REVIEW: Lay’s IHOP Rooty Tooty Fresh’ N Fruity Potato Chips

If you’re in Camp Savory Potato Chips Only and think potato chips with sweetness are an abomination, and you feel sorry for the potatoes that were used to make them, um, I’d avoid these Lay’s IHOP Rooty Tooty Fresh’ N Fruity Potato Chips. The Walmart-exclusive flavor features a seasoning that tastes like strawberry-topped pancakes with syrup and bacon.

These have a strong pancake syrup aroma that reminds me of many maple-flavored products I’ve smelled, but no fruitiness or bacon-ness wafts from these. Their pink hue makes them look like they’re coated with what I imagine Flamin’ Warm seasoning would look like. If Lay’s decides to offer cotton candy-flavored potato chips, it has the blue, um, pinkprint to make those the appropriate color.

Its flavor is surprisingly delightful and is as fun as saying, “Rooty Tooty Fresh’ N Fruity.” The strawberry flavoring, which comes from strawberry powder, stands out the most, and it also gives these a slight tanginess. Then, there’s the pancake syrup taste that provides each bite with a burst of sweetness. There’s no butteriness or anything that tastes like an actual pancake, but the syrup flavor does a great job of getting your tongue and head to think of flapjacks.

Finally, there’s the bacon. Having tried Lay’s Bacon Potato Chips, I’m familiar with the brand’s approach to the porky slices, but I don’t taste it here. However, the chips have an underlying greasiness that could be a stand-in for the breakfast meat. These also have some stevia on them, but I don’t notice any of the off flavors I’ve tasted from drinking stevia-sweetened stuff.

I really love these, but they’re a one-night snack stand. Now that I’ve tried them, if given a choice between these and Original Lay’s Potato Chips (or any other standard Lay’s flavor), I’d pick the savory one because they’re more versatile. Like with regular potato chips, we can eat them as a snack or as a side with a turkey sandwich, burger, or hot dog for a meal. But with these, I can’t imagine eating them with any of those. Maybe Lay’s wants us to eat them with breakfast sandwiches. Breakfast chips?!

Lay’s IHOP Rooty Tooty Fresh’ N Fruity Potato Chips were fun to try and a fascinating Frito-Lay food scientist flavor flex. But I wouldn’t repurchase a bag if they were a permanent flavor, as tasty as they are. However, if you’re not in Camp Savory Potato Chips Only and haven’t tried them, they are worth a try.

Purchased Price: More than one should pay on eBay*
Size: 7 3/4 oz bag
Purchased at: eBay (Exclusive to Walmart stores)
Rating: 7 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (about 15 chips) 160 calories, 10 grams of fat, 1.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 140 milligrams of sodium, 16 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 2 grams of sugar (including 1 gram of added sugar), and 2 grams of protein.

10 thoughts to “REVIEW: Lay’s IHOP Rooty Tooty Fresh’ N Fruity Potato Chips”

  1. Stevia? Why?
    Why do artificial sweeteners like this and sucralose have to find their way into every product that’s being sold now! It’s an infestation it’s getting ridiculous.

    1. Probably to keep the ridiculous sugar count down.

      No one should mistake these for a health food, but 2g of sugar per serving vs. 20g of sugar per serving will probably move the needle for some folks. Maybe even enough to offset the people who won’t buy foods with artificial sweetners.

    2. I KNOW! I’m freaking pissed now cause I really wanted to try these, but won’t, because of the Stevia. I have no problem with some products containing artificial sweeteners, diabetics should get treats, too, but not every product should have them! I think that this is one of them!

      1. I am diabetic and I’m horrified that these have stevia in them. I don’t eat sugar substitutes. Yuck. Unfortunately, I’d read how good they were and I already bought some to try. I never suspected that potato chips would contain sugar substitutes.

  2. I grew up in the 70s and in Canada we had some chips that were fruit flavored. I bought a bag of grape chips and they were horrible. I just can’t and won’t ever eat sweet chips again.

  3. I could see this as a ‘breakfast chip’/side to a breakfast sandwich as Marvo suggests (for example, a maple butter biscuit or liege waffle chicken sandwich), but the sugar substitute is a deal-breaker for me as well.

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