Blame it on COVID-19, a summer strike at a Frito-Lay plant in Topeka, Kansas, or blame it on the Frito Bandito; but good luck finding a normal-sized bag of Fritos anywhere in Oklahoma right now.
Seriously. I’m not nearly the only person who has written about it either.
Kristi and I only noticed this past weekend when she made her hall-of-fame worthy chili. A dollop of sour cream, some shredded cheese and I’m in heaven.
So long as I have a bag of Fritos nearby.
None to be found.
According to this story in the Santa Fe New Mexican, it appears to be more of a COVID-related supply-chain issue than any holdover from this summer’s labor strike. These days, any unavailable ingredient can collapse the entire supply chain.
What’s especially weird is that there really isn’t a corn chip alternative available at most stores.
UPDATE as of Jan. 9: There are plenty of Fritos ‘Scoops,’ but that’s not cutting it.
I did ask a clerk at Walmart who acknowledged that she had been asked about Fritos several times in the past couple of weeks. She has been told Fritos would return to shelves by end of January. This isn’t great timing considering it’s Frito Pie season and all, but it’s better news than the fate that befell Beefamato.
The alternative, fwiw, isn’t a generic corn chip. It’s to buy variety packs that have Fritos in them.
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