Review: Lay’s Korean Barbeque Potato Chips (Flavor Swap vs. Honey Barbecue); The Nosh Show Ep. 72: Cake My Day; & Sigh, Servers…You’re Killing Me
JFG Nation, you know how I know it’s a Monday? Because I woke up, the sun was shining, I was stoked to post about the first of the Flavor Swap varieties I tried, I logged in and….nothing. Junkfoodguy.com would not load. I clicked. I pushed. I clicked clicked clickedclickedclickedclickedclickedclicked. I reloaded. I logged out, rebooted, restarted. NOTHING. Time outs. I wanted to throw my computer threw the f*cking window.
You know, it’s been a while since I’ve had a hiccup like this. And it does seem like right now, almost 9:00pm on Monday night, the site seems to be running smoothly. But I am FRUSTRATED. Monday is my time to shine! AND YOU’RE KILLING ME STUPID SERVER WHY WON’T YOU LOG IN GAAAAAAAAH.
Sigh. Well, we’re back. I’m loading this post now, and it will stand as both Monday’s and Tuesday’s post. Thanks for being patient with me, JFG Nation.
Let’s shake it out….shake it out….shake it out….shake it out….shake it out….shake it out….shake it out….and start over. Hey look – EPISODE 72 OF THE NOSH SHOW IS HERE!
For you new arrivals, The Nosh Show is a podcast started by Marvo from The Impulsive Buy, featuring Ryan from GrubGrade, Dubba from On Second Scoop, and, of course, me, your friendly neighborhood JFG. Today marks the release of The Nosh Show, Episode 72: Cake My Day!
This week, “we have conversations about Carrot Cake Hershey’s Kisses, Root Beer Pop-Tarts, non-dairy Ben & Jerry’s, and a few other new products. Also, Ryan and Marvo share their thoughts about Taco Bell’s much-hyped Quesalupa and we go on short tangents about Milky Way vs. Snickers and collecting packaging.” You can listen embedded here:
Today’s junk food: Lay’s Korean Barbeque Potato Chips!!
As I mentioned last week, Frito-Lay is done with the “Do US A Flavor” Contest (for now) and instead is hitting us with this Flavor Swap contest. And first up is Lay’s Honey Barbecue Potato Chips vs. Lay’s Korean Barbeque Potato Chips. LET’S DO THIS.
Korean Barbeque, huh? I’ve eaten a lot of this – whether it be Bulgogi or Korean BBQ sauce right out of the bottle or Korean street tacos from Kogi BBQ in LA. You better come with, Lay’s, when it comes to Korean BBQ. Korean BBQ is bold, sweet, with lots of brown sugar and soy notes.
Lay’s chose to spell the BBQ in these Korean Barbeque Potato Chips with a Q, but the BBQ in the Honey Barbecue chips is spelled with a C. Why, Lay’s, why? #inconsistent
Since my bag was a 1 oz-er, I didn’t get any fun pictures on the front, but check this link out if you want to see more.
First, my run-down of the Lay’s Honey Barbecue chips – I’ll admit, it’s been a while since I’ve had these. Opening the bag, I sniffed – not a strong smell. Popping some chips into my mouth, they tasted like traditional barbecue chips with a lot of sweetness. Not HONEY sweetness, per se, but definite sugary sweetness. Too much sweetness for me – I was not a fan. I like sweet BBQ sauce, but I definitely like this flavor profile better on corn chips, like the Fritos Twists corn chips. The flavor tasted weird on the potato chip. I expect Korean BBQ to trounce this.
I opened up this bag of Lay’s Korean Barbeque Potato Chips and sniffed…weird. Definite a sweet smoky aroma, like I was smelling a package of beef jerky. Not sure if that is good or bad. Popping a load of chips into my mouth, I got a load of liquid smoke – which is both good and bad. Bulgogi tends to have a smoky flavor associated with it because it usually comes to your table sizzling, or it gets grilled right in front of you. But outside of the heat, Bulgogi itself is not QUITE a smoke-infused flavor. It’s really just beefy, sweet, and full of soy flavor. So the smoke throws me a bit.
There was good soy flavor, as well as some brown sugar sweetness – my complaint is that they didn’t go FAR enough. Korean BBQ sauces, like I said before, are BOLD – the combo of bi bim bop, go ju chang, other Korean sauces is meant to club you over the head with flavor. This didn’t.
What this DID have was LOTS of deep beefy smoky flavor. I tend to like meat chips, so even if some think these taste weird, I liked them. But I didn’t get Korean BBQ – instead, I got the same type of beef flavor you might get from a Chinese beef and broccoli with a sweetness that is evocative of Korean BBQ (but not quite). Strangely, there were moments where this flavor reminded me a LOT of the Chicken and Waffles Lay’s flavor from a few years ago.
Not a huge fan of these, but I would pick them over the Honey Barbecue, which should go straight into the flavor graveyard. I’d give Honey Barbecue a C, and these would get a B-.
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