I finally managed to find the new Lay’s global flavors at a store this evening, and am happy to report that while some are better than others, they’re all pretty good and worth getting.
As seen in the pictures, the 4 flavors are (in alphabetical order, by country): Brazilian Picanha (steak w/chimichurri sauce), Chinese Szechuan Chicken, Greek Tzatziki (wavy), and last but not least (spoiler alert: it’s the best one) Indian Tikka Masala (kettle cooked).
First off, I’m happy to have finally found them because I checked quite a few stores last week and came up empty handed (except for some more of those Blueberry Pie Oreos I bought at a Target). They were in a display separate from the chips aisle, so if you look for them, keep that in mind. These were even right by the entrance but I didn’t notice right away.
I couldn’t wait to try them all, so I didn’t. I opened each bag and had a sampling of all 4 flavors, and while they’re all good, they’re definitely not all equal. Here’s my review of each.
First up is the Brazilian Picanha
And I’ll let the back of the bag do the describing (sorry it’s a bit on the blurry side).
And the ingredients so you can see what they use for the flavoring. That’s right, there’s real beef in there (extract and fat anyway)!
This was sadly the weakest of the 4, but that’s not to say it wasn’t good, after all one of them had to be last. It just tasted the least like its picture on the front would have you expect in terms of flavor, but I still couldn’t eat just one.
Next up is the Chinese Szechuan Chicken.
And as you can see they use actual Szechuan Pepper, and real chicken (broth, powder and fat). Gotta give them credit for those natural flavors.
These were good, they had some actual kick to them, spice-wise, and I would rate them above the chimmichurri chips in terms of getting the flavor right. I’d rank it about even with the next one.
Which brings us to the Greek Tzatziki, on the wavy (aka the Lay’s version of Ruffle’s) chips.
These taste very much like if you dipped some wavy chips into actual Tzatziki sauce, and then it dehydrated on the chips before your very eyes. I rate these above the Szechuan Chicken because they get closer to the actual flavor, and because I like the texture of the wavy chips more too.
Last and first is the Indian Tikka Masala, which happens to grace the kettle cooked style of chips, which means it combines a flavor I really like with my favorite style of potato chip. It was never a fair fight.
The picture on the front might show a dish of Chicken Tikka Masala, which happens to be something I order whenever I’m at an Indian restaurant, but the ingredients themselves are meat free, so if you’re vegetarian, you’ll want to stick with the Greek and Indian flavored offerings. If you’re vegan, you’ll have to avoid them all since there’s either meat or dairy in all the ingredients.
The Tikka Masala flavor on these chips is so strong that you can even smell it, taking a whiff from the bag. And they got the taste down very nicely. And as I already said, I love those kettle cooked chips, so this one is definitely my favorite.
I will say if you don’t like the actual flavor any of these chips are supposed to convey, then they’re all close enough that you probably won’t like the chips, so keep that in mind, and good luck finding them if you’re looking. Enjoy!