When will we get pickle Doritos in the States?

By Tim Nelson
Updated July 26, 2018
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Threatening to move to Canada to avoid fighting in an unjust war or because you don’t like the person who was just elected president is a worn-out cliche. If you’re really looking for a good reason to leave your old life behind and move to Canada, I have three words for you: pickle. Flavored. Doritos.

Yes, they’re real. The makers of the dayglow orange tortilla chips/taco shells we know and love to lick off of our fingers also offer “Intense Pickle” chips, condensing the flavor of briny electrolytes into tortilla form. If you’re in Canada, that is. “Enjoy the extreme crunch and explode-in-the mouth flavour as you and your friends dive into a bag of Doritos® Intense Pickle flavoured tortilla chips,” Doritos Canada’s website says. “Savour the tanginess of the intense pickle flavour in every bite.” That all sounds pretty attractive, minus the part about having to share these things with friends.

As it turns out, our neighbors to the north have been hoarding one of the boldest chip flavors for a while now. At least one review of Intense Pickle dates all the way back to 2011, when Justin Trudeau was just a humble member of parliament. The review describes the pickle tortilla chips as “slightly creamy with a whole lot of dill, garlic and sour vinegar, all on top of the standard Doritos tortilla chip base.”

I know what you’re thinking: If the chips have been around since Obama’s first term, why all the sudden attention now? It might have something to do with the fact that pickles seem to be enjoying a moment of sorts. Sonic introduced a pickle slushie this summer, pickle ice cream is a thing, and you can even just straight up buy jugs of pickle juice on Amazon now. Lay’s is about to launch a Midwestern-themed fried pickles and ranch chip in the Midwest, so it seems like pickle chips are primed to go mainstream stateside in the near future.

While the aforementioned Lay’s chips will only be available for a limited time, you can actually get your hands on these pickle Doritos without going through customs thanks to the wonders of the internet. At least one third-party seller on Amazon sells the chips internationally, meaning anyone with $16 and a love of pickles can experience the magic.

Will these “Intense Pickle” tortilla chips ever be sold through less clandestine methods stateside? It’s hard to tell, but hopefully the very act of writing this implores Doritos to come to their senses. In the meantime, if you’re passing through Canada, be sure to add these tortilla chips to your list of local delicacies to try.