We love food here in America. We love to eat big greasy burgers and fried food and all the things that are bad for you. But surprisingly, junk food consumption is going down. "Big Food" is not as popular as it used to be. Conagra (owner of Hunt's, Reddi Whip, Ro-tel, Swiss Miss, and others) cut their profit projections and then fired their CEO. Kraft (the company behind Oscar Mayer, Jell-O, and others) has had decreased sales over the last couple of years.
Inflation has caused these companies to have lower profits overseas as well. A stronger U.S. dollar has made the sales worth less when converted from foreign currencies. Also, health issues have been a growing concern in this country. Many schools are banning junk food. Yale medical researchers, David Katz and Samuel Meller, did a survey and found that a "diet of minimally processed foods close to nature, predominantly plants, is decisively associated with health promotion and disease prevention." Sales of healthy produce and meats have gone up while sales of junk food has gone down.
The United States Department of Agriculture recently banned schools from offering any junk food to students even in vending machines. Many of those machines are run by independent companies, but they are no longer allowed to put junk food in those machines. So today I'm focusing on chips. I'm including any chips: potato, corn, and others. I've scoured the internet for some of the weirdest chip flavors from all around the world. These are the types of flavors that make you go, "Why?" And not in a good way.
15 Lay's Southern Biscuits And Gravy
14 Lay's Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese
13 Pico De Gallo Rice And Beans Chips
12 Onion Chips
11 Seaweed Chips
10 Grilled Scallops & Garlic Butter Chips
9 Hot Chili Squid Lay's Chips
8 Namtok Hotpot Lay's Chips
7 Ketchup Flavor Lay's Chips
6 Lobster Choochee Flavor Lay's Chips
5 Utz Crab Chip
4 Salmon And Cream Cheese Lay's Chips
3 Black Truffle Chips
These are different. They are made with dehydrated black truffles. I thought black truffles were things you ordered at fancy restaurants. I can't imagine eating chips made out of them. They are $12 for one bag. Here is what one reviewer said about them, so I guess somebody likes them:
2 Prawn Chips
This is another Asian find. The description doesn't say where in Asia they are from. It is $7.95 for an 8 oz box (or bag, can't tell). Here is what one reviewer said about them: "They don't taste very good like the ones you get at the restaurant. Tastes more plasticky and fake like it has some unwanted chemicals in it. Still looking out for something that tastes as good as Yes Chips! or the ones that I find at my local Thai restaurant."
1 Lay's Cappuccino Chips
I love chips, but this is awful. I'm a huge coffee lover, and this is blasphemy. Coffee and potato chips do not mix! One commentator said even her dog didn't like them. I'd imagine so. I sometimes like the salty and sweet mix, but this is one that is just plain weird.
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