If you haven’t been to a store, been watching TV or messing around online, then you probably haven’t noticed that Lays’ “Do Us A Flavor” contest is back for 2015. And honestly, we couldn’t be happier!
What appears to now be an annual tradition, “Do Us A Flavor” asks people from all over to submit flavors they think would make a tasty tater chip. In years past, we’ve seen Asian influenced flavors such as Sriracha and Wasabi Ginger as well as flavors more familiar to the American palate like Cheesy Garlic Bread and Chicken and Waffles. This year, Lays picked four flavors to battle it out – West Coast Truffle Fries, Greektown Gyro, Southern Biscuits and Gravy, and New York Reuben.
Since it’s a contest put on by one of our customers, it only makes sense that we have some of the office staff and people around the shed try them out and decide which was Gold Dust’s favorite flavor. How did the flavors fair?
In Gold Dust’s voting, Southern Biscuits & Gravy was the winner! Following Southern Biscuits & Gravy was West Coast Truffle Fries, with Greektown Gyro coming in third and New York Reuben coming in fourth.
What made Southern Biscuits & Gravy so popular? One comment was they did a great job of catching the essence of sausage gravy with just enough black pepper to make it savory and great for any time of day – from watching an early morning college football game on Saturday morning or wrapping up the evening much later that night after a few beers with friends. West Coast Truffle Fries had a took a thick-cut chip with ridges so it could stand up to a delicious mix of garlic and cheese (some wished the earthy black truffle flavors would have been more forward). As for the Greektown Gyro, Lays managed to somehow coax the flavor of lamb into the kettle-style chips with nice herbal notes standing out from the crowd of flavors. As for the New York Reuben, our tasters could pick up on hints of rye bread and sauerkraut without overpowering the flavor of pastrami they managed to add without actually adding the salty deli meat.
All in all, the flavors were all good, and definitely were faithfully and deliciously recreated. If you haven’t tried any of them yet, we suggest you get your best friends and family together and have a tasting party. Surely if they have wine tastings, we can do potato chip tastings, right?
Feel free to let us know which flavor was your fave in our comments!