Friday, May 03, 2013

Lay's "Do Us a Flavor" Review and Round Up (Plus Blueberry Flavored Lay's Chips from China)

In the last few months, Lay's has put out three new flavors as part of a "Do Us a Flavor" campaign to pick a a new permanent addition to the Lay's line up. We've seen in the past some pretty crazy flavors like Crab or Kebab flavored chips in Russia, but these new ones are pretty uniquely American: Chicken and Waffles, Sriracha, and Garlic Bread. How do they stack up? I found a batch of all three in a gas station, so let's take a look!

Roscoe would raise an eyebrow at this.
First up, Chicken and Waffles! This one is actually one of my favorites, although it wasn't universally agreed on. The chips are sweet like syrup with a more subdued fried chicken flavor in the background. It's a very different flavor from what you usually get with chips: Salty and sweetie as opposed to one of the more typical pairings.

Cheesy garlic bread had a relatively flat flavor and didn't stand out against the others. Even the lady at the gas station warned that these were the least favorite flavor by general consensus. The chips had a salty and almost sour cream flavor to go with the garlic. Not exactly the best.

Finally, we have the favored flavor going in: Sriracha flavored chips. They were starkly red, but ended up being a very mildly spicy chip. Overall, it was very good and by the end of the evening this bowl was completely empty. In fact, all of them were... except for the garlic bread.

The last flavor that was new to me was the classic BLT. Bacon is in right now for many people and this was a good chip. You could taste all of the different flavors, including tomato, lettuce, and bacon (of course). And I do love me a BLT...

If I had to declare a winner for this chip taste off, I would probably call it for the sriracha or chicken & waffles. Both were good and the chicken & waffles is something that you don't expect... like blueberry flavored Lay's potato chips. 

Yes. They exist. Or at least they did. These are from Shanghai where I came across them and had to try them. And you know what? They're actually pretty good! Sour, sweet, and salty. The next time I'm there I'll have to try the cucumber flavor...

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