Lay’s Newest Potato Chip Is Hardly World’s Wackiest
What ever happened to plain old “original” food flavors? This week alone, we’ve told you about such crazy combos as vanilla ice cream topped with swirls of bacon; cheese pizza with a hot-dog-stuffed crust; and vodka infused with peanut butter and jelly.
Now the latest offender in all this taste-buds-gone-wild madness? Potato chips.
As food blog The Daily Meal reports, Lay’s is rolling out a new Classic BLT flavored chip (“classic” since … when, exactly?).
But that’s pretty mild compared to what’s going on overseas. The Daily Meal notes that the cuckoo U.K. chip company Walkers now offers the following bizarre-o varieties of chip flavors: Spanish Chicken Paella, Italian Spaghetti Bolognese, Chilli and Chocolate, French Garlic Baguette and Australian BBQ Kangaroo.
We’re guessing we probably could stop after just one.
The blog also cites Doritos Late Night All-Nighter Cheeseburger-Flavored tortilla chips (complete with the tastes of cheese, ketchup, onions, pickles, beef and buns!), Pringles’s Seaweed potato chips (salty snacks popular in Asia) and Lay’s Hot and Sour Fish Soup potato chips (another Asian find).
Call it a flavor-craze backlash, but suddenly, we’re craving a simpler time of eating. Remember vanilla ice cream? Cheese pizza? Vodka on the rocks, maybe with a squeeze of lime? And, for goodness sakes, chips with an ingredient label that doesn’t read like the gastronomic equivalent of a William S. Burroughs novel. Potatoes, all-natural oil and a dash of salt is what we’re talking about.
Not to mention, here’s a latter-day Zen koan to boggle the mind: if your chips taste like a BLT, then what do you eat with your BLT?
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