By Mike Thayer
I'm a sucker for kettle chips, any flavor. If I'm grabbing a bag of chips, it's probably going to be something kettle cooked. You get a superior chip crunch and a deeper flavor with kettle chips and it's good to see more flavor varieties hitting the grocery store shelves.
So at a Subway back in January, I ordered a Baja Steak & Cheese Sandwich and as part of the combo meal deal, I got a bag of the Lay's Kettle Cooked Buffalo Chicken Dip flavored chips. I'd never seen them before, never tried them, so as a Buffalo wings fan, I HAD to try them!
These chips ROCK!
Truth be told, I think I liked these chips better than I did the Subway sandwich! What a great chip bite full of robust flavor! I got that great kettle cooked crunch and then was immediately hit with Buffalo dip flavor followed by a cheesy cheddar finish. A good Buffalo dip has first off, some heat and you get that with cayenne pepper notes. It also includes the presence of vinegar and garlic, both notably present. Adding to the mix are the flavors of paprika and onion complimented by yes, buttery notes. The flavors are all well balanced and I like that it's not an in-your-face Buffalo hot that ruins your palate. This is a nice heat, allowing you to enjoy chip after chip. Hmmm, it's like Lay's knew what they were doing huh?
The bad part about these chips is that they're almost exclusive to Subway on an everyday basis and it's only in the 1.375 ounce snack bag size. Apparently you can't get them anywhere unless it's one of those "limited time" deals like at Walmart but they sell out of an 8 ounce bag inventory at $2.68 each lickity split. As soon as you find out they have them, they sell out and are out of stock with no future orders coming in.
I'm giving Lay's Kettle Cooked Buffalo Chicken Dip Flavored Chips 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap Stars. They are without question my favorite kettle cooked chip, unseating Miss Vickie's Jalapeno. Hopefully Lay's decides to quit teasing the chip consuming public with limited time and exclusive offers of these chips, because they most definitely are worthy of a repeat buy.