For the last few years the Frito-Lay company have run a contest called “Do us a Flavor” (Note – You’ll need to log in with Facebook to view anything, and they’ll harass you to post to there if you vote on anything…that annoys me to no end) where people across the US are invited to submit their suggestions for new flavours of potato chips. The first winner was the “Cheesy Garlic Bread” flavor, which is now in occasional rotation for sale. There was also the “Chicken and Waffles” flavor. I tried that one, and I can tell you, it had a real maple syrupy flavour to it which was not very good.
Last year, when they held the contest, they had their four finalists –
- Cheddar Bacon Mac-and-Cheese
- Mango Salsa (Wavy Lays)
- Wasabi Ginger (Kettle Cooked)
I tried all four flavours and, thanks to finding the small bags on a quick pit-stop at a grocery store to get cash out on my way to Chicago, found small bags to send along to Snoskred, so she could try them out herself and give an opinion. Just a side note – she found the Wasabi Ginger flavour her favourite of them all.
This is what I thought of the different flavours –
Cappuccino? It’s actually quite interesting, but it doesn’t have enough of a coffee taste for my liking, so I didn’t really like it. Cheddar Bacon Mac and Cheese? I didn’t notice any bacon flavour in there at all, and to combine the macaroni flavour into a potato doesn’t really work. I was not a fan of this one either. The Mango Salsa was the one that I was wanting to try the most of them all, as it sounded so promising. In fact, it was the one that I tried to vote for, but couldn’t since for some reason they make you either sign in with Facebook or use a text message. I was totally uncertain about the Wasabi Ginger one, as it sounded such a weird flavour combination, but HELLO! this is what you mix in with your sushi, so of course it’s a good fit! I tried it and it was actually quite awesome
When the results were announced, I was admittedly expecting the bacon Mac and Cheese to come out on top, because of the bacon thing…but it was the Wasabi Ginger, and I was asked to by Snoskred (and I quote here) “Send me about 600 packets pls! ;)”
Figuring that they would have them in the stores right away, I thought this would not be a problem, even going so far as offering to get the 600 packets as requested (though quoted as 50 dozen). There was some other stuff that I was lining up to send along anyway…
So, I go to the store. None there…just the regular flavours. And I go to a different store…nope. Literally all winter, whenever I would go into a grocery store, I would take a trip down the chips aisle and see if they had the Wasabi Ginger chips and the answer Every. Single. Time. was “Nope! Not today!” Of course, over this time, I’ve got a package pretty much ready to go, and I pretty much give up on it and finally sent the package out, substituting the (equally as awesome) cheddar and sour cream flavour of chips in place of the wasabi ginger ones.
And wouldn’t you know it? Literally 7 days after I send the package with the substitute image, I see the image above (well I saw the cheddar bacon mac chips first, but figured they’d be there)…Considering the numerous fruitless searches I had for these chips, immediately upon seeing them, I snapped 4 into my trolley and was on my way.
The other package? Well, it was delivered today, and the contents will have been well noted by now, and well enjoyed
Oh, and to the people at Frito-Lay…well played sirs. You successfully trolled me by making them available just after I sent the other chips (also made by your company may I add thankyouverymuch) out 😉