Today we reached a milestone: our 100th flavor in our approximately weekly Guess the Potato Chip Flavor event in my lab. Today we decided to celebrate the event not only with our 100th flavor, but also with five other flavors to round out the meal. Those five other flavors were some current Lay’s flavors: West Coast Truffle Fries, Southern Biscuits and Gravy, Greektown Gyro, New York Reuben, and Pico de Gallo. Over the last couple of years we have had quite the variety: Happiness Butter (from Japan, by a South Korean company), Butter Chicken (Lay’s, from Canada), Slow-cooked Ribs (Old Dutch, from Canada), and many others. Some were excellent, some.. not so. The two that stayed in the bowl the longest, by far, were Sea Salt Pomegranate and Cappuccino. We try to stick to potato chips, but we do occasionally branch out into other types (such as corn chips) if there are compelling flavors or if we have no novel potato chip flavors.
But the 100th flavor… now that was a fantastic one. My graduate student James Pflug acquired it online, from the UK, and, well, here are two pictures:
They have edible gold stars on them!
The flavor: Winter Berries and Prosecco with Edible Gold Stars and a touch of Fizz, by Marks and Spencer. Berries and sparkling wine with gold stars. Wow. I can’t imagine how we can top that.
Here’s the full list of what we have tried.