The stunt-food wizards over at Taco Bell have an ingenious ability to rework the same handful of ingredients into completely new menu items every fiscal quarter. In 2014, the chain debuted the Quesarito, a hybrid dish that features a burrito wrapped in a quesadilla. Taco Bell’s latest product, the Core Burrito, is what happens when the Quesarito gets the Missy Elliot treatment and is flipped and reversed.
Can we get this new cheesy core burrito to stay at Taco Bell please. #sogood
— Jade LaScala (@jadeybugggg) March 12, 2016
According to Brand Eating, the core burritos features a cheesy layer wrapped in a tortilla, which is surrounded by a meat-and-rice layer; the whole thing is then wrapped in another tortilla layer. The chain is currently testing two versions in Toledo, Ohio: The first, dubbed the Spicy Core Burrito, has an outer layer of meat, rice, and hot sauce, and a core of shredded cheese, nacho cheese, and jalapeños for an added kick. The second take, called the Crunchy Core Burrito, also features an outer layer of meat, rice, and hot sauce, but the inner layer is made of nacho cheese, shredded cheese, and red tortilla strips.
It’s hard not to wonder if Taco Bell found inspiration from a pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. The Vermont-based legendary frozen-dessert purveyor launched a line of flavors in 2014 that features “core centers” of gooier ingredients like fudge, caramel, and raspberry jam running through the center of the pint. Theses “cores” are then surrounded by ice cream. Luckily for Taco Bell, the concept has proven successful for Ben & Jerry’s. The company recently added three more flavors to its line of “core” ice creams.
[via Brand Eating]