Review: Triple Double Crunchwrap from Taco Bell
It’s the age old question in fast food: Is bigger always better? Taco Bell’s latest creation, the Triple Double Crunchwrap, puts that question to the test by doubling the flavors of Taco Bell’s successful Crunchwrap Supreme. Priced at $3.49, the Triple Double Crunchwrap features a double serving of seasoned beef, nacho cheese sauce, and crunchy tostada shell plus the standard lettuce and tomatoes wrapped in a flour tortilla. It also comes in a spicy version with spicy ranch sauce and jalapeños, but I decided to check out the original.If you’ve never had the Crunchwrap before, then the best way to explain it is to say it’s basically a tostada stuffed inside a hexagonal burrito. In the case of the Triple Double Crunchwrap it’s more like two hard tacos.The flavors are all familiar; from the heavily seasoned garlic, onion, and chili powder ground beef, to the salty nacho cheese sauce, to the familiar fried aftertaste of the hard taco shells and the doughy sweetness of the flour tortilla, it basically tastes like Taco Bell. If you’ve tasted this before, well, welcome to planet Earth.That said, familiar can be good. I really enjoy the juxtaposed textures of the shells, because I think they play off each other and really help to mingle all the different ingredients together. That’s the advantage of the flour tortilla, which equalizes the beef cheese, and crisp, slightly sweet tastes of the lettuce and tomato. Meanwhile, you still get that salty fried nostalgic hard taco shell that many of us remember from our school cafeteria Taco Tuesdays.My issue with the Triple Double Crunchwrap is that it really doesn’t seem as big as it’s advertised to be. It may have double the beef, but there isn’t a lot of beef to begin with. At 700 calories it should leave most people content or even full, but I was still hungry after eating it. In other words, it has that carby connotation instead of a complete meal. Likewise, an additional cheese element, like the shredded cheese mix, would bring more flavor to the table. Because of the paucity of beef, the strongest tastes are the two shells. My other complaint is a standard issue I have with the Crunchwrap concept, that being that you have to break the structural integrity of the shells in order to apply sauce.Overall, if you’re a fan of the Crunchwrap Supreme, you’ll like the Triple Double Crunchwrap. But if you’re looking for something that really doubles up on the amount of food and the flavor, you’ll want more. Fortunately, for a $1.50 more, you can do just that with a Big Box deal.
Pros: Plenty of classic and familiar Taco Bell flavor packed into a portable shell. Enjoyable textural and flavor contrast from the hard corn shell and soft flour wrap. A good balance of beef, cheese sauce, and reduced-fat sour cream.
Cons: Doesn’t taste like a full doubling of ingredients. Not as filling as you would think. Lacks any new or eye-popping flavor treatment.
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.00/10
Overall GrubGrade: 7.00/10
More Info: tacobell.com
Calories - 700 (from Fat - 270)
Fat - 30g (Saturated Fat - 9g)
Sodium - 1550mg
Carbs - 85g (Sugar - 7g)
Protein - 23g