Potato Chips Getting New Flavor Makeovers

Submitted Thu, 07/17/2014 - 9:10am by BossFrog

Coffee-flavored potato chips? Apparently, that's what Americans want, among a few other new taste sensations.

Out of more than 14 million entries in Lay’s “Do US A Flavor” contest, the brand whittled down the final four flavors to Cappuccino, Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese, Kettle Cooked Wasabi Ginger and Wavy Mango Salsa.

Chad Scott, a visiting lecturer and Ph.D. student who pitched the crazy cappuccino flavor, said Wednesday on ABC's Good Morning America, "The inspiration on this is just a love of coffee. When a cappuccino is good enough, it puts a punctuation point on my day."

The coffee-flavored chips, however, do not contain any caffeine.

Cheddar bacon mac and cheese was developed by a firefighter's love for comfort food. "Let's be honest, firefighters love their food, so I knew I had to bring my A-game. It was a hit with the guys at the firehouse," finalist Matt Allen said on GMA.

Meanwhile, finalist Meneko Spigner McBeth came up with the spicy wasabi ginger flavor from her grandmother's Japanese heritage, while finalist Julia Stanley-Metz developed the mango salsa flavor.

The crowdsourced chips will be available on store shelves later this month when consumers can try all four and vote for their final favorite, which will remain on store shelves after the contest ends in November. The winning contributor will get a $1 million grand prize for their flavor idea.