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How Disneyland Gave Birth to Doritos

A batch of discarded tortillas became a surprise hit at the park's Casa de Fritos restaurant in the early 1960s.

Mickey Mouse helped hatch Doritos.

The accidental invention is Orange County's only true claim to fame in the rise of Mexican food in the United States, according to author Gustavo Arellano's new book, Taco USA, which is excerpted in OC Weekly.

As Arellano tells it, the birth of Doritos took place in Frontierland, at Casa de Fritos, a Mexican restaurant originally located near Aunt Jemima's Pancake House.

There, in the early 1960s, a batch of discarded tortillas was saved from the trash and transformed into an off-menu item that became an instant hit.

In 1966, the chips went national. To read the full tale, click here.

ktlblk5 April 10, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Good thing they never called them, "Discarditos"... Perhaps some well timed/placed batches could be used to neutralize the radioactive kelp...(then Disneyland could remain 'the Happiest Place on Earth', and Laguna wouldn't half to be 'the hottest place one earth'...??!) Any word on the Italian/Disney connection for Mickeyroni and cheese...?

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