Chips are up for South Jersey nurse who wins $1 million for spicy snack

 Meneko Spigner McBeth of Deptford, New Jersey, celebrates as her Lay's Kettle Cooked Wasabi Ginger potato chip flavor submission was named the $1 million grand-prize winner of a contest sponsored by the snack maker. (Diane Bondareff/Invision for Frito-Lay/AP Images)

Meneko Spigner McBeth of Deptford, New Jersey, celebrates as her Lay's Kettle Cooked Wasabi Ginger potato chip flavor submission was named the $1 million grand-prize winner of a contest sponsored by the snack maker. (Diane Bondareff/Invision for Frito-Lay/AP Images)

Potato chip lovers across the country will soon be able to snack on a spicy new flavor, thanks to a national contest and a South Jersey nurse.

In the coming weeks, Frito-Lay will roll out Kettle Cooked Wasabi Ginger chips.

Deptford resident Meneko Spigner McBeth submitted the combo as part of the company’s “Do Us A Flavor” contest.

McBeth, named the big winner Monday, is still a bit shocked her chips are now a national snack. She honestly didn’t think her creation would beat out the likes of Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese, one of the contest’s four finalists.

“America loves cheese and America loves bacon. America is very afraid of wasabi. So I just said, with America as a whole, I just figured that would be their favorite chip,” said McBeth.

She couldn’t be happier it wasn’t.

“Of course the $1 million is great because it just does so much for my family and just things that we can do now that we never thought we’d be able to do, but I’m also very, very excited that this chip will just be permanently on the shelves,” said McBeth, who drew inspiration from her Japanese grandmother and her love of sushi.

The 35-year-old also beat out Wavy Mango Salsa and Cappuccino after a taste-tested nationwide vote. For three months starting in July, each flavor hit supermarket shelves.

As for the $1 million, McBeth said she will set most of it aside for her three daughters, though she does have her eye on a new car.

Something a bit spicier than the mini van she’ll still need to transport the whole family.

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