11 Things You Didn’t Know About Doritos

Slide 1 of 11: Legend has it, we have Mickey Mouse to thank for these crispy treats, according to Business Insider. Doritos' parent company, Frito-Lay, operated a restaurant named Casa de Fritos inside the park in the 1960s. When a salesman saw Casa de Fritos throwing away stale tortillas, he suggested they fry them for chips instead. When marketing executive Arch West saw this, he loved the idea and convinced Frito-Lay to start selling the chips nationally in 1966.

Legend has it, we have Mickey Mouse to thank for these crispy treats, according to Business Insider. Doritos’ parent company, Frito-Lay, operated a restaurant named Casa de Fritos inside the park in the 1960s. When a salesman saw Casa de Fritos throwing away stale tortillas, he suggested they fry them for chips instead. When marketing executive Arch West saw this, he loved the idea and convinced Frito-Lay to start selling the chips nationally in 1966.

Slide 2 of 11: Well, kind of. While the name has been said to mean "little golden things" by Frito-Lay executives, it doesn't actually translate that way. Instead, the name was made up by Arch West, who decided to combine the Spanish word for gold, "oro," with Frito's suffix "-ito" and tacked a "D" in front because he felt like it. The resulting Doritos was approved, and it's been the name of these tortilla chips ever since.

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