Have you given the side-eye to those bags of Cappuccino potato chips that have been on the shelves lately? Want to find out what all the fuss is about? So did we!
It’s time again for the Lay’s Do Us a Flavor contest, where people from all over the country invent new potato chip flavors and America votes on which one Lay’s should keep on the market. Last year we totally fell for this brilliant marketing campaign and bought all three flavors they had: Sriracha, Chicken and Waffles, and Cheesy Garlic Bread. Our favorite? None of them (sort of). For us the ultimate flavor was putting the Sriracha and Chicken and Waffles together! Because after all, who can eat chicken and waffles without hot sauce?
After all the votes were tallied, the overall winning flavor was the disappointing (for us) Cheesy Garlic Bread. At first I thought this would be my favorite, being the garlic queen that I am, but it really wasn't good at all. So this year we had to take the challenge once again!
We gathered together a group of friends with very discerning palates and bags of each of the finalists. The important decision this year comes down to four flavors: Mango Salsa, Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese, Cappuccino, and Wasabi Ginger.
In our house it came down to two: the Wasabi Ginger and the Bacon Mac and Cheese. But in the end, there could only be one. We decided that our favorite flavor is…
...drum roll, please…
...Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese!
Let’s be real: How could you go wrong with Bacon Mac & Cheese? It’s smoky and cheesy, like an upgraded version of the classic sour cream and cheddar Lay’s chips. Unlike the Wasabi Ginger, where I could only eat a few, I have no doubt I could snack on these all night long.
Even though after eating only a handful the Wasabi Ginger flavor got to be too strong, it’s a brilliant idea: Turn everyone’s favorite sushi flavor into a crunchy chip! In the beginning, Brian was pulling for this one to be the winner, but the lure of the Bacon Mac proved too strong to resist.
Mango Salsa was the third runner up, being appropriately fruit forward with an underlying savory taste. Lay’s couldn't have done better translating this flavor profile to a potato chip.
Last—and most certainly least—was the Cappuccino chip. It’s sweet, sort of like a dessert chip; to quote our friend Sam, “It’s like a churro!” He was right—it was crunchy and sweet like a churro, but it’s not something I would ever crave or pick to snack on. (I’d rather reach for something that won’t confuse my taste buds, like Turtle Chex Mix.) Don’t get me wrong I love a good play of flavors, but Cappuccino just didn’t do it for me, or anyone else in our group, for that matter.