Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Chipping Away

37 flavors of potato chips, 5 people, 1 evening of "fun"

Dave came in town to surprise Mom and Dad, which was great, but I was afraid I was going to miss him (since I was visiting Rache -- which was great!). Fortunately for me, he was able to stick around for another night AND he didn't just have a surprise for Mom and Dad. He had one for us, too. Potato Chips. Hundreds of potato chips.

I'm not sure how it is that we convince ourselves to eat the grossest things, like Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans. Similar to past history with these beans, we had a potato chip eating test. But, instead of simply stomaching something undesirable, we performed a blind taste test to see if we could determine which flavor was which.

Step 1: Layout the chips according to flavor

Step 2: Fold the papers that label the chips, number and shuffle

Step 3: Eat. Until you're sick of potato chips. And you think you might never want to eat them again. Mark which number you think matches each flavor

And the flavors (I only matched 11 correctly):

Cheese and Onion

  • Mature Cheddar and Chive
  • Red Leicester and Spring Onion
  • Cheese and Onion
  • Soulmate Cheeses with Onion
  • Vintage Cheddar and Carmelized Shallots
  • Somerset Cheddar and Red Onion
  • Cheddar and Onion


  • Lamb and Mint (I got that one, It was DISGUSTING!!! Ugh.)
  • Roast Chicken
  • Oven-Roasted Chicken with Lemon and Thyme
  • Steak and Onion
  • Roquefort and Smokey Bacon
  • Melted Cheese and Bacon
  • Beef Chili
  • Flame-Grilled Steak
  • Lincolnshire Sausage and Wholegrain Mustard
  • Honey Roast Wiltshire Ham
  • Honey Roast Ham


  • Cider Vinegar and Sea Salt
  • Salt and Vinegar
  • Sea Salt and Balsamic Vinegar
  • Sea Salt, Malt Vinegar with a Twist of Lemon
  • Sea Salt with Crushed Black Peppercorn

Oriental and Spicy

  • Thai Sweet Chili
  • Gently Infused Lime and Thai Spices
  • Oriental Spring Onion
  • Spicy Jalepeno Chili and Lemon
  • Mango Chili
  • Spicy Tomato Barbeque


  • Sour Cream and Chive
  • Worchestershire Sauce with Sun-Dried Tomato
  • Prawn Cocktail
  • Crispy Seaweed and Miso
  • Yogurt, Cucumber and Mint
  • Parsnip with Honey and Black Pepper

Yes is was gross. But it was fun! Thanks, Dave.

Final Scores: Anne -- 21, Dave -- 18, Sare -- 11, E -- 11, Tyler -- 8.