Rating: ©©-1/4 chips (tolerable)
These chips have been out for a little while now, so we apologize that this review may be reaching many of you after you have already enjoyed yourself a few bags of Lay’s newest flavor to hit the market.
Okay, let’s get one thing out of the way right from the start. Lay’s new Creamy Bacon Potato Salad potato chips are in deed quite tasty. It did not take us very long to pound through this entire bag – but, whether or not that crazy chip chomping action was due to our taste buds enjoying what we were throwing their way, or the fact that they were bewildered by the flavor name, in comparison to what they were actually tasting – is unknown…? Most likely, a little of both!
We would like to start out this review by reiterating Matt Linder’s spot-on thoughts regarding the flavor validity of Lay’s newbies in his review. He mentions that “…if you’re expecting a flavor even remotely resembling actual potato salad, you’re going to be disappointed.” Truer words regarding these chips have never been spoken. So, if potato salad is what your heart yearns for, we would suggest you crunch elsewhere, and perhaps try Larry The Cable Guy’s Tater Salad Potato Chips. As we recall his chips delivered much more of that classic fragrant mustard-y punch, as well as, some deliciously sharp wafts of vinegar that puckered our nasal cavities. Larry may not have any bacon in his recipe, but we’re pretty sure he would have no qualms with you crumbling some of your own all over his fried taters!
Linder goes on to say in his review that “Creamy Bacon Potato Salad” has a nice ring to it from a marketing perspective, but a more accurate description of these chips would be “Sour Cream and Onion with Bacon,” because that’s exactly what they taste like. And that’s not a bad thing, in fact it’s quite brilliant, and I’m almost amazed someone hasn’t tried it before Lay’s.” Well, to that we say, Matt you need to get your hands on some of Ruffles Sour Cream ‘N Bacon Potato Chips. Because, you are right, they are amazing! We would go one step further in our flavor description and say that Lay’s Creamy Bacon Potato Salad chips taste like sour cream, onion, bacon, as well as, cheddar cheese. In other words, as if they were stolen right off of the appetizer section from practically every bar across this great country of ours!
In the end these chips are really just another addition (albeit a tasty one) to the The Works / Loaded Potato flavor family. We’re not exactly sure why Lay’s is trying to pull a fast one over on us here? We already had to scold Pringles earlier this week for trying to selling us on Cheesy Quesadilla flavored potato crisps that didn’t include ANY ACTUAL CHEESE among the ingredients!?! If Lay’s would have just spilled the beans and admitted the truth to us right from the get go then maybe this snack relationship could have worked. But, instead we had to resort to scooping up mom’s classic potato salad using Lay’s new chips! We can admit it though, Lay’s bacon flavor did add a nice touch to the combination!!
So, if you have no issues with flavor accuracy, and you go into one of these bags knowing ahead of time that you will not be tasting potato salad, then by all means give these chips a whirl because they are cheesy, slightly sour cream and onion-y, definitely bacon-y, and certainly tasty!
As always we would love to hear what you think. Agree or disagree. Let us know.
Chips discovered at Walmart; Villa Park, Illinois
Chip Ratings Scale:
© – return to sender
©© – tolerable
©©© – notable
©©©© – lip-smacking
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