Put a bowl of chips in front of my kids and they’ll be gone faster than a toupee in a hurricane. Put three bowls down and they’ll think it’s some kind of trick. But no trick, just a treat: the chance to try the winners of Lay’s Do Us A Flavour World Flavourites contest: Bacon Poutine, Cheese & Onion, and Thai Sweet Chili. It’s not everyday you get chips by courier, or the opportunity to chat with a leading food trend expert and former Food Network judge (thanks Lay’s!). Read on to learn what’s hot (and getting hotter!) in the world of food and enter for your chance to try the limited edition winners before they’re gone.
This year Lay’s contest featured internationally-inspired flavours, with winners inspired by Canada, the UK and Thailand.
The Bacon Poutine has a subtle smokiness. Which was probably lost on my guys because chips (!) but you and me would appreciate.
And the Thai Sweet Chili the boldest of the three (imagine All Dressed with a kick.)
We’ll get to Lay’s Cheese & Onion in a minute. First, a convo with Dana McCauley of Food Trends TV:
What food trends are we moving away from?
What are the biggest food trends of 2016?
Will we see more fusion foods or crossovers with two or more international flavours, like the sushi burritos at this year’s Canadian National Exhibition?
How do food trends differ for restaurant chefs and home cooks?
What’s the next “it” vegetable?
Carrots. We’re sick of beets and brussel sprouts, and the idea of eating local is very popular. Manning Canning has some really good spicy pickled carrots.
What are your favourite food trends of 2016?
I’m grateful to see we’re really starting to think about food waste and do something about it. When I last looked, the most-watched video on my channel was the one on food waste. Last week one of the major dailies had an article about limiting food waste at the CNE and major players are starting to tackle food waste in the food industry. If you went to Niagara-on-the-Lake, you’d see all kinds of peaches on the ground that are just going to rot. But now organizations are looking at how all that fruit that falls off the trees can be used. It’s wonderful when we all do our bit, but when we act on something that’s hugely wasteful, that’s when we have a major impact.
Nothing going to waste here! The Cheese & Onion was our favourite, and probably the flavour with the broadest appeal. The cheddar and onion flavours were distinct but subtle. Or maybe they’re just subtle to me. I’m not exactly a spring chicken — my tastebuds are probably dulling. (‘Tho more likely it’s my sense of smell.)
Lay’s wants one try small things reader to try its World Flavourites too — one of you lucky ducks is going to win three bags of Lay’s Bacon Poutine, Lay’s Thai Sweet Chili, and Lay’s Cheese & Onion (nine bags in total!).
To enter to win, visit Lay’s and tell me your favourite flavour or which flavour you’d most like to try. (This entry is mandatory).
For an additional entry, follow try small things on Facebook and share this post, then tell me you did so and your name on Facebook in the comments below.
You may also tweet the following once per day and leave the url for your tweet in the comments below (one entry per tweet).
Yes to all the chips! #Win 9 bags of Lay’s World Flavourites from @trysmallthings http://wp.me/p4xBed-2P3 CAN 9/9 #DoUsAFlavour
The giveaway is open to Canadian residents (excluding Quebec) 18+ and ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on September 9, 2016. A winner will be selected from all eligible entries via random.org and contacted via email, Twitter and/or Facebook. The potential winner must respond to prize notification within 48 hours, including the correct answer to a skill-testing question, otherwise another winner will be selected.
Good luck everybody!
Update September 10, 2016: Congratulations Jonnie H!
This is a Lay’s sponsored post. As part of my affiliation with PepsiCo I have been compensated (with chips!). As always, the opinions on are my own. And I love that Lay’s chips are made with homegrown, Canadian potatoes. Must try all 22 flavours! (Seriously, where are my priorities?)