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Lay's has just released three new flavors of potato chips: Chicken & Waffles, Sriracha, and Cheesy Garlic Bread. This is a new flavor death match, with the public voting on their favorite, and that winner joining the permanent ranks of Lay's chips along-side Barbeque, Sour Cream & Onion, and a few others. I'm not a chip aficionado, but the prospect of three new flavors moved the adventurous spirit in me. I picked some up, and here are my notes.

Chicken & Waffles: What you taste is the syrup. If a combination of flavors can be boiled down to one flavor, in this case it's maple syrup. It tastes like a McDonald's McGriddle, which is a sausage sandwich, the “bread” of which is pancakes with syrup baked inside. I don't really taste the chicken. This is a waffle chip.

Sriracha: I am not a hot sauce guy. I keep a bottle of Gringo Bandito around for those things in life it can enhance (cheese souffles, scrambled eggs), but that's it. I was unaware of the rooster-logo chili sauce that is such an important part of Thai and other Asian cuisines. According to the note on the back of the bag, some people eat plain potato chips with a dab of Sriracha on them. So, here it's baked right in for you. This is a spicy chip. It's BBQ with a kick. I experimented with a dab of blue cheese dressing on each chip, and the result was a delightful Buffalo chicken chip (how did THAT flavor not end up as one of these choices?).

Cheesy Garlic Bread: A little cheese and a little garlic. At some cool movie theaters, you can put powdered flavorings on your popcorn. If you mixed White Cheddar with Garlic powders, you'd get this.

Verdict: No real favorite here. I like my potato chips tangy not sweet, so No to the Chicken & Waffles. Similarly, I've never dipped my chips in hot sauce. On those occasions when I dip, I like onion dip. (The world's greatest dip is guacamole, but that's for corn chips. Potato chips are too fragile.) Cheesy Garlic Bread was OK, but not a game-changer. Back to the drawing board Lay's. Let's see your take on Buffalo Chicken & Blue Cheese, Guacamole, and Corned Beef.




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