After painstakingly combing through more than 14 million submissions in this year's contest, Lay's brand has whittled down this year's consumer designed chip flavors to four — Wavy Mango Salsa, Kettle Cooked Wasbai Ginger, Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese and... Cappuccino? Hrm.
Following last year's Cheesy Garlic Bread upset, I am expecting much better from America as we move on to the voting phase of this year's contest. While I am very disappointed my particular entry — Hamsters, Lemons and Thumbtacks — didn't make the cut, some of the flavors that did sound downright tasty.
Here are the four finalists, and where they come from.
- Lay's Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese – Submitted by Matt Allen, a fireman from Troy, OH
- Lay's Cappuccino – Submitted by Chad Scott, a visiting lecturer from Las Vegas, NV
- Lay's Kettle Cooked Wasabi Ginger – Submitted by Meneko Spigner McBeth, a nurse from Deptford, NJ
- Lay's Wavy Mango Salsa – Submitted by Julia Stanley-Metz, an event planner from Sacramento, CA
The new flavors should be hitting stores shortly, with voting running from July 28 to October 18 at the contest's official website. Voting can also be done by via Twitter, Instagram and/or Vine using the hashtags #SaveBaconMac, #SaveCappuccion, #SaveWasabi, #SaveMango; and/or via text message by texting "Bacon Mac," "Cappuccino," "Wasabi" or "Mango" to 24477 (CHIPS).
Want Snacktaku's opinion on the fresh chips? I've got a box sitting at my local Fedex office, just waiting for my mouth. Check back this weekend for my judgment.