|ONLY DOOM WOULD DARE SUP UPON SUCH MAGNIFICENCE!|
It turns out, Lay's is currently running a promotion called Do Us A Flavor, where you can cast your "vote" for one of four different entries: Bacon Mac & Cheese, Mango Salsa, Wasabi & Ginger, and today's experiment: Cappuccino. Now, I don't know about you, dear readers, but when I think Lay's Potato Chips, the very last thing that comes to mind is "These are great! If only they came in a coffee drink flavor!". Still, I wouldn't do to disappoint Mr. Chad Scott and pooh-pooh his creation without actually tasting them, right? RIGHT. Let's see what these bad boys look like.
|Truly, truly, truly outrageous|
The most important thing to get right in any oddball food pairing is to make sure the flavors either complement each other, or offer a pleasant contrast. I'm pretty sure that was NOT the thought process used here. These chips have a very strong coffee and cream flavoring when you eat them. This aspect is actually pretty decent, and reminds me somewhat of tiramisu. The other flavor that they have is a solid potato flavor. They are a lot less greasy than regular old Lay's, so the potato flavor comes through loud and clear.
How does it pair with the coffee and cream? Awkwardly, at best. I love me some coffee, and I love me some potato, but when paired in a glorious monument to Man's Hubris such as this, they merely serve to confuse and frighten a simple man like myself. I will say that the experience did not leave me feeling they were bad, so much as very weird. The idea itself has merit, and I think if the underlying chip was a sweet potato one, or if the flavoring had a bit more sugar in it, that this could be very interesting.
On the FACE Rating System, I give this one 0 Faces. I didn't hate them, but I didn't particularly like them either. Mostly, I was left feeling confused, which is not what I'm looking for in a flavored potato snack. Bravo for trying something different though!