The campaign, created out of Taco Bell's creative agency Deutsch L.A., features a song written by music production company Jingle Punks. Lyrics include “how can I find a way without your Mexican spice,” “the melt of your cheese brought me to my knees,” and “maybe love only lasts for a limited time."
The limited-time lyrics refer to Taco Bell’s decision to rotate Nacho Fries on and off the menu. The item debuted on the national menu in January 2018 and this is its fourth run.
“We know it works best for us as a limited-edition product,” says Thalberg.
The product has boosted sales. Earlier this year, one out of every four orders at Taco Bell included the fries. Still, Thalberg says Nacho Fries aren’t slated to join the permanent menu, even though “the demand is there from our consumers, I think they’d love to have it all the time.”
The trailer-style ad will run in movie theaters. The brand also has plans for an appearance at the MTV Movie Awards. Taco Bell is getting the 3-minute ballad, “Love of My Life,” played on iHeart radio.
Criss, who won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for "The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story" and who acted and sang years ago on "Glee," is the third main actor to star in the Nacho Fries campaign.
Taco Bell first advertised Nacho Fries with a "Web of Fries" movie-style campaign from Deutsch starring Josh Duhamel. Duhamel reprised his role in the conspiracy trailer’s follow-up spot “Web of Fries II: Franchise Wars,” in the summer of 2018. In January 2019, Taco Bell went with a faux trailer for a space odyssey starring James Marsden called “Nacho Fries: Retrieval.”