Have you tried the latest novelty flavors from Lay’s? Over the last few years, Lay’s has put out a series of limited editions chip as part of their “Do Us a Flavor” campaign where junk food enthusiasts get to vote on which flavor they like best. I’m not sure if the winning chip actually gets around though as I continue to see the regular flavors (original, BBQ, sour cream & onion, etc.) only even after the winning flavor is announced.
Usually, I think the chips are kind of a fail. They’re interesting to try once but most of them are not flavors you would really care to continue to eat over time. None of them have ever really tasted bad, just bland (I’m looking at YOU, Southern Biscuits and Gravy).
This year’s “Do Us a Flavor” has been renamed “Passport to Flavor” as the promotion takes on an international flavor (no pun intended). I’ve had them all and I’m here to tell you about them!
I am very picky. I’m a cheeseburger/pizza kind of guy, so I can honestly say I’ve never had any of these actual dishes. Okay, I do eat Chinese food on the rare occasion, but I don’t think I’ve ever had szechuan chicken (I usually go for the orange chicken). So if I sound like I’m lacking knowledge on making comparisons to the real dishes… it’s because I am.
First, we’ll start with Kettle Cooked Indian Tikka Masala. In terms of texture, I much prefer kettle cooked chips over wavy and your basic style potato chips. I’m not a big potato chip eater in the first place as I just don’t think they’re very filling and they’re almost always too greasy. Kettle chips at least don’t seem as greasy to me. So, this flavor has the fact that it’s kettle cooked in its favor. I’ve been told it tastes pretty authentic, and if that’s the case, then I need to try some REAL chicken tikka masala but I loved these. It’s spicy and has a bit of a kick that burned my mouth, but still really enjoyable.
Next up is Wavy Greek Tzatziki, and ugh… Not a fan of this one at all. Tzatziki is apparently a dip that combines plain yogurt, dill, cucumbers, garlic, et cetera, and yep… I taste all of that. Thought this one was kinda gross.
Brazilian Picanha to the rescue! Picanha is a popular cut of beef in Brazil. And, wow, yeah this tastes quite a bit like beef plus some olive oil and a bit of garlic. I recommend this one. Would’ve been even better if they were wavy or kettle cooked.
Finally, we have Chinese Szeuchan Chicken. That’s another win as well. I don’t really taste the chicken as much as I do the spices involved, but man, is it good.
Three of the four flavors here are really good. None of them are anything I’d want to eat on a regular basis, but if Tikka Masala sticks around, I could see myself grabbing a small bag every now and then.