The World’s Wildest Potato Chip Flavors
The World’s Wildest Potato Chip Flavors
Composite by Kristen Hom
It’s hard to imagine, but there was once a time when sour cream and onion-flavored potato chips were considered outrageous. Yes, the noble potato chip is one of the most amazing flavor vessels known to man, but adding flavored seasonings to potato chips is still a relatively recent invention. We’ve come so far in just a few years, though, as companies have released chips flavored with everything from Guinness to pigs in blankets, with varying degrees of success. These days, it sometimes seems like flavor plays second fiddle to outrageousness when it comes to potato chips, which is why we’ve rounded up the 25 most insane potato chip flavors ever released to the unsuspecting public.
Found at a supermarket in Hong Kong of all places, these potato chips are supposed to taste like borscht. That’s right, the Russian beet soup. Why? Who knows. These probably won’t stain your clothes, at least.
Made by Burt’s Chips and sold under the Guinness brand, these chips contain cocoa powder, powdered milk, and barley malt extract, and the end result surprisingly tastes a little bit like the famous stout.
Herr’s Kansas City Prime Steak
Herr’s claims that these chips are topped “with the flavor of thick and juicy steak.” Forgive us for being skeptical.
Lay’s Butter Garlic & Scallop
Garlic? Sure. Butter? Yes, please. Scallop? Nope nope nope nope. Found in Thailand.
One of the most highbrow foods on Earth, combined with one of the most lowbrow foods on Earth. There’s absolutely no way this flavor combination could work. You'd think they'd at least use an image of decent-looking caviar instead of cheap salmon roe on the packaging!
Lay’s Cheese and Grilled Chili
We’re not sure which type of cheese or chile these are supposed to taste like, but word is that they’re pretty good. We hear that they’re sharp, tangy, and a little spicy, but are only available in Thailand.
Lay’s Finger-Licking Braised Pork
Folks, it’s time to stop trying to make potato chips taste like meat.
Lay’s Hot Chili Squid
Why Lay’s thought that folks would want to eat squid-flavored chips, we can’t say. Why not leave the squid out of it and just go for hot chile?
Lay’s Hot & Sour Fish Soup
If you’re really in the mood for a bowl of hot and sour soup with fish in it, why not just go get a bowl of it? Is there really anyone out there who wants his or her potato chips to taste like "intense and stimulating" hot and sour soup with fish in it?
The flavor of this chip, which is available only in Russia, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan, doesn’t apparently taste much like mushroom (it’s apparent just sort of sweet and creamy-tasting), and in fact, it’s not that tasty at all.
Lay’s Natural and Cool Kiwi
Remember when kiwis were all the rage? We thought that hand cream was the farthest the hard-to-peel fruit would go, but apparently not.
Lay’s Nori Seaweed
Seaweed is actually a pretty common chip flavor in Japan, but we can see why the trend hasn’t reached its way stateside.
Lay’s Rasa Salmon Teryiaki
Please stop trying to make potato chips taste like fish! Especially sweet teriyaki fish.
Mackie’s Whisky & Haggis
Produced by Mackie’s of Scotland (which also makes flavors including venison & cranberry, roast ham, and haggis and cracked black pepper), this chip combines the country’s most and least beloved products.
The sticky, brown, salty yeast extract known as Marmite is popular in the U.K., so much so that they extended the brand out to potato chips. It’s loaded with umami, so we can see it working, but Marmite is, shall we say, an acquired taste.
Nong Shim Tako Octopus Flavored Chips
“Tako” is the Japanese word for octopus, so while we might be intrigued if these actually tasted like an octopus taco, these sadly just taste like… octopus. Or yellow corvina, to be more precise, which is actually one of the ingredients.
Pringles Milky Shoyu Butter
Soy sauce (shoyu) we’d be cool with as a chip flavor, but why does it need to be milky and buttery?
Pringles Pigs in Blankets
Released as a limited time offering in the U.K. last year, these were apparently flavored like sausages and bacon. Are “pigs in blankets” hot dogs wrapped in puff pastry only in America? Because we kind of prefer the U.K. version.
Pringles Tropical Chicken
While the can shows palm trees, a grill, and skewered chicken chunks, there’s no real indication as to exactly what sort of "tropical" flavor they’re going for, or if the flavor even remotely resembles chicken.
Shearer’s Home Run Hot Dog
This Ohio chip company managed to produce a chip that tastes like a grilled hot dog topped with mustard, relish, and onions. And apparently, they’re pretty good!
Terra Kettles General Tso
The chef that inspired this flavor must have manned a wok in a Chinese restaurant. At least Terra had the good idea to stop before saying whether it was flavored like General Tso’s chicken or beef. We’ll just assume it’s General Tso’s potatoes, which actually sounds pretty good.
Walkers Builder’s Breakfast
Modeled after an English breakfast of eggs, bacon, buttered toast, and tomato sauce, these chips remind us a little of the chewing gum that made Violet turn into a blueberry in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.
Walkers Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding
Once again we’re reminded of the chewing gum in Willy Wonka.
Walkers Turkey and Stuffing
Okay, enough with trying to make potato chips taste like full meals. These limited edition crisps reportedly have a nice sagey kick.
“We always produce WASABEEF for all customer’s smiles,” the package proclaims, without revealing any details about what WASABEEF actually is. As you might have guessed, these are wasabi and beef flavored, and they’re actually really popular in Japan.