Category: Pringles

Ranch Chips – Tell us what you think

Ranch_Poll

Chip Review’s Top 5 7 Ranch Flavored Chips:

1. Doritos – Cooler Ranch

2. Snyder’s of Hanover – Buttermilk Ranch Pretzel Pieces

3. Doritos – Blazin’ Buffalo & Ranch

4. Vitner’s – Cool Ranch Crunchy Cheese Curls

5. Pringles Tortillas – Southwestern Ranch

runner-up: Cape Cod – Kettle Cooked Farm Stand Ranch Waffle Cut Potato Chips

2nd runner-up: Popcorn Indiana Chip’ins – Jalapeno Ranch Popcorn Chips

RATING: Pringles Tortillas – Truly Original

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Pringle's Tortillas - Truly Original

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REVIEW: Pringles Tortillas – Zesty Salsa

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Pringles Tortillas - Zesty Salsa

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Our review of Walmart’s exclusive Pringles Tortillas Zesty Salsa crisps, is brought to you exclusively by us, and written exclusively for you!

First, lets take care of those brass tacks and discuss the intricacies of Pringles’ new corn Tortillas crisps themselves.  The Tortillas are a heartier, denser, crunchier, and can we just call them a more “rustic” corn variation of Pringles’ traditional potato crisps.  Their mouth-feel is similar to the potato-based Pringles, only less brittle on the bite.  The crisps do still inhabit Pringles’ classically curved, oval, uniform design, allowing them to stack perfectly in their canister.

The corn flavor is definitely present, but sort of feels a bit manipulated.  Come to think of it, these may be the first tortilla CRISPS that we have ever tasted (but, apparently not the first that Pringles have ever made,- courtesy of The Impulsive Buy).  All that being said, what actually constitutes, or more correctly separates, a tortilla CRISP from a chip is beyond us, because honestly when we think of a crisp, we think of a “forced together” chip, instead of a sliced potato??

As for the Zesty Salsa flavor, not to steal words directly from Junk Food Guy’s keyboard, but he’s absolutely correct in his review that with “first taste of these New Zesty Salsa Pringles Tortillas: They tasted like OLD SCHOOL SALSA RIO DORITOS…And here they are…in Pringles form.”  We couldn’t have said it better ourselves, and so we didn’t even try!  The seasoning blend is really delicious, but since we (Junk Food Guy) already brought up Doritos, we actually wish that these Pringles were seasoned more heavily a la Doritos.  These were just too subtle for our preference.

The seasoning starts with a zesty tang of slightly sweet, and moderately sour, tomato flavor.  Followed by a complimentary blend of some citrus notes, a little chile, and of course garlic and onion.  The combo is tart, tasty, and reminiscent of salsa!  Combined with the Tortillas’ corn crisps, and Pringles has another hit on their hands!  Nearly as tasty as their Southwestern Ranch, and certainly better than their Nacho Cheese flavor.

As always, these are our thoughts, we would love to hear what you think.  Agree or disagree, let us know.

Discovered exclusively at Walmart; Madison, WI

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REVIEW: Pringles – Chipotle Cheddar

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Pringles - Chipotle Cheddar

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A couple of years ago we reviewed some Pringles and declared the following:

THESE ARE DELICIOUS!!  These are Pringles, and they are delicious!!!  We checked our records and we can confirm that these are without a doubt, the most daring, boundary pushing and flavorful Pringles we have ever encountered!  Plain and simple, Chip Review feels that these are the best Pringles ever!!

We are happy to report that those Chile con Queso Pringles do still remain at that top spot.  So, why do we bring them up you ask?  Well, because these Chipotle Cheese Pringles remind us a lot of those wonderful delicious Pringles. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if they are practically the same flavor, with maybe only the slightest tweak, or two (or maybe none?).  With all that being said, why would these Chipotle Cheese crisps get a slightly lower rating than those Chile con Queso crisps?  Well, similar to the Doritos Nacho Cheese, or the Cheetos Original Crunchy conundrums; we begin comparing items, and flavors, that are alike, and unless the new chip, crisp, or puff elevates beyond the delicious original, we cannot rate them as highly.

So, rather than waste any time or energy on writing a witty new review, let us simply tell you that if you are looking for a review of these Chipotle Cheese Pringles, than you can read our review for the Chile con Queso Pringles.  You can imagine that these taste very, very similar, and it is plausible to assume that these crisps have a slightly smokier background chile flavor, and maybe not quite the complex range of flavor profiles that those Chile con Queso crisps encompassed.  However, without tasting the two side by side we really cannot pinpoint those differences!  If you were among the lucky people who tried, and liked, the Chile con Queso crisps during their limited time, then we are happy to report that you will like these as well!!

As always, these are our thoughts, we would love to hear what you think.  Agree or disagree, let us know.

Discovered at Target; Hillside, Illinois

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REVIEW: Pringles Tortillas – Nacho Cheese

Rating: ©©©-3/4 chips  (notable)

Pringles Tortillas - Nacho Cheese

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What do you call cheese that is not yours?  Never fails!

Looking back over our many ratings and reviews of Pringles, it is more than apparent that we have enjoyed a roller coaster of reactions along the way.  Pringles is certainly one of the big chips in the industry, and the fact that they still continually push themselves to create new and original items for all of us to review, whether it be to enjoy or not, we must be impressed.

It looks like most of the big guys have already weighed in with their own thoughts regarding Pringles latest creation.  Both, Junk Food Guy and The Impulsive Buy appear to be rather impressed, and maybe a bit more than we were with the Nacho Cheese flavored ones!  Where as we went so far as to call the Southwestern Ranch Tortillas some of the best Ranch chips (sorry, crisps) that we had ever tried, these Nacho Cheese Tortillas are only decent at best.

First, lets discuss the intricacies of Pringles’ corn tortilla crisps themselves.  The Tortillas are a bit heartier, denser, crunchier, and can we call it more “rustic” essence than Pringles’ traditional potato crisps.  Their mouth-feel is similar to the potato-based Pringles, only less brittle.  They still inhabit Pringles’ classically curved, oval, fit into a tall canister, uniform design.  The corn flavor is present, but does feel a bit manipulated.  Come to think of it, these may be the first tortilla CRISPS that we have ever tasted….but, what actually constitutes, or more correctly separates a tortilla crisp from a chip is beyond us?!?

Pringles appears to have fallen into the same flavor dilemma that so many other nacho cheese chips have had before them.  The comparisons to the reigning (“original”) nacho cheese champ Doritos, are undeniable.  However, where as the “original” is an iconic classic, that exudes perfect (scientifically proven) flavor harmony, and is loved by most all; all other renditions are inevitably textbook definitions of generic nacho cheese chips.  The nacho cheese seasoning is acceptably tasty, but ultimately one dimensional in comparison.

So, all in all, we must say that so far we have been impressed with Pringles Tortillas creations, we can only hope that the other flavors are quite as good.

As always, these are our thoughts, we would love to hear what you think.  Agree or disagree, let us know.

Discovered at Walmart; Darien, Illinois

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REVIEW: Pringles – Zesty Southwest Cheese

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Pringles - Zesty Southwest Cheese

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NEW! Pringles Zesty Southwest Cheese!  There are a couple of items that should be addressed immediately.

Initially, we thought that Pringles was trying to tell us that when cheese is combined with some zesty, and some southwest, it apparently becomes the devil?!  But, after looking a little more closely at the illustration on the canister we noticed that bright block of cheese with the blazing red horns was probably supposed to represent a bull!  Add to that a cowboy hat, and a springy coil connected to the base of the cheese, and you’ve got yourself a zesty, southwestern bull!!

Secondly, can we ask you something?  Could there be a more generically named flavor?  Think about it for a second.  We all have our own perceptions of what this zesty southwest cheese flavor entails, but really what does that mean?  First of all, Pringles doesn’t even want to commit to a type of cheese?  What are we tasting here??  Is this cheddar?  Pepper jack?  Next, what exactly does zesty mean?  According to the dictionary, zesty is a “strong, pleasant, and somewhat spicy flavor”.  OK, we’ll accept that, but when we look back at all of the zesty chips that we have reviewed over the years, we don’t necessarily find that defining consensus.  And lastly, same thing goes for the southwest flavor adjective.  What defines a flavor as southwestern?  We’re going to take a stab here and say that similar to zesty, southwest adds a bit of spicy kick to a flavor, along with a decent amount of warm weather and sunshine.

Oh Pringles, before even lifting the lightly orange dusted potato crisps to our lips, we get the feeling that somewhere, sometime, we’ve tasted this flavor before.  Looking back through our extensive records proves that we actually have not, but we think that it is pretty safe to say that this flavor is very similar to quite a few other Pringles we reviewed over the years.  In fact, these crisps are very similar to our most favorite Pringles of all time, the limited edition Chile con Queso, only not nearly as delicious.

The zesty southwest cheese seasoning blend is definitely flavorful!  The orange cheese dusting is a little tangy, and a lot salty.  Hiding in the background were a melange of flavor ingredients including the typical garlic and onion, but then also an unidentified, zesty combination of spices and acids.  The sharp and spicy kick is not very fragrant, but more tongue tingling.  We usually prefer our heat to smell more like chiles, but each their own.  Overall, we don’t love the flavor, but we don’t despise it either.  If you like your Pringles zippy (a synonym to zesty) then you would probably think these are good.

We have praised Pringles ability to continually produce new, and often times unique, flavors…but, we also do not like wasting our time, or mouth space, on zesty regurgitated flavors!

As always, these are our thoughts, we would love to hear what you think.  Agree or disagree, let us know.

Discovered at Walmart; Darien, Illinois

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REVIEW: Pringles Tortillas – Southwestern Ranch

Rating: ©©©©-1/2 chips  (lip-smacking)

Pringles Tortillas - Southwestern Ranch

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Dear Pringles Tortillas,

First of all, let us happily welcome you to the family!  And secondly, can we just tell you that we adore Pringles’ persistence, drive, and never-ending desire to NOT remain content with remaining stagnant like so many others in the industry we love so often become.  We recognize and appreciate your hardwork!

Sincerely,

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Looking back through our many ratings and reviews of Pringles over the years, it is apparent that we have enjoyed a roller coaster of reactions along the way.  Pringles is certainly one of the big dogs in the industry, and the fact that they continually push themselves to create new and original items for all of us to review, whether it be to enjoy or not, we must be impressed.

Well, it looks like most of the big guys have already weighed in with their own thoughts regarding Pringles latest creation.  Both, Junk Food Guy and The Impulsive Buy appear to be impressed, but maybe not to the same extent that we were with the Southwestern Ranch flavored ones!  We’d go so far as to say that Pringles Tortillas Southwestern Ranch Crisps are some of the best Ranch chips (sorry, crisps) that we have ever tried.  We will have to do a little bit more research, but they may even be making our Top 5 Ranch flavored chips of all-time when all is said and done (stay tuned for that list being released in the very near future).

First, lets discuss the intricacies of Pringles’ corn tortilla crisps themselves.  The Tortillas are a bit heartier, denser, crunchier, and can we call it more “rustic” essence than Pringles’ traditional potato crisps.  Their mouth-feel is similar to the potato-based Pringles, only less brittle.  They still inhabit Pringles’ classically curved, oval, fit into a tall canister, uniform design.  The corn flavor is present, but does feel a bit manipulated.  Come to think of it, these may be the first tortilla CRISPS that we have ever tasted….but, what actually constitutes, or more correctly separates a tortilla crisp from a chip is beyond us?!?

Smack!  Smack…smack-smack!!  What’s that?  That’s the sound of our taste buds getting thoroughly pummeled by Pringles’ one-two powerful southwestern ranch flavor punch.  Pringles is not messing around with the southwestern aspect of this flavor, and these are not your typical run of the mill ranch flavor.  Imagine ranch with a kick, and with an attitude.  Although the ingredients’ list only indicates “spices” we’re fairly certain that we taste some jalapeno pepper somewhere in there.

After the initial zippy flavor blast comes the undeniably smooth ranch flavor.  Bell pepper, dried black bean, tomato powder, sour cream, garlic and always delicious.  Come to think of it, these crisps really remind us of Taco Bell’s Ranch Loco Taco.  More like the real taco combination, than that of the over-hyped Ranch Locos Tacos tortilla chips.

So, all in all, we must say that we were rather impressed with this latest flavor from the world’s utmost crisp dynasty.  Even if the crisps themselves really aren’t that revelatory of a new concept when compared to their Multigrain Pringles.

As always, these are our thoughts, we would love to hear what you think.  Agree or disagree, let us know.

Discovered at Walmart; Darien, Illinois

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