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17 Discontinued Chip Flavors We Want Back

You can't say Lay's isn't inventive with these wacky flavors.

BBQ. Salt and vinegar. Sour cream and onion. You know all of the classic potato chip flavors along with iconic chip brands like Doritos, Lay's, and Tostitos. But what about some of the underrated chip flavors and brands that didn't make the cut over the years?

To reminisce about those truly wild snacks, we decided to round up some of the best discontinued chips that used to live on store shelves once upon a time. Get ready for some serious nostalgia! Hey you never know—they could make their way back. Just look at 3D Doritos—20 years later, they're no longer just a distant memory You love to see them reclaim their spot as an irresistible snack option, you really do.

Check out which other chips deserve to make a comeback. And for another oh-so-delicious trip down memory lane, uncover these 15 Classic American Desserts That Deserve a Comeback.

1

Pringles Cinnamon & Sugar Potato Crisps

pringles cinnamon sugar flavored chips can

If you've ever dreamed of a churro-chip hybrid, Pringles had them in 2014. Something about that salty-sweet combination just worked.

2

Planters Potato Chips

can of planters potato chips
Planters/YouTube

You know their nuts and those infamous Cheez Balls. But once upon a time, Planters also made ridge-cut potato chips, which came in a Pringles-style tube.

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3

Lay's Wavy Fried Green Tomato Chips

wavy lays fried green tomato chips

For a brief time, this Southern delicacy was available in chip form. And it was a flavor for the superior wavy Lay's, too.

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4

Lay's Wavy Milk Chocolate Covered Potato Chips

lays wavy milk chocolate chips

Sweet chocolate and salty spuds came together to create these simply divine chips. Much to fans' dismay, these Lay's weren't meant to stick around forever. But hey, you can always try making your own, right?

5

Cheetos Crunchy Salsa con Queso

cheetos salsa con queso

These Cheetos were unlike any other flavor, and fans were heartbroken when they disappeared. During the summer of 2020, though, the Salsa con Queso Cheetos did make a return. The crisps were spotted at Dollar General stores for a limited time.

6

Lay's Southern Biscuits & Gravy Chips

bag of lays southern biscuits and gravy chips

Fresh-baked biscuits and gravy? Yum. Biscuits and gravy-flavored chips? Well, it was definitely an inventive flavor—we'll give it that much.

7

Daddy Crisp Chips

daddy crisp potato chips still from commercial
Daddy Crisp/YouTube

If you're a child of the '70s, you might remember Daddy Crisp, the chip brand that prided itself on being loud because its chips were so crunchy. But the chips' tagline was "Love Your Daddy," which hasn't exactly aged very well.

8

Guacamole Doritos

Doritos
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You can still dip your Doritos in guacamole, of course. But there was something special about having that guacamole dust come on the chips.

If you would rather make homemade chips, try our Smoked Paprika Potato Chips Recipe.

9

Pringles Prints

Buy one get one free deal grocery store deal man holding 4 cans pringles
Shutterstock

This is more of a concept than a flavor, but we still wish it would make a comeback. Pringles Prints were printed with jokes written in edible ink—a bonus treat with every bite.

10

Cheetos X's & O's

cheetos
iRemember That/ Youtube

Back in 1999, Cheetos introduced the X's and O's version of the brand's beloved puffs. By 2000, however, these were long gone. If you're a fan of funky shapes, the brand currently offers up Cheetos Paws! Although the X's and O's made playing Tic-Tac-Toe that much more fun . . .

11

Jumpin' Jack Cheese Doritos

doritos closeup nacho cheese chips
Gita Kulinitch Studio/Shutterstock

Sure, we still have nacho cheese Doritos. But back in the '90s, there was also this Colby and Monterey Jack version. We still miss it.

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12

Keebler Munch 'Ems

keebler munch ems cracker
Courtesy of Keebler

The tagline for these snacks was "crackers that crunch like chips," so they fit on this list, right? These cracker-chip hybrids came in ranch, onion, and cheddar flavors.

13

Wild n' Mild Ranch Fritos

bag of wild n mild ranch fritos from commercial
Frito-Lay/YouTube

Original Fritos are great, but the '80s brought us Ranch Fritos, which were even better. Why are Doritos the only chip that serves up Ranch seasoning?

14

Pringles Sloppy Joe Chips

pringles sloppy joe flavored chips can

You could make Sloppy Joes . . . or you could pop open a can of these Pringles. At least, you could while this limited-edition flavor was still available.

15

Sun Chips Sweet & Spicy BBQ Chips

sun chips sweet and spicy bbq bag of chips

This flavor of Sun Chips launched in 2013, but it appears to have been discontinued. It's a real shame—the combination of sweet BBQ sauce and multigrain Sun Chips really worked.

16

Lay's Bacon Mac and Cheese Chips

bag of lays bacon mac and cheese chips

Bacon-topped mac and cheese is already perfect. But when you combine those flavors with the crunch of potato chips? The execution is flawless.

Whatever you do, steer clear of The Unhealthiest Potato Chips on the Planet.

17

Pizzarias

pizzarias pizza chips commercial keebler elves
Courtesy of Keebler

These pizza-flavored (and pizza-shaped) crisps were all the rage in the '80s. They were delicious, but they couldn't compare to a fresh slice of pizza.

Meghan De Maria
Meghan De Maria is a senior editor at Eat This, Not That!, specializing in food, product, and restaurant coverage. Read more
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