Updated: Oct. 27, 2017 at 10:43 a.m. EST
After a test run in California, it looks like the Firecracker Burrito is invading all-new territory. Brand Eating says the dish, which comes with a packet of “cayenne popping crystals” that fizz and crackle as you eat, is being tested in Toledo, Ohio for a limited time.
You can try it two ways: “Popping Spicy” or “Popping Cheesy,” but the only real difference is that the cheesy version doesn’t come with a spicy sauce. The popping crystals (and beef, rice, cheese, red tortilla strips, sour cream, and red flour tortilla) remain the same.
Original Post: Aug. 10, 2017 at 11:32 a.m. EST
Let 2017 be known as the year of the Food Stunt. After freakshakes and unicorn-inspired everything swept the nation, Taco Bell has proven it’s not to be outdone in attention-grabbing treats department. This is, after all, the brand that brought the world Doritos Locos Tacos and $600 fast food weddings.
Now, the chain’s expanding into new territory, testing out a burrito that’s loaded with spicy “popping crystals” that’ll remind you of Tabasco-infused Pop Rocks. It’s called the Firecracker Burrito, and it comes in two varieties: cheesy and spicy. Both burritos are filled with rice, cheese, beef, and red tortilla strips, then wrapped in a red tortilla. The spicy version gets an added kick from a drizzle of chipotle sauce.
The real pièce de résistance, though, is the packet of cayenne popping crystals you can get with it for 20 cents more. Foodbeast tried the burrito and warns to use those crystals sparingly though — they add a fizzy kick to the meal, but too many makes the burrito sugary-sweet. It’s “not a pleasant feeling,” the reviewer concluded.
Firecracker burritos are being tested at four restaurants, the website mentioned, with the only confirmed location being a store in Santa Ana, CA. We’ve reached out to Taco Bell for comment and will update this story as we know more.
YouTuber Peep THIS Out! stopped by the Santa Ana location and tried the dish. “I’m definitely digging the gimmick of it,” he said after taking a bite and listening to the sizzling pop of the candy. You can watch his full review here: