Wait, what? Spicy ketchup?
Lay's has been putting out ketchup chips in Canada for years. Why they've never bothered making them in the US (while making seemingly every other flavor imaginable including incredibly weird stuff like BLT chips at the same time) has always confused me. Well, I guess I'll take what I can get.
These are ok, but unfortunately, they just make me want ketchup lay's. How can I enjoy something when I know there's a better version of the same thing in existence? It's like watching a crappy local cover band down the street from the actual band. It's like looking at a picture on your phone of a beautiful view while the actual view is right behind you. It's like watching porn when... well, you get it. It's like sugar free ice cream or soy anything. Sure- at first it may seem like the real thing, but after a little while, the difference becomes more obvious and you're left with a lingering voice in the back of your mind saying "why don't you just eat ketchup chips instead of this BS version?"
Well, because I can't. And that makes me sad.
These taste like ketchup chips at first, and Lay's makes some solid ketchup chips. The thin chips really let the flavor blast through. At first, I was excited. But the spice suddenly hits afterward, and you're left with a slowly building burn that while neat at first (wow, spicy ketchup? that's not even a real thing!), after a little while, it just doesn't work. I even bought a huge bag to really make sure I was right. There's a reason spicy ketchup isn't real (yes, I know Heinz tried it awhile ago and it may still exist, but come on, who actually uses it?) and these chips prove why.
They're different and somewhat unique, but at the end of the day, they're just regular Lay's ketchup chips hurt by the confusing flavor of heat. I'd give them a shot for the sake of trying something new- but only buy a 99 cent bag. You'll probably end up just like me, wishing Lay's would stop hating MERCUH and let us enjoy what Canadians have been enjoying for years.
Review by Mike
why can't I just have these, Lay's? Why?