Wednesday, November 7, 2012 , Updated 12:00 p.m., November 9, 2012
UPDATED: Check out Texas’ first taco cannon
Folks as far away as Australia are lusting after the taco cannon.
AUSTIN Have you seen those T-shirt cannons used at concerts? Now replace the shirts with tacos -- flying tacos. Sounds messy and kind of amazing.
(I would actually prefer one that shoots Chipotle burritos, but that sounds lethal. Can you imagine one of those huge burritos flying through the air? Scary, yet once again, amazing.)
The machine was used at least twice a day at Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Fest. The music festival featured Run DMC, Bun B, Explosions in the Sky, and others. But let’s talk about flying tacos for a quick second.
How does a Taco Cannon really work? According to TM DailyPost, the cannon is based on the same technology that propels T-shirts. And get this, the deliciousness-inducing-apparatus is a 12 chambered, CO2 canister-powered Gatling-style tortilla weapon. And just like you would expect, one guy fires the cannon while two other reload. The testing stages included all sorts of flying tacos, from fresh street tacos to some from Taco Cabana and Taco Bell. The tacos used during the festival were from Torchy’s Tacos, which has two locations in Dallas (with a third coming soon), and one in Allen. TM DailyPost has a full story on the development of the machine here, a very fun read.
What do you think of the Taco Cannon? What other high-flying food would you like to experience?
UPDATE: We asked Mike Rypka, aka "Torchy" of Austin-based Torchy's Tacos when the taco cannon would be headed our way. He responded: "We've been getting calls all over the place for this thing, including someone from Australia wanting to film it for a TV show there!" He said he'd let us know if the cannon's headed North to Dallas -- but as of right now, there are no immediate plans.