REVIEW: Lay’s Wavy – Passport to Flavor – Greek Tzatziki

Rating: ©©©©-1/4 chips (lip-smacking)

Lay's Wavy - Greek TzatzikiAlrighty chip fans it is that time of year again.  Once again time to vote for your most favorite new ‘Do Us a Flavor’ creation. 

Wait, what’s that?  We aren’t voting on these four new flavors?  Well, who wins the one million U.S. dollars then for coming up with the most creative flavor?!

Huh?  Well….oh, okay.  Scratch all of that.

Apparently, this summer Lay’s has forgone their annual summer ‘Do Us a Flavor‘ competition tradition, and instead opted to offer us four new flavors of their own choosing (although, we’re betting that most, if not all, of these flavors were at one point or another submitted by someone for the ‘Do Us a Flavor’ contest).  Lay’s new promotion is called ‘Passport to Flavor’, and each of their new offerings is based on a traditional, or iconic, dish associated with a different foreign country from all around the globe.  Maybe this new promotion was designed to coincide with 2016’s Summer Olympics in Rio, because wouldn’t you know it, one of the four flavors is from this year’s host country.

Lay’s ‘Passport to Flavor’ line-up includes: Kettle Cooked Indian Tikka Masala, Brazilian Picanha, Chinese Szechuan Chicken, and, leading off for our list of  of reviews are Lay’s Wavy Greek Tzatziki flavored potato chips.  

Chip Review’s flavor creativity rating for Tzatziki (scale: 1 – 10): 3

Chip Review’s excitement for this Tzatziki flavor (scale: 1 – 10): 6

Chip Review’s rating of bag design and color (scale: 1 – 10): 8

Tzatziki is not exactly a new flavor for Lay’s.  Not only were they one of the four contestant suggested flavors in Canada’s 2014 ‘Do Us a Flavor’ contest, but they also had a small window of availability in early 2015 at certain Costco location.  Plus, they apparently were, or maybe are, a flavor from Lay’s foreign Meditarraneas line of chips.  In other words, Lay’s has just been stealth-ly regurgitating this flavor for a while now.

In fact, let’s just call Tzatziki flavor what it really is, a variation of the classic potato chip flavor known as sour cream & onion.   Meaning that if you are a fan of sour cream & onion flavored chips, you will most likely enjoy these as well.

We are happy to report that Lay’s Tzatziki seasoning is SPOT ON!  Like, Mr. Joey Lawerence used to say (or maybe he still does) WHOA! sort of spot on.  The predominant flavor differences that differentiate these chips from your typical sour cream & onion, is the use of fragrant dill notes, and some sort of vegetal cucumber hints.  The seasoning is also somehow even more smooth and creamy than usual.  It is as if they have actually been coated in thick, trendy, Greek yogurt.  Overall, just some very well balanced, easily eatable chips.

And finally we have a new Lay’s chip where in our opinion the flavor seems to perfectly fit with the style of potato chip.  It seems like far too often we are saying that these potato chips would be better on a ripple chip, or this flavor would be better with a thick cut kettle chip.  Well, Lay’s Greek Tzatziki seasoning was surely destined to coat a Lay’s Wavy style potato chip.  The wide and deep Wavy chip ridges provide ample square potato inch-age for the seasoning to cling to, while the chips’ thickness and ripples provide just the right texture and flavor to compliment the smooth subtler seasoning.

So there you have it, all four ‘Passport to Flavor’ chips eaten and reviewed.  We were pretty pleased with this new flavor line-up.  Here is how we would hand out the ‘Passport to Flavor’ medals:

Gold – Chinese Szechuan Chicken

Silver – Greek Tzatziki

Bronze – Brazilian Picanha (Steak & Chimichurri Sauce)

What’s after Bronze? – Indian Tikka Masala

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

Chips discovered at Walmart; Hodgkins, Illinois

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RATING: Giant – Food Truck Inspired – Chimichurri Flank Steak Rippled Potato Chips

Rating: ©©©-3/4 chips (notable)

Giant - Food Truck Inspired - Chimichurri Flank Steak

Chips discovered at Giant Grocery Store; New Haven, Connecticut

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REVIEW: Uncle Ray’s – Sour Cream & Cheddar Potato Chips

Rating: ©©©-1/4 chips  (notable)

Uncle Ray's - Sour Cream & CheddarWhat’s this now?  Uncle Ray’s is the Official Potato Chip of the MLB??  Oh, wait, not THAT MLB – it appears that we’re talking Minor League Baseball (we all know who owns, or buys, that other MLB title right?  Their name rhymes with Squito Spray).

Uncle Ray’s is one of those brands that seems like they have been around forever.  Always lurking in the background.  Always content with the customers who do decide to buy their chips over those other choices.  Not exactly one of the “big guys” in the chip market, but definitely no longer one of the “little guys” either.  In fact, Uncle Ray just recently released 5 brand new flavors (that we are hoping to taste soon…wink – wink, nudge – nudge), so it appears that Ray is making to push to expand his flavor selection.

These Sour Cream & Cheddar rippled potato chips are not among those 5 new flavors (did we mention that we can’t wait to try Pepperoni Pizza flavored potato chips!?), and unfortunately, these SC&C are also not among our Top 5 Uncle Ray’s chips of all-time either.  That being said…..in case you were wondering what those Top 5 actually are:

1. Roasted Garlic Potato Chips

2. Salt & Pepper Potato Chips

3. Green Onion Potato Chips

4. Cheese Flavored Puffs

5. Sour Cream & Onion Potato Chips

Well, as for these Sour Cream & Cheddar rippled potato chips, Uncle Ray once again seems to be relying a touch heavily on the salt level.  Now, we aren’t ones to shy away from salt, but these are on the verge of being described, and labeled, as “too salty” in our opinion.  The salt practically overwhelms any actual presence of sour cream and cheddar.  If we focused our palettes and strained our taste buds we could recognize just a smidgen of sour cream, but really no cheddar.  In the end the chips still went down pretty easily, but we just had to make sure that we had a beverage in hand to balance their seasoning level.

The semi-wide ridged potato chips were more than adequate, and delivered a very sturdy crunch.  Any weaker potato chip would have crumbled under the weight of Uncle Ray’s salty seasoning.

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

Discovered at Max Mart; River Grove, Illinois

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BIJOU-REVIEW: PopCrinkles – Roasted Garlic & Sea Salt Popped Potato Crinkles

Rating: ©©©©-1/4 chips  (lip-smacking)

PopCrinkles - Roast GarlicWe have been striking it pungently rich this year with cloves of delicious garlic snacks!

And we are happy to report that these New PopCrinkles can be easily added to that list!

We had a sneaking feeling PopCrinkles logo looked very familiar, and as it turns out, PopCrinkles are the new “popped potato crinkles”, aka potato crisps, from the creators of “the new shape of popcorn”, aka popcorn chips – PopCorners.

In other words, PopCrinkles has hopped right onto the popular popped potato bus, and hopes to ride it all the way to popular popped potato palace.

If these first crinkles are any indication of the entire flavor line-up than PopCrinkles is definitely headed in the right direction.

The popped potato crinkles are thicker than regular potato chips, and deliver a significantly solid crunch.  And yet at the same time are light and crispy enough that you can eat an entire bag and not really feel a dent in the old chip collector.

The crinkles deliver enough “real” potato flake flavor to evoke thoughts of eating delicious fried potato slices.

The Roasted Garlic & Sea Salt flavor delivers a deliciously well balanced seasoning blend.  Certainly not as powerfully garlic flavored as other garlic chips on the market.

We also wouldn’t go so far as to call it the most authentic representation of roasted garlic flavor, with the inclusion of ingredients such as: sour cream, brown sugar, cheddar cheese, butter powder, whey, and yeast extract…

All in all we are very pleased with PopCorners new PopCrinkles, and hope to see PopPuffs and PopPretzels soon!

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

Discovered at Fruitful Yield; Darien, Illinois

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BIJOU-REVIEW: Lieber’s – Ripple Potato Chips

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Lieber's - Ripple Potato ChipsWhile not quite as lip-smackingly delicious surprise as their Barbecue flavored Potato Chips, Lieber’s Ripple Potato Chips are still a great find!

Once again, this bag only cost us a single measly Washington, aka $1, one smacker, one buckeroo.  A big bag of lip-smacking potato chips for only a dollar is steal of a deal anyway you say it!

Surprisingly decent level of rich potato flavor.

Just good old, slightly greasy, delightfully salty, rippled potato chips.

If you like potato chips, you will like these.

We just wish that every chip we found for $1 was this good!

Chips discovered at Mariano’s; Westchester, Illinois

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BIJOU-REVIEW: 7 Select – Sriracha Kettle Style Potato Chips

Rating: ©©-3/4 chips  (tolerable)

7 Select - Sriracha Potato ChipsThat’s right, yet another addition to the ever growing SRIRACHA flavored snack family.  Is there really any food medium that sriracha can’t, or won’t, attempt to SRIRACHA-IZE?!  Based on the yogurt we recently saw at the grocery store, it doesn’t appear so!

We picked up these latest 7 Select’s on a recent stop to (where else) 7-Eleven.  As usual, we weren’t necessarily excited to try another sriracha flavored potato chip, but we were drawn to the green cap, and the promise of those familiar flavors.

As for those flavors, well, they were present for the most part, but they were SOOOO subtle.

Sweet?  Check.  Probably a touch too sweet in our opinion (but then again we typically say that about any sweet chip, don’t we?).

Spicy?  Nah, not really.  A touch of chili flavor, but not really any heat.

Garlic?  Yep.  What flavored chip doesn’t include garlic?

So, the major flavor players were there but we just weren’t impressed.  Nothing special, nothing bold or commanding.

The kettle chips are wavy, or krinkle cut, and have a really solid crunch, but no potato flavor.

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

Discovered at 7-Eleven, Burr Ridge, Illinois

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