Time for yet another Lay’s Potato Chip taste test!
Over the past few days, I’ve been on a mission to sample each of the four finalists in the Lay’s Potato Chip “Do Us a Flavor” contest. On Saturday, I tried the Mango Salsa variety, and on Sunday, I sampled the Cappuccino flavor. (Scroll down to click on the flavor names to see my previous reviews for those two).
Today, I tried the other two contenders: Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese and Wasabi Ginger.
First up: Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese.
I had really high hopes for this one, and for the most part, it did not disappoint. I expected lots of salty, cheesy, bacon-flavored goodness, and the chips certainly lived up to those expectations. The flavor on these was quite strong–almost overpowering, in fact–to the point where I had trouble tasting anything ELSE for a several minutes after I’d eaten them.
There was also something vaguely familiar about these chips…and I just couldn’t put my finger on it. That is, until my youngest daughter figured it out. “Wow,” she said suddenly, “these smell EXACTLY like Beggin’ Strips.”
Oh, lord…she’s right. Open a bag of these chips, take a deep inhale, and it’s the same as breathing a bag of bacon-flavored dog treats. I sincerely hope it’s a different chemical composition used for the flavoring, but it certainly makes you wonder.
The verdict: I liked the Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese, but I had to stop after a few because the bacon flavor is fairly strong, and honestly, a little overwhelming. I think I like these better than the cappuccino ones, but not by much.
Next up….a review of the final contestant, Kettle Cooked Wasabi Ginger.