Friday, February 15, 2013

Taste Test: Lay's New Sriracha, Chicken and Waffles and Cheesy Garlic Bread Chips

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Lay's new, limited release Cheesy Garlic Bread potato chips. - LIZ MILLER
  • Liz Miller
  • Lay's new, limited release Cheesy Garlic Bread potato chips.

Cheesy Garlic Bread Like the Sriracha chips, we had pretty specific expectations for the Cheesy Garlic Bread and Chicken and Waffle chips -- though the latter two might be slightly more ambitious. Not only do they aim to capture the essences of solid foods with familiar tastes and textures, they're mere cold, crunchy copycats of foods usually served hot.

At face value, our first reaction to Cheesy Garlic Bread potato chips was: Combining cheese and garlic to make a potato chip flavor seems so obvious it's kind of amazing it doesn't already exist. But then we ate a few, and they tasted too familiar. Hauntingly familiar. What is that blend of cheesy, garlicky powder?

Then it dawned on us: Cheesy Garlic Bread potato chips taste like regular Lay's potato chips sprinkled with Kernel Season's Parmesan and Garlic popcorn seasoning, which is not to say they taste bad. Obviously we're on a first-name basis with the Kernel. The taste was cheesy and zesty enough, but the chips were a bit too powdery, leaving our fingers caked in an almost translucent Parmesan and garlic salt dust.

We would eat these again, but we wouldn't, say, hunt them down at the grocery store in a mad fervor again.

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