Takis are a rolled corn tortilla snack with an insane spicy taste. Barcel, a subsidiary of Grupo Bimbo, Mexico, makes them.
Takis come in various flavors, including Fuego, Nitro, Blue Heat, and Crunchy Fajitas. Regarding intensity, Takis Blue is not far behind the Fuego, which is by far the spiciest of the bunch. They’re also very popular, second only to the Fuego–which is, again, the most sought-after munch among the entire Takis family.
Nevertheless, Blue Takis’ taste is a much-debated topic–to each taste bud their own–so they need an in-depth review, which we’ll do without further ado.
Barcel USA has done an excellent job of defining the product. To quote them, “Some legends say that blue flames burn the hottest of all. It’s time to put that to the test. Takis Blue Heat rolled tortilla chips are like a fireball for your mouth. A furnace for your taste buds. A sun flare for your face. Get ready for an intense sensory experience that may be our most extreme flavor yet.”
I can tell you that the product description is pretty accurate–it couldn’t have been better.
Blue Takis come in a color that seems counter-intuitive–blue is suggestive of sweetness rather than savoriness.
“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell just as sweet.” William Shakespeare wrote this line in his play Romeo and Juliet to say that naming things is irrelevant. With a slight modification of the original lines, the following statement is verbatim true about Takis Blue:
“What’s in a color? That which we call Takis by any other color would taste just as spicy.”
Blue Takis have a hot pepper flavor that reminds you of Fuego. So it doesn’t come as a surprise that, every now and then, just another “Blue Takis eating challenge” video pops up on your social media app. However, they’re still less intensely spicy and contain more lime than Fuego.
Blue Takis like to leave their footprints on your hands, lips, teeth, and tongue–you just can’t prevent them.
Blue Takis are very tasty despite all their heat and a burning aftertaste. You can easily overeat them unless you’re exceptionally well-disciplined. They’re very addictive.
How many calories are there in a Blue Takis bag?
Blue Takis come in a 4 oz and a 9.9 size. So the answer varies based on what size you’re referring to.
Barcel considers 1 ounce (28 grams) as a single serving of Blue Takis, which equals approximately 12 pieces. There are between 140 and 150 calories in a single serving of Blue Takis–1 oz, 28 grams, or 12 pieces of Blue Takis.
So, a 4 oz Blue Takis bag contains between 560-600 calories. Similarly, a 9.9 oz size of Blue Takis has 1381 to 1485 calories.
When was Blue Takis released?
Barcel, a subsidiary of Grupo Bimbo, introduced Takis in Mexico in 1999 and in the USA in 2006. However, Takis Blue Heat was first introduced in the summer of 2019.
Why are Blue Takis so good?
Blue Takis are spicier than most chips on the market but not as intense as the Fuego flavor. They also have a firmer lime touch than the Fuego, rendering them a unique taste profile.
How many bags of Blue Takis can you eat daily?
Ideally, you should snack on Blue Takis only once in a blue moon–you should never eat them daily. But if you’re bent on eating them for a few consecutive days, you should eat only one serving daily, i.e., one ounce or 12 sticks of Blue Takis. Remember that the smaller bag of Blue Takis has four servings, while the family-size bag has approximately ten servings.
Realistically, you can easily overeat Blue Takis. While some slight overeating is human, some Takis-challenge social media videos are not.
Eating Blue Takis daily, even in moderation, can destroy your health in the long run.
Can you eat Blue Takis with acid reflux?
I won’t do that in my wildest dreams because spicy and fatty foods are very much the cause of acid reflux.
Acid reflux occurs when a muscle ring called the lower esophageal sphincter–sitting between the esophagus and stomach–doesn’t close all the way or opens too often. This leads to stomach acid flowing into the esophagus, causing symptoms like heartburn.
While spicy and fatty foods aren’t the sole cause of acid reflux, they can still aggravate the symptoms.
In a nutshell, if you’re suffering from acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease, you should stay away from Blue Takis.
Can Blue Heat Takis kill you?
Blue Takis is highly spicy and can land you in the hospital if you eat them too often and too much–there have been reported hospitalization cases. On the other hand, some say that they have eaten so many of them that they taste nothing but corn and lime.
Ultimately, it all boils down to individual levels of health and sensitivity to certain conditions. It’s even frustrating to try to reproduce all the personal accounts of people eating Blue Takis too much, getting hospitalized, and/or suffering various sorts of medical conditions–both relatively serious and less acute.
However, some of the most reported incidents tend to be related to stomach acidity, gastroesophageal reflux disorder, heavy nose, and coughing. The long-term effects of eating Blue Takis too much for a long time tend to be less acute but develop slowly.
Like other chips, they aren’t very nutritious and, by and large, are junk food. Want to taste a few for a kick or the thrill of it?
Okay. But eating them too much?
Thanks, but no thanks.
In short, eating Blue Takis too much and for a long time won’t kill you instantly. There’s not a single reported death because of eating Blue Takis, and I hope there will never be. However, you can suffer from bad health due to this. It can also aggravate certain conditions, such as acid reflux (GERD) or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Eating junk food doesn’t add to your longevity but does the opposite.
Can Blue Takis give you cancer?
So far, there’s no direct link between Blue Takis and cancer. Indeed, just like any other food on store shelves, they have flavor enhancers and preservatives, but none of these ingredients directly cause cancer. However, eating processed foods has been linked to cancer and other fatal diseases.
Where can I get Blue Takis?
Blue Takis are available at most bodegas, cafes, and supermarkets in the USA, Mexico, and several other countries. But if you live in another country where they’re unavailable locally, you can get them from Amazon and most other online stores.
Takis Original vs. Takis Blue Heat, what’s the difference?
Takis Original contains more natural ingredients and is about three times less spicy than Takis Blue Heat and nearly five times less spicy than the Fuego flavor. It includes a myriad of seasonings and herbs, but the overall taste is a smoky chili or grilled mild chili pepper. Also, it doesn’t have as much lime as Takis Blue Heat contains, but it isn’t wholly bland.
How hot is Blue Takis on the Scoville scale?
A careful estimate puts Takis Blue Heat at between 8000-10,000 SHUs, a medium or moderate range on the Scoville scale.
The Scoville Scale measures the pungency of chili peppers based on the number of times capsaicin–a phytochemical–needs to be diluted by sugar water. Capsaicin is an active compound of chili peppers, plants belonging to the genus Capsicum.
How hot is Blue Takis?
Blue Takis are extremely hot compared to most snacks on the market. However, it’s less hot than Takis Fuego, which has a Scoville rating of approximately 10,000-11,000 SHUs.
Which Takis is the hottest?
Takis Fuego is the hottest among the entire family of Takis tortilla chips. Takis Nitro and Takis Blue are also extremely hot but nowhere close to the Fuego flavor in terms of pungency/spiciness.
Is Blue Takis halal?
Blue Takis are halal as they don’t contain alcohol, pork, or any other prohibited ingredient in Islam. If you go through the ingredients, most constituents are plant-based.
Blue Takis are not halal-certified, but they’re halal based on the ingredient list.
Is Blue Takis a limited edition?
Blue Takis was initially intended to be a limited edition. But they are now regular–in continuous production–thanks to the popularity they have gained and the sensation they have become.
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