REVIEW: Lay’s Kettle Cooked Everything Bagel Potato Chips

Lay s Kettle Cooked Everything Bagel Potato Chips

I’m from the tri-state, so I think I’ve been exposed to good bagels in my lifetime. I’ve also been exposed to bad bagels parading themselves as good bagels. I like to think I’m a trustworthy voice when it comes to bagel quality. So, when I heard Lay’s had a new Everything Bagel with Cream Cheese chip, I had to review them.

Everything is arguably the best bagel, but they’re a mess to eat and the seeds get stuck in my teeth, so I appreciate Lay’s attempting to bring these great breakfast flavors together without the hassle.

Everything bagel chips already exist and if these taste anything like them, I’ll be more than satisfied. Also, just to let you know, I like my bagels soft and my bagel chips teeth shattering. When people ask me my favorite form of gambling, I tell them “eating bagel chips.”

Nothing about the bag’s smell screamed “everything bagel.” It just smelled like greasy kettle chips. When I buy a dozen bagels, those tend to be the dominant scent in the bag. There’s none of that here.

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They don’t look that special either. The only seasoning I could see were ACTUAL poppy seeds. Lay’s always puts flavor speckles on chips, why use actual poppy seeds? They’re the worst part of an everything bagel, and usually require floss.

As for the taste, there’s a small hint of cream cheese. Well, there’s a dairy taste at the very least, so they deliver in that department.

Beyond that, I didn’t distinguish the other elements of an everything bagel. There’s a tang at first, but it just tastes like a weak sour cream and onion. I’d let that go if the other flavors worked, but they really don’t.

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Did I taste sesame? Not really. Was there anything “bready” about these chips? Nope. “Bready” chips are probably easier said than done, but we’re talking about bagels here. These don’t taste like bagels. I stared at the bagel on the bag, and still couldn’t convince my brain.

The thing about regular kettle chips is that the main flavor is oil. The grease is overpowering unless the chip is coated in a strong flavor base, which these chips do not have. The other problem, like always, is the fact the texture is inconsistent. Some chips are perfectly crunchy while some seem like they’re five years old.

Unfortunately, these don’t deliver on the bagel promise. They remind me of really weak, stale sour cream and onion chips. There’s no chance these win the Do Us a Flavor contest.

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(Nutrition Facts – about 15 chips – 150 calories, 9 grams of fat, 1.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 160 milligrams of sodium, 16 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, less than 1 gram of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.)

Purchased Price: $2.50
Size: 8 oz. bag
Purchased at: ShopRite
Rating: 4 out of 10
Pros: A strong contest choice. Cream cheese comes through. Onion and garlic are noticeable. Everything bagels are delicious. Wouldn’t necessarily be a bad chip if they weren’t falsely advertised. They taste better dipped in actual cream cheese.
Cons: Greasy kettle flavor. Weak smell. Boring looking chip. Misses on some major flavor elements. Poppy seeds.

9 thoughts to “REVIEW: Lay’s Kettle Cooked Everything Bagel Potato Chips”

  1. I assume your meaning of “tri-state” is NY, NJ and CT, since you refer to growing up with good and bad bagels. I grew up in Pennsylvania so for me “tri-state” will always be PA, OH and West VA. But we pretty much only had Lender’s bagels back then.

    1. I’ve also heard “tri-state” used to refer to the areas of PA, NJ, NY and PA, NJ, DE.

      My first thought upon seeing “tri-state” in this review was PA, NJ, NY.

  2. I am on the same page with you and I haven’t tried the chips yet! They should had drizzled sesame oil or even added sesame seeds too! Good thing Trader Joe’s has that awesome everything bagel seasoning to sprinkle on. I LOVE THAT SEASONING! It is the best stuff and I love when bagels is completely coated in everything bagel topping. I could do at home and the result would be 100X better. Just take a potato and use a peeler to slice into very thin slices including the skins. Fry it and then toss with the everything seasoning. BOOM!

  3. I had them and they were just ok. I do agree that using kettle for this seasoning was a bad idea. Taco is definitely the winner on this round.

  4. definitely the worst out of the three. they weren’t particularly bad, just bland and boring. it’s sad, because these could have been done so much better.

  5. Totally disappointed. Not nearly enough sesame seed or poppy seed taste or texture. Just a sour cream and onion flavor.

  6. Tri-State is definitely NY/NJ/PA. We even have a tower that you can go up like 200 stairs you can look out and see all three states.

    Anyway these bagel chips tasted nothing like the everything part. Only tasted like rancid cheese past it’s expiration date. I complained, they sent me a replacement free bag of my choosing.

  7. Not good at all, more sour cream tasting than anything. I like the fried green tomato one.

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