The four new flavors: truffle fries, New York Reuben, biscuits and gravy, and gyro.

The four new flavors: truffle fries, New York Reuben, biscuits and gravy, and gyro.

Lay's

In the last few weeks, you may have noticed oddly flavored Lay's chips in your local grocery aisles. It's the annual Do Us A Flavor contest, in which Plano-based Frito Lay introduces four new, fan-created flavors for the public to judge.

We bought a batch of the new chips to try out and evaluate. Results were ... mixed, at best. You can taste for yourself vote via Twitter and Instagram using the hashtags #VoteTruffleFries, #VoteBiscuits, #VoteReuben and #VoteGyro. 

Our verdict? #VoteNormalChips.

Wavy West Coast Truffle Fries

This was by far the most-liked flavor among our group. There was only one problem with that: They're basically sour cream and onion Lay's. Several of our tasters could tell no difference. 

"There's no truffle at all," said one taster. That turned out to be not entirely true: When we looked at the ingredients, black truffle was on the list, third from last. Want to know what else was in the ingredients? Duck fat and chicken fat. That really didn't please the two vegetarians in the group. 

Our potato chip bounty, ready for tasting

Our potato chip bounty, ready for tasting

Tiney Ricciardi

Southern Biscuits and Gravy

If a big ol' mouthful of sage sounds like something you're into, this is your chip. "It tastes like stuffing," was one assessment. We didn't get that homey feel that you get from biscuits and gravy. All we got was a mouthful of spice and a strange aftertaste. 

Chip train!

Chip train!

Tiney Ricciardi

New York Reuben

Arguably the weirdest flavor on the list, the Reuben chips weren't the worst. They weren't far off, though. We did get the sauerkraut flavor, but that's not necessarily a good thing. This chip confused one of our tasters so much, she could only describe it thusly: "Bomb of mouth sandwich." 

Kettle Cooked Greektown Gyro

This flavor was divisive. Opinions ranged from "fine" to "hands down the worst thing I have ever put in my mouth." The chip was so intensely spiced, you really couldn't tell what on earth was happening in your mouth. It alternately tasted like meat, dill, garlic and "green Jolly Ranchers and feta. Fake feta." In our informal group voting, it ranked at the bottom. We're apparently in the minority, though. In the voting, Greektown Gyro is Texas' favorite flavor so far. Texas, I implore you: What is wrong with you?

Bottom line? Yuck.

The entire group agreed: None of us would buy any of these flavors again. In fact, the most praise could muster up about three of the flavors was "not terrible." 

Our tasters were: Sarah Blaskovich, Sara Frederick Burgos, Norma Cavazos, Britton Peele, Ann Pinson, Alyssa Powell, Tiney Ricciardi, Shannon Sutlief, Mandi Thomas, Amanda Wilkins, Brentney Hamilton and Hannah Wise.

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