I really love potato chips -although I mostly avoid them these days because I’m trying to eat healthier. I can’t resist a new thrill, though, so I was very tempted to try all the new Lay’s chips that just came out. These are the flavors where you have to vote for your favorite, and this year’s theme was regional favorites. Last year’s winner, wasabi ginger kettle cooked, is one of my favorite chips of all time, so I really wanted to taste this year’s contenders.
I didn’t think it was a good idea to buy four full-sized bags of chips to leave loitering around the house (after all, even a bad chip is a chip, right?), so what to do? Imagine my joy when I found out that Subway shops were selling all the flavors in small sized bags. I ran out, got all four and invited some friends over to try them out?
The verdict? Pretty disappointing. First of all, I found the choices themselves baffling. What makes truffle fries West Coast? How did Greektown gyro beat out other submissions? I submitted at least three flavors myself that would blow any of these out of the water (pad thai, anyone?), but that is neither here nor there. We opened them up.
The one I was most excited to try was the truffle fries. I love truffle flavor and although I think this is the least original of the four, I was hoping it would be yummy. I was really unhappy to find that it had no real discernible truffle flavor at all – none. These tasted like half decent herby chips. Did someone forget something? Did I get a bad bag? I was baffled.
Next was biscuits and gravy, and flavor-wise, the yummiest of the bunch. Not really biscuit and gravy-y, but nice, almost sour cream and onion flavor. I could eat a whole bag, but it didn’t bowl me over.
The next two, although weird, get full credit from me for at least being both unusual, and for coming pretty close to tasting like what they are named after. New York reuben reminded me of the chewing gum scene from “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” – you know the one where the girl tried the gum that mimicked a whole Thanksgiving meal and then turned into a blueberry at the end? This one started off with a vague sour kraut like taste and ended with a note of rye bread. Honestly I don’t even want to know how they do that (I’m sure it involves lots of chemicals), but it was scary impressive. It’s not something I really had the urge to keep on eating. The Gyro chips were much the same, I was a little disappointed there wasn’t much lamb taste, but the sauce taste was strong and was very Greek salad tasting. Interesting, but it got cloying very quickly.
All in all, not winners for me. I hope next year they do more of a balance of taste and sensationalism – I myself am rooting for ‘hot pepper jam’ (remember – I thought of it first!)