Review: Lay’s Creamy Bacon Potato Salad Chips (New)

Hmmm…what would make a good flavor for potato chips?

We know!


Yes, Lay’s has a new flavor. Creamy Bacon Potato Salad! Oh my!

Actually, we don’t know if it is really new. The bag doesn’t say it is new. And it is not on Lay’s website. But, we are guessing it is new. Our grocery store has a giant end cap loaded with bags of these suckers. So they must be new. Or something. Time for more beer, as usual…

Seriously, people. Maybe this flavored potato chip thing is getting out of hand. When potato chips have potato flavor, it might just be getting a little bit stupid.

In any case, we found ourselves with a bag of these. We couldn’t resist. We had to review them. Why do we do this shit to ourselves?? Oh, that’s right. For YOU, our dear readers! Thank us.

Lay’s has been introducing tons of new flavors lately. Sometimes, not all the time, the flavors are parts of contests. Some of the new ones are regular Lay’s chips. Others are Kettle Cooked. And so on. These are just regular Lay’s style chips.

We love Frito-Lay. They make the best snacks. But seriously? Creamy Bacon Potato Salad?

Let’s examine the name. Why creamy? What, as opposed to dry potato salad? And why bacon? Because bacon has been trendy for the last ten years?

Well, anyway. Here we go…

We opened the bag and the smell hit us right away. It was like getting punched in the face with fake bacon bits. Twice. There is no smell of potato salad at all, let alone creamy potato salad. And something tells us we should be laughing at the word “creamy” right now.

IMG_20160614_144112Hmmm. What do those look like to you??

Take another look…

IMG_20160614_144141We’re just gonna say it. They look like Lay’s Sour Cream & Onion!

Before we get into the meat and POTATOES (yeah yeah, bad joke!) of the review, take a look at the ingredients…

IMG_20160614_143817It looks like potato salad seasoning is the closest to potato salad we’re getting here, people.

But here is the part that is really scary. “Natural bacon type flavor.” What?? Bacon type?? What the HELL does that mean??

It’s not looking good here. But we shall press on.

Once we got past the smell, and actually tried these sons o’ bitches, the first taste that hit us was a boiled potato flavor. Like the kind that makes up potato salad. This was a very strange sensation. We tasted potato on potato chips. We’re not drunk enough for this, dammit!

It gets stranger from here. Even though we tasted potato on potato, it doesn’t taste like potato salad. At all. And it sure as hell doesn’t taste like creamy potato salad, either.

Let’s not forget that this isn’t supposed to taste like regular potato salad. No! This is bacon potato salad. It’s getting complicated here, you people! And here’s the deal. There is no bacon flavor. None. Absolutely nothing bacon related here. It smells like bacon bits. But it doesn’t taste like bacon. We’re tellin’ ya, we aren’t drunk enough for this! Somebody give us some booze!!

And then, we tried some again hours later. Now, we think we taste a hint of bacon bits. We think!! Or is it mindfuckery at this point?? We don’t know! And we’re still not drunk!

Here it is, kids…these suckers taste like Lay’s Sour Cream & Onion chips. And they look like them too.

After a while, the aftertaste is boiled potatoes again! AHHHHHH!!!! This review is driving us insane!

These should be called Lay’s Sour Cream, Onion, Boiled Potato Mystery Fuckery Flavor Chips! That’s all we taste. That’s it! Finito!

Having said all this, in comparison to some other insane chips we have tried, we can actually eat these. We could see eating them alone, or with food because the flavor is mild enough to not take over your main meal. They’re not bad, they just don’t taste like creamy bacon potato salad. If you didn’t know what they were supposed to taste like, you would have no idea what is going on here.

This is a novelty chip. It is clearly designed for the summer crowd. Potato salad is a summer food for barbecues and picnics. So, call your chips potato salad flavor, and people will buy them for barbecues and picnics! Amazing! It doesn’t take a marketing major to figure this one out!

But the question is why buy these? There is no discernible reason. Buy regular chips and a bucket of potato salad. Or, buy Sour Cream & Onion and a bucket of potato salad. Although these aren’t bad, there is just no point. The flavor doesn’t justify the name or the purchase.

And that’s the deal. These will drive summer sales, but we bet you won’t buy these more than once. We sure as hell won’t.

OK. Enough. We’re confused, tired, and drunk after this review. Take a pass, people.