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9 Latino-Inspired Products That Are Good, Bad And Weird

If you need any proof that Latinos are influencing American culture more and more, just walk through a major supermarket. Decades ago, you could barely find any traditional Latino products. Now, not only is there usually a Latino product section in the store, some of the most mainstream brands around create products with Latino-influenced flavors, like these:

Limón Pepino Gatorade

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If you’re Mexican, you probably grew up drinking agua de pepino with limón. If you were somehow deprived of that agua fresca goodness, you DEFINITELY had a taste of sliced cucumbers with salt, chile y limón. Well, someone at Gatorade found out about this magical combination and created their “Lime Cucumber / Pepino Limón” flavor. It became so popular that a bunch of pepino fiends created a Facebook fan page for it. Maxim even wrote an entire piece about it titled “The Cult of Limon Pepino Gatorade.”

Doritos Dinamita

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Doritos thought they had the tortilla chip game on lock until Takis came along and left your fingers bright red. Doritos took notice and retaliated with the “Dinamita” line, which features those familiar rolled-up tortilla chips with flavors such as Chile Limón, Fiery Habanero, Mojo Criollo and Nacho Picoso.

Dulce de Leche Cheerios

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Ummm, yes, totally into this. As if Cheerios weren’t already delicious and snack-worthy on their own, that sweet, Argentinian-inspired dulce de leche flavor makes this sound irresistible.

Ruffles Tapatío Chips

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Latinos have been adding Tapatío and limón to Ruffles (and pretty much any other chip) for decades. In 2011, the folks at Lay’s finally caught on and created Tapatío and limón flavored Ruffles and Doritos. Guess what? That doesn’t stop people from adding even more Tapatío and limón to their Tapatío-flavored chips.

Mini Cinnamon Churros Cereal

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When you get the craving for the cinnamon goodness of fried dough, nothing can hold you back from a churro. Especially when you can find ’em for cheap at a local neighborhood spot. Now there’s a cereal version?! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! BRB, gotta go clean up my drool.

Lay’s Pico de Gallo Chips

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This one is a little weird because you’re probably used to eating pico de gallo with tortilla chips. Someone at Lay’s said “F*ck it, let’s try it on potato chips” and, apparently, people love it.

Rockstar Horchata Energy Drink

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Who asked for an horchata-flavored energy drink? Not you and not us, but someone made it anyway. It’s anyone guess what this tastes like, but it definitely wouldn’t exist without Mexicans.

Bud Light Lime

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Once again, Mexicans have been drinking beer with lime and salt for DECADES. After years of watching Americans add limes to their Coronas, Bud Light began channeling its own inner-Corona with this lime flavored beer.

Chipotle Wheat Thins

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Credit: Nabisco

At some point in the 2000s, Americans “discovered” chipotle and soon, chipotle-flavored everything became available at your local supermarket. There’s chipotle mayo, chipotle cream cheese, chipotle peanuts, etc. Well, the folks at Nabisco decided to throw a little chipotle on their Wheat Thins to “spice” things up.

Kern’s Agua Fresca In Tamarindo, Jamaica & Limón

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Credit: Kern’s

Kern’s, which makes all sorts of delicious and refreshing juices, was purchased by Mexican company Jumex in 2013. That probably explains their Aguas Frescas line, which boasts three different flavors.

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Ted Cruz Does NOT Deserve The Latino Vote And Here's Why

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Ted Cruz Does NOT Deserve The Latino Vote And Here’s Why

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Tuesday’s Florida primary is fast approaching and Ted Cruz, the Canadian-born child of a Cuban immigrant father, thinks that his Cuban heritage is going to propel him to the top of the polls. Unfortunately for him, the numbers are saying, “Aw HELL, nah!” This is how Cruz has ticked off Latinos time and time again.

Ted Cruz is just as pumped up about building a border wall as Donald Trump.

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Direct from the Ted Cruz 2016 website:

“A Cruz Administration’s first priority for immigration reform will be to secure the U.S.-Mexico border.”  The site says Cruz “will build a wall that works” because “the unsecured border with Mexico invites illegal immigrants, criminals, and terrorists to tread on American soil. I will complete the wall.”

Ol’ Teddy is also a big fan of tracking foreign visitors and immigrants like FedEx and Amazon packages…like, for real.

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“Amazon and FedEx can track packages around the world with down-to-the-minute precision. Google can provide street-view maps of almost any address in the country,” Cruz argues on his campaign website. “It is unacceptable that our federal government cannot keep track of the foreign nationals who have entered the United States, particularly when millions of illegal immigrants currently in the United States entered legally but overstayed their visas – as several of the 9/11 hijackers had done.”

Despite what he’s been saying at the debates, Cruz low-key loves, and has even saluted, Donald Trump’s rhetoric.

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Clearly, there are some Latino Republicans that support Trump, but for someone trying to get the larger Latino vote, this position seems like political suicide, dude.

And he STILL says he will support Donald Trump as long as he doesn’t shoot somebody on 5th Avenue.

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Seriously, Cruz?

Leading Latino activists and civil rights icons think he is EVERYTHING we don’t need.

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“They really don’t share the values of the Latino community even though they happen to be Latinos themselves,” civil rights leader Dolores Huerta, who’s no stranger to controversy herself,  told Newsday. “We have to vote our values and for the people who are standing up for us. We can’t vote for somebody just because they happen to be of Latino descent.”

The numbers are NOT in his favor proving Latino voters prefer Marco Rubio instead, even if he is a robot.

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Ted Cruz has a -4 favorability rating with Latinos while Marco Rubio has +6 favorability rating with Latinos. Why? Well, here are the stats that you should know about Ted Cruz. Among Latino Republicans, Marco Rubio has a +34 favorability rating and Ted Cruz is at just +21.

Even his family is unsure how they feel about the Texas senator…just ask his daughter.

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And his own mother, who needed to be coached into giving her son a hug for the camera, seems to be on the fence.

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Cruz ignores what the Latino community cares about… unless it benefits him.

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“I think it’s an enormous blessing to be the child of an immigrant who fled oppression,” Cruz told The Daily Caller in 2011 when arguing against the Affordable Care Act. “Because you realize how fragile liberty is and how easily it can be taken away. As President Reagan said, liberty is never more than one generation away from extinction.”

BUT:

“If you’re a DACA recipient, you were brought here illegally, and violating the law has consequences,” Cruz told a DACA recipient in 2016 during a presidential campaign event. “One of the problems of our broken immigration system is that it is creating human tragedies and there are human tragedies when people break the law.”

READ: Ted Cruz’s Roommate Admits The GOP Candidate Is The Worst Possible College Roommate

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