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Lay's Do us a Flavour - any good?

what are your ratings on the 4 flavours? (caesar, grilled cheese, maple moose, perogy) some of us don't - or shouldn't - eat enough chips to try them all :)

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  1. I tried the perogy one, it wasn't very memorable; Not very flavourful. I hear the maple moose is pretty good.

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    1. re: h3llbringer

      I hated the moose; I had one and the aftertaste was terrible....

      1. re: Shimso

        it tasted like burnt metal to me for some reason. ick.

    2. I had the caesar. At first I thought it tasted like sour cream and onion, but the more I ate, the more the caesar dressing came through. And that's exactly what they taste like...kraft caesar vinaigrette. If you like that, then you'll like these. I personally wasn't a fan.

      1. My kids got excited about these, so w have tried them all. Most ended up in the garbage.
        Perogy platter was our favourite but tasted a lot like sour cream and onion. Caesar was our second choice but none of us had more than a couple of chips. None of us like maple moose or grilled cheese. Maple moose was more of a sweet BBQ flavour. However a friend who is trying to go gluten free was really excited about the grilled cheese flavour. She felt like she was getting the flavour of the bread from the chips. We were happy to leave the bag with her!

        1. i have tried all four flavors, kinda liked the maple moose,perogy and Caesar flavours but i thought the grilled cheese was horrid. the only company i know that does chip/crisp flavors properly is Walkers chips from Britain. their Moroccan lamb was one of the best Ive had from them.

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          1. re: youdonut

            Lay's and Walkers are the same company.

            1. re: h3llbringer

              no they are not the same, they are both owned by pepsico yes but they are not the same. Krispy Kreme, Dairy Queen and Subway subs are all owned by McDonalds but i wouldn't call the the same either..
              Walkers has a way of getting the flavors of their chips to taste exactly as they are printed on the package unlike lays where the flavor seems to be an approximate if you think about it hard enough.

              1. re: youdonut

                Not sure about this post. Is that a typo? McDonald's, Subway, Dairy Queen and KK are all separate companies. They are not all owned by McDonald's.

                1. re: justsayn

                  Yeah, I thought McDonald's opened chipotle to compete with subway?

                    1. re: youdonut

                      You really can't believe what you read wherever you read it. Not to mention on such shady looking sites! Wikis are crap without further validation. Do your own research. ;-)

                      1. re: youdonut

                        check out what they own on that site now! Anyone can add our change anything.

                        1. re: youdonut

                          According to the NYSE MCD is currently only McDonald's stores.

                          1. re: LexiFirefly

                            Well I know they got out of Chipotle quite a few years ago. Same with Boston Market. I didn't realize they are back to only being McDonald's.

                          2. re: youdonut

                            They even have Burgers Priest on that list...so yeah it's a very credible list...

                          3. re: LexiFirefly

                            I believe they bought into an already existing Chipotle and expanded and sold off.

                            1. re: justsayn

                              They sold it in 2006 I think. The SO and I sometimes go into Wikipedia holes on stuff like this. Once we did a soft drink one and including checking sources it lasted six hours. The thing we do on our days off when the kids not around :) Anyhoo sorry for the off topic sub thread!

                    2. re: youdonut

                      I assume you mean "flavours that taste like something else"? I like Tyrells, especially the Mature Cheddar & Chives, but they don't taste of anything other than crisps with cheese an chives.

                      Trying to avoid eating any...

                    3. I won't support any freeze dried, concocted, chemical flavors with a purchase.

                      Other people's however, I don't mind one or two . Or a few.

                      1. They are all uninteresting. The worst was Maple Moose, which tasted neither of maple or moose. The others ranged from uninspired to repulsive.

                        I bought all four flavours and we taste-tested them at the office. Some people actually spit out the Maple Moose.

                        1. The "Caesar" tasted like sour cream n' onion..fail
                          The "Grilled Cheese tasted like ketchup chips with a hint of cheese..fail..
                          Also I thought "Poutine" was one of the top choices?

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                          1. re: petek

                            I thought the "Caesar" tasted like sour cream and onion as well, until I ate more of them, and then they tasted exactly like cheap bottled Caesar vinaigrette.

                          2. Unfortunately our two bags ended up in the garbage - grilled cheese was awful, and the caesar wasn't much better. So disappointing....

                            1. Oddly I enjoyed the grilled cheese, I thought the tomato/cheese combo was novel, unlike pierogi platter which seemed another variation on sour cream and bacon. Nothing to crave or buy again though.

                              1. Tried the grilled cheese variety and found it rather underwhelming.

                                DT

                                1. Maple sounds the most appealing IMO, but then again I'm a big fan of anything maple

                                  1. ok thanks, it sounds like none of them is anything to write home about. the poutine idea sounds great. i missed the whole contest. i would have submitted an idea that is not based on or derivative of any existing canadian chip flavours (as far as i know).

                                    on a related note, i noticed that my local store started stocking irresistibles brand "30% thicker cut" rippled kettle chips in barbeque and honey dijon flavours.

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                                    1. re: ta0126

                                      They also have plain ones. Nothing but potato, sunflower oil and salt.

                                    2. I liked the perogy flavour. Subtle bacon and sour cream taste.

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                                      1. re: happycamper

                                        I liked them too. I could taste the bacon, but it wasn't as overpowering as it is in bacon chips.

                                        Tried the grilled cheese and didn't mind them, but couldn't eat more than a couple before getting tired of them.

                                      2. I tried all of them, except the perogy. Maple moose was weird..I noticed on the package it contains sweeteners which just isn't what I want in a chip.
                                        Grilled cheese and ceaser were ok...I don't think I'd choose either as a 'first choice' in the snack aisle
                                        I was hoping to see a Ceaser cocktail or pulled pork flavour!

                                        1. Lays has different flavours in the US. I was in Maine this summer and they have chicken and waffles, cheesie garlic bread and sriracha. Chicken and waffles tasted vaguely maple syrup-y but that was about it. We ate it but it was a bit of a struggle. The cashier at Hannaford's recommended the garlic cheese bread which apparently won the contest.

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                                          1. re: crawfish

                                            " I was in Maine this summer and they have chicken and waffles"

                                            Damn! That was one of my submissions(+Buttermilk Fried Chicken and a few others)
                                            I'm sure it's a daunting task to try and get all the subtle flavors of some of these recipes on a chip..

                                          2. They were all pretty uninspiring.

                                            Caesar was the least adventuresome, but boring.
                                            Grilled cheese had an aftertaste of grilled cheese. Boring.
                                            Maple moose actually tasted like the two flavours combined. My favourite, of a weak set of choices.
                                            Perogis were horrible. I actually could not tell what the flavour was supposed to be. My least favourite.

                                            1. new canadian flavours for this year:
                                              http://www.lays.ca/

                                              i tried the cinnamon bun. the cinnamon flavour is fine, but it's put on a mostly plain potato chip. there doesn't seem to be much sweetness to them, although the ingredients do list sugar and brown sugar. i think i would have preferred it if they went full dessert on it and made it sweeter, but maybe people would not be able to eat very many if they did. i think they are edible but not good enough to buy again. wondering if the others are worth a try.

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                                              1. re: ta0126

                                                Can you buy them in small bags or only the large bags?

                                                1. re: kwass

                                                  You can buy in small bags. I didn't like jalapeno Mac n cheese but cinnamon bun was interesting. True they aren't very sweet and a bit strange but there is something interesting about them. The chip is very thin and of course potato-chip-greasy so it was kind of like eating a very flaky cinnamon treat. The more I ate the more I liked them but I don't think I will get them again. I want to try Tzatziki.

                                                  1. re: justsayn

                                                    The flavour of the tzatziki chips is punch-you-in-the-face strong, but it's not bad. It captures the taste of tzatziki pretty well.

                                                    1. re: justsayn

                                                      Thanks js. I'm going to have to try the cinnamon bun, and I want to try the tazatziki as well

                                                      1. re: justsayn

                                                        I found the Tzatziki ok, but I'd choose Sour Cream & Onion over Tzatziki if I had a choice. The older I get, and the more flavours that come out, the more I realize I rather just eat Plain, Salt & Vinegar or Sour Cream & Onion when it comes to Canadian chips. What I do crave and have never found in Canada are the Paprika and Provencal flavours sold in Europe.

                                                        1. re: prima

                                                          One of my favourite chip lines is the Irresistibles "Old Fashioned - à l'ancienne" by Metro brands. They are the so-called Kettle type. The plain ones have only three ingredients: potatoes, sunflower oil and sea salt. I think I prefer those - ideally WITH Tzatziki - but I also like the parmesan + garlic and the cheddar cheese + onion, which are sort of variations on sour cream and onion.

                                                          I don't know if they are available outside Québec and Ontario.

                                                          I also miss the paprika and provençal flavours. However, I no longer like the salt and vinegar, as I find the white vinegar taste too harsh. If I recall, I've had British chips with a softer malt vinegar taste...

                                                          1. re: prima

                                                            Sour cream and onion and salt and vinegar are two of my favourites too, although I've just discovered a new favourite as well. Has anyone tried loaded baked potato? It's a mix of sour cream and onion, bacon and cheese, and it's really delicious!

                                                            Prima, how does the tzatziki flavour differ from just regular sour cream and onion? The description on the website makes them sound almost identical.

                                                            1. re: kwass

                                                              There's a definite dill/garlic/other dried herb taste in the Tzatziki, but they seemed to lack the tang of Dill Pickle chips. I couldn't really taste any yogurt or cucumber flavour. Tasted like a Greek - inspired garlic & herb flavour to me. Seemed saltier than regular Sour Cream & Onion.

                                                            2. re: prima

                                                              I prefer the Tzatziki to sour cream and onion, which I find oddly sweet. The Mac n cheese ones I assumed would be just another spicy cheese flavour, but I kinda like them - the cheese tastes a little smoother than the typical cheddar chip flavour, which I find a bit much. So basically I guess I like these two flavours for not being as overwhelming as standard chip flavours!

                                                            3. re: justsayn

                                                              The cinnamon are definitely edible. Buy again? Nah.

                                                          2. re: ta0126

                                                            Thanks for the report - I was strangely tempted by the concept, but was also thinking they'd be fairly sweet.

                                                            1. re: ta0126

                                                              I tried the bacon poutine flavour so far and the chips tasted slightly like the bbq flavour but barely noticeable. I have also tried the jalapeno mac 'n cheese and they have a slight bite due to the jalapeno flavour but again barely noticeable. I would like to try the tzatziki flavour since I am on a roll but not the cinnamon ones since I prefer my chips salty not sweet. So far I'm not overwhelmed and will probably stick to my favourite salt and vinegar chips.

                                                            2. Reminds me of the short-lived orange, cherry and grape-flavoured chips of the 70's.

                                                              1. I tried the bacon - awful, threw them in the garbage.

                                                                1. I hope they continue the Tatziki after the promo is over. I can eat the whole bag.

                                                                  As for the other flavours why even bother? I'm old enough to have lived thru really bad marketing campaigns where they introduce flavours that don't really work with salty chips (anything sweet) or taste like a version of something they already produce.

                                                                  Marketers...

                                                                  While on the topic I tried to enter some flavour suggestions that play up our multicultural and exotic Canadian foods and the stupid computer would not recognize my entries. It seemed they had to fall into certain typical categories. I'm surprised Tziki made it through.

                                                                  1. We tried all of the flavours last year and I didn't particularly enjoy any of them. Tonight we tried the bacon poutine and I actually like them, I had to put the bag in the cupboard or we would have eaten them all! Next up for us will be the cinnamon bun.

                                                                    1. I tried the tzatziki and found them super salty and almost too much flavour..I think I prefer the similar but better sour cream onion. Also tried Cinnomen bun...interesting. Kinda like a beaver tail, but in a chip. Different at least, which is fun..

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                                                                      1. re: burlgurl

                                                                        The tzatziki was absolutely disgusting. Cucumber flavour was too strong and fake.

                                                                      2. I tried the cinnamon bun flavour tonight, and hated them. I ate 2 chips and threw out the rest of the bag :(

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                                                                        1. re: kwass

                                                                          I thought they initially had this fake or "enhanced" cinnamon mouth aroma, reminded me of Cinnabon (of which I'm not a fan, and I don't think you are either?). Once I got past that, they were good enough to keep eating, but nothing amazing. My daughter said she could "taste the icing" which I think came from the buttermilk powder (think cream cheese icing, again not my favourite on cinnamon buns), which I did think was clever of them to throw in there. But I definitely found the first few bites the worst so I get how you could hate them!

                                                                          1. re: julesrules

                                                                            And it's not that I don't like cinnamon sugar on a salty snack. Kettle corn has an awesome flavour called drizzled cinnamon sugar, and it's fantastic, but these chips just tasted weird.

                                                                        2. Kudos to all here for taking one for the team. :)

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                                                                          1. re: Pincus

                                                                            The kids love it. I think they like the gross ones best of all - they can tell all their friends about the disgusting chip flavour they tried.

                                                                            1. re: cheesymama

                                                                              Bragging rights for grossness -- typical kids' behaviour.