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Who do you think set a world record for most new Facebook fans in 24 hours? No, not Charlie Sheen back when he was winning. And not The Avengers movie either, though that’s a good guess.
In fact it was a potato chip. Last April, Frito-Lay’s Facebook page got over 1.5 million new "likes" in one day. That’s a lot of instantaneous fans.
And maybe it’s not such a mind-blowing number if you look at the mind-blowing new flavors capturing the attention of chip fans worldwide. Recently, the New York Daily News highlighted Russia’s affection for Red Caviar potato chips (it’s especially popular in Moscow, where they love their caviar).
Here are some other snack food flavors that you probably never would have dreamed of. You just have to guess what country is chowing down on them. Hint: If you’re lazy and want to answer "Japan" for all questions, you’ll be right a lot of the time. Scroll down to the bottom for the answers.
A. Pepsi: This country offers a suspiciously anti-freeze-colored flavor called Ice Cucumber. Additionally, you’ll find Azuki Bean, Shiso and Pepsi White (yogurt flavored).
1. Japan 2. Taiwan 3. Singapore
B. Pepsi II: You can buy both Ice Cream and Cappuccino flavored Pepsis if you’re here.
1. Italy 2. Russia 3. Spain
C. Tang: Here, the powdered drink mix goes upscale: It comes in tropical fruit flavors like Tamarind and Mandarin; there’s also a Hibiscus version.
1. Mexico 2. Portugal 3. Taiwan
D. Oreos: In this country, you’ll find Green Tea, Raspberry-Blueberry and Mango-Orange versions of the cookie.
1. Sweden 2. India 3. China
E. Pizza Hut Pizza: Home of the Hot Dog–Stuffed Crust pizza; it’s drizzled with mustard.
1. Belgium 2. Germany 3. United Kingdom
F. Doritos: The list of outrageous Dorito flavors is long here - Coconut Curry, Tuna Mayo ("gourmet," according to the bag), Sausage, Steak, Yuzu and Crispy Salmon.
1. China 2. Japan 3. South Korea
G. Doritos II: Roasted Turkey chips are popular here.
1. Germany 2. United Kingdom 3. Taiwan
H. Kit Kats: This country is home to such flavors as White Chocolate Espresso, Salt & Caramel, Green Tea, Caramelized Sweet Potato, Blueberry Cheesecake and Blood Orange.
1. Italy 2. Japan 3. Sweden
I. Pringles: Among the versions of the amazing Pringles potato chip - Soft-Shell Crab, Grilled Shrimp and Seaweed.
1. Singapore 2. Mexico 3. Greece
J. Potato Chips: Based on a traditional appetizer in this country, the Pickled Cucumber chip was introduced last year; it’s already the fourth most popular flavor.
1. Japan 2. Russia 3. Sweden
K. McDonald's Burger: Everyone should get this one right - the McAloo Tikki is a fried potato-pea patty topped with special sauce and ketchup, served on a bun. They've also got the McSpicy Paneer - crispy fried paneer cheese topped with creamy sauce and lettuce.
1. Singapore 2. India 3. China
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Answers: A(1); B(2); C(1); D(3); E(3); F(2); G(3); H(2); I(1); J(2); K(2)
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I agree with posters who brought up the sweetness in tomato sauces/ketchups: It does not make sense to put high fructose corn syrup in ketchup.
I wish, I really wish doritos would make a 'concorde grape jelly-broccoli flavor chip!
Junk, junk and more junk. Great.
Wow. Fatties unite!! There is garbage-food for you to swill down worldwide.
Is this must be what the obese homeless people are eating in the other article?
Go to the store, see 15 different flavors of Doritos but in reality you taste about 3 different flavors. The rest is all the
different food coloring and bag labeling.
Its not so weird but try dried mango by the Phillipine brand. Not the dehydrated – gotta be dried. Its like fruit candy.
Why is it american companies bland down are food products? Buy a bottle of iced tea and doesn't taste like tea. The bitterness has been removed. Our coffee isn't as strong. Our bread is bleached and boring. Although we do have more options now , what is wrong with the American palate? These big food companies are trying to turn us into big fat sugar blobs.
Not only that, it's hard to find a tomato sauce that isn't sweet tasting. I can barely even eat take out pizza any longer because it tastes sweet to me.
Big companies are doing their d@mdest to sell more to the masses who, by the day, are becoming more massive.
It is called the FDA and Market Research. There are also regional differences. If you want Bread or Onion Soup you have to go to Quebec or it won't taste right. The same goes for Sourdough in San Francisco, Salmon in Washington or Oregon,
Key Limes south of Orlando, and probably a hundred other things that just don't taste right outside of where they were grown/created.
PEPSI BLUE. I MISS YOU.
we have dr pepper and cream soda, thats weird enough
It always bothers me that Pepsi and Coke seem to drop new flavors too quickly. I like vanilla pepsi and coke yet nobody sells it where I live. Cherry Coke and Wild Cherry Pepsi are as exotic as it gets. Don't get me wrong, I love the cherry flavor drinks, but why not watermelon, strawberry, grape, etc? So many flavor possibilities!
I loved the cherry cola until I bought some grenadine and just made it myself, now I cant touch cherry cola.
Sonic. The syrups make the drink so much tastier. Green Apple Sprite is awesome! Pineapple not so much, though – they put real pineapple in the drink..kinda tough on the straw.
They can keep the hot dog stuffed pizza. That sounds gross.
My Nephew lives in Indonesia. He loves Pizza as long as it has the hot dog in the crust, which he pulls out and eats. Then he tolerates the rest of the pizza. It is pretty poor grade chicken sausage over there. No thanks.
It is...I worked for Pizza Huts parent company in R&D and we had to replicate that pizza at one point... totally gross!!!
My Japanese friend gave me some of the Green Tea kit-kats. They were so dang tasty
Those are sooo good. I wish they would sell them in the US. I have never really been a fan of kit-kats but I loved the green tea ones.
As several wise folks on this thread suggested to me...order them online. I'm searching now!
No Fair No Fair No Fair NO FAIR!!!! I want those flavors, NOW! I thought we were the world's tasting pot. Oh, can you put in a word to Pringles since you have the connection? "Truffles".
Reblogged this on Star in the Stone and commented:
hey...I wouldn't mind trying Hibiscus Tang, Green Tea Oreos, and Blueberry Cheesecake Kit Kats....LOL! Why don't we have Grilled Shrimp Pringles in America?!
If you live in the US and are near any hispanic grocery stores, they should carry them. We can get the hibiscus tang here in Southern California, it's very good, tart and refreshing.
Thank you Adriana! I didn't even think of that. Perhaps Whole Foods type stores as well...Will have to check!
I didn't think of that either. I live near a zillion international markets. Will definitely look for some of these products!
There are many kitkat in Japan.They have especialy kitkat in several prefecture or city.
For example Yubari city (in Hokkaido) have "melon flavor".
Nigata have "pear flavor".And more...
Please check japanese nestle web site.and check this keyword "omiyage"
Omiyage means souvenir.
OMG. That all sounds amazing. Cucumber Ice, Turkey Chips, unusual kit kats, hot dog pizza...BRING THEM TO THE U.S. PLEASE!
Order them online.
Umm...yeah. I absolutely didn't even think of that. LOL. I order just about everything online. Doh! Thank you for the very obvious suggestion that never occured to me! :) Cucumber pepsi, here I come!
I like to eat snacks from the floor of the movie theater. YUM EXTRA BUGS CRUNCHY!
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I'm surprise Sarah Palin's smores didn't make the list.
Crack king, Frank Blizzard Uhh.
How about Coke in Mexico made with real sugar.
That's not sugar.
Coke made in nearly every country EXCEPT the US is made with real sugar, not corn syrup. Mexican coke isn't anything special.
Green tea Oreos sound pretty good...
some of these sound really good, and others not so much
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Its too bad we do not get to see some of those flavours here in north America. The reality is they simply do not sale. No sense producing flavours only a handful will buy. Still it would be nice to try something different when it comes to those boring chip flavours.
Where in North America are you that you spell flavor the way you do?
LOL Timmy... you mean US doesn't own North America???
In Japan, Pepsi reigns king of unusual flavors. On the flip side what is considered normal in the US is seen as quite odd flavored. Cherry Coke is unusual and genrally only available in foriegn supermarkets. Most Japanese who do not know much about Us culture will also state that Root beer is "off." Too sweet and too medicine-y. A lot of the Us drinks are too sweet for the Japanese palate.
I want more cherry coke and vanila coke in Japan,
Most U.S. drinks are too sweet in general.
I was never a fan of Coke in America, but when I moved to Japan and had it one day I suddenly loved it. No weird aftertaste and nowhere near as sweet. I don't drink Dr. Pepper, but I think all the Dr. Pepper here is imported and just as sweet as it is in America. It has somewhat of a fan base in Japan.
I've seen Cherry Coke somewhere... maybe in Tokyo. But what I was really surprised to see was Pepsi Twist. They still sell it here.
I love pringlesssssss they are my favorite snack even though I have to becareful how often I eat them.
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We collected different flavours of Kit Kats in Japan to bring back for souvenirs for our friends (including Soy Sauce, Wasabi, and Cantaloupe flavours).
And, while I believe it was a limited time thing, I tried cajun squirrel potato chips while visiting the UK.
In China, the blueberry flavored Lay's potato chips are the best sweet/salty combo ever!!! we need to get those back in 'merka
McSpicy Paneer sounds awesome, like the McAloo Tikki burger. The pepsi flavors sound amazing! I went to a Pizza Hut in Shanghai, and the toppings offered were great, one of them being corn. It pairs well with onion and pepper, and I make that pizza at home all the time. A dash of srichia in the sauce is great with it.
I agree that American manufacters should really give us more credit and get that we are the melting pot. The Pepsi flavors sound great, I'd love to try. I'm not a soda/fast food/snack food person, either, and part of is the lack of unusual choices!
When I was in England about 15 years ago, they put corn in tuna salad all the time. Who'da thought? It's great – try it.
I love the UK and their flavor combos! I'm a vegetarian, but I'll pass that tip along to my non-veg friends and family. Maybe egg salad could benefit from corn- I would try roasting it first. Some great ideas for corn- who knew? lol
It is extraordinarily frusrating that chip companies don't try different flavors in the US. Roasted turkey and tuna/mayo sound pretty darn good.
Two words: New Coke.
America can't handle changes.
Sad but true.
The Japan Pepsi flavors are seasonal and limited, usually never appearing again or for a long time. I never got to try Pepsi Cucumber, Pepsi Azuki was great, as was Mon Blanc Pepsi and Pepsi Pink (Strawberies & Cream)
Amazingly here in Indonesia, McDonald's biggest seller is "fried chicken and steamed rice"! French fries coming at #2 and burgers last...
Pizza Hut on the other hand has a new menu that features several rice dishes, and they are are big seller compared to "pizza"!
On my first visit to Hong Kong in 2010, I had a Ginger Ale KitKat bar. SO. GOOD. Asia's got it made for exciting chip flavors – one can only hope that the U.S. crisp makers will eventually get tired of pushing southwest/southern-themed flavors. Bring on the curry seasoning, ya chumps!
They should have those in the U.S.!
I'd give a McAloo Tikki burger a shot. Just don't drink from the Ganges.
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