Rating: ©© chips (tolerable)
By now we’re sure that most of you, if not all of you, are well aware of Lay’s all new 2014 ‘Do Us A Flavor’ contest. Just about every one and their mother’s mother have chimed in with their own thoughts or reviews on these unique flavors. Similar to last year’s wildly popular flavor contest, Lay’s is once again offering up the chance for one lucky individual to win a million dollars for creating an all new potato chip flavor, and for the general population declaring it the tastiest! This year Lay’s has offered up four flavor finalists rather than just three, and you can stay tuned for our future reviews of: Cappuccino – yep, that’s right Cappuccino, and Bacon Mac & Cheese! A slight variation from Lay’s this time allowed the flavor creators the liberty of choosing what style of Lay’s potato chips they would like to use as their delivery medium between traditional, kettle cooked and wavy.
As humungous chip fanatics and consumers and reviewers, we cannot begin to tell you how giddy we get each time a contest such as this is released. We love this stuff!! And usually, as soon as we hear about this sort of thing we run out to as many different stores as it takes, and we hunt those new chips down! Unfortunately, this time around Lay’s forgot to check our schedule and released their new chips just as we left the country for two weeks!! So, in other words, we had to idly sit back and watch as review after review hit the web for the past two weeks. Well, we are now back stateside, we have the four flavors in our possession, and we are ready to toss in our two cents!
Next up: Wavy Mango Salsa
Submitted by: Julia from Sacramento, CA
Chip Review flavor creativity rating (scale: 1 – 10): 8
Chip Review’s excitement level (scale: 1 – 10): 8
Fresh, orangy-yellow, sweet, tropical, juicy, all adjectives we like to describe our favorite fruit ever! That’s right, those dark green and red skinned orbs called mango are practically perfect (if only we could bite right through their skin!!). And, of course we love pineapples, and raspberries, and certainly strawberries – when they are in season. Oh, and we love bananas too! OK, so mangoes make our fruit short list at the very least.
You know what, we have also found that we love mango flavored chips (or at least the ones combined with chiles). We’re not kidding around here, some of the best chips that we have ever tried were mango flavored, but……that being said some of them were also the worst! So, where do Lay’s ‘Do Us A Flavor’ Mango Salsa chips fall? Unfortunately, it’s in the latter. Our initial reaction to them was yuck! A very surprised, and disappointed, YUCK! These taste nothing like any of the amazing mango flavored chips that we have had. Instead, they tasted like a fake mango flavored candy. You know how green apple, and watermelon, and grape flavored candies taste nothing like the real thing? Well, these taste like a sugary candy representation of real mango. In other words, they taste fake!
We thought for sure that these would be our favorites, but alas, that does not appear to be the case. How to describe their off-putting flavor? The first flavor character is a powerfully sweet citrus fruity note, followed directly by a tangy, sour tinge. While we would typically appreciate the sweet and sour juxtaposition, this combo seemed off from the get go! And, we are pretty certain that we know why. Mango salsa is not meant to be served with potato chips. In fact, that goes for any and all salsas. Salsa was born to mingle with corn tortilla chips. Salsa does not jive with potato chips. Also, these are just too sweet! Sort of one strong note, with a couple of supporting ingredients like garlic and onion, and without any heat to speak of. Disappointing.
Chip Review’s ‘Do Us A Flavor’ Rankings:
4. Mango Salsa
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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