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We Compare Lay’s Cappuccino Flavor & More to The Real Thing

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Lay’s recently announced four new test flavors for their Do Us a Flavor campaign appearing on shelves at the end of the month. Some may remember that they launched a similar campaign last year, between Sriracha, Chicken and Waffles and Cheesy Garlic Bread. While it’s been heavily debated, Cheese Garlic Bread came across as the winner (I was rooting for Chicken and Waffles). Now it looks like Lay’s is at it again, this time with three four new flavors: Mango Salsa, Wasabi Ginger, Bacon Mac & Cheese and Cappuccino.

The flavors were chosen through a meticulous process of elimination and popularity before making it to the development phases. So definitely not out of a hat, people. The winner will receive either $1 million or one percent of their winning flavors sales, depending on whichever is higher. Solid, right?

We were sent a bag of each to the FOODBEAST office. The staff tried each flavor and rated each of them.

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Mango Salsa

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Created by Julia Stanley-Metz who recognizes her husband Rick for the inspiration — a man who loves to cook with exotic flavors and ingredients. Julia also makes fresh mango salsa for her family straight from the garden, which brought upon the Mango Salsa chip. Mango Salsa sounded awesome awesome in my head, but I was pretty not into it. Maybe because I associate Mango’s with sweet and juicy.

Marc:

TOO WEIRD. It’s like mango juice in chip form, not about that life.

Elie:

Not a fan of the taste, but I can respect them trying it.

Charisma:

WHY.

Dominique:

It tastes like someone just squeezed mango juice over it. Doesn’t blend at all.

RATING: 4/10

NOTES: The chips tastes both like mangos and salsa. Just not as compatible as an actual salsa.

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Cappuccino

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Suggested by Chad Scott, currently working on his Ph.D., the Cappuccino flavor was inspired by his local barista’s concoctions. The Cappuccino chip starts off pretty sweet with a clash of saltiness to it. Really liked this. Was prepared for an over seasoned chip with tons of coffee flavor that would make me choke. Instead, I was pretty surprised with how nicely the sweet and salt balance worked. Though a little too much on the sweet side.

Marc:

More of a dessert chip, possible best with vanilla bean ice cream.

Elie:

I’m kind of down. One of those chips that works in taste, but keeps getting cock-blocked by your mind trying to figure out what’s going on.

Charisma:

Tasted like a thin churro then when the aftertaste hits, it’s all south.

Dominique:

Okay as long as you remind yourself it’s a dessert chip.

RATING: 8/10

NOTES: Cappuccino tastes pretty close. Provided you enjoy your cappuccinos a little on the sweet side.

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Bacon Mac & Cheese

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Full-time Ohio firefighter matt Allen makes “family meals” at the firehouse whenever there’s training. His signature dish is bacon mac and cheese, which was a huge hit among his fellow fighters of fire. I delight in bacon as much as the next guy, maybe not Marc, but I just wasn’t into this. That being said, this will probably be America’s #1 choice. Just wait.

Marc:

I could not care less about bacon anything anymore. Sorry.

Elie:

This one was actually the most palatable of the bunch, but it’s such a drowned and uninspired flavor combo I had to put it at the bottom of the list.

Charisma:

So much potential but ended up with a lackluster flavor. I hate to say it but, “Needs more bacon.”

Dominique:

Just tastes like a cheese chip. Needs moar bacon.

RATING: 6/10

NOTES: Tastes more like cheese powder that has a bacon flavor. Not nearly as close to real bacon mac and cheese.

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Wasabi Ginger

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Created by Meneko Spigner McBeth, who loved sushi since she was a little girl learning how to make handmade rolls from her grandmother. Her taste for spicy foods like wasabi inspired the Wasabi Ginger flavor. I don’t throw the world “Love” around too much, but yeah. Tasted exactly how it sounded and maybe even a little better. Definitely ate a few more than I should have.

Marc:

This makes the most sense to me.

Elie:

Functionally the best chip of the four. I could eat an entire bag, surprised this hasn’t been created before.

Charisma:

Mouth Heaven.

Dominique:

If this doesn’t get chosen, I’m moving out of the US.

RATING: 10/10

NOTES: Tastes like the best parts of both wasabi and ginger. Though not too heavy on the wasabi side, but enough to give you a taste.

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So there you have it. Wasabi Ginger is the FOODBEAST staff’s #1 pick. Keep an eye out for all four Lay’s Do Us a Flavor contenders when they hit shelves July 28.

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Wasabi-Infused Beer for Your Next Sake Bomb

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Has your beer drinking become a little… well… dull? Tired of drinking plain brews that don’t tingle your taste buds or fill your nose with sharp bright flavors?  Or maybe you’re just looking for something to spice up your drinking?

Well Dogfish Head is looking at you, thrill-seekers. They’ve created a beer that satisfies spice lovers, sushi eaters, and beer drinkers alike. It’s called Rosabi, and yes, it’s made with wasabi. The beer features 8% ABV and comes flavored with Louisiana red rice.

The wasabi-infused IPA will get a limited run of about 1,000 cases, each filled with six 750ml bottles.  They’re also accompanied by a recording from musician Juliana Barwick, who helped create the new flavor, as part of Dogfish Head’s Musician series.

Now, there’s only one question left to ask: when can we pair this with sushi and sake bombs?

Picthx Dogfish Head

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Gravy and Wasabi Candy Canes Make for the Cruelest Prank Ever

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I like me a good prank. You know– the harmless, slightly terrifying sort. But there are some jokes that just aren’t funny (hint: they’re secretly hilarious), especially when it comes to messing with one of my favorite holiday foods — candy canes.

Yes, gravy and wasabi-flavored candy canes now exist. Sure it sounds like an innocent idea and all, but these candies look like the one’s we’d normally eat. In fact, the manufacturer encourages prankster antics by suggesting we “sneak one in with regular candy canes.” Genius? Yep! (Just don’t pull a fast one on me.)

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If the idea of gravy and/or wasabi candy has you running for the hills, perhaps you can incorporate them into a sweet sushi or use ’em as a mashed potato topping. Maybe.

Gravy Candy CanesWasabi Candy Canes, $4.74, for set of 6 @Archie McPhee

H/T + PicThx Archie McPhee

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Pair With a Glass of Sake: White Chocolate Wasabi Cookie Dough

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While “cookie dough” isn’t your first thought when you see that petite green mound on your sushi plate, maybe it’s your second, third or even forth thought. Or maybe not. Because White Chocolate Wasabi Cookies sound like just another food hybrid meant to astonish your palate but not necessarily please it.

Well, the folks at Jen & Joe’s are hoping to convince us otherwise. Their frozen, yet staunchly artificial-and-preservative-free cookie dough, promises to bring a “sweet, creamy white chocolate” flavor that’s balanced by the “gentle heat of wasabi.” Admittedly, this sounds intriguing, especially when curiosities like wasabi-flavored Kit Kats exist.

Of course, rather than pairing these cookies with a glass of milk, the brand recommends enjoying them with “a glass of sake” instead.

The line also carries less ambitious flavors such as Chocolate Chunk and Oatmeal Toffee, which can probably be used to cool down if the wasabi dough proves to be hot. At the moment, they’re offered at local supermarkets in Texas or online for $60, 6 boxes.

 

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8 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Sushi

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Sushi is a mysterious creature. From cats to cologne, we already know the Japanese dish comes in many varieties. But there’s way more to the raw fish rolls than we ever thought, and thanks to blogger Ryoko Iwata, we’re about to get schooled in sushi.

Iwata created the ‘Sushi 101’ infographic below to share fun tidbits about the cuisine, because even though you might enjoy chowing down on shrimp or tuna rolls, did you know there’s a proper way to dip it into soy sauce? Or how to put out that mouth fire that is wasabi overload?

Iwata also says ‘there’s really no wrong way to eat sushi,’ but hey —  a little sushi knowledge never hurt anybody. Check it out below:

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PicThx I Love Coffee

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16 Things That Taste Just Like My Asian American Childhood

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Nabisco? Hostess? Please, it’s all about Lotte, Glico and Calbee.

Growing up Asian-American, it was always hard not to feel just a little bit different from your peers, especially at lunchtime. While your classmates were knocking back Capri Suns and Dunkaroos, you’d be stuck drinking probiotic Yakult and eating Hello Panda crackers. But that’s okay, because trips to the Asian grocery store with your parents usually meant stopping by the toy counters out front and picking up the newest holographic Pokemon cards, which were always loads cooler than anything you’d find in a Cracker Jack box.

With that in mind, here’s a list of the top 16 Things That Taste Just Like Your Asian American Childhood. Mmm, just like mom used to pack.

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1. Pocky, Yan Yan, Hello Panda

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Never underestimate the simple joy of crunchy bread dipped in chocolate cream. Also available in Strawberry.

Picthx Asian Food Grocer

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2. Lychee Jelly

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These always came in giant buckets, but for some reason there were never enough. WHY WERE THERE NEVER ENOUGH?

Picthx Viet Wah

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3. Shrimp-Flavored Chips

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The Asian equivalent of gum (i.e., once you opened a pack, you could pretty much say goodbye to it forever).

(Notable mention: Snow Pea Crisps)

Picthx Amazon

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4. Calpico, Ramune

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For some reason, Japanese sodas were never content just being one color or flavor, and for some reason, the Strawberry one was always the best.

Picthx Asian Food Grocer, Sand Village Farm

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5. Yakult

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You had the inkling feeling this was supposed to be like liquid yogurt, but decided it was probably best not to ask too many questions.

Picthx Fechando O Ziper

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6. Dry Ramen Packets

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When you have built in crunchy noodles and built in seasoning, who needs chips? (Serving suggestion: crushed and shaken up in a zip-lock bag.)

Picthx Newgrounds

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7. Haw Flakes

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Admittedly these ones tasted kinda funny and you only ate them because your dad gave them to you, but at least tearing open the packs was always fun. Plus they kinda looked like fireworks.

Picthx Nummy Nims

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8. Dry Seaweed

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Perfect with or without rice.

Picthx Nourishing Meals

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9. Tamarind and Coffee-Flavored Candies

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Also available at most Asian restaurants (with the check, of course).

Picthx World of Snacks

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10. White Rabbit

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Two words: Edible. Paper.

Picthx Cafe Zupas

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11. Boba

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Admit it, you felt kinda cool when all your American friends started asking you to take them to get “bubble tea.”

Picthx Tasting Tampa

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12. Rice-Seaweed Crackers, Wasabi Peas, Nagaraya Crackers

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Picthx Hibiki, Nut Stop, Food Recap

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13. Hi-Chew

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Just like harder, chewier Starburst, except they also came in Melon and Mango, aka possibly the best Asian-inspired flavors ever.

Picthx David Wong

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14. Asian Ice Pops

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Hands down, 1 million times better than Otter Pops, just because they were a million times easier to open. Oh, snap.

Picthx Asian Food Grocer, Please Let It Be Friday

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15. Orion Choco Pie

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Picthx Old Delhi Mart

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16. Pork Sung

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Lastly, pork sung, which, despite all appearances, is really not hair. Really.

Picthx E Food Depot

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Leader Image: Jordan Plenzich, Flickr

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This Wasabi Godzilla Breathes Red Hot Sriracha

Since the holidays are coming up, we should probably be reminding you not to play with your food. But in the case of Wasabizilla, we’ll let it slide.

After all, one tiny misstep, one ill-timed eye rub, one over-confident taste test and you could be in as least as much pain as all the miniature screaming citizens of Tokyo.

Unless of course this is really Reptar. Then you probably don’t have anything to worry about.

via 9GAG

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So Apparently Wasabi Vodka is a Real Thing

As if vodka and wasabi by themselves weren’t nostril-flaring enough, the mad scientists from Polish vodka brand Wyborowa have just released a line of five bizarre ‘Oddka’ vodka flavors, including Apple Pie, Fresh Cut Grass and yes, that green horseradish-ey Godzilla of a sushi-condiment, Wasabi.

According to the company’s website, the “fiery” flavor was inspired by ninjas and is designed to creep up on your poor and unassuming taste buds.

Just don’t mix it with your soy sauce and stir it into a paste. Apparently, that’s a big sushi etiquette no-no.

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Wasabi and other Oddka vodka flavors, 750ml for $15 in select states; to be distributed globally by Spring 2013.

[Photo via Oddka]