March Madness: chip edition

With the Coronavirus cancelling events left and right, the staff of The Senator has taken matters into our own hands. When the NCAA cancelled the famous March Madness basketball tournament, we chose to make our own bracket and put varieties of America’s favorite snack food head to head. The newsroom was full of chips and tasters (and healthy handwashing!) on Thursday.

The most difficult part of the bracket was deciding which 16 flavors of chips deserved to be on the list. We chose Original Lays, Cool Ranch Doritos, Crunchy Cheetos, Pickle Lays, BBQ Lays, Nacho Cheese Doritos, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, Bugles, Sour Cream and Onion Lays, Sweet and Spicy Doritos, Jalapeno Cheetos, Cheddar and Sour Cream Ruffles, Salt and Vinegar Lays, Flamin’ Hot Doritos, Cheeto Puffs and Chili Cheese Fritos. Some of your favorite flavors may be missing, but a few staffers argued vehemently to include their favorites.

We all washed our hands and sat down with our plates, ready to fill up for the afternoon. We ate the two matchup flavors together and voted, with some upsets occurring immediately. Pickle Lays beat classic, crunchy Cheetos and Sour Cream and Onion Lays lost to the tangy Sweet and Spicy Doritos. We kept passing chips around the table and making tough decisions, working to narrow it down to four varieties.

The final four consisted of Cool Ranch Doritos, Nacho Cheese Doritos, Cheddar and Sour Cream Ruffles and Salt and Vinegar Lays. Cool Ranch Doritos and Cheddar and Sour Cream Ruffles proved to be the favorites of the staff of The Senator, with Cool Ranch Doritos reigning supreme. The flavorful corn chips from the classic blue bag takes home the blue ribbon. The Cheddar and Sour Cream Ruffles, while taking home the consolation prize, should be proud of their efforts to top the bracket. If you need something exciting to enjoy during quarantine, maybe try a bag of Cool Ranch Doritos or check out our other articles on!

The staff of The Senator and a few special guests (Mr. Gully and Steven Boucher) enjoyed many different kinds of chips.

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