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Mythical Doritos taco shells surface in Fresno

For years it was the day-glo stuff of junk-food dreamers. As far back as at least 2009 there was a Facebook page for the "Taco Shells Made From Doritos Movement" to urge the Taco Bell chain to make a version of their tacos with the nacho-cheese-flavored tortilla.

The fast-food restaurant's website firmly states "it is not Taco Bell policy to accept unsolicited ideas of any kind."

But somehow Taco Bell (whose onetime parent company is Pepsi, which owns Frito-Lay, which makes Doritos) happened upon the very same dorm-room-scented idea.

Earlier this spring came reports of powdery cheese-flavored taco shells being test-marketed in Toledo, Ohio.

In September the trial-run tacos came to California's midsection.

A spokesman in a TV commercial touting the taco made with "real" nacho-cheese-flavored Doritos explains where they are available: "San Fancis-NO. Sacrament-NO. L.A.? N-O. The only place to get the Doritos Locos taco is Bakersfield and Fres-YES."

Should your culinary calling be food that dyes your fingers orange, it's time to drive to the part of the state where they grow the food -- none of which in a natural state bears a resemblance to orange taco shells.


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-- Diana Marcum in Fresno

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