of Japanese Doritos

Corn soup flavor.

The Delicious World of Japanese Doritos

German potato flavor.

The Delicious World of Japanese Doritos

Smoked bacon flavor.

The Delicious World of Japanese Doritos

The inevitable wasabi flavor. I believe this also went on sale outside of Japan, no?

The Delicious World of Japanese Doritos

Fried chicken flavor—not Pepsi fried chicken flavor, mind you.

The Delicious World of Japanese Doritos

Coconut curry flavor.

The Delicious World of Japanese Doritos

Korean seaweed (nori) flavor.

The Delicious World of Japanese Doritos

Sausage flavor.

The Delicious World of Japanese Doritos

Sesame salt flavor.

The Delicious World of Japanese Doritos

Steak flavor.

The Delicious World of Japanese Doritos

Mexican BBQ flavor.

The Delicious World of Japanese Doritos

Shame these are not pumpkin flavor, you know?

The Delicious World of Japanese Doritos

The one-two punch of sukiyaki flavor and mushrooms with butter and soy sauce flavor. Both packages read "Autumn Gourmet."

The Delicious World of Japanese Doritos

Pepper bacon flavor.

The Delicious World of Japanese Doritos

Almond cheese flavor.

The Delicious World of Japanese Doritos

Black pepper and salt flavor (with bamboo charcoal added). Aimed at adults, the packaging featured "Tightskun," which is a series of comedy illustrations. And yes, these Doritos were black.

The Delicious World of Japanese Doritos

Caesar salad flavor.

The Delicious World of Japanese Doritos

Shrimp mayonnaise—not the pizza topping version!

The Delicious World of Japanese Doritos

Yakitori or "grilled chicken" flavor.

The Delicious World of Japanese Doritos

Crab mayonnaise flavor—as in the pizza topping!

The Delicious World of Japanese Doritos

Seven types of spices went into this. Seven!

The Delicious World of Japanese Doritos

Citrus yuzu flavor.

The Delicious World of Japanese Doritos

Yakiniku or "grilled meat" flavor. This type of Dorito is harder than your typical chip.

The Delicious World of Japanese Doritos

And here's the "harder" version of wasabi flavor.

The Delicious World of Japanese Doritos

Korean seaweed (nori) and sesame oil flavor.

The Delicious World of Japanese Doritos

Salami flavor.

The Delicious World of Japanese Doritos

Mexican salt. No, The Mexican Salt flavor.

The Delicious World of Japanese Doritos

This is not Evangelion-flavored. It's salt, but not The Mexican Salt.

The Delicious World of Japanese Doritos

Caramel flavor.

The Delicious World of Japanese Doritos

Spicy sausage.

The Delicious World of Japanese Doritos

Teriyaki mayonnaise flavor.

So, how did the "Hokkaido Corn Soup flavor" gourmet Doritos taste? Well, like corn soup powder sprinkled on Doritos—that's not a bad thing. Oh no, it's a very, very good thing.

The Delicious World of Japanese Doritos

The flavor wasn't obviously salty, and it was just the right mix of corn soup powder and Dorito.

For the purpose of writing this article, my wife and I polished up an entire bag in, I dunno, ten minutes or so. The lengths I must go, huh?

You can see more Japanese Dorito photos in the links below.

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