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The Wildly Popular Pollo Campero Has Partnered With Frito-Lay To Create A Limited Edition Flavor

Nearly 50 years ago, fast-food chain Pollo Campero was born in Guatemala. It’s since exploded into nearly 400 locations around Latin America, with more than 70 chains booming in the United States. Needless to say, Pollo Campero is beloved for its “not your typical chicken” flavorings, including hand-breaded, citrus-grilled and extra crunchy chicken recipes. Basically, once you’ve tasted that Pollo Campero flavor, you’ll never find it anywhere else.

Except for any Central American convenience store that carries Lay’s x Pollo Campero chips. 

Central Americans have all types of feelings about the collaboration and will be shocked to learn that production will end in December 2019.

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While the Pollo Campero Lay’s flavor was launched in 2015, it took Frito-Lay over a year and a half to research and develop a marketing plan, Frito-Lay marketing manager Diana de León told Forbes. De León suspected that Guatemala would be ground zero for Frito-Lay and Pollo Campero’s success.

Guatemala is one of the markets where this type of alliances are best developed, we have worked several activities together and the teams have really achieved a synergy of how to work this type of initiatives,” she told Forbes.

That said, it was always meant to be available for a limited time (until December 2019). The public fandom will have to let their affinity for Pollo Campero flavored chips go with the passing of 2019.

Some are saying that the Frito-Lay and Pollo Campero alliance was the best thing to happen to Guatemala.

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Ángel Gutiérrez is all heart-eyes for the chips, and he’s not alone. Cindy Carcamo, a The Los Angeles Times staff writer, was sent on assignment to Guatemala to cover the effects of Trump’s zero-tolerance immigration policy on the country. She brought back a gift basket sized amount of Lay’s Pollo Campero chips back to her colleagues and dined out at Pollo Campero’s brick and mortar for her last meal. 

Pollo Campero is a staple flavor to many Guatemalans and Lay’s fans alike. Pollo Campero agrees.

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“We can’t deny it,” Pollo Campero’s official Twitter account responded to Àngel. It’s no wonder. Frito-Lay marketing strategy was embedded in the deep-seated connection to Pollo Campero’s brand and flavor profiles. Pollo Campero is an iconic brand, with equally iconic flavor associations, and Frito-Lay invested in developing formulas that mimick the unique flavor profiles.

One fan believes that the chips deserve a Nobel Peace Prize.

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In fact, Daniel Adultman thinks that ISIS members will forgo its violent target on the West and its values with one serving of Los Lays de Pollo Campero. In fact, Daniel thinks the chips could create peace in the Middle East. Claro, the brand allegiance and identity will likely not carry into Syria, but this is what fanship looks like.

Others are not so convinced by the chicken-flavored chips.

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The feigned excitement almost got me, too. “Omg, have you tried the Pollo Campero flavored Lays yet?” Phil Barrera sarcastically tweets. A good chunk of Central Americans are simply turning their nose up at the thought of a chicken-flavored potato chip. Others gave the chips a chance and are not into it. “Really, lays con sabor a pollo campero.. como que too much,” tweets Florence Ortiz. “He probado cosas feas y lays sabor pollo campero,” tweeted another un-fan. Many others just think the thought of the family-owned business flavor profile merging with Lays is “LOL” worthy.

The haters won’t stop the fans from outright replacing Pollo Campero’s home-cooked chicken with the citrus-flavored chips.

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Which one of us is too proud to enjoy a lazy, broke perfectly textured taco? Not me, mama. We applaud your imagination. Vegans, take note. The bacon-flavored Lay’s that took over America were accidentally vegan. While we can’t confirm that Las Lay’s de Pollo Campero are accidentally vegan, you’re honestly running out of time to try them.

The general verdict is in. Lay’s de Pollo Campero can take all our money.

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“I just ate Pollo Campero, but in the form of Lays chips. Shut up and take my money!” tweeted Jamelyn Jael. Another fan took the opportunity to offer a congratulations to the marketing team specifically. Miss Gaany tweeted, “Lays sabor pollo campero! Wow! #MarketingStuff #MarketingStrategy.”

Stock your pantry, mi gente, because this ingenious invention is about to leave the shelves by the end of the year.

READ: These Fast Food Items That Are Only Available In Latin America Will Give You Some Serious Food Envy

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A Mexican Artist Is Making Pancake Art That’s Too Beautiful To Eat

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A Mexican Artist Is Making Pancake Art That’s Too Beautiful To Eat

Social media is where people can show off just about anything they create. This includes art in any and all media, like pancake art. Claudia, the creator behind Nappan Pancake art, is the latest artist watching their art reach the masses.

Claudia, the artist behind Nappan Pancake art, got her start because of the pandemic.

The artist first started to play around with pancake art last spring break when the pandemic forced businesses and schools to close. Claudia wanted to get more creative with her kids’ breakfasts since they were now always at home.

“I started experimenting with making Pancake art,” Claudia recalls to mitú. “At first I only used the color of the natural dough and a little cocoa. At first, I just used the ketchup dispensers and little by little I learned.”

Claudia uses her pancake art to honor some truly iconic people.

@nappancakes

Responder a @detodoun_poco233 Cepillín ✨🥞✨ en nuestros ♥️ #parati #fy #HijosAdopTiktoks #adoptiktoks #viral #foryou @cepillintv #pancakeart ncakeart

♬ La Feria de Cepillin – Cepillín

Cepillín recently died and the loss was felt throughout the community. He made our lives joyous and fun with his music, especially his birthday song. Some of the creations are done for fans who request to see their faves turned into delicious pancake art.

The artist loves creating the edible works of art.

The journey of becoming a pancake artist has been a fun adventure for Claudia and her children. The more she has practiced, the more she has been able to do.

“Sometimes I scream with excitement and I go to all the members of my house to see it,” Claudia says about her successes. “Other times it’s just a feeling like “disappointment could be better” other times it just breaks or burns and then I just cry but it usually feels very satisfying.”

You can check out all of her creations on TikTok.

@nappancakes

Responder a @reyna100804santoyo siii🥞✨ díganle que me adopte 🥺 @ederbez #adoptiktoks #hijosadoptiktoks #parati #foryou #viral #fy #art #pancakeart

♬ Little Bitty Pretty One – Thurston Harris

With 350,000 followers and growing, it won’t be long until more people start to fully enjoy Claudia’s art. Her children can’t get enough of it and she is so excited to share it with the rest of the world.

READ: Spicy Food Lovers Have Reason To Celebrate As New Study Says Eating Chilies Could Be Secret To Longevity

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Viral Video Of Overworked Texas Dominos Workers Burdened By Snow Storm Goes Viral

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Viral Video Of Overworked Texas Dominos Workers Burdened By Snow Storm Goes Viral

Texas’s current power crisis from a devastating storm has disrupted power generation and frozen natural gas pipelines. The is historic storm has driven electric demand higher than the state has ever seen, but it’s not just electric energy being overextended as a result. It’s physical and mental human energy as well.

Recently, an image of two exhausted Domino’s Pizza workers went viral for showing the extreme exhaustion workers are experiencing.

In a post shared to News4sanantonio.com’s Chime In page a user by the name of July DeLuna explained “This Dominos in San Antonio. Working during this crisis. They had a weekend worth of food and it was gone within 4 hours. This team helped those that needed help. These are the essential workers that need recognition. They were the only pizza place open. Every pizza place was closed but dominos stayed open to help those in need.”

Little else is known about the exhausted workers in the viral image but it did rack up over 8K comments within hours of being posted.

“Dominoes better pay them for the shifts they’ll miss while they don’t have any ingredients. With this practical free advertising it’s the least they could do. Otherwise these kind people worked themselves out of already bad hourly pay,” one user commented.

“,As someone who works in the food service industry, the thought of selling out of all product in only four hours and how much work goes in to preparing that much food is unfathomable levels of nightmare fuel,” another noted.

In another response to the image, a Reddit user wrote “I cannot express to you how upsetting it is to be the only food source open during hard times, to still be open and show up to do your job with higher than normal levels of orders, and still get yelled at by management for not having orders out within a window of time.”

Images of overworked and stressed is nothing new of course.

Fast-food workers are often burdened by their field’s daily challenges. In 2020, food industry workers are being forced to endure customer abuse at even higher rates. Last year a TikTok video of a Subway restaurant falling asleep while in the middle of making a sandwich went viral.

“This is actually really sad. I can’t imagine how underslept she is. Not to mention the wage people get paid at Subway… She deserves better,” one TikTok user by the name of Monique Emilia commented at the time. The skincare influencer Hyram also commented writing “Poor thing… Can’t imagine how underslept she is, we’re too hard on service workers.”

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