It’s that time of year again. The Lay’s Do Us a Flavor contest is back. Four finalists made the cut and I got my grubby little hands on their hopefully tasty creations. There are four unique potato chip flavors created and submitted by everyday people. I was able to find all the flavors and held myself a taste test. I think this year’s choice of finalists was far better than the past. Wasabi Ginger was the 2014 big winner. Here’s the competition for 2015.
West Coast Truffle Fries submitted by Angie Fu Southern Biscuits and Gravy submitted by Hailey Green. Greektown Gyro submitted by James Wagner New York Reuben submitted by Jeff Solensky. I grabbed myself a glass of water to cleanse my palate and crunched into the crispy chips. Here is my opinion. By the way, I’m a potato chip connoisseur, and I have very seasoned and experienced taste buds. So you’re getting the opinion of a potato chip professional.
I’ve never had Truffle Fries before so I didn’t have any expectations. First, I gave the chips a sniff and well…the stench of old fish filled my nostrils. Not a good start, but I gathered myself and placed a chip in my mouth. To my surprise, the Truffle Fries flavor was eerily close to Lay’s staple Sour Cream and Onion flavor. It was good of course, but nothing stood out to me. Now, I’ll add that a couple of days later when I was on a late night hunt for a snack, this bag of Truffle Fries tasted like a gourmet dish. I was able to taste more cheese and less sour cream and onion. But then again, anything could be delicious when you’re starving at twelve-thirty in the morning.
Next, I burst open the bag of Southern Biscuits and Gravy chips. I love me some sausage biscuits and gravy from Bob Evans. Yummy. I took a whiff of the bag. Maybe it was imagination, but the aromatic scent of spicy sausage and hot gravy filled my nostrils. My eagerness took over and I took a large bite out of a chip that was lightly decorated with seasonings. Mmmmm! Dee-lish. The flavors floating through my mouth were reminiscent of a big steamy plate of Southern unhealthy goodness. It was so good I closed my eyes while I munched on several more chips.
The third contestant–Greektown Gyro kettle cooked chips. I love a good ole gyro and the picture on this bag looks deelish. Excited, I gave this flavor a try. This chip was hard and crunchy and nasty. I could taste tzatzikis sauce, lettuce, tomato, pita bread, feta and maybe something like lamb. Overall the combination did not work for me at all. In fact, I used the rest of the bag as snacks for my dog. She loved them. Moving on…
When you open this bag, the pungent smell might make your stomach flip. I had to take several deep breaths to clear my lungs before delving back into the bag and quickly grabbing a chip. The Reuben chip can best be described as a party in your mouth. You’ve got rye bread, corned beef, sauerkraut, pickle, Thousand Island dressing, and Swiss cheese. In other words, it tastes like a Reuben sandwich. If you like Reuben sandwiches, you’ll more than likely enjoy this flavor. So which chip had the best flava?
Southern Biscuits and Gravy. This flavor delivers. If you like biscuits and gravy, you’ll love these chips. The flavor is present but not overpowering.
I liked my winner and runner-up so much that I went to Walgreen’s and picked up two full-size bags. (They’re on sale for $1.99.) I really love this contest. Maybe because I love Lay’s chips so much. This year, I submitted a couple of flavors for the contest: Caribbean stewed chicken and pineapple meatballs. I obviously wasn’t chosen as a finalist but I’m not a hater. So I went to http://www.dousaflavor.com and voted for my favs. The winner gets a million bucks or a percentage of the profits for one year. The remaining finalists get $50,000 apiece. I had fun doing this. If you do your own taste test, please let me know which flavor you select.