Japan is well known for selling seasonally themed '季節限定' (kisetsu gentei) products or '期間限定' (kikan gentei) products that are only available for a limited period of time. Back in Australia, shops don't really use this as a marketing technique but maybe they should, because ever since moving to Japan, I have become so obsessed with these kikan gentei products. If I ever come across one of these items, may it be a cake, a soft drink or a dish at a restaurant, I always feel like I have to get it, because if I don't, I will never be able to taste it again, and I will regret it. And I'm sure I'm not the only one. By having these seasonally themed or time-limited items, it really does make even the most common things interesting and the already popular items even more exciting.
It was around Christmas when I came across this particular flavoured Dorito chips. You know for sure that this is a seasonally themed item because of firstly, the shape and colour of the chips..
and secondly, the flavour of the chips..
Corn Cream Stew Flavour.. wait, what!?
If you think about it, this would be like double corn flavoured or something, because doritos are already chips made of corn.. Corn flavoured corn chips.. hahaha
I have so many questions I want to ask about this.. what is corn cream stew in the first place? And why corn cream stew? Since when did it become a Christmas season food? I don't remember eating any corn cream stew during any of the Christmases I have spent in my life.. not in Australia, not in Japan..
I'm not quite sure but I SHALL TRY IT!
After much digging around in the bag, I finally found a perfect Christmas tree! Yay! Appearance wise, it was pretty impressive. The seasoning on the chips almost looked like glitter on the Christmas tree. I've never seen green Christmas tree shaped corn chips before.
Did it actually taste like corn cream stew?
Yes, a little bit, I think, not quite sure though.. The first few bites did kindddd of taste like a creamy corn soup, maybe, but after a while I got confused to whether the corny flavour was from the seasoning or the actual chip itself.. In regardless of that, it was a fairly yummy snack.
However, dorito chips should never ever be eaten alone. You must always couple it with some nice spicy salsa! I'm not sure about Japan, but in Australia, Doritos are almost always eaten with salsa which can be easily bought from the local supermarket. Here in Japan, I found it rather hard to find good salsa.
Luckily for me, I had some salsa already handy in my fridge. Some really nice spicy salsa which I had gotten a while back from an import store. And yeah, I had the rest of the chips with the salsa!