Over the years, Thrillist has continually chosen to highlight distinct regional food traditions across all 50 states (even Florida!), as we quickly realized the intersection of food and culture is, by extension, one of the most universally understandable and tangible shared differences in our lives.
Basically, people like to:
A.) Have a sense of pride/bragging rights about food they grew up with
B.) Explore food traditions in other places
C.) Think/read about food in general
And Lay's -- who have been known to veer slightly off the rails in the name of flavor experimentation -- are starting to lean in on regional foods, too, with the release of their new "Tastes of America" line. The eight new flavors will represent some of the most entrenched regional food favorites from sea to shining sea, and we are here today to test them, and rank them. This is essentially the most patriotic food you could possibly eat, this side of broiling a bald eagle -- which, actually would be unpatriotic, as they're endangered species and also a symbol of our freedom. So yeah, eat these chips instead.