Troy celebrates potato chip contestant

Matt Allen of Troy is one of four finalists in the Lay's Do Us a Flavor contest. (WDTN Photo)
Matt Allen of Troy is one of four finalists in the Lay's Do Us a Flavor contest. (WDTN Photo)

TROY, Ohio (WDTN) – The food of the day is potato chips in Troy and the entire city is throwing its support behind a local man whose new chip flavor could be a million dollar winner.

“July 31, 2014 is recognized as Lay’s Bacon Cheddar Mac and Cheese Day in honor of Matt Allen,” the mayor exclaimed.

It is one of four new flavors of Lay’s Potato Chips.

Troy celebrates resident's new chip flavor.  (WDTN Photo)
Troy celebrates resident’s new chip flavor. (WDTN Photo)

The creation comes from Dayton firefighter and Troy resident Matt Allen.

“It’s a meal I got from my wife. I started in the fire service learning how to cook,” said Allen.

Matt submitted his flavor back in February as part of Lay’s Do Us a Flavor contest.

Now he’s one of 4 finalists.

“It’s a celebration. When you think of 14-million entries and you take that down to four and one of those four is a Trojan. It’s worth a celebration,” said Troy Mayor Mike Beemish.

Those who stopped by Troy’s Town Square Thursday for the proclamation were also treated to a taste test.

The other flavors include Cappuccino, Wasabi-Ginger and Mango Salsa, but in Troy, it is all about the Cheddar and Bacon.

“We went to Meijers. They thought they had it in stock, but by the time we got there in the evening, it was an empty shelf for his chip which we thought was a good sign,” said the mayor.

Voting is now underway nationwide.  The winner will be announced in October.

We asked Matt what he would do with a million dollars. “I have a son now, so definitely secure his college. We want to help out our families as much as possible.”

You can vote via twitter or text, but for most Trojans, it’s no contest.

“They are good and I love them,” said Jadyen Bair, chip taster. “I’ve tried all the flavors and it’s #save bacon mac all the way man.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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