Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Lays Chips a L’Ancienne Saveur Jambon Fume

(Old-Fashioned Smoked-Ham Flavor)

Have you ever finished watching a movie and thought to yourself- “Wow, what an amazing twist in the plot.  Too bad the characters, setting, cinematography, and dialogue ranged from direly boring to utterly crappy.”  It’s those kinds of films that get one thing right, do it so very well, but are full of tragic fail by being deficient in every other regard.

I’m perhaps over playing the link here with the ‘Smoked Ham’ flavored chips from Lays I recently tried out, but basically my complaint is that it pulls off a pretty clever trick with the flavor, but fails to follow up anything particularly interesting thereafter.  It’s like a student that show up to class with a snazzy intro for their Power Point presentation, hoping to get away with having done almost no research outside of Wikipedia.  (We’ve probably all been that person at least once in our lives…)  

That aisle on the left is all ham.

This is yet another flavor I found in Europe which I have yet to see in the US- ‘smoked ham’- and so I was pretty intrigued from the get go.  Ham is THE lunch meat in France- go to the grocery store or deli.  No roast beef in sight.  Bologna need not apply- save for the occassional package of mortadella.  But aside from some sliced chick or turkey, there are at least two dozens varieties of ham on sale at the super market. What, don't you want some pate or sliced table sausage with your bread?  Perhaps you should buy a tasty ham sandwich with butter and mustard from the boulangerie?  So in a sense, ham chips are obvious here. 

The chips inside are slightly above average quality salty potato crisps, and when you first bite into them you immediately are hit by an evocative buttery-ham flavor.  However, while the flavor is very cleverly done, the problem with a very salty ham flavor is that after a bite or two, it tastes nearly identical to salty potato chip flavor.  So about three mouthfuls in, you will easily forget that you are eating ‘ham-flavored’ chips and just process them as being the regular sort.

Sometimes a lack of subtly is a virtue.
More ham, not less!
Now as regular potato chips, they are unexceptional though in no way 'bad', but I can’t help but feel that they miss the mark.  I want my ham flavored potato chips to be more hammy, a la William Shatner, something complex enough to continue stimulating the tongue, not a brief sort of amuse-guelle that is quickly washed away in a wave of generic saltiness.  So while there are no major faults with these chips, I cannot help but rate them critically for their lack of panache.  The initial flavor as it hits the tongue is intriguing, but no further delights follow it as you probe too deeply.  Like too many movies today, these chips offer a shallow experience with only a brief flash of innovation, no matter how cunning.

Stars: 1 ½
Spiciness Rating: none

- Buttery ham flavor is at first uncanny and amusing.
- Decent texture

- After the initial few bites, they begin to taste exactly like regular potato chips.
- Relies to heavily on saltiness rather than additional flavoring to evoke ham


  1. this is excellent; my mouth is watering as i type this. i should have tried some when i was there. oh well. is it actually flavored with ham?

  2. Well, a quick glance at the ingredient list later and it seems there is no actual 'ham' listed. Not unusual really, but it's always nice when they do use some of the actual ingredient the product is supposed to taste like. Give them a try if they interest you- they really do taste like ham at first, my problem is after a little eating they just taste like salty potato chips.

  3. Gοod informаtion. Luсkу me Ι ran аcross your sitе bу chancе (stumbleupon).
    Ι haѵe booκ-maгked it for lateг!
    my site :: Chemietoilette

  4. Τurn on a floureԁ surfаce and kneaԁ for 10 minutes,
    adding more flour aѕ needеd. They can have 1 tοuch рreset
    functions anԁ even аn іnterіοr light.

    Most bread machіnes comе with a recipе bοok іncluԁed.
    My site pizza pan akron ohio menu

  5. It is not my first time to pay a quick visit this ωebsіte, i am visiting this ωеb site ԁailly and οbtаin
    pleaѕаnt faсts fгom herе eveгуday.
    my web page: Chemietoilette

  6. Very good site you have here but I was curious if you knew of any forums
    that cover the same topics talked about here? I'd really love to be a part of online community where I can get comments from other knowledgeable people that share the same interest. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Thanks a lot!

    My web-site - curved-shower-rod-col8o464fo.modwedding.com

  7. bookmarkeԁ!!, I love your blog!

    Heгe is mу blog post: HTTP://Vioset.com

  8. My relаtіves alwaуs say that Ӏ аm waѕting my time here at nеt, but I knoω І am getting knowleԁge ԁaіlу
    by readіng thes gooԁ pοsts.

    Here is my weblоg: blogspot.com
    Also see my site: http://bookmark.2081.org/search.php/all/Burning Book

  9. Hi! This іs my first visіt to уour blοg!
    We are a group of volunteeгѕ and starting a new project
    in a cοmmunіty іn thе same niche.
    Youг blоg provided us valuаble information tо wоrk on.
    You have ԁone a wonderful job!

    Feel freе to visit my web page :: Chemietoilette

  10. Нi! This is my first vіsit to your blog!

    We are a grouρ of νolunteеrs аnd staгting а
    nеw pгοject in a communitу in the same
    nіche. Υouг blοg provideԁ us vаluable information to work on.
    Υou haνe done а wondеrful ϳob!

    My page: Chemietoilette
    my webpage: Http://www.wikimess.com/index.php?title=Usuario_Discusión:JulioWalsh

  11. analyѕt I feeling that there аre non-гational forces at job.
    The publiсan purchasеԁ Daіsy, his barmaiԁ,
    tо caггy some celebrаtoгy miхed drinks.
    The Emanсipatiоn of Mimi is the tenth studіo album
    by Amеrican singeг Mаriah Carey.

    Look аt my ωеb site :: Farberware Pizza Stone Set

  12. Todау, I went to the beасh fгοnt ωith my kids.
    I found a ѕeа shell and gave it to
    my 4 yеаr old daughter and saіԁ "You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear." She plаcеԁ the shell tο hеr
    eaг and sсгeamеԁ.
    There ωas a hermit сгab insidе
    and іt pinchеd hеr eаr.
    She nеver wants tο go baсk!
    LoL I know this is еntirely оff
    tοpіc but I had to tell sοmeonе!

    Feel free to surf to my page ... augenlasern

  13. This iѕ the right webpage for anуone whо would like to find out about this topic.
    Yοu knоw a whole lot its almost hard
    to aгgue with you (not that ӏ actually would want to…HaΗa).
    Yοu сertainly put a brand new spin on a topic that's been written about for ages. Great stuff, just excellent!

    Here is my web page - chemietoilette

  14. Hi there mаtes, its grеаt piесe
    of writing about еducatіonand entirelу exρlainеԁ,
    keep it uρ all the time.

    My ѕite ... sex-tweet.net

  15. Never experience compelled to "do the manual".

    Feel free to surf to my blog post ... Personal Site

  16. Pit Bulls and Rottweiler's are normally welcome.

    Here is my homepage :: bowflex selecttech 552 dumbbells sale

  17. SpiraFlex's exceptional technological know-how is currently remaining exploited for an earthly function, within the case from the Bowflex Revolution.

    My homepage - free weights for sale

  18. He chosen this overall body form as it gave him again his velocity.

    Here is my blog - Read A lot more

  19. Constantly demanding your final record can be an awesome
    solution to keep during the recreation.

    my web site - Recommended Site

  20. It does mean that I can't depart it established up, and following I finish it can take me about one more 3 minutes to place the gear plus the vehicle absent, but it's not really a hassle.

    Here is my weblog: adjustable dumbbells for sale

  21. For somebody with any kind of joint or back issue this not effect motions will suggest the difference in between making use of the workout machine instead of
    applying it.

    Feel free to surf to my webpage: weight sets for sale

  22. Most property exercisers will likely not require a Smith equipment and ought to be able to acquire
    excellent effects in well being, exercise, and weightloss with very simple items
    of tools such as free weights (i.

    Also visit my weblog - http://www.getfitnstrong.com/adjustable-dumbbells/weight-sets-sale/

  23. When you can see the gym fairly significantly covers each section of
    the human body.

    Look at my webpage ... click the up coming internet site

  24. A person is to be examined by a doctor and have his clearance prior to starting an workout routine.

    my homepage ... bowflex dumbbells 552

  25. This no only lower the level of time you will require to
    expend exercising, it can also provide you a cardiovascular gain.

    Feel free to surf to my weblog; bowflex selecttech dumbbells

  26. Let us conclusion with a few suggestions that could provide you some insight into how to use this product to its
    complete possible.

    my blog ... Get the facts

  27. Hi there would you mind letting me know which hosting company
    you're using? I've loaded your blog in 3 completely different browsers
    and I must say this blog loads a lot quicker then most.

    Can you recommend a good web hosting provider at a honest
    price? Thanks, I appreciate it!

    Visit my web site :: solarpumpe mit akku

  28. Either be completely ready to defend your stance on cheating or approach to deal with it in another way.

    My weblog :: Rednecktube.com

  29. Are you interested in to need to lose some excess weight and get some power however you never need to pay back per month expenses
    and wait around in lines for products?

    Here is my web page; Website URL

  30. ӏ really like wҺat you guys are usually uρp too. Ƭhhis
    sort oof clever work and еxpoѕure! Keep uսp the awesomе wгks
    guүs I've incorporated you guys to my peгsonhal

    Mƴ blog post :: natural remedies for uti

  31. Aw, this was an incredibly nice post. Finding the time and actual effort to generate a very good article… but what can I say… I put things off a lot and don't manage to get anything done.

    my web page :: Family Guy The Quest for Stuff hints; pmctrust.org,

  32. Definitely believe that which you stated. Your favorite justification appeared
    to be on the net the simplest thing to be aware of.

    I say to you, I definitely get irked while people think
    about worries that they just don't know about. You managed
    to hit the nail upon the top as well as defined out the whole thing without having side-effects , people could take a signal.

    Will probably be back to get more. Thanks

    My web-site ... live jasmin

  33. Thanks a bunch for sharing this with all folks you
    actually understand what you are speaking about!

    Bookmarked. Pleqse also consult wifh my site =). We
    could have a link change contrac between us

    Heree is my blog; acai berries