Fair Warning: Lay's Sriracha and Chicken and Waffles Will Hurt Your Soul

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I'm doing you a flavor favor.

You're welcome.

I work on commission though, so accordingly, I'll need you all to send me a dollar. This is a steal because I've saved you at least $6, which is almost two gallons of gas that could get you out to Joe Pool Lake to stare at the murky shore line, weep softly and contemplate where flavor enhancers went wrong.

This weekend I bought two bags of the new Lay's chips. See, the kids over at Frito Lay in Plano recently chose three new flavors, all of which were suggested on their Facebook page and last week said chips were packed high and tight on supermarket shelves.

Now, we're all supposed to vote on which is the best. So, on Sunday, I bought a bag of the Sriracha and Chicken and Waffles -- leaving the Cheesy Garlic Parmesan Bread behind because three bags was too much and it seemed the most predictable.

Turns out, what we're actually doing is voting on which is the least worst.

Let's just make this simple. From my jury of six highly refined junked-out palates, four spat the chips out almost immediately. Some had to be reprimanded for where they spat, although, honestly, the reprimand was a doled out with a bit of sympathy.

The Chicken and Waffles taste like licking a table at an IHOP. The Sriracha ... I honestly just don't know what it tasted like. At first, it had the piquancy of the spicy condiment, but was followed by something like a nuclear junk yard. I can almost guarantee this is a far cry from what Tyler Raineri from Lake Zurich, Illinois, had in mind when he suggested this flavor because his sweet little grandma used to make home-made chips and dip them in Sriracha.

After the tasting, which lasted all of 42 seconds, I actually considered taking both bags back to the store and for a refund. My jury left the house to wander the city streets aimlessly. Do you have any idea how defeating it is to think you have two bags of chips to plow through at lunch, only to have your taste buds completely violated? It was the ultimate letdown of all beautiful Sunday letdowns.

The Cheesy Garlic Parmesan Bread chips get our votes simply by not being there. A win by default. A win for failing to assault.


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deleoje
deleoje

which stores in dallas have them? i haven't been able to find them anywhere since they hit shelves

Mental_Gopher
Mental_Gopher

You're better off not trying the Cheesy Bread flavor. They taste like the way smelly feet reek and they have a metallic aftertaste.

I ended up voting for Sriracha just for being the least disgusting. 

jacknasty83
jacknasty83

my roommate bought them all to try, we haven't opened the chicken and waffles yet.   The cheesy garlic bread basically just tastes like a grosser version of sour cream and cheddar, which Lay's version of isn't that good anyways especially compared to Ruffles addictive version.   I thought the sriracha was awesome though, I would totally buy them again...much better than the tapatio or spicey queso ones they already sell. 

Cathey Reighley Treider
Cathey Reighley Treider

I saw this on GMA a few days ago . . . they put on a good face but I don't think they liked the chips much . . .did not make me want to run out and try them!

Amy Churchwell
Amy Churchwell

Observer says theyr'e gross too Cliff Churchwell!

David Norton
David Norton

The chicken and waffles seemed ... interesting. To bad.

John Stevenson
John Stevenson

This is terribly disheartening. Of course, I'll be taking nobody's word but my own when it comes to the Sriracha ones, but I'll concede that you warned me...

Crystal Aldrich
Crystal Aldrich

I expected the chips to be bad. They do not taste any worse than ramen. The chicken and waffle chips were surprisingly delicious. You know what I did not like was Pringles upscale version of chips. Those were ick.

Mary Silla
Mary Silla

I had hopes for the sriracha flavored chips. they taste nothing like sriracha, Lays should really rename them spicy cheese or sour cream and sriracha.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

this is some racist shit for real.  Chicken and Waffles, WTF?  Hey whitey I know you are scared to go to Roscoe's so we are going to put this in a nice little bag you can pick up at Tom Thumb

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

Chips are overrated (but not as overrated as nasty ketchup); they only make you lazy and fat! Man I'd much rather throw some lettuce, vinegar and tomatoes in a bowl........ah, frickin' lost art of effort.  I'm good with a bag of chips about once a year, I usually pass them with a hearty MEH. 

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

I'm guessing that they taste like desperation.

jacknasty83
jacknasty83

@ScottsMerkin I hope you're kidding, I think it's more racist that you assume only black people eat chicken and waffles and it wouldn't be a flavor that appeals to chicken and waffle fans of all races.   And have you ever been to Roscoe's?  There are white people there every time I've gone. 

J_A_
J_A_

@ScottsMerkin Same could be said about the Sriracha flavor. Hey whitey, I know you think you're all exotic and shit eating pho (it's pronounced "FUH") so remind yourself how exotic you are every night at home with some Lay's potato chips.

J_A_
J_A_

@kergo1spaceship What warm blooded American hates ketchup? It's made up of 95% sugar you know.

deeplume
deeplume

@Mervis My dad brought ketchup potato chips home one year from Pakistan. They were so good, although I can't imagine being able to stomach them now. Remember funky purple Heinz?

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