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Bring Back the Cornquistos!

Last night I couldn’t sleep, so I began reading random articles online. One of the articles I happened across was about snacks from the 90s. The article listed popular snacks of the 90s such as Dunkaroos, Crystal Pepsi, and fruit rollups.

I did enjoy Dunkaroos, but most of the other items listed never were too appealing to me. However, this article did remind me of my favorite snack of all time… Cornquistos!

Cornquistos weren’t a 90s snack, they came out in the 80s. If you don’t know what Cornquistos are, you have missed out on the best oral experience of all time! (Ahem… get your mind out of the gutter!!!)

You know what Combos are, right? Well Cornquistos were produced by the same company, the Mars Corporation.  The concept is the same, but the taste was overwhelmingly different… better!

The crunchy outer part was made of corn, like a really thick and crunchy corn chip. The inside was a glob of nacho cheesy goodness. I used to suck the filling out and eat the shell last.

There were several flavors… Nacho Cheese was my favorite, but the other flavors included jalapeño and I believe salsa. I never paid much attention to those other flavors because Nacho Cheese was pure perfection!


Anyone remember these???

I was a child at the time these made their debut and I remember begging my mom to let me have them each week when we went grocery shopping.

The commercials for these snacks were so… cheesy… (excuse the pun!) But I still remember the random people shouting “ole!” after the “cornquistador” gave them samplings of the new snack to conquer all other snacks. Ahh… memories!

Anyways.  These have been out of production for many, many years. This makes me so sad. I would give almost anything for one more delicious bite… sigh.

Do you remember Cornquistos? Weren’t they the best?! What other snacks do you miss from your childhood? Most importantly,  what snack can I find now to ease my lifelong Cornquistos craving???