One of the things that makes human civilization great is the capacity for invention. Where food is concerned, this results in an absurd number of variations on basic concepts, in an ongoing quest to find something new to sell to the consumer.
Thus, hot dog flavored potato chips.
Actually, to be precise, “Coney Island Hot Dog with Mustard” flavored potato chips.
This odd product is put out by a company called “Snyder’s of Hanover”, and appeared in one of the vending machines at my workplace.
Considering that one of the roles of vending machines is to use the buyer as a guinea pig for food marketing experiments, I am always wary of this kind of thing. It might be a trap.
But I had to know.
At the moment I type this, I have not yet tasted the product, but I will do so now. Upon opening the bag, the smell is a mixture of potato chips, mustard, and hot dog meat, which is not entirely surprising.
*chew chew chew*
Well…the strongest flavor at first is onion, and I note that onion powder is one of the listed ingredients. But there is, indeed, the flavor of hot dog and mustard. It’s as if you had been eating a hot dog with mustard on it, and then ate some potato chips; the hot dog flavors linger in your mouth even though it’s no longer present.
But overall, I think I’ll let my coworker Josh speak for me:
“Dude, I think I’m gonna vomit.”
UPDATE: Apparently this company makes a habit out of strange-flavored snacks. Their website reveals such weirdness as Creamy Caramel flavored pretzel balls, Spicy Chesapeake Bay Crab potato chips, and something called “Strawberry Yo~Zels”, which I’m guessing are yogurt-covered pretzel snacks. Bleh.