Taste-Testing the Lay's Do Us a Flavor Chips

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Which flavor do you like the most?
The Lay's Do Us A Flavor Competition has returned once again. The four potato chip flavor finalists are Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese, Cappuccino, Wavy Mango Salsa and Kettle Cooked Wasabi Ginger. Each chip is on opposite ends of the taste spectrum.

You have 75 days to vote for your favorite chip in hopes that it will remain on the shelves; the three losers will say sayonara. But in case you were wondering what we think (of course you were!) we have ranked the four chips based on overall flavor, texture and if they make our taste buds happy.

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The cappuccino chip is like a dessert...that you don't want to eat.
4. Cappuccino

You probably saw this one from a mile away. Seriously, coffee in a chip? Why on earth would anyone want to transform a smooth, creamy drink into chips? We have no idea. The second you open the bag, you're hit with a strong scent of cinnamon and espresso - not exactly what you expect when you're about to eat chips. The overwhelming sweetness makes this flavor a loser in our book. And we didn't care for the cinnamon powder that got all over our hands. No wonder the Kroger on West Gray was fully stocked with these chip bags; no one wants them.

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If only this chip didn't taste like an artificial mango.

3. Wavy Mango Salsa

This could have been an awesome chip flavor, but it lacks a heat element that could elevate it from tasting like an artificial mango to actual salsa. As you chew the chip, you only taste the mango, then the sweetness quickly fades away, and you're left with a plain greasy chip -- not appetizing. If there were more cilantro, onion or jalapeno flavors, then it would have tasted like actual salsa, rather than a mango-flavored chip. The wavy texture is a nice change of pace from the standard potato chip, though.

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How could you go wrong with bacon and cheese in a potato chip?

2. Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese

If you want to indulge in chips, then opt for these cheesy bad boys. This thin potato chip is evenly coated in a cheddar powder, making it similar to Cheetos, but the strong aftertaste of bacon reminds you this isn't your typical cheese puff. While the macaroni flavor doesn't seem to be present, the abundance of cheddar cheese and bacon is enough to make you want to reach back into the bag for another handful.

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The wasabi is intense at first, but the ginger cools it down.

1. Kettle Cooked Wasabi Ginger

Kettle-cooked chips have the best texture, and the combination of hot wasabi with cool ginger creates one hell of a chip. At first, you're hit with the spicy wasabi, and you'll probably frantically search for a glass of water, but before you know it, the chips puts its flame out and begins to cool itself with the sweet ginger. Now, you're ready for another chip. It's this complex combination of wasabi and ginger that makes it standout from the rest of its competitors.

Readers, what do you think? Which Lay's chip flavor is your favorite?

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Steven Manuel
Steven Manuel

Sriracha is still the best Lay's flavor. None of these sound appetizing.

Taresa Mikle
Taresa Mikle

If they taste anything like the first round of flavored chips, I'm going to pass. They are just so disgusting!

Brittany Cook
Brittany Cook

I just tried the mango flavored chips and they were awful!! Yuk yuk

debs.munoz
debs.munoz

Have you tried the dill chips? When paired with a sandwich, it's like you're automatically at a bbq.

Lorena Salazar Sankey
Lorena Salazar Sankey

I did try the cappuccino chips. They were okay. It needs to decide whether it's salty or sweet because it needed a little seasoning but I'm not sure of what. It reminds me of a salted caramel taste.

ekhilton
ekhilton

I actually entered this contest with my own flavor submission: Pad Thai = cilantro, peanut, lime.  Can't believe it lost to Coffee-flavored potatoes. I was robbed!!!!

Temujin Scott
Temujin Scott

I haven't tried it...seems like an odd combo...the mango salsa looks really good.

Lauren Acklin
Lauren Acklin

I can get onboard with the other two flavors but Cappuccino chips? No.

heyheyJ
heyheyJ

where did you get the wasabi ginger? I've been looking everywhere for these.

brownjoann
brownjoann

@debs.munoz When I was a pre-teen/teen, I would stop at corner store & buy a dill pickle and a bag of lays and eat them together.  Wonderful.  I have a hard time finding these chips you mention, but love them.  I also have often bought a bag of lays and broken up a Hershey's chocolate bar in them, and eaten them together.....co-workers would make fun of me until one Christmas I found limited edition chocolate covered chips and gifted them all that for Christmas.  They were all stunned.

molly.dunn
molly.dunn

@heyheyJ The H-E-B on West Alabama had all of the flavors when I visited a few days ago. Also, the Kroger on West Gray has several flavors. But, try the H-E-B first because it had all of the flavors on display.

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