Once again, Lay’s has released three unique, fan-designed potato chip flavors for their Do Us a Flavor contest, and yet again, we were compelled to try each one.
This year’s new flavors of Crispy Taco, Everything Bagel and Fried Green Tomato are probably the most inspired set of flavors yet. But how good are they?
Naturally, we did a taste test to determine the winner.
We love everything bagels, but unfortunately, this chip is the most disappointing of the bunch. The crunch of these kettle chips is nice, but flavorwise, they taste only lightly of cream cheese, with very subtle garlic and onion flavoring. The flavors feel pretty subdued. They also look just like plain kettle chips, with only occasional speckles of poppy seeds. If you love the heartiness and zest of an everything bagel, you’re better off just getting sour cream & onion chips.
These potato chips taste more like taco seasoning than actual tacos—but there’s nothing wrong with that. The classic Lay’s chip gives off the effect of a crispy taco shell, and the flavor is quite nice as well. While it doesn’t really have the meaty flavor you’d expect in a taco, you do get hints of cheese and sour cream, as well as smoky taco spices. However, they are on the saltier side, so make sure you have a glass of water handy.
Lay’s Fried Green Tomato chip has the most complex of the three flavors, and in our opinion, it’s also the tastiest. It’s sweet as well as salty with a wonderful deep-fried wavy texture that perfectly complements the flavor. Though we’ve never had authentic fried green tomatoes ourselves, we’re now eager to try this southern staple. Even if you’re repelled by tomatoes, it’s possible to totally love this chip. They’re flavorful, but not overpowering. The only issue is that it’s way too easy to eat too many of them at once.
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