If you’ve ever found yourself ravaging through the kitchen in search of a snack that would feed your hunger for a salty bite, yet also offer a tongue-tempting sweetness, then Chad McLean Scott might just be your new best friend.
The college lecturer and former Turlock resident is the creator of Lay’s Cappuccino, which is one of the four finalists in the Lay’s Do Us A Flavor contest.
Scott’s entry was chosen for one of the final four spots from the more than 14 million entries received by Frito-Lay. He’s competing against Lay’s Cheddar bacon Mac & Cheese, Lay’s Kettle Cooked Wasabi Ginger and Lay’s Wavy Mango Salsa. All the flavors are currently being stocked on store shelves and consumers have until Oct. 18 to cast their votes for their favorite flavor. The winning chip will win its innovator $1 million.
It’s no surprise that Scott would find a way to link cappuccino into his snack food, because in his own words he says “cappuccino is his lifeblood.”
The idea for the cappuccino chip came to Scott while, naturally of course, he was sitting in a coffee shop. While working on his doctorate in Sociology from Texas A&M University, Scott said he “practically lived in coffee shops” and that once a day he would treat himself to a steaming, frothy cup of cappuccino.
“It was my ‘Ah’ moment each day that would put a smile on my face,” Scott said.
So, when Scott learned about the chip contest, it seemed a perfect avenue to for his favorite treat.
The Lay’s Cappuccino chip mixes savory with a hint of sweet from the raw sugar Scott said he likes to add to his cappuccinos. He describes it as having a bold and creamy flavor with just a hint of cinnamon. The chip however, unlike the liquid form, does not contain caffeine.
“It’s so different from anything else that it’s actually polarizing to the public,” Scott said of his creation. “Some people think I am a genius and others say, ‘what is wrong with you?’ The reactions have ranged from love to absolute hate.”