Cool Ranch Doritos used to be MY JAM as a kid. It was pretty much the only chip that I would ever pick, and it got to the point where I ate them for so long that now as an adult, I can’t even stomach the idea of Cool Ranch chips. Same thing with bananas (though, I ALSO hate the texture, so there’s that.) When I saw that Lay’s was coming out with the flavor swap chips, I knew that I would meet Cool Ranch again, and I would of course have to try these.
Original Lay’s chips are not really my thing. I find them to be unsatisfying, greasy, and just overall bland. It is always shocking to me that people choose these as their chip of choice when you can have so many other things. I do however like the Lay’s wavy chips, those are a great dip vessel and have a substantial crunch and don’t have the grease factor. Also, can we take a moment to address the font choice on the DORITOS Cool Ranch lettering? It’s really upsetting to me.
The chip base is exactly what you would expect from a typical Lay’s potato chip. The Doritos Cool Ranch seasoning has a decent coating on all the chips in the bag, assuring that you won’t bite into a bland one. These taste exactly how you would expect, minus the corn chip base. The flavor packs the same tang as Cool Ranch Doritos – buttermilk taste mixed with various herbs and spices. Over all I thought these were a decent execution of the flavor swap idea. I think I would have liked these even more if the flavoring was on the Wavy version of the chip, giving it the more hardy crunch that I am used to with a Dorito. On the plus side, at least eating these won’t destroy the corners of your mouth. Overall, if I ever get the hankering for a bag of Cool Ranch chips, I would definitely reach for the Doritos over this iteration. Fun idea, but I think the original is better.