Jake and I decided to go out and grab the new test flavors for Lay’s Potato Chips contest “Do Us a Flavor”. The new flavors in contention are: Cheddar Bacon Mac and Cheese, Mango Salsa, Cappuccino, and Wasabi Ginger.
I’m not good at doing videos so you get photo reactions to 3 of the 4 new Lay’s Potato Chip flavors. We didn’t want to try (and didn’t see) the Wasabi Ginger flavor. I don’t like wasabi as it is, I can’t possibly see how I would enjoy a wasabi flavored chip. But hey, if one of you out there finds it and hands me one, I would try it then. As long as you also have a bottle of water at the ready.
Okay… onto this crazy trial idea thing.
Here are three of the four new flavors. I’m starting to feel like they are doing these flavors as some kind of dare.
“Will people really buy this and eat it? Let’s find out!”
Apparently the answer is yes.
We started out by trying the flavor we deemed the most “safe”: The Cheddar Bacon Mac and Cheese.
We’re still in the all smiles phase as Jake swiftly gave his approval, thinking these had a nice cheesy flavor. Thumbs up!
T is also giving a thumbs up here but I’m not 100% convinced by that facial expression… but let’s just pretend he’s Roger Ebert and the thumb is all that counts. Thumbs up!
Me? I wasn’t so sure so I did a weird shrug thing. It was an okay flavor but I felt it was incredibly salty and that the smoky bacon flavor just made it taste even saltier than their normal chips. On the other hand, it wasn’t completely offensive. Sideways thumb.
Next we tried the flavor we were pretty certain we wouldn’t like: The Cappuccino.
One chip was all it took for T to quickly decide that Cappuccino chips were not made for him. Thumbs down.
Jake took three photos of me while I ate the Cappuccino chips and I didn’t give an thumb signal at all but let me assure you that I am also very much in the “WTF is this?!” camp. Thumbs down.
Jake rounded out the vote and it was unanimous decision: We don’t ever want to eat these god awful chips again. It smells exactly like coffee and milk, but greasy, and then it’s got a weird salty component and then it’s also crunchy. Crunchy coffee flavored greasy chips are not a thing that should exist in the world. These are the chips that really made me think Lays is trying to prank the whole United States. If you want to eat coffee dusted crunchy chips though you go ahead and be my guest. I’ll send you the rest of this bag (which, for some reason, is still in my kitchen).
Last but not least: The Mango Salsa.
“What on earth is in my mouth? Why is there this weird after taste?”
“In comparison to those last chips, these actually taste decent.”
Jake and I were definitely in the thumbs down camp while T seemed to think they were “eh”. I felt like the flavor profile of these chips are “I drank way too many pina coladas on the beach in Mexico and someone get me some salsa or something”. They tasted like a tourist trap tropical beach resort. These are on the sweet side and I think a little bit of spiciness and heat would really help round out the too sweet flavor of these chips. There was also a weird lingering sweet taste that immediately made me want to eat something else to kill the after taste. Still not as bad as the cappuccino chips, but still not good.
Maya actually munched and wanted to eat the chips (she’s eating the cappuccino chips here and wanted more of them. She was the only one). Maybe the cappuccino chips could make it as a doggy snack…
In case you have a burning desire to try these for yourself: we found these chips at the Vons on College Ave and El Cajon Blvd. They were in a display by the self check out. Most stores should have them by now, most likely in a special display area or end cap.
Have you sampled the new chips – what do you think of them?