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  • Harry Kersh: From calorie count to portion sizes,

  • we wanted to find out all the differences

  • between Taco Bell in the US and the UK.

  • This is "Food Wars."

  • Joe Avella: Taco Bell.

  • We're talking tacos.

  • At the US Taco Bell,

  • you can get an individual hard-shell taco,

  • or you can get three

  • with a drink. I went with medium.

  • Or you can get a party pack, which is 12.

  • Yeah, get a load of this.

  • It's like I'm presenting a newborn. [laughs]

  • Aw.

  • Harry: The serving sizes for tacos in the UK

  • are one individual taco,

  • or...

  • two tacos, fries, and a drink, which is a combo meal.

  • Joe: This is a US beef taco supreme.

  • First thing I'm gonna do is measure it.

  • Hang on. Oh, man.

  • It's almost exactly 6 inches.

  • All right.

  • Let's weigh it.

  • New scale!

  • Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo, what is it?

  • Oh, we're over 100 grams.

  • Harry: This is a crunchy beef taco supreme in the UK.

  • It measures exactly 5 inches across,

  • and it weighs 70 grams.

  • Joe: Wow. That's way heavier.

  • What is up?

  • Harry: This is a standard burrito in the UK.

  • We've gone for crispy chicken.

  • Joe: I also went with chicken.

  • Harry: It measures 6 1/2 inches in length.

  • Joe: Oh, you know what?

  • 6 1/2 inches.

  • Harry: And it weighs...

  • about 210 grams.

  • Joe: 230.

  • Here's our quesadilla.

  • It is...

  • yo, dude, it's a foot!

  • 12 inches!

  • Harry: This is a UK chicken quesadilla.

  • It measures 10 inches in length,

  • and it weighs...

  • 245 grams.

  • Joe: Yeah, about 245.

  • Weighs the same. Wider.

  • Harry: ♪ Crunchwrap Supreme

  • This is a Crunchwrap Supreme in the UK.

  • It measures 6 inches point to point,

  • and it weighs...

  • about 240 grams.

  • Joe: What's six sides?

  • Without looking it up,

  • does anyone know what a six-sided shape is?

  • Hey, Siri.

  • What is a six-sided shape?

  • Siri: According to Giantbomb.com,

  • regular hexagons are six-sided.

  • Joe: Hexagons!

  • Yo, dude, guess how many inches.

  • 6, baby.

  • That is, obviously, that's on purpose.

  • I wonder if there is something about six sides, 6 inches.

  • [spooky music]

  • If this thing weighs 666 grams,

  • I will never not eat these.

  • Here we go.

  • 275 for the hexagon Crunchwrap Supreme.

  • Six sides, 6 inches.

  • Harry: What's the biggest thing on the UK menu?

  • Well, for us, it's the Classic Cravings Meal for six.

  • Joe: In the US, biggest thing on the menu,

  • remember this guy?

  • Taco party pack.

  • Harry: The Classic Cravings Meal for six

  • comes with two quesadillas,

  • two beef Crunchwrap Supremes, two Volcano burritos,

  • two portions of nachos BellGrande,

  • and then six beef tacos

  • and three portions of cinnamon twists for dessert.

  • Joe: As you can see, it's just 12 tacos.

  • I know that seems very simple, but sometimes,

  • simplicity is the best.

  • 12 tacos, you can get them either

  • hard shell or soft shell,

  • regular or supreme, at least half of them

  • I know you can get as Doritos Tacos Locos.

  • If you don't know what that is,

  • you'll find out a little bit later here in the US.

  • Harry: Let's take a look at some of the

  • nutritional info for Taco Bell,

  • starting with the basics.

  • In the UK, a plain crunchy beef taco

  • is 159 calories and has 308 milligrams of sodium.

  • Joe: In the US, our crunchy beef taco

  • is 170 calories.

  • Harry: A chicken quesadilla in the UK

  • is a hefty 529 calories.

  • Joe: Our quesadilla actually has less calories.

  • "Only" 510.

  • But it still has more sodium.

  • It actually has almost more than half

  • of your daily allowance.

  • Harry: Thud.

  • While in the UK, a Crunchwrap has 578 calories,

  • but shockingly, it has 60%

  • of your daily saturated fat allowance.

  • Joe: In the US, our hexagram is 530 calories

  • and has about 6 grams of fat less than the one in the UK.

  • But, surprising no one, ours has more sodium.

  • As is always the case in the US,

  • you have to look at the beverages.

  • This right here is a large Mountain Dew Baja Blast.

  • This is 30 ounces of a liquid

  • that is the most unnatural green I've ever seen.

  • It glows in the dark.

  • It's so bright, when I close my eyes I can still see it,

  • like when you look at the sun.

  • This beverage has over 420 calories.

  • That is ridiculous. I gotta take a sip.

  • Oh, my God.

  • This has roughly 110 grams of sugar.

  • It's an absurd amount of sugar.

  • Oh, God. It's like, it's horrible,

  • yet I'm addicted to it.

  • So, I wanted to see exactly what

  • 110 grams of sugar looks like.

  • And to do so...

  • get out of my face.

  • We got this and this.

  • Come on, are you serious?

  • I'm not even halfway there.

  • Yeah, OK, there we go.

  • This is in that.

  • America, this is too much sugar.

  • I get it.

  • This thing, it's just....

  • Ah.

  • Man!

  • I hate that so much.

  • Harry: Let's start with the ingredients for the basics.

  • In the UK, a flour tortilla contains the following.

  • Fortified wheat flour,

  • made with wheat flour, calcium carbonate,

  • iron, niacin, and thiamin;

  • [fast-forwarding] water; vegetable oils,

  • which are palm oil and rapeseed oil;

  • raising agents E500, E450, and E296;

  • sugar; emulsifier E471; salt;

  • [normal speed] and a flour treatment agent, E920.

  • Joe: [blubbering]

  • Here we go.

  • In the US, our flour tortillas

  • have enriched wheat flour; water;

  • vegetable shortening, which is soybean,

  • hydrogenated soybean, and/or cottonseed oil;

  • [fast-forwarding] sugar; salt; leaveningbaking soda,

  • sodium acid pyrophosphate; molasses;

  • dough conditioner, which is fumaric acid,

  • distilled monoglycerides? Yeah. Enzymes, vital wheat gluten,

  • cellulose gum, wheat starch, calcium carbonate; calcium;

  • [normal speed] pra-po-nee-ate. Pra-po-nee-ate.

  • Pro-po-nate. Proponate. Propionate.

  • That's a tough one.

  • Sorbic acid and/or potassium sorbate.

  • Harry: These lists might look quite different,

  • but actually a lot of it's just under terminology.

  • For example, the UK menu tends to use E numbers,

  • whereas the US menu tends to refer

  • to things by their full chemical names.

  • Joe: Yeah, it's a good distinction to make, Harry,

  • but is it better? I don't know.

  • What sounds worse, E450 or pyrophosphate?

  • Pyrophosphate is a scary-sounding chemical.

  • E450 sounds like a "Star Wars" droid.

  • I don't think it really makes

  • much of a difference, personally.

  • Harry: What about some meat options?

  • Well, in the UK, 72% of the beef is beef,

  • and the rest is made up of beef fat,

  • maltodextrin, tomato powder, paprika, cumin,

  • black pepper, salt, chili powder, garlic powder,

  • onion powder, yeast extract, oregano, cocoa powder,

  • flavor enhancer E635, cellulose, salt,

  • stabilizers E451 and E452.

  • Joe: And in the United States,

  • our beef contains beef.

  • Imagine that.

  • Water, seasoning, which is cellulose, chili pepper,

  • maltodextrin, salt, oats, soy lecithin, spices,

  • tomato powder, sugar, onion powder, citric acid,

  • natural flavors, new set of brackets,

  • (including smoke flavor), close them brackets,

  • torula yeast, cocoa, disodium inosinate,

  • and

  • [sighs]

  • what is this word?

  • Whatever.

  • It looks like it's pretty much the same thing

  • you guys got there in the UK.

  • One thing we need to note about the US Taco Bell menu

  • is that items like the Baja Blast

  • and the Doritos Tacos Locos,

  • I think the shells have an ingredient

  • called Yellow No. 5.

  • Yellow No. 5 is not in the UK.

  • Of course it's in the US.

  • Harry: In the UK, you usually find Yellow 5

  • referred to as tartrazine.

  • It's on a list of six chemicals

  • which, when added to food,

  • must contain the following warning:

  • "May have an adverse effect on activity

  • and attention in children."

  • Joe: And according to the FDA, in some cases,

  • it causes itching and hives in people who eat it.

  • Disgusting.

  • [laughs]

  • Itching and hives, yep, that's fine.

  • Hey, I ate it growing up, and I'm perfectly fine.

  • I should note that I have a full head

  • of gray hair, and I just turned 23.

  • Harry: Here is everything you can only find

  • on the menu at a UK Taco Bell.

  • Joe: This is everything you could only get

  • at a US Taco Bell.

  • Harry: So, we only have the one exclusive taco.

  • And it's this one,

  • which is the crispy chicken soft taco.

  • What it is, is pretty much just a standard taco

  • with the lettuce, the cheese, the sour cream,

  • but then we've kind of got one of these breaded

  • crispy chicken fillets in the middle as well.

  • Joe: First thing, which is right in front of me,

  • I've talked about this twice already.

  • It is the party pack.

  • We've already met the Baja Blast.

  • Oh, man, I hate it so much.

  • One thing that I love at Taco Bell,

  • the Doritos Locos tacos. What is it?

  • It is a taco that the shell is a Dorito.

  • See that?

  • Made of the same stuff.

  • Harry: Now, we actually have a bunch

  • of exclusive burrito options in the UK.

  • We'll start with this one, which is the Volcano burrito.

  • Now, apparently this used to be on the menu in the US,

  • but it's no longer there.

  • What it is, is basically just, like,

  • a beef and rice burrito.

  • There's some sour cream cheese in there as well

  • and some crunchy tortilla chips.

  • And I think it gets the name Volcano

  • because it's got the lava sauce in there,

  • so it's quite spicy.

  • Joe: Yes, Harry, the Volcano burrito was available

  • in the US for a limited time.

  • It was a promotional menu item

  • for the 1995 box-office bomb "Congo,"

  • based on the Michael Crichton book.