RIP Arch West Of Doritos Fame

'Tis a sad day for Dorito fans worldwide. The creator of the Cool Ranch snack chip has passed away, and in true munchy style his family has bid him a fittingly crunchy goodbye.

Doritos via FlickrThe creator of Doritos tortilla chips is no longer among the living, snacking population. Last week Cool Ranch Doritos fans worldwide paused mid-bite to remember snack creator Arch West -- or at least we imagine both he and his surviving family members would have appreciated the gesture, had the notion come about.

At the age of 97 Doritos creator Arch West has passed away. In memoriam of the drool-worthy inventor his daughter has announced a unique tribute that will take place when he is buried. TMZ reports the family will be "tossing Doritos chips in before they put the dirt over the urn."

Once the initial shock wears off we're sure you'll be curious to know which flavors of the triangle shaped chip the family plan to offer in remembrance. Arch West's son-in-law reveals the family will use Original, Cool Ranch and Nacho flavored Doritos, since those were the late creator's favorite.

An intersting side note, the son-in-law says of Arch West says, "He was NOT a fan of the Cheeseburger flavor."

In celebration of Arch West's legacy we present eight fast Doritos facts:

  • Doritos seasoned tortilla chips were first produced in 1964 by Frito-Lay.
  • The word "dorito" sounds similar to "doradito," which means "little golden" in Spanish.
  • The chips are made of ground corn, vegetable oil, and salt along with additional flavorings.
  • In 1994 the company spent $50 million to redesign Doritos to make the chips 20% larger and 15% thinner.
  • Frito-Lay eliminated trans fat from all Doritos varieties in 2002.
  • The company was sued in 2003 by Charles Grady, who claimed that his throat had been damaged because of eating Doritos. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court later ruled that the study did not meet scientific standards and could not be presented as evidence.
  • Nacho Cheese Flavor (Dorito's most popular product) was released in 1972, and for a short run at the end of the 1970s, the Sour Cream and Onion flavored chips were available, but were discontinued in the early 80s. Cool Ranch (known for a time as Cooler Ranch) flavor was released in 1986.
  • In 2008, Doritos debuted a "mystery flavor" quest with prizes being given as puzzles were solved. The mystery flavor was Mountain Dew.

What do you think of the chip tossing tribute to the deceased Doritos creator?

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Comments on "Doritos creator dies, gets delicious burial"

cancan September 27, 2011 | 1:29 PM

I think it is awonderful,excellent way for him to be buried wth something that he came up with. HE WILL ALWAYSBE REMBERED. He is the DORITO KING. HE IS A LEGAND IN MY BOOK. I'm sorry to see him go. He will be doing the samething with the LORD.

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