We Tried the 8 New Flavors of Lay's Potato Chips and Here's What We Thought

We Tried the 8 New Flavors of Lay's Potato Chips and Here's What We Thought

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Lauren Masur
Jul 26, 2018
(Image credit: Joe Lingeman | Kitchn)

If you haven't heard the news, this summer Lay's is celebrating local cuisine across America with fun, regionally-inspired potato chip flavors including Cajun Spice, Chile Con Queso, Chesapeake Bay Crab Spice, Deep Dish Pizza, Fried Pickles with Ranch, New England Lobster Roll, Pimento Cheese, and Thai Sweet Chili.

In the spirit of true investigative journalism, our entire office sampled these eight brand-new, limited-edition flavors (kicking off a delicious-yet-sodium-induced Thirsty Thursday). In lieu of a full-staff road trip, these "Tastes of America" flavors transported us to our favorite state fairs, pizzerias, garden parties, food trucks, docks, and lobster shacks across the country. (And now we all think that we are chip sommeliers.)

Here are our very candid thoughts on just how tasty these chip flavors are.

Cajun Spice

"These taste kinda like a spicy barbecue sauce."

"I could eat 20 pounds of this."

"These don't have the kick that I would expect."

"These taste exactly like Tony's Creole seasoning."

Chile Con Queso

"These are reminiscent of taco seasoning."

"I think I like them?"

"They're kind of lacking, but a good excuse to eat more of the ones that I do like."

Chesapeake Bay Crab Spice

"Hell yeah."

"Mmmm. These taste exactly as described."

"They don't taste like crab. They taste like Old Bay, which is a good thing."

Deep Dish Pizza

"This is kind of barbecue adjacent. Sweet and tomato-y."

"These taste as heavy as a deep dish pizza."

"Woah, these strangely taste like pizza. It's a unique chip."

"This tastes like a pizza bagel or Combos. Or ketchup ... "

Fried Pickles with Ranch

"I'm disappointed. These kind of taste like nothing."

"There is not even a hint of ranch. They just taste fried."

"I need these to be more briny I was excited for these, but they're not pickle-y enough."

"There's a ghost of the flavor."

New England Lobster Roll

"They're kind of a sour cream and onion chip meets a celery chip."

"I'm happy that lobster roll does not taste like lobster."

"This is like the buttered bread of the lobster roll."

"The flavors are right but the timing is off."

Pimento Cheese

"These taste like a less herbaceous version of sour cream and onion."

"These have a suspicion of Cool Ranch."

"Are these sour cream and cheddar just rebranded?"

Thai Sweet Chili

"These taste like upgraded salt and vinegar."

"I love them — they taste like an amazing dipping sauce."

"Overall winner."

"After eating all the other ones, these are definitely the best."

And the winners are ...

After the taste test, two clear favorites emerged (based on initial exclamatory remarks and then subsequent more nuanced criticisms). After this highly scientific method of evaluation, Chesapeake Bay Crab Spice and Thai Sweet Chili are the two flavors worth checking out.

Do you have a favorite?

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