Review: Lay’s Kettle Cooked Maui Onion Potato Chips

Ahh, kettle chips. Back in the day, I used to eat them thoughtlessly while enduring a meaningful sensation of roof-of-the-mouth-tear. The super crunchiness of kettle chips had a feeling and taste that were incomparable to anything else, even RRRuffles’ enervated ridges. The snack food possibilities in the early to late ’80s were somewhat unexciting, especially if you compare them with today, but I’m telling you…kettle chips were IT.

Well that was then, this is now.

Now I don’t like the roof-of-the-mouth-tear so much as I did when I was a kid. At least I don’t understand a feasible meaning for it. Cap’n Crunch cereals are almost off my eating list too. (if only it wasn’t so tasty right out of the box!) As far as food goes, if it rips the roof of my mouth, it better be darn good! The best even!

And that is where Lay’s Kettle Cooked Maui Onion Potato Chips come into play. Frito Lay you are truly a great maker of chips that I adore, but I know you are weak. Weak enough to not be a mouth-tearing disaster. I trust your product name as well as trusting a certain gentleness about your products. No offense, but you will never be Poore Brothers, and that is why I bought you.

Good call on my part.

Lay’s Kettle Cooked Maui Onion Potato Chips were not crunchatized as the Cap’n might do, but they were much crunchier than a regular potato chip. The Maui Onion flavor was gentle and satisfying with almost no fingertip residue. I would actually go so far as to say if Funyuns were a potato chip rather than a corn meal-based “onion flavored ring”, this would be the chip. So if you like Funyuns’ flavor, but prefer the texture of a kettle cooked chip, Lay’s Kettle Cooked Maui Onion Potato Chips may be the answer for you.

Frito Lay, you can’t fool me, but I will keep your Funyuns secret to myself.


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16 Responses to “Review: Lay’s Kettle Cooked Maui Onion Potato Chips”

  1. Geez, I live in Hawaii and I haven’t seen those around here.

    I’ve tried other brands of Maui Onion (which are sweet onions and don’t make you cry when you cut them) potato chips and pretty much liked them all. I’ve tried the regular and jalapeno versions of the Lays Kettle Cooked potato chips and liked them, but I will agree that the kettle chips from the smaller companies taste better.

  2. After I bought these, I realized most of the kettle chip brands were labeled “Sweet Maui Onion” and I felt a little messed with.
    Seriously, something that tastes like Funyuns should be sweet for sure..

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  9. With your good review, I might try these, but haven’t seen them on the shelves here in Texas, at least not the grocers I visit.

  10. I love “Maui Style” maui onion chips! And yes, I was just commenting the other day how they’re funyuns but on a kettle chip.

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