I searched all over the store — in the chip aisle, where I thought they would be, and the Mexican aisle, which is really just a shelf with some taco shells and salsa that looks suspiciously like tomato sauce. No tortilla chips. I eventually settled on two jumbo bags of little bags of Doritos that were on sale. They taste the same as in the US, but the flavo[u]rs have different names, like Tangy Cheese instead of Nacho Cheese (or the name I detested, Nacho Cheesier — cheesier than what, the previous Nacho flavor?) and Cool Original instead of Cool Ranch. I got my hopes up with that little blue bag, because the picture shows a plain tortilla chip, no specks of ranch flavoring, and what says “plain chip” more than “original?” But it tasted like Cool Ranch.
When I got home I did some research. Surely tortilla chips exist in the UK. Now that I think about it, I remember buying a little bag of plain tortilla chips at the Tesco Metro in Notting Hill a few months ago. Why didn’t they have those at the store I went to? In my research I found that Tesco makes their own brand of plain chips (actually called chips and not crisps. Interesting):
Perhaps that’s why I couldn’t find the chips in store — they got pulled from the shelves. But then I read the article I found the image with — the chips actually won an award in 2008 for package design. Who needs to be PC anyway?
I guess I’ll have to continue my quest for plain tortilla chips at another grocery store, and enjoy my Tangy Cheese Doritos in the meantime.