Here’s a list of the new flavors from Lay’s Tastes of America:
Cajun Spice – Gulf Coast
Chesapeake Bay Crab Spice – The Mid-Atlantic/Northeast
Chile Con Queso – The Southwest/Tex-Mex
Giordano’s Deep Dish Pizza – Chicago/The Midwest
Fried Pickles with Ranch – The Midwest
New England Lobster Roll – New England
Pimento Cheese – The South
Thai Sweet Chili – The Pacific Northwest
Fried Green Tomatoes – The South
Ketchup – The North and North Midwest
Bacon Jalapeno Popper – The Southwest/Texas
West Coast Truffle Fries – The West Coast
Not a lot to argue with here. The flavors of the United States seem to be pretty well covered by Lay’s.
That said, as a Midwesterner myself, fried pickles seemed like a little bit of an odd choice. That definitely was not something I grew up on, but hey, if hordes of Kansans, Iowans, and Nebraskans are shoveling fried pickles into their mouths the way I shoved Toasted Ravioli into mine, who am I to say it isn’t Midwestern? (It also, admittedly, sounds like something Midwestern… or Southern).
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The ranch part, on the other hand, is spot on. Midwestern folk love ranch dressing the way French love wine — in that, we have it with every meal. You could probably convince someone from the Midwest to eat fried broken glass if you offered a side of ranch dressing with it.
The only other real eyebrow-raiser on the list is the ketchup flavored chips. Ketchup itself is, yes, quite American. Ketchup chips, however, are a notoriously Canadian snack. But maybe, like flannel, hockey, and maple syrup, this northern treat seeped down south. That’s unfortunate because it sounds like a legitimately disgusting flavor. They couldn’t just give us Poutine?
Hey Lay’s, here are some flavor recommendations for your next Taste of America series:
French Dip – Southern California
Provel Cheese – Midwest
Spicy Italian – New York
Tobasco – Gulf Coast
Brisket – Texas
Hatch Green Chile – Southwest
Carolina Vinegar and Mustard BBQ – The Carolinas
And, of course…
Bath Salts and Python Meat – Florida