New Jersey Woman Wins $1 Million For Winning The Lay’s #DoUsAFlavor Contest With Wasabi Ginger (AKA The Second Worst Flavor In The Whole Damn Contest)

Posted: October 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

-775fe098e188a1f2  America has rejected the idea of cappuccino-flavored Lay’s potato chips.

Frito-Lay says Wasabi Ginger won its contest that gives people a chance to create a new flavor, beating out the coffee-flavored chips and the two other finalists — Mango Salsa and Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese. Parent company PepsiCo Inc. says about 1 million total votes were cast online for the Do Us A Flavor promotion, a sales driver it has launched in more than a dozen countries.

In the U.S., bags of the four finalist flavors hit shelves in late July and people were able to vote on Facebook and Twitter for their favorites through this past weekend. It was the second year for the U.S. contest, which is designed to send customers to stores in search of the flavors. Last year’s winner, Cheesy Garlic Bread, is still on shelves.

The winner, Meneko Spigner McBeth, was to be informed at a dinner for finalists Monday night in New York City, with an announcement from the company expected Tuesday. McBeth, a registered nurse from Deptford Township, will get $1 million or a portion of a year in sales, whichever figure is larger.

What a bunch of malarkey.  Wasabi Ginger was the third best flavor out of those chips, and it wasn’t even close.  But those sandbagging sons of bitches at Lay’s gave Wasabi Ginger the advantage of being put on a kettle cooked chip.  A diarrhea-flavored chip would be decent if it was kettle cooked.  Anyway, good for Meneko, who probably went through a lot of issues in her life with that name.  If she has a brain, she will take the $1 million dollars over a portion of a year in sales, because no one is going to buy that shitty flavor in the store.

For the record, here were my reviews of the chips from over the summer:

Mango Salsa

Yuck.  After this first review, I am that thinking I may be in over my head.  Two very offsetting flavors make this a weird combination.  The mango flavor overpowers you in the beginning and the salsa flavor comes on at the end like a bat out of hell.  I definitely ranked this too high in the video.  Putting the mango salsa on a Wavy Lay’s chip was clearly done to trick a simpleminded fellow like myself.

Rating: 5.9/10 in the video.  I am changing my score to 4.5/10 after tossing and turning all night thinking it over.


Out of all the chips, this flavor was the one I was expecting to like the least.  I hate to admit my prejudice, but I am just a mere human being put on this earth to review random foods.  But being the professional I am, I power on.

There is a subtle cappuccino taste that leaves you wanting more with each bite.  Lay’s has made a legit dessert potato chip option that is good.  I am just as surprised as you are.

Rating: 8.3/10.  The potato chip equivalent to kettle corn.  You can definitely binge on these if you aren’t careful.

Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese

I’ll keep this one simple.  This can and should be a flavor in the Lay’s potato chip line.  It should also be a Ben and Jerry’s ice cream flavor.  That good.

Rating: 8.7/10.  ‘Merica.

Wasabi Ginger

Meh, nothing great.  It was completely unfair to put this flavor on a kettle cooked chip, which is the best potato chip in this great country of ours.  It does taste like wasabi and ginger with some serious spice at the end.  But not a great flavor for a potato chip.  This chip has no honor.

Rating: 6.7/10.  R.I.P. Yokozuna.

All Four Flavors At Once

#YOLO.  #YODO.  Don’t live or die while eating these four flavors at once.

Rating: 3.5/10.  You know when you mix all the paint colors together and you get that weird brown color?  That’s what these four chips taste like when they are eaten at one time.

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  1. James says:

    Having not tasted any of them I actually like the winner for its ingenuity. I could see siding with mango salsa, but the cappucino flavored chips sounds terrible. As for the bacon mac and cheese, there are so many options similar to that would you really be able to distinguish it?

    • I guess the idea of the chip is nice, but that chip is only going to sell once if it doesn’t taste good. After tasting all those chips, it was a clear 3rd place. And that is coming from about 10 other people that tasted them with me. I think ingenuity only goes so far. French onion isn’t the fanciest name, but it is a hell of a flavor on a potato chip.

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