Posted by Dan L. on August 27th, 2014
What’s your favorite candy? Licorice? Milky Ways? Gummi Bears? Well my favorite candy are those chocolate covered marshmallow pumpkins that some stores sell around Halloween. It’s a tough “favorite candy” because like I said, you can only get them for a few weeks a year. Sure, most stores also sell chocolate covered marshmallow Santas, hearts and Easter eggs but they’re just not the same. Plus there are no good candy-related holidays during the summer. So the last few months have been pretty tough for me. But a few days ago I was at Walgreens and saw that they were already putting out their Halloween stuff. I went to the end of the isle and there they were! Row after row of chocolate covered marshmallow pumpkins! I guess they’ve gotten pretty popular because there were even a bunch of new flavors like “pecan pie” and “red velvet.”
I snagged a few of these wonderful little guys and headed to the register. While I waited in line I started thinking about all the crazy new pumpkin flavors I would inevitably try this season. And then I looked down by the register and a very different kind of new-flavor combination caught my eye. It was a bag of cappuccino flavored Lays potato chips.
A flash of revulsion quickly gave way to confusion; why would Lays create such a disturbing flavor of chips? Then it hit me; this must be one of the finalists in Lays’ 2014 “Do Us a Flavor” contest.
I checked Lays’ website when I got home and it turns out that the company has already picked their four finalist flavors. They are Cappuccino, Bacon Mac & Cheese, Wavy Mango Salsa and Wasabi Ginger. All four flavors were based on ideas submitted by fans. Lays is now producing these new combinations and though the website says that voting started in late July, this was the first time I’ve seen the chips in the wild.
The flavor that gets the most votes will win a million dollars OR 1% of the net sales generated by that flavor between July 1, 2014 and July 1, 2015, whichever is greater. The other three finalists will get $50,000 each. I think it’s safe to say that Bacon Mac & Cheese is pretty much a shoo-in but if you’d like to vote anyway, head here: www.dousaflavor.com Just be aware that your votes will automatically be posted on your facebook page.
Post-Script: I know this post has nothing to do with video contests but it’s a huge contest so I figured I’d write about it anyway.
Post Script 2: Next time you’re at Walgreens could pick me up some marshmallow pumpkins? I snapped a cell phone pic so feel free to use it as a reference guide. Pumpkins from box numbers 2, 5, 9, 10, 11 and 13 will be acceptable. Thanks.
Yum? Yes. Yum.