Review: Lay’s Kettle Cooked Olive Oil & Herbs Potato Chips (Flavor Swap vs. Kettle Cooked Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper Potato Chips) & LEAP DAY DEALS!

JFG Nation, today is LEAP DAY! February 29, which only comes around once every four years! Look, I don’t have time to tell you why this occurs; just read this article. This is a good day! Ja Rule was born on this day!

Ah, Ja Rule. Loved you 15 years ago…

Anyways, if you’re a leap day baby, YOU HAVE TONS OF FREE STUFF COMING TO YOU! Let’s list them here:


Well…sort of free wine.

But you can also get FREE PIZZA HUT PIZZA!

“Pizza Hut has been the site of many, many birthday parties through the years, and since ‘Leaplings’ only get to celebrate their true birthdays every four years, we wanted to make their day special and help them honor their birthdays in a big way,” said Doug Terfehr, senior director of public relations, Pizza Hut. Way to point out that the other three years aren’t TRUE BIRTHDAYS, Pizza Hut. Next time, just tell them Santa Clause ain’t real and their parents are breaking up.

But there’s more! $29 clothing at Urban Outfitters – because a T-shirt SHOULD cost $29. Free meals at the Hard Rock Cafe – enjoy your birthday with Foo Fighters blaring into your skull. Free pasta at Buca di Beppo – birthday on the 29th, so add 29 points to your cholesterol! And perhpas my favorite Leap Day promo – Arby’s is offering a vegetarian menu for one day only???

Read these descriptions and look at the photo. Arby’s is trolling vegetarians by offering all their sandwiches WITHOUT MEAT. So, just bread in some cases. WAY TO MOCK PEOPLE WHO ACTUALLY EXIST, ARBY’S.

What do you feel about Leap Day? Never give a second thought? Think it’s amazing? And what other great deals have you seen out there? Let me know in the comments below.

Today’s junk food: Lay’s Kettle Cooked Olive Oil & Herbs Potato Chips!!

Lay’s Kettle Cooked Olive Oil & Herbs Potato Chips vs. Sea Salt Cracked Pepper chips is the next in the line of Flavor Swap matchups I’m trying. To recap previous scores:

Flamin’ Hot: A-

Fire Roasted Habanero: B+

Korean Barbeque: B-

Honey Barbecue: C

Let’s do pics and get right to the tasting:

Lay's Kettle Cooked Olive Oil & Herbs Potato Chips: The Money Shot

Lay’s Kettle Cooked Olive Oil & Herbs Potato Chips: The Money Shot



I’ve eaten the Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper chips plenty of times, and I’ve eaten Utz’s Salt & Pepper chips even more times, so suffice to say, I enjoy salt & pepper chips. Cracking into the Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper chips, the flavor was familiar – a nice kettle crunch, a nice oily base, good salt, and the familiar savoriness of the cracked pepper. Good balance on the chip – only when I ate a bunch all at once did I get the small burn of black pepper. Otherwise, these were savory all the way.


I munched on these Lay’s Kettle Cooked Olive Oil & Herbs Potato Chips, and definitely noticed that these were WAY more complex. They had the same oily base, but the olive oil flavor was more present, and gave off more buttery round notes. The flavors of thyme, oregano, and basil were all noticeable, and faded in and out as I chewed. These were really really flavorful, and quite delicious. Not much else to say.

It’s tough, because the Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper is such a simple and tasty flavor, but I have to give the nod to the new variety. Again, I liked both of these flavors than both BBQ flavors. I’d give the Olive Oil chips an A, and the Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper chips a B+.

PURCHASED AT: Walmart, Germantown, MD

COST: see this link

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Discuss - 7 Comments

  1. Jessica K. says:

    What about all of the rest of us who have unfortunate birthdays? I had to share my 21st with Mother’s Day, among others. I never get anything special for it.

    • ibagoalie says:

      I have to share my ‘special’ birthday with presidential elections, so my SPECIAL year is always tarnished with political wackiness. This year takes the cake.

  2. I love potato chips – cannot resist them under pretty much any circumstance – and these olive oil and herb ones sound great!!

  3. MP says:

    I don’t know, birthdays stopped meaning something to me soon after I turned into a teenager. Figures they’d put the stupid leap day on an election year. Bah!
    That Arby’s menu is stupid. Bet a Millennial thought of that. And they’re charging full price? That’s retarded.

  4. Rachel C says:

    I am a leap day birthday, and I’ve always loved it. No one ever forgets my birthday (even the most random people); rather than feeling like it’s been skipped over, I have always had more birthday than anyone else (even in between real birthdays). I was bombarded with gifts, cards, text messages, emails, etc. today … Many from people I haven’t even seen in years. It’s fun.

  5. Game says:

    I’m still hoping I can find a multi pack. Walmart didn’t have it yet for me and all I saw new the last trip was a bag of the olive oil and herb ones. I don’t want to be stuck with a bag of just ok chips, lol.

  6. Sascha says:

    I liked the Olive Oil and Herb chips, but encountered a problem with them.

    To me, the flavor profile was eerily similar to the Bisuits and Gravy flavor. So, since the Biscuits and Gravy flavor won and is already on the shelf (granted, not in the better Kettle variety) I say keep these off the shelf and keep the Salt and Pepper, because when I have a hankering for the Olive Oil ones, I’d likely get the slightly better Biscuits and Gravy instead.

    Also tried the Gouda and Chives flavor, and found that I liked it as well, but not nearly enough to supplant the Sour Cream and Cheddar. To me, Cheddar and Sour Cream is one of those iconic flavors that shouldn’t be messed with anyway, and I’m glad to see the Gouda and Chives fall short.

    0 for 2 Lays.

    I’ll probably try the Korean BBQ at some point, no interest in the other battle.

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