Style: Passport to Flavor
Origin: United States
Type: Potato Chips
Flavor: Indian Tikka Masala tastes amazing, the rest are good to not very good
Verdict: Approved (except for the Chinese Szechuan Chicken)
OH EM GEE SNACKIES!!! I am officially launching my video taste tests!!! This project has been in the works in my snacktastic little brain for literally years, and in reality for several months, so I cannot even express how freaking excited I am right now to be sharing this with you all! I LOVE snacks so much and all I have ever wanted to do is share my love with the world...so hello world, here I am! Love me! Eat snacks with me! <3
To celebrate the launch of my new show and of the new channel I will be featured on, Querd Collective, I'm having a giveaway! Enter below to win not only a full set of the Lay's Passport to Flavor chips, but another special snackie prize that will be announced in next week's video! What will it be?! Who knows?!?! I do! But I'm not telling :D
First off, though, the moment you have really been waiting for...my Lay's Passport to Flavor review! Every summer I get really stoked because Lay's always has some kind of weird flavor promotion going on. The past few years, it's been the Do Us A Flavor contest where you get to vote on a new flavor, but this year, they are featuring four globally-inspired flavors. I'm really excited because these were actually better than a lot of the Do Us A Flavor entries. The flavors were stronger and felt much more inspired.
The worst flavor, by far, was the Chinese Szechuan Chicken. It smelled like the bathroom after you've eaten too much Chinese food, if you catch my drift, and the taste wasn't much better. It was minimally spicy, and just had a very heavy, meaty, soy sauce type flavor. Somehow, it was complex yet boring all at the same time...really difficult to manage that, but they did it, and it was not a good. Womp-womp.
The best flavor was the Indian Tikka Masala. It was SO GOOD! It smelled like the inside of an Indian restaurant in the best way. The taste is divine. They are in the running for my favorite chip flavor ever, and if you know me at all, you should know that is a big freaking deal! There is a dish called Aloo Gobi that I get fairly often at my favorite Indian restaurant that's made of potatoes and cauliflower and these chips taste just like that. I've never actually eaten tikka masala, so I can't speak for whether it tastes just like that, but it doesn't matter, because these are so, so, so good!
The Brazilian Picanha chips were also pretty tasty, although not quite as much as the masala. These are supposed to taste like steak and chimichurri, and they didn't quite nail it, but they got pretty darn close. The steak flavor is pretty incredible - you can definitely taste the smoky meat flavor throughout the whole bite, but the chimichurri is a little less potent. I would have loved for these to have more of the herbal, sour, and spicy flavors of chimichurri to come through more.
Finally, the Greek Tzatziki chips - these were also pretty good. Tzatziki is a Greek dip made of yogurt, cucumbers, dill, and garlic, and for these chips, the strongest flavor was by far cucumber. They tasted like Bath and Body Works cucumber melon spray, but not really in a bad way. There's a slightly sour undercurrent representing the yogurt, and at the end of the bite, you can taste the spices a little bit.
So basically, if you can get a hold of these before they all fly off the shelves, grab for the Indian ones first!! And whatever you do, don't get the Chinese ones unless you're just looking to taste all of them. Or do, if you like soy sauce? *shrug*
If you would like to see the video version of this review, here it is!
Anyway, on to other important things, like my giveaway!! All the prizes are being provided by me, this isn't sponsored or anything, it's all out of the goodness of my snacky little heart! Here it is:
Thanks for reading and thanks for watching!!