When you spend more than a few days in a foreign country, one of the first things you eventually do is go to a local supermarket—this is not surprising. It's also not surprising to imagine that much of what you'll find there, being that the grocery store in question is foreign, will be strange by your existing standards.
One category of items you might not expect to focus on, but should, is potato chips. Specifically, the different flavors of Lay's Potato Chips that are available wherever you happen to be. From "cool, refreshing" flavors available in China, to spicy flavors that mimic the fresh food prepared on the Indian Subcontinent, Lay's are anything but ordinarily in many parts of the world.
01 of 07
Seafood Lays in Southeast Asia
Seafood is a major staple of diets in Southeast Asian countries such as Thailand and Vietnam, so it should come as no surprise that flavors from the sea dominate Lay's varieties in this region. Would you prefer to eat "Hot Chili Squid," "Salmon Teriyaki" or "Crab Spice Seasoning"? Unfortunately, "Pad Thai With Shrimp" and "Green Curry With Chicken" are not yet available, but keep your fingers crossed.
02 of 07
Natural and Cool Lay's in China
The only thing stranger than the existence of "Cool and Refreshing" Lay's flavors such as "Blueberry," "Lemon Tea" and "Kiwi"? The fact that they are delicious— the sweetness of these flavors perfectly counteracts the chips' natural saltiness. The flavors (and no doubt, the ingredients Lay's uses to create them) are faker than anything, but then again, when in history has a little fakeness ever stopped China? It will be interesting to see how Lay's flavors evolve along with China's ever-changing public mood.
03 of 07
Mint, Masala and Curry Lay's in India
India's known for being bold, brash and sometimes overwhelming, and the flavors of Lay's potato chips here are no exception. Although they often simply mirror flavors of Indian food, such as "Magic Masala" or "Mint Mischief," they are unique compared to most of the flavors you'll find stateside, a truth you can extrapolate to Indian food in general. On the other hand, you might not want to eat these with your curry, lest you offend the chef who cooked it.
04 of 07
Gourmet Lays in France
The French are known for their sophistication, from fashion, to language, to manners and etiquette—and Lay's potato chips are no different. Indeed, flavors like "Poulet Rôti" (Roast Chicken) and "Patates Sauce" (Fries'n Gravy) don't seem too out of place in the context of French society.
Now, whether eating potato chips is à la mode is another question entirely—leave it up to les français to answer that one. It also remains to be seen ubiquitous French flavors such as "Escargot" and "Os à Moelle" (bone marrow) will ever make it onto the surface of Lay's. Or, worse, can you imagine horse- or frog-flavored Lay's? Non, merci!Continue to 5 of 7 below.
05 of 07
Red Caviar Lays in Russia
Did you know that Russia is one of the world's top producers of wild caviar? Caviar from the various sturgeon species that swim Russian waters of the Black and Caspian Seas is among the most prized—and expensive—in the world. If you want to enjoy the flavor of caviar without shelling out hundreds of thousands of rubles, pick up a bag of "Red Caviar" (Russian: Krasnaya Ikra) Lay's the next time you're in Moscow or St. Petersburg.
06 of 07
Mediterranean Lays in Argentina
Another factoid many people don't realize is that Argentina, in spite of having Spanish as its national languages, is primarily composed of immigrants whose origin is Italian. For this region, it should come as no surprise that Lay's markets local flavors in Argentina (and in neighboring Uruguay, for what it's worth), under the "Lay's Mediterraneas" imprint.
Various Mediterranean-inflected flavors of Lay's are for sale in Argentina, including "Smoked Manchego Cheese," "Beef Carpaccio with Parmesan," "Olive Oil and Tomato" and simple favorites like "Lasagna" and the even simpler "Ham." No words as to whether Lay's will ever create chips that bear of the flavor of Argentina's world-famous beef.
07 of 07
Seasonally Strange Lays in the U.S.A.
Lay's in the U.S. have historically been pretty ordinary, but over the past several years, annual voting competitions for bizarre flavors have put a decisive end to that, bringing about flavors like "Sriracha" and "Chicken and Waffles." In a way, these are even weirder than some of the other international flavors we've just seen, which you could argue is much of the appeal of the competition in the first place.
More recently, Lay's introduced a spate of international flavors in the U.S., inspired by the 2016 Summer Olympics. These include "Chinese Szechuan Chicken," "Brazilian Picanha," "Greek Tzatziki" and "Kettle-Cooked Indian Tikka Masala."