REVIEW: Lay’s Kettle Cooked – Flavor Swap – Olive Oil & Herbs Potato Chips

Rating: ©© chips (tolerable)

Lay's Kettle Cooked - Olive Oil & HerbsOkay, by now you have heard all about Lay’s newest promotion FLAVOR SWAP, right?   The one where Lay’s is pitting 4 totally brand new flavors up against 4 existing flavors that they currently offer on the market.  We, the consumers, in turn vote to save our favorite flavors – either the new, or the old.  As Lay’s says “One Stays. One Goes.”

We’re sorry, but with this one, Lay’s Kettle Cooked Olive Oil & Herbs, we just don’t get it….

Business Insider says: “World, meet your new “I feel like eating a whole bag of chips and no one is going to stop me” chip.

Junk Food Guy says: “I munched on these Lay’s Kettle Cooked Olive Oil & Herbs Potato Chips, and definitely noticed that these were WAY more complex. They had the same oily base, but the olive oil flavor was more present, and gave off more buttery round notes. The flavors of thyme, oregano, and basil were all noticeable, and faded in and out as I chewed. These were really really flavorful, and quite delicious. Not much else to say.”

And Junk Food Banter says: “My fat Italian ass approves… I absolutely love these…. Lay’s Olive Oil & Herbs serve as a reminder that basic, real ingredients like stuff that comes from vegetables and things that grow out of the ground can combine to be spectacular…. I crushed this bag before I even had a chance to regret it. Even though I am completely covered in olive oil from head to toe, I couldn’t be happier. If you’re Italian or just eat like one, buy these chips and vote for them. Please… do it for me, even if you hate them.”

Apparently, we are in the minority with this one, because in our opinion, Lay’s Kettle Cooked Olive Oil & Herbs potato chips are nothing more than GREASY SALT BOMBS with some green specs scattered throughout!!  Seriously, we like a decent amount of grease on our kettle cooked potato chips, and we love a heavy dashing of salt on pretty much all chips, but in this case both are beyond our preferences by a long shot!

Others have commented on how they could detect, and pinpoint each of the three highlighted herbs within this seasoning, but honestly all we could really taste beyond the sea of salt washing away our taste buds were a few faint notes of thyme, nothing of oregano or basil.  We have tried quite a few other Herb Flavored chips, and these Lay’s do not hold a candle to many, if any, of them.

For our money we would stick with the original Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper chips (frankly we do not purchase them very often either), but since Lay’s is hoping for everyone’s money, and opinion, if this case, and since Junk Food Banter says “…buy these chips and vote for them. Please… do it for me, even if you hate them,” we’re fine with throwing our vote in with the majority.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Lay’s Flavor Swap, here’s what the rest of the battles looks like this:

Lay's Flavor Swap

What do you guys think?  Tried any of the new ones?  Or, perhaps there’s one or more of the old flavors that you really want to stay?  Or, perhaps to go?

As always, these are our thoughts, we would love to hear what you think. Agree or disagree, let us know.

Chips discovered at Walmart; Villa Park, Illinois

Voting ends March 21st, so make sure you go to the link below, and let Lay’s know which flavors should STAY, and which should GO!!

Lay’s Flavor Swap

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2 thoughts on “REVIEW: Lay’s Kettle Cooked – Flavor Swap – Olive Oil & Herbs Potato Chips

  1. I love the olive oil and herb chips !!!! Theey are my favorote lays!! Now i cant find them anywhere and im so sad cus i cant satisfy my craving and its killing me!!! Ugh ):

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