• Mexico
  • Sabritas Crema y Especias – Completely Unexpected Turn of Flavors


    Sour Cream & Spices flavor from Sabritas (also known as Lay’s, Walkers or Smith’s in other countries) turned out to be a surprisingly unique, interesting and delicious combination of flavors. This is not the Sour Cream & Onion flavor we are all so used to. By ‘spices’ they mean a mixture of unidentified seasoning with a decent hint of lime. Remember, we’re in Mexico! Mexicanos put it on everything. There was also a very slight trace of sweetness there that reminded me about the grossest potato chip flavor in the world, but in this case it’s so light that it’s hardly even there.

    Bought in San José del Pacífico, Mexico.

    My rating: 8/10.

  • USA
  • Lay’s Kettle Cooked Lattice Cut Aged Cheddar & Black Pepper – I’m Excited


    I’m becoming a bit obsessed with Lattice Cut chips by Lay’s. I love the fact that they have enough flavor to eat them on their own, but at the same time, thanks to this clever cut, they’re also perfect for dipping. Some are slightly better than others though. So far, my favorite flavor from the line is Roasted Garlic & Sea Salt. The ones I’m about to review are not as exciting as their garlicky relatives, but are still on the pretty impressive side.

    The cheesy part of Aged Cheddar & Black Pepper seasoning is addictive and it’s pretty interesting to have it with all the black pepper. The black pepper flavor is very strong. I’m not sure if the chips need so much of it. Anyhow, that’s the part that only makes them even more fascinating. I think I would prefer a different type of pepper in this combo though. Possibly jalapeño, whereas black pepper would probably work better with some sort of white cheese.

    I still really enjoyed eating them and my partner in crime loved them too.

    Bought in Honolulu, HI.

    My rating: 8/10.

  • Thailand
  • Lay’s Thailand – Which Ones Are The Best?


    I have reviewed some of the Lay’s Thailand chips in the past – both on the website and my Instagram account. Traveling in Asia helped me get my hands on even more flavors.

    They have some international flavors like English, Mexican and Italian. More surprisingly than not, these are probably the best flavors they currently have to offer.

    The Mexican ones (Mexican BBQ?) have a lot of flavor and are very nicely spiced – not too much, not too little. Rating: 8/10.

    The Salmon & Cream Cheese flavor is OK, but not fishy/salmony enough – I was hoping for something more shocking. These definitely left me a little disappointed. Still pretty tasty though. Rating: 7/10.

    Italian Supreme cheese flavor isn’t so supreme. I had mixed feelings, actually. The cheese flavor is good, but not strong enough. Rating: 7/10.

    Thai Fried Larb flavor not just sounds, but is pretty fascinating. Larb Tod is a ‘traditional Thai meatball made from either chicken or pork with Thai seasonings’. Meaty and very Thai. Rating: 7.5/10.

    Hot Chili Squid flavor tastes better on krinkle cut Lay’s. Sadly, still nothing particularly interesting. Rating: 5/10.

    Scallops with Garlic Butter chips do actually taste that! That’s a simple and awesome combination. Well done. Rating: 8/10.

    Hot Chili Squid tastes like cardboard on a Pringle-like chip. Sorry. Rating: 3/10.

    The last ones have a very familiar, meaty (kebab?) flavor. Salty and very well balanced. Rating: 8/10.

    Purchased in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

  • Thailand
  • Lay’s Thailand English Ham and Mustard – Flavor Replicated Perfectly


    I’m traveling in Cambodia right now*, and yesterday I was able to find a supermarket filled with American imports as well as Lay’s Thailand flavors that I’ve never seen before! Will post them all on my site/Instagram account in the next couple of days. Chip-wise, it’s a very exciting time for me – two new Lay’s flavors tested in one day, three more to go! LOL.

    The Ham and Mustard ones are really SOMETHING (other flavors do look promising too). I have to say I’ve never eaten potato chips like these before, but I know that this flavor exists in the UK. Have you ever had an intense cooked ham flavor on a potato chip? Neither have I. The product really resembles the flavor of real ham. At first, the mustard flavor was almost non-existent, but after a few chips, it really started to kick in. By the way, it tasted like good-quality mustard.

    My verdict: the classic combination of flavors proved to also work perfectly on potato chips.

    Bought in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

    My rating: 8/10. Tried Lay’s Thailand – English Ham and Mustard? Share your thoughts in comments!

    *This post originally appeared in January, 2015.

  • Lithuania
  • Lay’s Wavy Grilled Meat – Is It a Kebab, Is It a Steak?


    At the moment, I prefer Lay’s Wavy to regular Lay’s because they ‘re thicker and tougher, making them less greasy and suitable for dipping. Obviously, tasty chips can stand on their own, but it’s always nice to have options.

    This flavor should have been called ‘Kebab’ instead of ‘Grilled Meat’. Just look at the photo on the packaging. So odd. THIS is how I imagine grilled meat. Then again, I’m not exactly a meat lover, so I might be wrong.

    The chips are pretty nice though. Not too meaty, not too bland. I’ve purchased these several times now.

    Bought and eaten in Vilnius, Lithuania.

  • Spain
  • Lay’s Gambas al Ajillo – What a Strange Encounter


    A friend brought me these from Spain. Yes, everyone has to bring me chips from wherever they visit. No one’s allowed in my house otherwise. Just kidding (not really).

    You wouldn’t believe this, but Lay’s Gambas al Ajillo are probably the weirdest tasting chips I’ve ever put in my digestive system. I’m telling you – this flavor is nothing like your regular prawn cocktail or prawn crackers. Honestly, I just couldn’t decide whether I love them or utterly hate them. It’s like being in a freelance relationship with John Mayer. He sucks, but you can’t resist seeing him just one more time.

    I think they taste like sea.

    Bought in Madrid, Spain; eaten in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

  • The Netherlands
  • Lay’s Whiskey Cocktail – Kinda Meh, Kinda OK


    This flavor didn’t win the Maak de Smaak contest, but it was probably a tiny bit better than the winner. I kind of like the Whiskey Cocktail sauce, but I woudn’t say it tastes amazing on chips. The best part about the product was the smell. Lovely. Unfortunately, you can’t do much with that (unless you’re using your potato chip bag as an oxygen mask).

    The taste was… ummm… tomato-ish. That wasn’t the best tomato though. A Dutch one, I guess (they taste like cardboard). There was a hint of an onion too.

    Bought and eaten in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

    My rating: 6/10.

  • The Netherlands
  • Lay’s Papatje Joppie – Dutch Cuisine in a Bag


    I had no idea what Joppiesaus was when I grabbed my first bag of Joppie flavored Lay’s. “Joppiesaus is a Dutch snack sauce. It is a cold, yellow sauce available in fast food restaurants throughout the Netherlands and Belgium. The sauce is usually consumed with fries, or other fast food snacks such as kroket or hamburger. Joppiesaus is based on vegetable oil, water and an emulsifier. It also contains onion and curry powder. The original recipe is kept a secret, but on the web one can find recipes that approach the original taste very well.” That should give you an idea.

    It was love at first bite! Unfortunately, like with many things, my enthusiasm didn’t last very long. I still think they’re yum, but I’m just not that big of a fan anymore. I’m glad they added the crinkle cut version. Btw, Belgian Pickle flavored Lay’s taste almost exactly the same. Strange.

    Bought and eaten on numerous occasions in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

    My rating: 7.5/10.

  • The Netherlands
  • Lay’s Spicy Reggae Chicken – Thank You, But No, Thank You


    I expected so much more after seeing the commercial. It’s hard to believe that this unimpressive flavor won the Maak de Smaak competition (Dutch equivalent of the American Do Us a Flavor). But to be honest, other flavors – Aioli e Aglio and Whiskey Cocktail – didn’t seem particularly impressive either. Whiskey Cocktail was slightly better and, unfortunately, I haven’t tried the Aioli e Aglio flavor – such a pity!

    I even bought the Lay’s Spicy Reggae Chicken TWICE to make 100% sure there’s nothing special about them. These are the kind of chips I’d buy for my party when I don’t want to be tempted to eat all the snacks. They’re not THAT bad, so nobody’s going to complain. They’re simply boring. And my husband agrees with me.

    Bought and eaten in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

    My rating: 5.5/10.

  • Belgium
  • Lay’s Bicky Crisp – Just Go and Eat a Burger


    As far as my knowledge goes, the Bicky Burger is an award winning Belgian burger. It can be found in fry shops in Belgium, some Dutch ones have it too. Basically, it’s just a burger topped with fried onion, pickles, the yellow Bicky Dressing, the Red Bicky Ketchup and the brown Bicky Hot Sauce, but the interesting thing is that it is… deep fried. Not the entire burger, just the meat. I believe it’s a mixture of beef, chicken, pork, and horse meat (or, let’s be realistic, whatever meat leftovers they have that day).

    I’ve never tried the actual burger, but the chips seem to be an another one of the unimpressive attempts to make chips taste like a burger. The chips always end up tasting like burger seasoning. My verdict: the chips are OK, butI won’t be buying them again. I’d love to try the real thing though.

    Bought on the road in Belgium.

    My rating: 6/10.