Finally, we have the last of the four contenders in the Lay’s Potato Chip “Do Us a Flavor” Contest: Wasabi Ginger. Actually, the full name is of this variety is “Kettle Cooked Wasabi Ginger,” and I suspect it is this subtle difference in cooking style that ultimately helped vault this flavor combo to the top of the heap.
I’ll cut right to the chase: Wow, these are good! They were far and away my husband’s favorite, and I have to agree–Wasabi Ginger is a winner.
The chips are not overly spicy, with just a hint of wasabi that adds more flavor than heat. The two most prominent flavor notes are ginger and soy sauce, and they’re perfectly balanced. The only downside is that the entire time I was eating them, I kept thinking of how much more fattening these chips are than just eating the real thing: picked ginger dipped in soy sauce would be a fraction of the calories, with none of the fat.
Oh, but why quibble? This a review of snack food, after all, and sitting on your couch watching television while daintily dipping delicate slices of ginger into a little dish of soy sauce would just not be feasible. These chips offer a delicate yet complex flavor combo, along with the satisfying crunch associated with the Kettle Cooked variety.
So, the verdict is in: after trying all four contenders in the Do Us A Flavor contest, my vote will be going to….Wasabi Ginger!
In case you missed it, you can read my reviews of the other three flavors by scrolling back over the last few blog posts, or by clicking on the name: Mango Salsa, Cappuccino, and Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese. This was a fun–not to mention tasty–endeavor, so I encourage you to watch for these flavors and try them for yourself. Then, head over to www.DoUsAFlavor.com to cast your own vote (via social media or text).
May the best chip win!
****UPDATE**** Yes, indeed, Wasabi Ginger DID win the contest. Read my follow up post HERE