Last year we started a series called “A Flavor that Could Work,” profiling what we thought could be tasty new potato chip flavors. Our first entry was Split Pea Soup.
We’re sharing two flavor concepts in this post.
These flavors were not found in our research of a available flavors. So if a flavor does not exist in our Chipography, it’s considered too hard to find in the American or Western European markets. But if you can provide evidence these flavors exist, please send it to us. We’ll share it and we’ll be delighted the flavor exists!
1. Chicken Tikka Masala
Chicken Tikka Masala is an Indian dish made with roasted chicken and a red sauce typically including tomato, coriander, and cream or yogurt. The dish is very popular in the UK, and is making inroads in the US. When cooked well, it’s delicious.
The flavor spectrum of Indian food lends itself really well to potato chips. There are countless potato dishes in Indian cuisine. Logic should follow that if potatoes taste well, so should the chips.
Additionally, the combination shouldn’t be that hard to fabricate. Tomato flavor exists (think ketchup minus garlic and sugar), so the missing piece is the spice blend. In 2012 it appears something was in development for the Indian market, yet I cannot find any evidence of it sticking.
For as popular crisps are in the UK, it’s surprising this flavor combination isn’t more popular. It appears Walkers offered this flavor in the early 2000s, yet it must be discontinued. It’s unlisted in their most recent flavor listings.
2. Enchiladas Rojas (Red Enchiladas)
Red Enchiladas consist of beef or chicken with cheese wrapped in a corn tortilla and covered with a red chile sauce. It’s another “red sauce” chip concept, and surprisingly one that has no presence in the Chipography.
There’s some near-misses in our Chipography, with many chile-flavored (the pepper) chips and some chili-flavored (the stew) chips. But nothing puts all flavors together. Mama Zuma’s (Route 11) offered a green chile enchilada chip, but no red enchilada.
The only flavor unrepresented in current chip offerings is cumin. A combination of cumin, onion, garlic, chili powder, tomato flavor, and cheese flavor could make a decent approximation of this Mexican comfort food staple.
So, what do you think? Should the fans of Potato Chip World start a lobbying campaign to bring tikka to the states? Leave your thoughts in the comments.