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See? We don’t know what Taco Bell’s new menu item is either


There are certain perks that come with being a syndicated columnist. For example, just last month at the Oregon Plumbling Convention, I was honored with delivering the opening plunge in the Northwest Clogged Commode competition. In terms of prestige, this is like ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange. At least in the competitive plumbing circuit. I have also been a guest judge at the Portland Freestyle Burping Contest and keynote speaker at the Nouns of Baskervilles writers conference. Yet in spite of my notariety, I was admittedly a little surprised when Taco Bell included me among its new “Mystery Box Menu Item” promotional ads for the Super Bowl.

If you haven’t see these commercials, sports stars like James Harden and other high-profile celebrities are given a plain green box representing Taco Bell’s new menu item, but aren’t told what the item is. That’s because thanks to marketing wizardry — and an unfortunate incident that resulted in 500,000 burned taco shells — the new item won’t be available to the general public until Feb. 8.

UNLESS… you pre-order your [Chicken Twisty Supreme?] for Super Bowl Sunday. That’s right! You could be munching on your [Beefy Cinnabon Wrap?] a full 24 hours before others in your area even get a whiff of the new [Double-Decker Mexi-Nada?].

The point is, no one really knows WHAT the new item will be. But considering the release of the Waffle Taco last year, we can all agree anything is possible. Which could explain how I ended up with a “Mystery Box” in the first place.

Whatever the reason, here’s proof that I’m just as in the dark as anyone else in these commercials…



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25 Comments on See? We don’t know what Taco Bell’s new menu item is either

  1. Here’s my guess: Chalupa Dildo Grande. Enjoy stuffing that in your mouth.

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  2. I have a feeling the new item is going to contain the core Taco Bell ingredients that are in every Taco Bell item: Meat, cheese, lettuce, sour cream…but be a different shape…like maybe a sphere this time.

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  3. I might have to break down and actually enter a Taco Bell after the 8th. Nawwwww…I’ll just wait until you review it.

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  4. One thing I am certain of – whatever it is, it will give you a heart attack.

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  5. The Red Hot Chili Peppers tee is so appropriate. Kudos on your choice of attire.

    Your next product endorsements should come from Charmin and Tums.

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  6. This makes me think I am not living a good life…I have yet to step foot into a Taco Bell.
    I assume that you’ll eat and review? I need to know if it’s something to add to my (slop) bucket list 🙂

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    • If you haven’t yet set foot in a Taco Bell, you will be living the good life long after our arteries are pumping blood like Jell-O through a Silly Straw.

      In other words, what are you WAITING FOR?!?

      And yes, I will be picking up my delicious [insert mystery deliciousness Bell Grande here] some time between 2 and 4 p.m. tomorrow. Expect a full report 😉 Possibly from the restroom…

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  7. In my local hometown paper, the top front page headline was (something like) “Taco Bell Coming to Town.” I shit you not (because that would be physically difficult and socially awkward for us both). Not crime, not The Donald’s toupee–a new fast food place is our big news. There’s a local legend that the Taco John’s owners bought out the local Taco Bell rights, years ago, to keep out the competition. Anyway, it will be right behind our store, and we’ve already been told that we can’t go out the back door to go there and get tacos. Or heartburn. And no going back in the back door either. For any reason. And no taking the forklift through the drive-thru lane. Fun-haters.


  8. Taco Bell’s menu scares me!

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  9. And that’s how the zombie apocalypse really started, kids…

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