Rating: ©©©© chips (lip-smacking)
Lay’s Stax Flamin’ Hot Potato Crisps remind us quite a bit of some other ‘Red Hot’ chips we recently reviewed. Both brands are coated in blazin’ red seasoning, and both brands hold true to their names – in other words – they’re friggin’ hot!
We are fairly certain that Frito Lay’s first original platform for releasing their delicious Flamin’ Hot flavor to the world was the now iconic, Flamin’ Hot Crunchy Cheetos. Since that release, Frito Lay has tried out their flavor on just about each and every one of their other brands – from Funyuns, to Fritos, to Chester’s Popcorn – however, none have surpassed Cheetos greatness, but then again, none of them are too shabby either. So, as the saying goes, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
Lay’s Stax are Frito Lay’s newest recipients of the Flamin’ Hot badge, and they both wear it proudly, and do it justice. For those of you familiar with the Cheetos version of Flamin’ Hot, don’t expect to taste the same thing when you crunch into these potato crisps.
So, what is it that makes Flamin’ Hot Lay’s Stax recipe different than Flamin’ Hot Cheetos (and it is we checked and can confirm)?
First of all, you can taste more than just in your face heat. With Cheetos, the heat is acidic and up front, and melds perfectly with the cheese. Lay’s Stax are more tame, they taste like they have been coated with spicy chili peppers as well as, combined with garlic, onion and tomato. They also exhibit a certain level of sweetness to them, which adds a nice dimension. We’re not quite set on the potato crisp as the perfect vehicle for delivering the Flamin’ Hot flavor (that title will forever belong to Cheetos), but we wouldn’t try and abstain if we saw an open canister sitting on the table.
Lay’s Stax make a fine new addition to the Flamin’ Hot family.
As always, these are our thoughts, we would love to hear what you think. Agree or disagree, let us know.
Chip Ratings Scale:
© – return to sender
©© – tolerable
©©© – notable
©©©© – lip-smacking
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