Nothing lasts forever, and we both know snacks can change. Well, that is not exactly what Axl Rose sang, but his sentiments about ephemerality, I think, apply to junk food as well as love. In the world of chips, flavors come and go; here are five that made their mark and deserve a comeback.
5. Mozzarella Cheese Stick Pringles. Back in the day, Pringles issued a line of chips called "Restaurant Cravers," which, as you might guess, were supposed to replicate the flavors of popular mainstream restaurant appetizers such as Mexican layer dip, cheese fries, a fried (a.k.a. "bloomin'") onion, etc. Miraculously, the cheese sticks chips actually did taste of marinara sauce and fried mozzarella.
4. Wild and Mild Ranch Fritos. I'm convinced these chips were dusted with cocaine, so addictive were they from the very first crunchy, peppery bite. Many thought the flavor sacrilege because it was antithetical to the taste tenets of traditional corn-forward Fritos, which is perhaps why they never gained traction among die-hard Fritos fans.
3. Lay's Wavy Chips Dipped in Milk Chocolate. Even though this product was labeled "limited edition" from its launch, I still held out hope that Lay's would change its mind and make them a permanent member of the family. These chips weren't exactly ideal for summer cookouts, but believe me, during a certain time of the (cold) winter months, they were manna from heaven.
2. O'Boises. I'm beginning to think there's a vindictive side to those Keebler Elves, the way they keep introducing great products and then TAKING THEM AWAY. O'Boises, which came in the flavors regular, sour cream and onion (my favorite), and barbecue, had this wonderful rumpled surface that translated into a unique type of crunch. Oh boy, am I pissed they're gone.
1. Guacamole Doritos. Yes, the vibrant verdant color of these guacamole-flavored chips probably did not come from an infusion of real avocados. Their alternating spice and cream notes did, however, sufficiently evoke the taste of guacamole, and when used as scooping devices for the real thing, resulted in an amazing avocado overload.
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