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I Demand More Potato Chip Flavors!

Posted in Ridiculum on November 3rd, 2015 by Nathan – Be the first to comment

Oh how I wish we had the Walker's flavors in the USOn a recent trip to London, I consumed more than my fair share of Kettle Sweet Chilli [sic.] & Sour Cream crisps, as they were plentiful at several bars I visited after work. The sweet chili was quite nice, as were other flavors I managed to try, including Walker's Prawn Cocktail. Years ago, on a visit to Canada, I enjoyed many interesting flavors of Lay's potato chips, including Dill Pickle and Ketchup, both of which eventually made it to the US years later, but not without some delay. The Dill Pickle flavored potato chip was by far, at that point in my life, the best chip I'd ever had, and I still mourn the loss of them in the US after a short-lived chip career.

All of this is to say: America, we are being cheated, bamboozled, and robbed, by BIG CHIP, in their withholding of amazing flavors. Most Americans probably cannot fathom that another country could beat the US in the realm of gluttony, but this certainly appears to be the case. Not only are we being beaten by our neighbors to the north and our former oppressors across the pond, but also by other countries unrelated to American history or geography at all! This is a travesty of epic proportions. And worst of all, the greatest offender is Frito-Lay, a company headquartered right here in the US. Frito-Lay, of course, owns Lay's, which are marketed in the US and Canada as such, but elsewhere under slightly different names with the same logo.

Though we have been blessed in recent years to see an insurgence of Lay's flavors in the US, including such specialties as Greektown Gyro, Chicken & Waffles, and even, though I never saw this anywhere,  Cappuccino, there is a serious potato chip-flavor gap between the US and other countries. This is an abomination, and I hope you'll join me in demanding that Frito-Lay bring some of their interesting flavors from other countries to the US. We should not stand idly by while other countries get to enjoy these amazing flavors, while our American taste buds remain unsatisfied. Here's just a small sample of what we are missing out on:

  • Belgium: Indian Curry, Hamburger w/Mayo & Onions & Pickles, and Cucumber & Goats (what an amazing combination)
  • Canada: Tzatziki, Bacon Poutine, Montreal Smoked Meat, Grilled Cheese & Ketchup, Perogy Platter, and Cinnamon Bun (!!)
  • China: Cucumber, Kiwi, Blueberry, Cherry Tomato, Italian Red Meat, Mexican Tomato Chicken, Texas Grilled BBQ, Black Pepper Rib Eye Steak, Hot & Sour Fish Soup, Finger Licking Braised Pork, Seafood Barbecue, Spicy Seafood, and Numb & Spicy Hot Pot (again, !!)
  • India: Magic Masala, Spanish Tomato Tango, Swiss Grilled Cheese, Macho Chilli, and Sunkissed Tomato (incredible naming over there)
  • Netherlands: Bolognese, Bell Pepper, French Fries w/Joppiesaus, and Stokbroodje Kruidenboter Smaak (Dutch is so awesome – this is a baguette with garlic butter)
  • Russia: Mushroom & Sour Cream, Crab, Red Caviar, and Salted Cucumber (though I bet that last one is just Dill Pickle)
  • Thailand: French Mayonnaise, Garlic Soft Shelled Crab, Soy Sauce, Salmon Teriyaki, Lobster, Bacon & Cheese, Tom Yum, and Thai Seafood Dip (seriously, Asia is KILLING it in the potato chip flavor game)
  • The UK: Lamb & Mint, Worcester Sauce, Beef & Onion, English Roast Beef & Yorkshire Pudding, Sizzling Steak Fajita, Australian BBQ Kangaroo, and Ranch Raccoon (wut)

And that's just the tip of the iceberg! There's seriously tons of potato chip flavors denied to Americans, and I say it's enough. Frito-Lay, I demand more potato chip flavors!

“You saved…”

Posted in Ridiculum on July 26th, 2009 by Nathan – 2 Comments

These days, it’s common for grocery stores to program their computers with not only the prices of goods, but what the prices used to be, so that the receipt will then display, at the bottom, “You saved a total of $BLAH BLAH.” For example, on my recent trip to Trig’s Food & Drug, there was a sale on Lay’s (they had Dill Pickle!!) and on Cap’n Crunch. At the bottom of the receipt, it stated:

You saved a total of 2.77
That is a savings of 7%

Great! I appreciate being told when I got a good deal. But sometimes this can go too far. Last semester, I was shopping at Met when I found the greatest Mac & Cheese deal yet. [Alex and I have a running quest to find the greatest deal on M&C. Before Met, the best was 79¢ each.] Three Mac & Cheeses for two dollars. That’s right, 66.6 cents a piece! But since 66.6 cents is not a reasonable cost for anything, they were 67 cents each, or three for two dollars.

So I bought three. As they rang up, I saw the screen display what would inevitably be printed at the bottom of the receipt:

You saved a total of 0.01!

Unlike Trig’s, Met didn’t display the percentage. But it did include an exclamation point that Trig’s omitted, making this accomplishment of thrift seem even more exciting than it already was, a difficult feat indeed. Needless to say, I felt overjoyed and extravagant due to my newfound savings, which I vowed to safeguard. After all, quoth the great Benjamin Franklin, “a penny saved is a penny earned.”

Dill Pickle Potato Chips

Posted in Ridiculum on July 21st, 2009 by Nathan – Be the first to comment

People who have known me for a while know that it’s no secret that I love Dill Pickle Potato Chips, specifically the kind made by the fine people at Frito-Lay. There is simply no chip as good as the Lay’s Dill Pickle Potato Chip. It tastes like a potato chip and it tastes like dill pickles. It’s amazing.

For a long time, these delicious chips were available only in Canada. When I visited, I would pick up a bag or twelve. When people came from Canada to wherever I was at the time, I would ask them to bring me a bag. I had a love affair with these chips, an affair that could only be satisfied through Canadians on a rare basis. Frankly, I found myself in a bad position.

But then the Potato Chip gods (Frito-Lay) answered my prayers and brought Dill Pickle Potato Chips to America! A glorious day indeed when I saw these chips gracing the shelves of my local grocery store.

But these gods are cruel gods, and just as quickly as the chip was available, my spring of deliciousness had dried up. In Houston and New York, no Dill Pickle chips were to be found. Even the Lay’s “Find-a-snack” tool began reporting: “We're sorry, this product is not available within in a 50-mile radius. Please enter another zip code.”

Not within 50 miles! Travesty indeed. I have written a letter to Frito-Lay asking them to return the deliciousness to at least one of my most-frequented areas, but I don’t hold out hope. Instead, I sadden as I think of the deliciousness that is Dill Pickle Potato Chips. Ah what good times we had together, and how quickly you were taken away from me! I shall mourn until the day when I can one day be reunited with my Dill Pickle Potato Chips.