Fried Pickle Chips? Lay's Is Releasing New Flavors Based on Regional Food Flavors

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Lay's—the beloved brand that created potato chip flavors like chicken and waffles, cinnamon bun, and cappuccino—is now releasing a series of eight new potato chip flavors inspired by regional American delicacies.

Among those flavors are Chicago deep dish pizza, New England lobster roll, Midwestern fried pickles with ranch, and Southern pimento cheese, the New York Daily News reports. According to a press release, the new flavors will only be available from July 30 through September 23 in stores in the regions that inspired them. So, unfortunately, you won’t be able to find Cajun spice potato chips at a store in Utah or Maryland crab spice at a store in North Dakota, but they're available online at Lay's website if you want to try them all.

All eight flavors were featured in a video on Food Network personality Hannah Hart's YouTube channel, who is partnering with Lay's on a potato chip road trip through America.

"I've seen firsthand how proud people can be of their hometown ingredients that have been used for generations," Hart said in a press release, "and I'm looking forward to hit the road with Lay's to connect with locals firsthand and celebrate their flavors!"

Along with the eight new regional flavors, Lay's is also bringing back four regional chip flavors from past limited-edition runs. Those four flavors—West Coast truffle fries, bacon wrapped jalapeno popper, fried green tomatoes, and ketchup—will only be available in stores in their respective regions.

Check out the full list of new flavors below:

Cajun spice (Gulf Coast): Described as featuring a mix of spices like garlic, paprika, onion, and oregano.

Chile con queso (Texas, Oklahoma, Mountain states, Southern California): Inspired by Southwest Tex-Mex flavors.

Crab spice (Mid-Atlantic): Inspired by crab shacks on the Chesapeake Bay.

Deep dish pizza (Heartland and Mid-America): Inspired by Giordano’s famous deep dish pizza recipe.

Fried pickles with ranch (Midwest): Inspired by the fried fare available at Midwestern state fairs.

New England lobster roll (Northeast): Inspired by lobster shacks in Maine and Massachusetts.

Pimento cheese (Southeast): Described as tasting like sharp cheddar with a hint of cayenne pepper.

Thai sweet chile (Pacific Northwest): Inspired by the food truck scene in Portland and Seattle.

[h/t New York Daily News]

General Mills Is Recalling More Than 600,000 Pounds of Gold Medal Flour Over E. Coli Risk

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The FDA recently shared news of a 2019 product recall that could impact home bakers. As CNN reports, General Mills is voluntarily recalling 600,000 pounds of its Gold Medal Unbleached All-Purpose Flour due to a possible E. coli contamination.

The decision to pull the flour from shelves was made after a routine test of the 5-pound bags. According to a company statement, "the potential presence of E. coli O26" was found in the sample, and even though no illnesses have been connected to Gold Medal flour, General Mills is recalling it to be safe.

Escherichia coli O26 is a dangerous strain of the E. coli bacterium that's often spread through commercially processed foods. Symptoms include abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Most patients recover within a week, but in people with vulnerable immune systems like young children and seniors, the complications can be deadly.

To avoid the potentially contaminated batch, look for Gold Medal flour bags with a "better if used by" date of September 6, 2020 and the package UPC 016000 196100. All other products sold under the Gold Medal label are safe to consume.

Whether or not the flour in your pantry is affected, the recall is a good reminder that consuming raw flour can be just as harmful as eating raw eggs. So when you're baking cookies, resist having a taste until after they come out of the oven—or indulge in one of the many edible cookie dough products on the market instead.

[h/t CNN]

The World's Spiciest Chip Is Sold Only One to a Customer

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Paqui

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to get pepper-sprayed directly in your mouth, Paqui Chips has something you can’t afford to miss. Following the success of their Carolina Reaper Madness One Chip Challenges back in 2016 and 2017, Food & Wine reports that the company has re-released the sadistic snack. Continuing their part-marketing gimmick, part-public safety effort, the Reaper chip won’t be sold in bags. You just get one chip.

That’s because Paqui dusts its chips with the Carolina Reaper Pepper, considered the world’s hottest, and most (attempted) consumers of the chip report being unable to finish even one. To drive home the point of how hot this chip is—it’s really, extremely, punishingly hot—the chip is sold in a tiny coffin-shaped box

Peppers like the Carolina Reaper are loaded with capsaicin, a compound that triggers messages of heat and pain and fiery consumption; your body can respond by vomiting or having shortness of breath. While eating the chip is not the same as consuming the bare, whole pepper, it’s still going to be a very uncomfortable experience. For a profanity-filled example, you can check out this video:

The chip will be sold only on Paqui’s website for $6.99 per chip or $59.90 for a 10-pack. The company also encourages pepper aficionados to upload photos or video of their attempts to finish the chip. If it becomes too much, try eating yogurt, honey, or milk to dampen the effects.

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