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Grilled Cheese And Tomato Soup Lay’s Are Hitting Grocery Stores Soon

From Chicago deep dish pizza to pickle chips with ranch, Lay’s has been making a bunch of flavors that hit on nostalgia recently. Their newest iteration pays tribute to one of the classic lunchtime combo meals: Grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup.

Lay’s managed to combine the flavors of both into a single chip, adding the creamy, acidic punch of tomato soup to the buttery richness of cheese. The taste should evoke that of the classic pairing we all know and love.

Individual flavors of Lay’s Grilled Cheese and Tomato have existed in the past, but this is the first time the two have combined together.

You’ll be able to find the new flavor on grocery store shelves nationwide starting October 21. This is a limited edition release, so those wanting to snag a bag or two will want to locate them fast.

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Flamin’ Hot Dill Pickle And Beer Cheese Lays Headline Their Newest Flavor Lineup

Lay’s just dropped a trio of brand new chip flavors, all of which are meant to correspond with different genres of music.

The most intriguing of these new chips is the Flamin’ Hot Dill Pickle remix. While Chester Cheetah may have something to say about that name (like he did with Doritos), you have to respect the mix of spice and dill pickle flavor. Dill pickles have already proven to be popular for Lay’s in the past, and this “hip-hop inspired” bag takes that and adds a kick.

There’s also a new Kettle Cooked Beer Cheese flavor, which is supposed to be inspired by classic rock. They’re actually made with ingredients used in beer, as there are hops, malted barley, and yeast in some of the seasoning. It’s basically a beer and cheese soup, but in potato chip form.

The final flavor in Lay’s new lineup is Wavy Electric Lime and Sea Salt. For those asking how these differ from Limon Lays, the answer is quite a bit, to be honest. There’s sour cream and buttermilk powder in the seasoning that smooths out the acidity of the lime, so it’s not just lime juice and salt being used to flavor these “pop music” chips.

All three new flavors of Lays are in stores nationwide now for a limited-time drop.

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Packaged Food What's New

Lay’s Just Announced 8 New Flavors, Including Chicago Deep Dish Pizza

Lay’s just revealed a brand new lineup of chip flavors called the “Tastes of America.” Each product captures the essence of popular regional dishes from across the U.S.

A lot of trendy and fun flavors are being capitalized on in this new set of chips, and several classic creations are also getting a nod.

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Headlining the “Tastes of America” product line is Lay’s new Deep Dish Pizza flavor, inspired by the Chicago restaurant legend Giordano’s. These chips are supposed to taste as close to the deep dish pizza icon as possible.

Other new chips in the lineup include:

New England Lobster Roll, representing the Northeast U.S.

Pimento Cheese, a classic dish from the South and Southeast U.S.

Thai Sweet Chili, one of the most popular flavors you can find in the Pacific Northwest.

Fried Pickles with Ranch, capitalizing on the pickle trend sweeping the country right now.

Chesapeake Bay Crab Spice, aka Old Bay without saying the name.

Chile con Queso, a Tex-Mex favorite.

And a Cajun Spice blend from the Gulf Coast.

Lay’s is also bringing back a few regional favorites for other parts of the U.S., as well. Ketchup chips from the Northeast, Fried Green Tomato from the Southeast, and West Coast Truffle Fries are also coming back for a brief time.

All of these new flavors will have region-exclusive launches on July 30, meaning that you can only find each product in the area it was inspired by. But while the Deep Dish Pizza may only be in physical stores in places like Chicago, anybody can buy any of the flavors online starting on the 30th, so you won’t have to road trip everywhere to get a bag of each.

Lay’s “Tastes of America” chips will only be around in stores and online through Sept. 23.

All photos courtesy of Lay’s. 
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Drinks Fast Food Humor

Introducing The Backup Food Choice Hall Of Fame

We all know the frustrating feeling of a restaurant carrying Pepsi products instead of Coca-Cola. You kind of say, “Fine,” and try to enjoy the rest of your meal. Yes, there are plenty of people who enjoy Pepsi, it’s obviously one of the biggest soda brands in the world, but in our heart-of-hearts, we all know it is #2 in the soda world.

There’s nothing wrong with being No. 2, obviously. You can make the argument that #2’s are often better than the most popular foods or restaurants out there.

Because of that, we’re going to show love to these backup options, as they’ve served us when, for whatever reason, what we really wanted wasn’t available. They need not be ashamed of being the second option, though. They’re like the NBA player’s go-to mistress when their wife isn’t in that particular city. They’re the side pieces of the food world.

The world doesn’t follow Ricky Bobby’s mantra of, “If you ain’t first, you’re last.” If you can’t get Kevin Hart in a role, just get Katt Williams. If Beyonce couldn’t headline Coachella, Rihanna could have stepped in and done just fine.

Being someone’s backup choice is something to be proud of — at least you’re in the game.

Without further ado, here is the Backup Food Choice Hall of Fame:

Pepsi

The most well-known backup option in the world has to be Pepsi. Through the years, they’ve tried to woo us with flavors, gimmicks, and celebrities such as, “Pepsi Man,” Beyonce, Britney, Pepsi Twist, and a strange energy drink called Pepsi X. They even tried to convince us that Pepsi was the future in, well, Back to the Future. Pepsi might not ever jump over Coca-Cola, but we have to give them props for always innovating, and reminding us how much we love Coke.
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Five Guys Burgers


Is there a little West Coast bias in this entry? Maybe, but around these parts, we feel Five Guys is a solid backup option to In-N-Out burger. It’s nice that Five Guys offer so many toppings to mask their often over-seasoned burger, and that’s an honorable deed that’s not lost on this list. Salute to the five men who aren’t quite In-N-Out, but still get it done.
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Burger King


Calling yourself the Burger “King” is bold, and being a top-5 restaurant chain in the world warrants bragging. Unfortunately for them, McDonald’s exists. If it weren’t for that red-headed clown and his iconic golden arches, Burger King could actually be king. BK still rides hard, though, often creating noise with trendy limited time offers such as Froot Loop shakes, Flamin’ Hot Mac n Cheetos, and Surge-flavored slushies.
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Qdoba


Even with Chipotle hitting hard times, Qdoba is still looked at as the backup build-your-own burrito when you need to get white girl wasted. It’s probably not even fair, because Qdoba isn’t the one dishing out E. Coli every six months. Chipotle is weathering the storm, and that legendary guacamole seems to be keeping them afloat, while Qdoba chugs along with burritos that are just as good, yet just not quite as popular.
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Del Taco


Here’s another solid fast food taco spot whose only fault is that it’s not Taco Bell. Del has a similar taco concept to Taco Bell, plus surprisingly good burgers and fries. Taco Bell just has more clout than them on a global scale, and always stays relevant with new products. Shout out to Del Taco for being open late, though. That’s always appreciated.
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Maruchan


The Cup Noodles brand is so powerful that people inadvertently call Maruchan, “Cup Noodles.” There’s a good chance you saw the Maruchan photo above and said, “Don’t trash talk my Cup Noodles.” People still eat a lot of Maruchan, they just don’t realize it because as far as we’re concerned, every noodle in a cup is Cup Noodles. The power of Nissin’s effective branding.
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Powerade


Growing up, drinking Powerade was the equivalent of wearing off-brand shoes. Gatorade commercials had all the popular athletes, and they brainwashed us into wanting to scoop up all the electrolytes we can. You probably don’t even know what an electrolyte is, but Gatorade made you want it. Powerade usually has those grocery store bulk deals, so they at least win in that respect.
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Peet’s Coffee


Starbucks pretty much runs the world at this point, right? As much as we like to say, “Support the little guy,” and try our darndest to find coffee elsewhere, but Starbucks is on every corner. Peet’s holds its own, however. If your city isn’t littered with Starbucks and actually gives you the Peet’s option, take it. While Peet’s is a pretty big chain in its own right, they’ll serve your dine-in coffee and baked goods in actual dishes. It actually makes you feel human, instead of like a vehicle passing through for fuel.
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Ruffles


Let me start off by saying I love Ruffles. Cheddar and Sour Cream is my jam, but for whatever reason, those ridges sometimes turn people away. When you’re at a party and see a bowl of Ruffles and a bowl of Lays, those Lays disappear real quick, leaving Ruffles out in the cold. Y’all need to stop disrespecting Ruffles.
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7UP

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Usually, 7-Up is one of those drinks you enjoy at home, and hardly anywhere else. They’re rarely offered at restaurants, as we all know the lime soda of choice is typically Sprite. On that note, shout out to Mist Twist (though it’s still Sierra Mist to almost everybody) for being there when Sprite isn’t. It sucks not having Sprite, but you have to drink something.

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Dunkin’ Donuts

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They have “donuts” in the name, but you’re more likely to go there for their coffee than anything else. Sure, you can eat an OK donut there, but it will never match the warm feeling you get from a fresh Krispy Kreme donut. Yes, Krispy Kreme is the king of donuts, but Dunkin’ has the name power and will always be there to break your fall when you can’t get to a Krispy Kreme.
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Shakey’s

The Shakey’s experience is underrated, and the pizza is solid, but it unfortunately comes behind Chuck-E-Cheese’s, every time. Shakey’s was the birthday destination when you couldn’t get Chuck-E plans set up in time. Everything about Chuck felt magical, from the games, to the freaky animatronic band. Shakey’s is as good of a backup as there is, and it surely beats out Round Table. Oh, and have you ever had their mojo potatoes? Fire.
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Sam’s Club Samples

Costco food samples are an event. It’s one of the reasons the warehouse is so enjoyable, especially as a kid. Sam’s Club has samples, too, so that’s good, I guess. Good for them. I’m sure some people enjoy Sam’s Club samples, but they sure as hell aren’t Costco.
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KFC


Sure, KFC is the biggest fried chicken chain in the world, but if you put them side-by-side with Popeye’s and asked people to choose a crispy drumstick, Popeye’s would win that fight, hands down. There was a day when KFC’s 11 herbs and spices were all the hype, but the quality of Popeyes fried chicken has surpassed KFC, and has even gone global.
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BONUS: Bobby Flay

Bobby Flay has become a bit of a household name, but he’s no Gordon Ramsay. Ramsay has become synonymous with celebrity chefs, and Flay is just behind him. The two have had a playful feud over the years, threatening a formal cook-off against each other, but never following through. Even then, we all know the fiery Scotsman would take down Flay.

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Lay’s Announces CRISPY TACO As Flavor Contest Winner

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A few months back, Lay’s announced the finalists for their annual “Do Us A Flavor” contest. The yearly competition had fans create flavors they thought would be perfect for the potato chip brand.

Fans voted for either Fried Green Tomatoes, Everything Bagels, or Crispy Taco – the three finalists from this year’s competition.

It seems a winner has finally been found.

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Lay’s announced that Crispy Taco is the winner of this year’s Do Us A Flavor contest.

The Crispy Taco flavor was created by Elle Sarem from San Antonio, Texas. She said inspiration came to her from years of hard work perfecting her taco recipe. While her first attempt at making tacos was less-than-perfect, she appears to have nailed the technique. Her winning idea landed her a $1 million grand prize.

A million bucks buys a lot of tacos. A lot.

You can find Lay’s Crispy Taco flavor at participating grocery retailers. Now that this year’s competition has come to an end, better start brainstorming flavors for next year’s contest.

Uni pot pie, anyone?

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Hit-Or-Miss

This Is How Much Air Is Actually In Your Bag Of Doritos

It’s customary to open up a bag of chips, notice that the goods are all the way at the bottom in a crunchy abyss, then complain about the bag being more air than chips.

Doritos is no exception, and a European kitchen appliance company called CDA took the time to find out that Doritos are actually 47 percent air.  That means that almost half of the bag is air. Air and doritos are almost splitting space 50-50.

A lot of popular chips from the U.K. were tested, and the most exaggerated airy bag came from Pop Chips, with an astounding 72 percent air within the packaging. That one should actually get you a little mad, because it’s clearly more air than chip.

It might feel like chip companies are just being dicks by trying to make us think the bags are filled to the tippy-top with chips, but they claim there’s actually a good reason for it.

A Lays rep said the reason there’s so much air inside your favorite chip bags, is to reduce pressure when stacked and shipped, according to Potato Pro.

OK, Lays. If you want to stick with your “reduced pressure” story, go for it, but I know you just want to piss us off.

 

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Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeño Popper Lay’s Are Dropping Into Walmarts Nationwide

Last week, Lay’s announced their semifinalists for the “Do Us A Flavor” competition, which included some Foodbeast-worthy flavors like Nashville Hot, Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeño Popper, Crispy Taco, Fried Green Tomato, and Everything Bagel. While only the latter three of these flavors made it on to the final round, it looks like we’re gonna get a chance to taste at least one of the semifinal flavors.

Multiple sources confirm that Walmart will soon begin carrying the Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeño Popper flavor that didn’t make it to the finals. Instagram user and junk food enthusiast CandyHunting is reporting that Walmart will be exclusively carrying the flavor, which BrandEating has confirmed and also noted that it’s already begun to pop up in Walmart stores.

What’s even more exciting about the existence of this flavor is that it opens the pathway for the other semi-finalists to potentially be sold in stores as well. Since Nashville Hot was snubbed from the finals, that gives me hope that I’ll still be able to try this trendy flavor as a potato chip in the future.

If not, these Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeño Popper Lay’s still sound pretty fire, and I’ll definitely be heading to Walmart to grab a bag or two.

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Lay’s Announces ‘Do Us A Flavor’ Finalists Including ‘Tacos’ And ‘Bagels’

As with previous years, Lay’s asked fans to stretch their taste buds and creative muscles and come up with brand-new flavors for the potato chip brand.

The company has just announced the three finalists for this year’s Do Us A Flavor competition: Everything Bagel, Crispy Tacos, and Fried Green Tomatoes.

Kinda wish this year’s batch of finalists were a little more… outlandish. Like if they made a bag of chips flavored like Jollibee’s infamous gravy.

The three finalists will have their flavors voted upon and one will win the coveted title of MasterChef $1 million.

Voting will begin on July 24 and will end Oct. 8 through Lays.com. You can also vote on social media with the hashtag #SweepstakesEntry and your choice of #VoteEverythingBagel, #VoteFriedGreenTomato, or #VoteCrispyTaco.

Still, we’re looking forward to trying all three and seeing which ones taste the best.