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I Tried The Cool Ranch Lay's Chips And Funyuns Wavy Lay 's—There's One I'd Reach For Again

Delish logo Delish 8/3/2021 Alexis Morillo, Caitlyn Fitzpatrick
a close up of food © Alexis Morillo

Update, August 3, 2021: When you crave something crunchy, nothing does the trick quite like a potato chip. There are tons of flavors to choose from depending on your mood and Lay's recently announced a mashup of some of your favorites. I tried the new Lay's Doritos Cool Ranch chips and Funyun Wavy Lay's and these are my honest thoughts for all you chip-lovers.

I'll admit I don't normally reach for Funyuns when choosing chips, but I tried the wavy Lay's first and was surprised by the flavor. It was subtle, which I liked as someone who isn't necessarily a Funyuns fan, but that may be a downside for those who want it to be more onion-forward. Personally, I wouldn't choose these over any other onion-flavored chip.

As for the Cool Ranch Lay's, I was looking forward to how the Cool Ranch flavor would transfer onto a different texture chip than the corn chips of Doritos. I feel like Doritos really pack on the flavored dust because of the texture which is something Lay's potato chips lack. It was a lighter bite but still had a good amount of that familiar Dorito flavor which was definitely enjoyable. The folded over Lay's packed even more Doritos dust and crunch and the bottom of the bag had chips that were more covered if you're into that kind of thing.

Overall, both chips were good for those who want to shake up their typical chip choices. I imagine smushing either of these into a sandwich would be absolutely divine!

Original Post, July 27, 2021: A few months ago, pictures began popping up online showing that Lay’s was going into uncharted territory: Releasing chips that are flavored like other chips. Let us explain. The Frito-Lay Lay’s Doritos Cool Ranch Chips look like the classic, thin Lay’s, but taste like Doritos. Not only is this really happening, but there are two other flavors rolling out soon.

Aside from the Doritos Cool Ranch-flavored Lay’s — we’re still trying to wrap our minds around them — the company is also using Cheetos and Funyuns flavors. The Lay’s Cheetos Cheese-Flavored Chips are just that, Lay’s chips that taste like cheesy Cheetos. Last, but certainly not least, are the Lay’s Wavy Funyuns Onion-Flavored Chips, so you’ll get the rings’ flavor in a whole new way.

Now you might be wondering why we need chips that taste like other chips when they’re indeed already a form of chips. Fair! We get it! Texture certainly plays a part in how you experience food, so who knows, maybe you’ll enjoy Doritos and Cheetos when they’re thinner. And those onion-flavored rings are great and all, but maybe, just maybe, Funyuns will taste even better in wavy chip form. At the very least, you already know that you like Doritos, Cheetos, and Funyuns, so there won’t be any surprises with what you’re getting in that aspect.

As indicated on the packaging, all three of these Lay’s chips are available for a limited time. They’re listed on Target’s website, among others, which means it’s only a matter of time until they make their way to a store near you. You’ll be able to get them in 7.75-ounce (Doritos and Cheetos) and 7.5-ounce (Funyuns) bags, as well as individual 2.63-ounce bags for easy snacking.

Lay’s is making it clear that new flavors aren’t the only way to grab our attention. Sometimes it’s a matter of making an old treat new again!


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