I don’t get it. My favorite US potato chips company, Cape Cod (yes, I’m somewhat bitter that they are related to Massachusetts), is easily found in New York yet I haven’t bought a bag or even sampled one of their fine specimens in many, many years.
When I travel overseas however, that’s when things get real. England’s brand of Walker’s crisps introduced to the wacky world beyond the usual salt & vinegar, barbeque and Pretty Willies. Roast Beef & Pickle! That’s still my British favorite. Vegemite chips, not so much. Then you’ve got Japan, which comes out with seasonal (季節限定 kisetsu gentei) choices. They do tend to repeat every year, but if you like them all, what of it, right? I consistently choose anything illustrating melting squares of butter, and that’s not simply due to the pickled plum flavor tasting rough around the edges. Imagine if it had the texture of a pickled plum too? I know someone who would have serious issues with that- a human.
China takes us on another trip to the “gray area” again. Ask yourself this question: could you plan a whole meal around potato chips in which the flavors were planned around a whole meal? Confused? The photos and their associated captions above will hopefully help you out. If you have any more Lay’s contributions from China, please let me know, I’ll be glad to link to your site.
While searching for a nice snack, did you then become a victim of iodine-laden desire?
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