Do You Know How Many Jack In The Box Tacos Americans Eat Every Year? Unbelievable.

When someone thinks about fast food tacos, maybe names like Taco Bell, or Taco Bueno, or maybe even a local taco truck come to mind. But Jack in the Box?


Doesn’t seem to be the most anticipated name when it comes to the world of tacos. Described as a “wet envelope of cat food”, a Jack in the Box taco seems to have created two different types of people: Those that feel that they are one of the most disgusting excuses for a fast food item, and those that feel the same way, but still can’t seem to stay away from them for some reason. Either way, 554 million of those things get sold and probably eaten a year.

The only other fast food item that’s comparable to this figure is the McDonald’s Big Mac in 2007, which was the last time that statistic was kept. Even as a victim of the taste of cat food myself, I still can’t bring myself to picture going to a restaurant chain that was created for so much more than tacos, and getting a soggy tortilla with a SLICE of cheese covered in food meant for domesticated animals.

It’s that sort of thought process that creates the need for a prescription from a malpracticing psychiatrist, and it’s amazing that so many consumers spent money that they (hopefully) worked for just to pick up a box of puppy droppings covered in flour that got watered down with a gardening hose for an hour. It absolutely boggles the mind. Forgive them, Ronald McDonald, they know not what they do.

The reality is, tacos have been sold at Jack in the Box since the first store opened in San Diego in the 1950’s. Just as unexpectedly, hot dogs were sold at Taco Bell for a time during their first years of operation. Interestingly enough, the name “Jack in the Box” seems kind of arbitrary at first, but when one actually pays attention, the implication becomes very clear: A Jack in the Box is traditionally a child’s toy meant to collect a reaction of a surprised nature from those who use it.

That being said, a fast food chain with that name needs something to maintain that element of surprise, something the average consumer wouldn’t expect to succeed with how the chain is primarily branded. It all makes sense now. Jack in the Box, I salute you.