Though we think of potato chips as being quintessentially American, they’re a popular snack in countries all over the world. And just as fast food, chocolate, and other gastronomic commodities are repurposed to suit the unique tastes of different cultures, potato chips sold in other countries come in a plethora of flavors that make our cheddar and barbecue varieties seem downright boring.

1. Fries ’n Gravy

We eat mashed potatoes with gravy; we’d probably eat fried mashed potatoes with gravy; so why not fried potato chips with gravy? The folks at Lay’s Canada think it’s a good combo. Clearly, Canadians aren’t afraid to take condiments associated with potatoes to the next level (see ketchup chips). Throw a few cheese curds into the bag, and you’ve got portable poutine, Canada’s unofficial national dish.

2. Ham & Keen’s Mustard

Smith’s Potato Crisps, based in Australia, claims this is a “perfect partnership of two Australian icons.” These flavors work deliciously well together in a sandwich, so I can’t see how the addition of salty, crunchy potatoes could change that.

3. Wasa Beef

I love wasabi anything … well, almost anything. I don’t know if I’d love beefy chips with wasabi powder, but I salute Japan’s Yamayoshi for its innovative flavor combination.

4. Mango Flavor

Lay’s introduced a Natural & Warm line of chips with flavors representing the “yang” to its Natural & Cool flavors. Instead of cool cucumber and lime, yang flavors include mango and lychee.


5. Lime ’n’ Masala Masti

With tangy lime and flavorful Indian spices like garlic, ginger, and curry, these chips, made by Lay’s India, bring the sweet heat of Indian food to the snack aisle. Reviews are mostly positive; one Web site calls these chips “an explosion of flavor.” The combination of lime and masala was enough to pique my curiosity, but after reading that, I’m ready to book a trip to India.

6. Spanish Chicken Paella

This is just one of fifteen limited-edition “crisps” recently released by Walkers (a UK snack-foods company that Lay’s owns) during their Flavour Cup game, in which fans vote for their favorite new flavor online. With Welsh Rarebit, German Bratwurst Sausage, and English Roast Beef & Yorkshire Pudding in the running, it’ll be a tough contest for sure.

7. Chutney

Mrs. H.S. Ball’s chutney is extremely popular in South Africa; some call the flavor an icon, and others think of it simply as tradition. Naturally, its sweetly spiced flavor is just as popular in chip form.

8. Bacon Sizzler

Given America’s current love affair with all things bacon-related, I’m surprised there aren’t more bacon-flavored chips crowding U.S. supermarket shelves. Other countries got on the bacon bandwagon years ago. The UK’s McCoy’s, self-described maker of “man crisps,” offers this smoky, meaty delight.

9. New Yorker’s Street Cheese Dog


Pringles’ American-style flavors for Japanese consumers are more interesting than what we usually eat here (and slightly confusing). Along with Las Vegas Spareribs and Grand Canyon French Fries, Street Cheese Dog is meant to showcase our favorite national flavors in one chip.

10. Pizza Potato

We have pizza-flavored chips in the U.S., but Calbee (sold in Japan and Hong Kong) outdoes anything here by adding bits of melted cheese to its chips. Take that, Pringles!

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