Potato chips, or “crisps” if we’re speaking the Queen’s English, are an amazing invention. Crunchy, salty and oily all at once, whoever first decided to deep fry thin slices of spud clearly could not have known that he had accidentally invented the world’s ultimate snack. Now, you can’t move in a supermarket without stumbling across an aisle of them.
Though the traditional flavouring of sea salt served crisps well for ages, it soon became obvious that punters wanted more from their bag. Suddenly, crisp scientists and specialists began to experiment with ever more bizarre and sometimes even alarming flavours, all in an attempt to find something that would keep us satisfied. To celebrate their triumphs and failures, here are the seven weirdest crisp flavours ever.
To kick off this potato-based taste bud torture, we have a crisp from the sea. With famous flavours like prawn cocktail having cemented themselves as family favourites, there isn’t really any logical reason why octopus shouldn’t be allowed. Despite that, there’s no doubt that it’s still odd.
6. Cajun Squirrel
When Walker’s (better known as "Lay’s" to our international colleagues) announced to the world that they were asking the public for recipe ideas, the culinary world drew a collective gasp of breath. Typically, in the proud tradition of Boaty McBoatface, the result was the daft idea of cajun squirrel. To this day, no one is sure how much actual squirrel there is in the recipe.
As a rule, potatoes and pudding do not work well together. The idea of a spud covered in sugar is an instant no-no to most sensible people. Lay’s, clearly, are not most people. The limited edition Chinese blueberry flavour was described by the packaging as “natural and cool” - two of the least crisp appropriate words in the English language.
I doubt there is anyone who has ever sat down to a morning cup of coffee and thought: “needs more crisp”. That hasn’t stopped Lay’s from making it happen. Part of another fan poll, this abomination came from the twisted mind of Chad Scott. Whoever you are Chad, please stop suggesting crisp ideas. You’re killing us.
3. Maple Moose
The only possible explanation for this flavour is that Lay’s were experiencing a serious sales slump in Canada and decided to fit every Canadian sounding word onto one product in a bid for sales. Though we have no idea whether it worked or not, Maple Moose sounds so horrible that surely even the most patriotic of Canadians wouldn’t dare touch it.
2. Milk Chocolate
Having apparently failed to received the “no potatoes and pudding” memo from China, Lay’s decided to take their dessert game to whole new levels. By dipping their potatoes in milk chocolate, Lay’s proved once and for all that crisp designers really have no taste.
1. White Chocolate and Peppermint
It’s tricky to imagine a flavour sillier than chocolate. Tricky, but not impossible. When Pringles announced their own foray into the world of sugary crisps, it was clear that we had reached peak weird. The idea of white chocolate, peppermint and potato all working together is physically impossible. Whoever had this idea should be ashamed.
At Twisted, we’re all for experimentation. Everyone should be allowed to create whatever wacky combination comes into their head. But, clearly, there are some things that, no matter how hard you might pray, will never ever work. These crisps are just a few unfortunate examples.