For those of you who don’t know, Lay’s has held a “Do Us A Flavor” Campaign every year since 2013. In this campaign, Lay’s allows the public to create and vote for Lay’s potato chip flavors. The flavour that gets the highest number of votes is actually created and sold by Lay’s. Past winners include Southern Biscuits and Gravy, Cheesy Garlic Bread, and Kettle Cooked Wasabi Ginger. And believe me, if you think those flavors are out-of-the-box, you won’t believe the flavors that were submitted but didn't make the cut.
Check out the 20 most outrageous Lay’s flavors suggested during their annual “Do Us A Flavor” contest!
20 Strawberry Cheesecake
In addition to the terribly artificial strawberry flavor that would be infused into this chips, there's just no way these could ever replace actual strawberry cheesecake.
19 Cheddar Beer Soup
Cheddar chips – I could certainly get on board with that. But, beer flavored chips? I know this is probably a super exciting prospect for all the guys out there, but I really don’t need a dark ale-flavour mixing with the sacred purity of cheddar cheese.
18 Blueberry Muffin
Apparently blueberry chips do exist in some Asian countries, however, if I’m being honest, I’m not sure North America is ready for blueberry flavored chips, let alone blueberry muffin flavored chips. Generally speaking, blue is not a great color for food (just ask Bridget Jones!).
17 Crunchy Frog and Blue Cheese
Okay so I get where this guy is going, and I suppose in some ways this flavour could be considered quite gourmet. But I must say, the term, “crunchy frog,” really doesn’t do it for me.
16 Haggis and Watermelon
I imagine this was submitted by someone from Scotland? I’m not exactly sure how Lay’s would manufacture a chip infused with the taste of sheep’s heart, liver, and lungs – but if they somehow managed it, I’m really not sure we would welcome the addition of an artificial watermelon taste on top of it all.
15 Peanut Butter and Banana
Let’s just leave this beloved sandwich alone. I recognize that peanut butter and banana go well together, but on a chip... really???
14 Grilled Cheese Donut
I’m really not sure what this would taste like. After all, a donut doesn’t taste like much. It’s the icing, fillings and sprinkles that add flavor – so perhaps these chips would just be ridiculously sweet with a hint of cheese and then some colorful sprinkles thrown on top?
13 Pumpkin Pie
This one doesn’t come as too much of a surprise given the pumpkin spice obsession of the past few years. However, I must say I’m extremely glad that Lay’s did not go through with producing a pumpkin spice flavored potato chip. Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice are four ingredients that should not be put on a chip.
Yes, that's right, butter was among the Lay’s flavor submissions in recent years. I really don’t think we need to be adding butter to these already calorie-filled potato chips.
I’m all for food hybrids, but I just don’t think this one would work. No matter what, there’s no way a single potato chip could capture the essence that is seaweed, rice, veggies, and fish.
10 Cranberry Sauce
Come on, guys. Cranberry sauce is for Thanksgiving and turkey, not for chips.
9 Popcorn Chicken
Ok, so neither of these flavors sound terrible individually. But I imagine the flavor is meant to be popcorn chicken, as in miniature chicken nuggets like what KFC sells, in which case, I really don't think we need to be thinking of ways to eat more KFC.
8 Avocado Omelette
The specificity of this submission is pretty hilarious, and I agree (as does all of California) that avocado is a delicious food that goes with almost anything. That being said, potato chips are one example of something that avocado and egg do not go with.
7 The Tears of My Enemies (Extra Salty)
I love the title, but I really don’t think Lay’s needs to produce an extra salty chip. Once you try the reduced salt chips and then go back to the regularly salted Lay’s, you’ll realize just how salty the originals are. Perhaps they will consider renaming the original to "The Tears of My Enemies"?
6 Salted Caramel
Enough with the sweet chips! Let’s just stick to savory, please, oh please.
5 Hot Banana Ketchup
This is quite an original submission, though I’m not sure the flavors work well together. Of course, ketchup chips already exist, and adding a bit of spice to them would probably be okay, but adding a banana flavor on top of that? Ugh.
4 Thin Crust Pizza
Again, very specific. I’m not opposed to the idea of pizza-flavored chips, but why “thin crust”? And how exactly would that translate into potato chips that are already ridiculously thin?
3 Orange Juice & Toothpaste
Okay this person is just pure evil. Everyone knows the absolute worst thing is taking a sip of orange juice after brushing your teeth. Mint and citrus do not mix well.
2 Strawberry Milkshake
Sort of similar to the Strawberry Cheesecake flavor at the beginning, but this submission is calling for the addition of a creamy ice cream flavor too. I get adding cheese to chips, but somehow I really can’t get my head around the idea of dairy in the form of ice cream being infused into a chip.
1 90% Air and Like 4 Chips
Amazingly accurate. While this isn’t technically a flavor, I love the bold honesty of this submission. Because, seriously, opening a bag of chips is always a let down.