By Mike Thayer
I recently reviewed a new chip offering from Lay's called "Layers."
Lay's has introduced these as "A multi-dimensional, one-of-a-kind potato bite with layers of delicious crispiness."
Coming in two flavors, Three Cheese and Sour Cream & Onion, I picked up a bag of the three cheese flavored chips to try out on Super Bowl Sunday. They were pretty good, worthy of a repeat buy. So with that in mind, today I'm trying the other flavor of "Layers," the Sour Cream & Onion.
Just as the three cheese variety reminded me of Cheetos Cheese Puffs, but made with potato instead of corn, the Sour Cream variety reminds me of another chip... Funyons. The Layers Sour Cream & Onion Chips have a very similar crunch to Funyons but they're made from potato instead of corn. And also like the three cheese Layers which has a more robust cheese profile than Cheetos Cheese Puffs, the Sour Cream & Onion Layers has a more robust flavor than Funyons so if I had to choose between the two, I'm going with Layers. It's a better sour cream & onion bite.
Sidebar: You know how Hollywood is going through TV show and movie remakes and reboots because they are lacking original ideas? In a weird way, that's kind of like what this seems to be with chips... Lay's (the Hollywood of the chip world) has done a reboot with Cheetos and Funyons flavors, putting them on potatoes.
Costing me $1.99 for a 1.75 ounce bag at QuikTrip, I'm giving the Lay's Layers Sour Cream & Onion chips 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap Stars. They're a nice change of pace chip snack and worthy of a repeat buy, but I like the Three Cheese flavor better. To note, both Lay's Layers varieties are better than their corn based counter-parts. Most times the reboot isn't as good as the classic, but then again we're talking about chips, not a movie or TV show.
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