It’s that time again, readers! Another round of Snack Food Reviews from the Bearded Giant, eating my way through the joys of grocery and convenience stores alike.
We have a special treat this time. The first new flavor I had seen in a while (and yes, I search every store for new flavors just for you!).
It’s time for Lay’s Spicy Green Peppercorn Fish Flavor!
Have you ever seen ANYTHING so awesome???
These potato chips have corn, and peas, and peppers, and maybe celery? Something with long green stems on it! But most important, these chips have freaking fish tails in them! How awesome is that!!!
Man I cannot WAIT to tear into these bad boys. Who cares if they taste horrible!
When am I gonna get the chance to eat something this awesome!
Wait a minute…
Apparently there is a contest where I can win headphones or something…
I wonder what the rules are?
I don’t read much Chinese. I can tell you that character with the stack of three little boxes means “stuff” or “things”. And sometimes I correctly recognize the characters for beef and pork.
But what I can read pretty consistently is dates…
Why are my chips offering me a contest from two years ago?
Let’s see if there’s a date on the bag somewhere…
While it is only mildly creepy that apparently China believes that potato chips are “durable” for 9 months??? There is no denying that these are looooong past their prime. All food safety questions aside, it wouldn’t be fair to review them as they are.
But it does point out something very “China”.
There is little care for food inspections, food safety, or consumer protection in China today. I am assured that it is actually better than it used to be. But it is very much buyer beware when it comes to what you eat, with virtually no recourse.
And it’s clear that Chinese shops feel no incentive to check and rotate their stock on a regular basis. The chances of you finding a bag of two year old potato chips in a store in the U.S. are virtually zero. In China? Best check those labels. Because no one else is checking them for you.