Lay’s, why don’t you do ME a Flavor??

Back in October, when I heard about candy corn Oreos, I first of all, almost lost my damn mind, and second, proceeded to run all over Manhattan in search of them, only to find that not a single supermarket, bodega, or food vendor of any kind had them. Sadness and pouting ensued.

Recently, just as my frail heart was healing, it almost broke all over again when I heard about Lay’s new “Do Us A Flavor” contest, which asked America to name a winner from three flavor finalists, chicken and waffles, Sriracha and cheesy garlic bread flavored potato chips. Apparently, New York City was left out the voting, because like the Oreos, were nowhere to be found.


Soooo, yea. THIS happened.

But then news came from Florida: my sister had tried the coveted chips! They were hard to find down there too, and supermarkets that carried them were only able to keep them on the shelves for a short time before they were all scooped up, but at least they were there! I, needless to say, trapped in New York, was jealous as all hell and confused beyond belief at why in this crazy city where you can find all manner of rare and odd items, I wasn’t able to get my hands on some damn Lay’s potato chips.

Well, let me tell you… this week, my darling sister renewed my faith in our bond as siblings and everything that is good and just in the world when she mailed me a care package containing two bags of the impossible-to-find Lay’s Flavor Finalist chips, chicken and waffles and Sriracha. (Cheesy garlic bread, she assured me, weren’t worth the trouble.)

Chicken and waffles

Chicken and waffles chips

Being a big chicken and waffles fan, I tore into that bag first. Subtle and a bit sweet, you have to eat a couple of mouthfuls to get the full chicken and waffles flavor. (Or maybe that was just my excuse to keep stuffing my face.) After several more mouthfuls, i decided they don’t particularly taste like chicken but rather more specifically, like the crunchy fried coating on the chicken when it has a bit of syrup on it. If you’re horrified by this, don’t be. They were damn good.

Sriracha chips

Sriracha chips

Next, I dug into the Sriracha flavored chips, which I was also excited about since I love the tangy, spicy red hot sauce. (Good on dumplings, bibimbap, ramen, and about a million other things.) If the chicken and waffle chips were subtle, these were the complete opposite. Just a few chips make your whole mouth tingle with loud, colorful spice and heat. If you like the sauce, you’d love the chips. If you were dozing off, these would wake you right up!

It’s hard to say which I would cast my vote for, especially not having tried the third option, but after much deliberation, I think it would have to go to chicken and waffles. The Sriracha chips were good but after a certain point I had to slow down and guzzle a glass of water to dilute the vinegary heat in my mouth. Chicken and waffles though, well, I could blow right through a bag of them by myself. That being said, maybe it’s a good thing I can’t find these in New York. Maybe that’s a very good thing indeed.


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