REVIEW: Lay’s Do Us a Flavor Finalist Cheesy Garlic Bread Potato Chips

Lay’s Do Us a Flavor Finalist Cheesy Garlic Bread Potato Chips

Of the three Lay’s Do Us a Flavor finalists, Chicken & Waffles sounds weird, Sriracha sounds exotic, and Cheesy Garlic Bread sounds…boring?

Well, compared to the other two, they’re definitely as boring as your sister’s diary with empty pages. But “boring” isn’t really the word I’m looking for.

Oh, I know. Perhaps the best word to describe this cheesy and garlicky chip is “safe.”

It’s the flavor that sounds as if it’s the least likeliest to make your taste buds go, “WTF!” It’s also a flavor you wouldn’t be embarrassed to take home and introduce your mother to. So if your taste buds aren’t adventurous, then Lay’s Do Us a Flavor Finalist Cheesy Garlic Bread Potato Chips are for you.

Karen Weber-Mendham from Land O’ Lakes, Wisconsin suggested Lay’s make cheesy garlic bread-flavored potato chips, and they did. I guess if someone were to suggest a cheesy chip, it would be someone from Wisconsin.

On the back of the Lay’s Do Us a Flavor Finalist Cheesy Garlic Bread Potato Chips bag, it has a quote from Karen about what inspired her to suggest this flavor.

“You’re at your favorite Italian restaurant, you’re starving & WAITING FOREVER. Finally, the breadsticks come and they save your life!”

Karen. Karen. Karen. Karen. Karen. Karen. Karen. Karen. Karen. Kaaareeen. WAITING FOREVER? There’s a simple solution to ensure you never have to wait forever.

When the waiter/waitress passes by, raise your hand to get their attention, ask them for bread, then tell him or her if they bring it over within the next two minutes there’s an extra 10 dollars in their future, and then start counting out loud. Or if you want to take the low road, you could type out a negative review on your smartphone using the Yelp app, ask for the manager, and when the manager shows up, threaten to post your negative Yelp review if you don’t get some damn bread in front of you.

Lay’s Do Us a Flavor Finalist Cheesy Garlic Bread Potato Chips Closeup

As I mentioned at the beginning of this review, the best word to describe the Lay’s Cheesy Garlic Bread Potato Chips is “safe.” Another reason why I consider them to be “safe” is because they have enough garlic flavor that I think eating them will keep me safe from vampires. There was also a strong garlic aroma that wafted out of the bag after I opened it, so if I was a vampire, I would’ve covered my face with my cape and run away yelling, “Bleh! Bleh!”

Oh, but it’s not only the garlic that attacked my taste buds, it’s also the dairy. The number of cheeses found on this chip would impress a Hickory Farms. It’s got cheddar, parmesan, swiss, monterey jack, and gouda. The chips are also flavored with cream and butter.

Because these chips are heavy on the garlic and cheese, I adore them. But it’s not only the garlic and cheese that make these chips taste so wonderful, it’s also the buttery and slight herby flavors. And by bringing together all these different seasonings, I think the crazy food scientists over at Lay’s have created a complex flavor that tastes very much like cheesy garlic bread and made me wish I had some pasta to eat it with.

(Editor’s Note: We reviewed the other two Lay’s Do Us a Flavor Finalists. Click here for the Chicken & Waffles flavor and click here for the Sriracha flavor.)

(Nutrition Facts – 1 oz./about 17 chips – 160 calories, 90 calories from fat, 10 grams of fat, 1.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 125 milligrams of sodium, 330 milligrams of potassium, 15 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, less than 1 gram of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.)

Other Lay’s Cheesy Garlic Bread Potato Chip reviews:
Chip Review
Junk Food Guy
Fatguy Food Blog

Item: Lay’s Do Us a Flavor Finalist Cheesy Garlic Bread Potato Chips
Purchased Price: $4.29 (on sale)
Size: 9.5 ounces
Purchased at: Safeway
Rating: 8 out of 10
Pros: Wonderful garlicky and cheesy flavor. Tastes like cheesy garlic bread. May keep you safe from vampires. The power of Yelp.
Cons: Boring flavor compared to other Do Us a Flavor finalists, Sriracha and Chicken & Waffles. Vampires will not enjoy it. Not getting bread at your table in a timely manner. The power of Yelp.

18 thoughts on “REVIEW: Lay’s Do Us a Flavor Finalist Cheesy Garlic Bread Potato Chips

  1. I think Karen is little bit wacky. Waiting forever for the garlic bread?! I could do garlic bread at home for cheap and delicious. I haven’t seen all 3 flavors in the stores yet. But I don’t think those 3 deserved to be in the finals. There is many other exciting flavors out there that deserves to be in the finals

  2. Taste 9/10, Creativity 6/10, Overall 8/10
    These taste so much like bread, it’s pretty amazing! The first few handfuls are an orgasmic taste experience, but after that, the novelty kind of wears off and the chips begin to taste like regular cheese-flavored chip – actually, a lot like cheddar and sour cream.

    I have no interest in trying the Siracha, but I’ve gotten the Chicken and Waffles. The Cheesy Garlic Bread are much better flavor-wise, but just not as exciting in terms of uniqueness. The Chicken and Waffles don’t taste very much like chicken, but the waffle aka syrup is a nice change for a chip. Taste reminded me a lot of Waffle Crisp cereal (R.I.P). My biggest issue is that the chips could be so much more complete if they were waffle chips. Come on Lay’s! We have the technology!

    1. Waffle Crisp still exists! Post rebranded it under the “Good More*nings” line and is called Waffle Crunch I believe

  3. Fun review! I plan on trying this flavor, but calling it safe seems spot on. What’s exciting about a chip flavor that was clearly inspired by the Olive Garden? I’m looking forward to Sriracha myself.

  4. First of all Karen’s a friend so I’m totally Biased. She’s a part-time librarian here in Land O’ Lakes. I can’t think of a more deserving person or family that deserves to win. I like the cheesy garlic bread chips and think they are the best out of the 3. Chicken and Waffle is seriously just “Waffle” no chicken just waffle taste. The Sirracha chips are nothing special either we have plenty of these flavors around. Go Karen!

  5. Thanks for the shout! We really liked these. Spot on flavor, but then again probably the easiest to re-create.

    “On the back of the Lay’s Do Us a Flavor Finalist Cheesy Garlic Bread Potato Chips bag, it has a quote from Karen about what inspired her to suggest this flavor.

    “You’re at your favorite Italian restaurant, you’re starving & WAITING FOREVER. Finally, the breadsticks come and they save your life!”

    Karen. Karen. Karen. Karen. Karen. Karen. Karen. Karen. Karen. Kaaareeen. WAITING FOREVER? There’s a simple solution to ensure you never have to wait forever.

    When the waiter/waitress passes by, raise your hand to get their attention, ask them for bread, then tell him or her if they bring it over within the next two minutes there’s an extra 10 dollars in their future, and then start counting out loud. Or if you want to take the low road, you could type out a negative review on your smartphone using the Yelp app, ask for the manager, and when the manager shows up, threaten to post your negative Yelp review if you don’t get some damn bread in front of you.”

    Hilarious, and so true!

  6. It’s been mentioned that the cheesy garlic bread is the safe, boring pick but really sriracha and chicken and waffles are both just as safe and unadventurous.

    I submitted a few flavor ideas…I don’t remember what they were (one included peach I think) but they certainly weren’t as tame as the three finalists chosen. If I had known they would pick the finalists based on faux foodie commonality I would’ve toned down my ideas.

  7. well im not a douche but that karen girl didnt guesscheesy garlic
    bread i did my facebook name is clifford canttopmyswaggmcdaiel
    thanks and feel free to email me too.yall gotta check them website
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  8. These are not very good. I tried them. I came up with some innovative ideas, like “Spicy Bell Pepper Chips,” and “Savory Tomatoe Garlic Chips.”

  9. The review left out tons of grease and salt. They were pretty awful. I could of used more garlic and less grease. I had to wash my hands afterwards! I’ll stick to baked Lays for now on.

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