REVIEW: Lay’s Everything Bagel w/ Cream Cheese Kettle Cooked Potato Chips & Everything Bagel Is The Best Bagel (Don’t @ Me)

JFG Nation, I love bagels. Growing up I rarely had bagels. I didn’t understand what the glorious bagel was until college; the carb dense perfect ring of carb-y goodness. A crucial part to feeding a hangover, or just the general munchies. When I lived in NYC making barely anything, there was a stretch where my lunch would be two bagels the downstairs deli had leftover so they sold them for $0.25 a piece. A carb induced coma followed. Carb carb carb.

The pinnacle of this perfectly boiled/baked ring is the Everything Bagel. Conceptually it’s the same reason people love any multi combo food – because if you love certain flavors why not pack them into one? It’s why people load up their froyo or sundaes with several toppings. It’s why people love Cioppinos with eight types of seafood. It’s why I put everything on my Chipotle burrito. FLAVOR EXPLOSION.

An everything bagel should have poppy seed. Sesame seed. Kosher salt. Onion flake. Garlic flake. If you’re lucky you get some caraway seed on there ooooooo. My favorite part of an everything bagel is that depending on the seed/seasoning you’re crunching, the flavor of the bagel changes. It’s phenomenal. You can taste the separate components!

That’s why the everything bagel is the best bagel. It heightens cream cheese, adds pop to bagel sandwiches, and is flavorful enough to be eaten on its own. If you agree, let me know in the comments. If you disagree, you’re wrong but let me know in the comments. And if you say cinnamon raisin is the best bagel I will COME ACROSS THIS TABLE AND

Today’s junk food: Lay’s Everything Bagel w/ Cream Cheese Kettle Cooked Potato Chips!!

Lays Do Us A Flavor contest is back! How the suggestion of everything bagel came from a Floridian and not a New Yorker is beyond me, but whatever. I don’t see any caraway seed or sesame seed in the ingredients which concerns me, but I like the use of kettle chip for this flavor.


WHY OR WHY NOT? I did expect these to wow me, and they didn’t. I love the kettle chip. I love the visual of some poppy seeds. But the flavor wasn’t quite there for me. I did get the semi tang of cream cheese and the general creamy flavor – it’s the standard cream cheese seasoning Lays has used before. There is a general savoriness as a result of garlic and onion powder. Altogether these tasted good, tasted fine – a creamy savory kettle chip. What’s not to like?

It didn’t quite ring “everything bagel” to me, however. There were moments to be sure – when I swallowed and exhaled, the air in my mouth did taste like I had just taken a bite of everything bagel. But the active taste itself – well, it didn’t have enough bite.

As I mentioned above, the best part of everything bagels is that one bite explodes with that burnt garlic flake taste, another bite is poppy seed, another is burnt onion flake, and so on. Here the flavor of the chip was good but there were no bold edges – everything was smoothed out. I didn’t get that extra bite, that extra boldness that I wanted.

But ah well. These tasted fine. They would’ve been better off actually layering the seeds on the outside of these chips. And so it goes.

ANYTHING ELSE I SHOULD KNOW? Bunch of IG comments said these tasted like Sour Cream and Cheddar chips. I disagree – the cheese wasn’t bold, sharp, or salty enough.

I do think people will like these a lot, but they aren’t as awesome as I wanted them to be.

PURCHASED AT: Safeway, Rockville, MD.


COST? $2.50.



Discuss - 13 Comments

  1. H Miller says:

    Really good everything bagels in DC at Pumpernickels on Connecticut Ave at Livingston St (near Chevy Chase Circle). The guy who owned the place for years, Rob, was from Brooklyn. He sold it about 2 months ago to Omar and Monica, who Rob taught how to make the bagels and the pizza.

  2. Alek says:

    I love Everything Bagels!!!! I was delighted when Trader Joe’s came out with the everything bagel seasoning! It is the best part of the bagel and I can sprinkle whenever I feel it needs more seasoning. I hate when places skimp on the topping and put a light topping on it. I want topping to be heavy on the bagel!

  3. Alek says:

    Also Lay’s missed the chance to add the sesame flavoring. Sesame seeds or even sesame oil would bump up the flavor easily.

  4. Sean says:

    The good don’t taste like sour cream and cheddar but definitely taste like sour cream
    And onion with an extra dash of salt. Bummer.

  5. ChrissiOD says:

    I have always been a plain or salt bagel fan, but your ode to the Everything Bagel has inspired me- I will try one next time!

  6. Jean says:

    ” I will COME ACROSS THIS TABLE AND” …and what?!
    What WOULD you do if I said the best bagel was the cinnamon raisin one? >:D

    (Actually my favorite bagel would be the asiago bagel, toasted and slathered with plain cream cheese.)

  7. Shorneys says:

    Egg bagels are my favorite, and they are infuriatingly difficult to find.

    Also, the hipster-ass bagel shop in my neighborhood starts with a sourdough starter – UNACCEPTABLE. Fuck you, Bagelsaurus.

    • Erin says:

      I’ve never heard of egg bagels before but they sound like they’d taste rich and delicious. Must look up recipe if too hard to find in stores.

  8. ArugulaZ says:

    We’ve really become bored enough as a nation to make an Everything Bagel potato chip. Check please.

  9. Beeb says:

    I did not like these, wouldn’t buy them again……they had a bready or yeasty type taste to me…..and not in a good way.

  10. Paige says:

    I’m eating these chips as I type this and I’m incredibly underwhelmed. I actually got them tonight because I was craving an everything bagel, and I saw these at Walgreen’s and I figured hey, why not.

    Well, “why not” is because they suck. Not that they’re inedible, like I said, I’m still eating them. But I don’t really taste any cream cheese aspect to them, and there isn’t enough of that burnt-garlic-and-onion salty taste that I like from my everything bagels. Disappointingggggg.

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