Let it be known that when it comes to food, I am a masochist.
Evidence #1 - The coffee yogurt
Evidence #2 - Carrot cake M&Ms
Today's new experiment in taste bud torture is the Cappuccino flavored Lay's chip
Cracking open the bag, all that wafts out is the artificial scent of a cheap coffee house. If one were to puncture a keurig cup, I imagine it'd smell like this. A coffee scent authentic enough you know what it is but there's something fraudulent in the edge.
First bite, there's a flood of the coffee scent into your nose and a dusting of sweet floats across the palate. But it's all banished with the overwhelming flood of potato. Potato and the salt punches down at the coffee til it tastes like a plain Lay's.
Second bite, more potato. The coffee taste is buried, yet the scent remains.
It's as if someone took powdered coffee creamer and dumped it over a bag of chips. There's not a flavor to speak of, but there is the concentrated smell. It's especially thick across the fingers, as you'll be smelling the powder hours after you threw the bag aside.
Final verdict: they're not as bad as I feared. Probably a little bit better than the chicken and waffles from last year, but there seems to be almost no point to their existence. If you want to smell coffee, make coffee. If you want to smell coffee while eating chips, dump your creamer across it. Done.
So, if you're dying of starvation in the desert and the choice is live scorpions or the cappuccino lays, I'd say go with the chips. At least they have no known toxins.