L - North America - Salty

Lay's "Inspired by Thailand Thai Sweet Chili"

Lay's

Taste: 3.5

Texture: 4

Novelty: 3.5

All scores out of 5

I think I've said this before, but I generally don't like spicy food. As you would imagine a guy running a site where I review candy, sweet is my taste of choice. That's probably why I was a little nervous about getting these chips, and a little confused. I'm always confused by the term "sweet chili". To me, chilies are hot and spicy, the opposite of sweet. So I'm never sure what to expect when the two words are put together. Does this mean it's going to taste like chili, but not be hot?

As it turns out, the answer is no. While these do taste like chilies, these chips are hot. They're not the kind of hot that blows your face off on the first bite, but they're hot. This hot is the kind of hot that creeps up on you at every bite. The first bite even had me fooled a little bit, I thought maybe these might be an un-hot chili chip, but I was wrong. By the time I finished this bag, my mouth was burning a bit. I've been building up my hot tolerance over the last few years, so I'm not sure if I'm getting better, or if these are just kind of hot.

Heat aside, these chips were pretty good. First of all each chip was completely coated in seasoning. There was no chip that had more or less flavour than another. The flavour was also pretty good as well. Often with hot foods I find that they go for scorch rather than flavour, but these had a very particular flavour that was pretty good. This might be the first time that I've ever tasted chili, and really enjoyed it. Maybe my taste buds are growing, maybe I've crossed a new threshold in spice foods.