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Taste Test Time: Lay's Do Us a Flavor Contest Finalists

Updated on March 8, 2013
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Jeannie has been writing for HubPages for over 5 years. She covers a wide variety of topics—anything from hamsters to office work.


The Wait is Over!

Lay's had a great idea when they decided to create a contest people could finally get excited about: Do Us A Flavor. For those of you that haven't heard, Lay's allowed potato chip fans to share their ideas for new flavors last year. You could submit all your flavor ideas through Facebook. After millions of entries, Lay's finally announced the big finalists.

The three finalists are Cheesy Garlic Bread submitted by Karen Weber-Mendham, Chicken & Waffles by Christina Abu-Judom, and Sriracha by Tyler Raineri. Naturally these picks caused quite a stir in the junk food loving community. After all, there must be someone else out there that craves bologna and cheese chips or chocolate and marshmallow chips? (I thought my ideas were wonderful!) Nonetheless, the finalists have been picked and their entries certainly deserve everyone's consideration.

Never before have I heard of so much excitement over potato chip flavors, but plenty of people went on major quests to find these chips. After all, with so much time and energy invested in the contest (yes, clicking a few buttons on Facebook was a real effort for me!), I wanted to finish out my Do Us A Flavor contest journey. At this time, not all grocery stores have all flavors, but Target is steady getting in shipments, and Walgreen's is rumored to have two flavors. Food Lion seems to be the clear winner in the "Which Store Can Stock the Lay's Do Us a Flavor Contest Finalists Faster" challenge. Go you, Food Lion!

Now that my dream of trying all the potato chip flavors has become a reality, I can share this very important information with you. Yes, it is time to review the Lay's Do Us A Flavor finalist chips!



I am going to review the Sriracha chips first because these chips are the most popular amongst my friends and co-workers. The Sriracha chips are the only spicy chips that made it as a finalist. Although they are tasty, I personally find them to be a bit sour.

For those of you that enjoy spicy and sour flavored food, you are going to like these potato chips. And trust me, you are not alone. Just about everyone I've talked to about the Do Us A Flavor finalists, enjoys the Sriracha the best. In my opinion, we have enough spicy chip options out there, but this is still a good chip.

Cheesy Garlic Bread

I never thought I would say this, but it is possible to have too much cheese on your junk food. I was pretty excited about the Cheesy Garlic Bread flavor, and I also found that one to be the most flavor difficult to acquire. However, I have to say this one is just too strong with some really smelly cheese. It nearly knocks you out when you open the bag.

If you love strong cheese and garlic, you might really enjoy these chips. If you like having fresh breath, these chips are not for you. It is a great idea and I feel perhaps Lay's could have done it justice by making the cheese a bit less strong.


Chicken & Waffles

When I heard one of the finalists was Chicken & Waffles, I will be the first to admit I thought there was no way someone could make this work. I was quite a skeptic and maybe even stated something negative like, "Oh, how ridiculous!" Well, turns out I am the ridiculous one because I firmly believe Chicken & Waffles is the winner (if only in my own head).

The Chicken & Waffles chips are like a party in your mouth. Mind you, they are not for everyone! My boss and several co-workers think these chips are just "too weird," but I disagree. When I bite into a Chicken & Waffles chip, I can literally taste a wide assortment of flavors: syrup, chicken, and I could almost swear I taste a hint of stuffing! It is almost like a Thanksgiving meal in a bag of chips, except of course, it is chicken not turkey flavored.

If you are ready to think outside the box (or the bag) and you are prepared for an entirely new flavor experience, I highly recommend the Chicken & Waffles Lay's chips. At the very least, you can have the experience of trying out something new and unusual. After all, I'll bet you've never tried a Chicken & Waffles potato chip until now, have you? Mmmmm... enjoy!

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    Jeannie InABottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    To be really honest with you, you are not missing much. I was quite enthusiastic about all the flavors at first, but they get boring quickly. Even the Chicken & Waffles lost some appeal to me before I was done eating the whole bag.

    Thanks for checking out my hub!

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    jaydawg808 4 years ago

    It's unfortunate living in Hawaii that we didn't have the availability and the equal opportunity to try the flavors. Some stores, such as Safeway carried a few in stock, but was sold out quickly. Because of this, I only tried the Chicken & Waffles flavor. So I can't accurately say on the others.

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    Jeannie InABottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thanks for checking out my hub. A few people at my office do like the Cheesy Garlic Bread, so you should definitely try it. It is too strong to me, but that is just my opinion. :-)

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    Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

    Well I think we might have to do some family research on these chips. I know which one intrigues me (garlic bread). I saw the commercial for this contest and just had to read this fun hub.

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    Jeannie InABottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    These chips are pretty interesting, but I do have to admit now that the novelty is over, I prefer jalapeno or plain chips. Thanks for your comment!

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    Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

    I seldom eat potato chips, but these new flavors are enticing. Thanks for the information.

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    Jeannie InABottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Wow, lot's of Ruffles fans out there! Thanks for your comment and for the vote up!

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    torrilynn 4 years ago

    Hi Jeannie,

    thanks for sharing the review with me and other hubbers. I however agree

    with Sunshine625 that I would prefer ruffles with ridges. thanks again.

    Voted up

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    Jeannie InABottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Sunshine625 - I always prefer Lay's, but honestly, Herr's Jalapeno chips can't be beat. The Chicken & Waffles is pretty good, but I still like spicier chips best. No ruffles for me! Thanks for checking out my hub.

    sharingknowledge - Hahaha... you are very welcome.

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    SHAR NOR 4 years ago from Miami, FL

    Thanks for the Hub and review is all I can say..

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    Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

    Thank you for taking the taste test and the review! None of these flavors sound appealing to me. I actually don't like Lays. Bring on the Ruffles with ridges! Yum!

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    Jeannie InABottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    drbj - It is a very special flavor. I mean, you could have regular sour cream and onion anyday. Why not try something really unique? ;-)

    Alecia - It really was a great marketing idea for Lay's. So many people participated in the contest. Obviously those same people are going to want the chips. I heard they are flying off the shelves. Go Lay's!

    Thank you both for your comments!

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    Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

    I heard about that contest a ways back when the commercial came out. I might venture and try these flavors. Honestly though, I haven't even had real sriracha simply because I'm afraid of the spiciness but as a chip it may have potential.

    I also think Lay's is smart for trying to do something different with the flavors so this could work in the long run.

    Nice review!

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    drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

    Well, Jeannie, only because you waxed so poetic over them, I will try the Chicken and Waffles chips - that combo intrigues me. But what I would really like Lay's to consider the next time they manufacture new flavors is your suggestion of chocolate and marshmallow chips. Now that one would fly!