LianFeng, Staff Reporter
Mom called for dinner. In the center of the table, there are bowls of. . . potato chips? It must be the Lay’s Do Us a Flavor contest, which allows people to submit potato chip flavors in the hopes that their chip flavor will be permanent in grocery stores across the nation. This year’s frontrunners include Wasabi Ginger, Cappuccino, Mango Salsa, and Bacon Mac and Cheese.
Mango Salsa is revolting. The initial smell is the sickly sweet scent of dried mango. The overwhelming fruity taste was an unpleasant surprise and left a strong potato aftertaste. Potatoes and mangoes don’t mix well. Blech.
Cappuccino is tame despite my initial misgivings. It smells exactly like coffee, but the cappuccino taste is barely there. There are definitely some notes of cinnamon, but at the same time it’s slightly salty. It’s not awful, but not something I would buy again.
Bacon Mac and Cheese is a safe choice. It was not outstanding, but it does have a nice balance of cheese and smoky saltiness. But does smokiness equal bacon flavor? The flavor tastes manufactured and leaves me with a terrible case of cheese-scented breath.
Wasabi Ginger is the clear winner. There is a delicious wasabi and soy sauce flavor without the wasabi’s searing heat. The kettle-cooked nature of these chips gives them the delightful crunch and taste of wasabi peas. I see myself always purchasing these.
Overall, I’m impressed by the creativity of the flavors, but the tastes are definitely more interesting than yummy. The only question now is: which flavor will outsell the others?
(Cover photo courtesy: potatopro.com)