Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Moonlight Motel Guest Reviews: Eric F. - Lay's Do Us a Flavor Contest is Back, and Time for Another Taste Test

Hi gang! We've got one of those awesome guest reviews today from our Boston correspondent of sorts, Eric F., who loves tasting new flavors of old classics and has once again tried all the new Lay's potato chip flavors for us from the latest Do Us a Flavor contest! Here's his review!

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2015



Ok, folks, it's that time of year again, when Lay's holds their "Do Us a Flavor" potato chip contest in which millions of chip lovers across the country submit flavors in hopes of getting selected as a finalist. Well, the wait is over, and this year's 4 finalist flavors are New York Reuben, Southern Biscuits and Gravy, Greektown Gyro and West Coast Truffle Fries. As with the previous year, I bought bags of all the flavors and did my little taste test. IMO these flavors are much more interesting than last year's picks, for the most part. So without further ado, here are my impressions of them. And once again, my sincere thanks to Monty for posting these mini-reviews on his site!

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First, I decided to try the flavor that many are calling the best of the bunch, Southern Biscuits and Gravy. The verdict: a very authentic gravy flavor, no question. Biscuits don't have a lot of taste in and of themselves, so the gravy taste was definitely the make-or-break of this chip. And they did a great job with it. I've only eaten gravy with turkey, but I can easily discern the gravy flavor here. It even has a little spiciness to it that enhances the chip. I'm skeptical as to whether this will be my own personal favorite of the 4, but it gets a thumbs-up from me without a doubt.





Next up, the New York Reuben. The verdict: Yumm, enough said. The dominant flavor is definitely the corned beef, with the sauerkraut and pickle flavors being more of an afterthought, but still definitely present. I've never had an actual reuben sandwich, but after eating this chip I certainly want to! Nicely done, Lay's.





Next up, Greektown Gyro, kettle cooked style. Meh. This one didn't do much for me. I'm guessing that the meat and tzatziki sauce are the most dominant flavors, and my palate did not accept them with open arms. I wouldn't buy this one again. Not terrible by any means, but it just didn't appeal to me.





And lastly, West Coast Truffle Fries, wavy style. Another meh for me. Basically, it's just a regular potato chip flavor with a bit of a spicy ring to it. Very unexciting and unoriginal. Somewhat tasty, but hardly worthy to be a finalist. I wouldn't buy this again.

So to conclude, I think this year's flavors are more "fun" than last year's, even if I wasn't blown away by all of them. But the New York Reuben is my choice for the winner hands-down. I better stock up on it in case it doesn't win though, because from what I've been reading, the Southern Biscuits and Gravy is also a big hit, and could very well win instead. Until next time, keep snackin'!

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Thanks a bunch for that awesome review, Eric!

Personally, I'd really be interested in trying that biscuits and gravy flavor! Texas is kinda separate from the official "South", and is more its own thing, but we do share a lot of things in common. I think biscuits and gravy are somewhat popular here too, ha. I know I enjoy them. And, yep, I've heard around myself that it just might be the winning flavor, but good luck to your pick too! - Monty


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