Our Definitive Ranking of the Most Well-Known Flavors of Lay's Potato Chips
Chips are the ultimate snack food.
Crunchy, easy to eat and nearly addictive in flavor, I'm always down to dig into a yummy bag of of these savory delights. And when they come in a massive array of mouthwatering flavors like Lay's, they're even more drool-inducing.
But which Lay's potato chip flavor reigns supreme? I decided to find out.
Keep scrolling for our definitive ranking of the most well-known flavors of Lay's chips.
10. Lay's Flamin' Hot
Unfortunately, Lay's Flamin' Hot just misses the mark when it comes to flavor. It's probably due to the fact that there are so many Flamin' Hot snack options that are genuinely delicious. I mean, c'mon—Lays had no chance against the classic Flamin' Hot Cheetos. For this flavor, there really isn't any taste except "hot." It takes away from the joy of snacking when you have to chug water to cool your burning tongue between every bite, placing these spicy chips firmly at the bottom of my list.
9. Lay's Barbecue
I have to be fair, here—I'm just not a big fan of Barbecue flavor, so Lay's Barbecue chips never really stood a chance in my personal taste test. I will say that these chips definitely taste like barbecue. They have a sweet flavor with just the right amount of tang to mimic the iconic sauce. Unfortunately for barbecue in general, I just don't like the taste, which sadly pushed these chips to a pretty low position on my list.
8. Lay's Honey Barbecue
While I don't like barbecue flavors in my food, I am slightly (key word: slightly) more open to the more muted flavor of Lay's Honey Barbecue. The added sweetness in this bag cuts the tanginess of the barbecue sauce, creating a snack experience that is decently enjoyable. Still, they're just not my favorite. Sorry, Honey Barbecue, you simply weren't enough to alter all my BBQ opinions.
7. Lay's Cheddar & Sour Cream
As you'll see later in this list, I'm all about strong flavors when it comes to my chips. However, Cheddar & Sour Cream is much too strong, even for my adventurous taste buds. The real problem here is the cheddar. It gives the chips a strange texture that totally alters the experience. Plus, combining the strong cheesy flavor with sour cream doesn't sit well with my taste buds. I can eat about four of these chips and then I never want to touch them again, which would explain why they're not very high on my list.
6. Lay's Dill Pickle
I was pretty wary of the Lay's Dill Pickle flavor. I like pickles in general, but in chip form? It just seemed weird. Well, no one was more surprised than me, but these little babies are actually delicious. They're reminiscent of the classic Salt & Vinegar taste, but with a little more kick that's definitely owed to the added dill flavoring. They taste like pickles, but in a way that's not at all off-putting. Still, while I didn't hate them, I also couldn't eat more than a few handfuls before I felt overwhelmed by the strong taste. They were good, but they were far from my favorite.
5. Lay's Chile Limon
The Lay's Chile Limon chips are everything the Flamin' Hot flavor should be. They're spicy without being overwhelming, and the hint of sour lime flavor comes through perfectly. In addition, the chile creates a different kind of spice than any other Flamin' Hot flavor—a more well-rounded chipotle flavor, rather than a crisp and direct heat. The uniqueness of these chips totally sets them apart, making them a taste I can enjoy any time, anywhere.
4. Lay's Classic
It's hard to beat the Classic flavor of Lay's chips. They're beautifully salty and crunchy, without adding anything too complicated that would get in the way of their simplistic taste. They can be enjoyed with or without dipping sauces, making them the perfect comfort food to indulge in on any occasion. Their versatility is one of the major draws, but they're also just plain good. Sometimes you just want to eat a bag of normal chips, you know?
3. Lay's Sour Cream & Onion
I could eat Lay's Sour Cream & Onion chips all day long. They're salty and tangy with just the right amount of seasoning so these two combined flavors aren't totally overwhelming. I wouldn't go kissing anyone after you eat a bag of these delicious chips, but if you want the perfect flavorful snack to enjoy by yourself, these are the way to go.
2. Lay's Limon
Now, this might be totally controversial, but I'm obsessed with Lay's Limon chips. It might having something to do with the fact that I used to eat Ruffles covered in fresh lemon juice all through my childhood. Either way, these chips bring that sour flavor that I love without overwhelming all of my senses. The lime taste is perfectly balanced with the saltiness of the chips, creating a totally mouth-watering flavor I could scarf down any time.
1. Lay's Salt & Vinegar
That's right, people. My top choice of Lay's is definitely Salt & Vinegar, and I will take that to the grave. While some chips fail to get this interesting combo right, the Lay's flavor combination is absolutely perfect. It's undeniably strong, But it's the perfect way to satisfy taste buds that are just craving something salty. 10/10, would definitely eat again.
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