You probably can't remember a time when neon-orange Doritos dust didn't coat your digits. But the cheesy tortilla chips didn't come into our lives until 1966, thanks to a series of (for once, great) accidents at Disneyland. There's also a space transmission and campaign ethics inquiry involved in Doritos' history, which we detail below. The bio might not be up to David McCullough standards, but we promise it has way more MSG than John Adams.
10. The chips provoked a serious discussion on campaign ethicsIt was pretty hard to take Stephen Colbert's 2008 presidential campaign seriously, but alarmingly, a lot of people did. And the thing that really sent officials into a tizzy was Colbert's "corporate sponsor," Doritos. Federal laws explicitly ban corporations from making campaign contributions, so critics were not okay with Colbert calling his run the "Hail to the Cheese Stephen Colbert’s Nacho Cheese Doritos 2008 Presidential Campaign," despite the fact that Doritos didn't actually pay him to do any of that. John Edwards even accused Stephen of being "stained by corporate corruption and nacho cheese." Colbert was eventually shut down by the South Carolina Democratic Party executive council, denying us the most satirical presidential run in US history, but sparing us any more John Edwards comedy.
Kristin Hunt is a staff writer for Thrillist, and is now packing up everything to hit the road as a traveling cheese salesman. Follow her door-to-door at @kristin_hunt.