Category: Pringles

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.

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REVIEW: Pringles Tortillas – Southwestern Ranch

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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.

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Pringles Family Faves – Cheddar BBQ

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Chip Review of the day…..

Pringles Limited Time Only! – Pecan Pie

Rating: ©©©-3/4 chips  (notable)

Pringles - Pecan Pie

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What do we have here?!?  A new, unique addition to Pringles seasonal line-up of holiday sweets inspired potato crisps!!  Pringles Pecan Pie potato crisps join the likes of last year’s boundary pushing Pumpkin Pie, Cinnamon & Sugar, & White Chocolate Peppermint flavors.

And, just like with those other flavors, these pecan pie crisps, have split Chip Review(ers) right down the proverbial flavor middle, and opinions are all across the board!  However, this time around, the tables have turned, and those reviewers who were fans of last year’s sweet flavors cannot stand these crisps, and of course vice versa for those reviewers who were not…

First of all, the major difference between these pecan pie crisps, and the three flavors from last year is that those flavors were sweet crisps, with a certain level of saltiness added to them – they were “challenging, and original” because they were sweet and salty potato crisps.  What we have this time around, are some very unexpected, sweet and SAVORY crisps.  Truth be told, for the initial few fleeting seconds, the pecan pie crisps triggered memories of Lay’s Do Us a Flavor Chicken & Waffle potato chips – which is of course in no way a bad thing!!

So, some of us here loved the sweet and salty and savory combination, mixed with just the right amount of pecan pie seasonings to puzzle our taste buds, but yet still let us know we’re supposed to be eating, and hopefully enjoying, Pringles potato crisps.  While others of us were absolutely turned off by what our taste buds were experiencing.

Right off the bat – BUTTER!!  A wave of delicious, and savory butter flavor that evoked thoughts of pecan pie’s rich, shiny, butter glazed pecan topping.  Truthfully, the butter flavor was on the verge of tasting fake, but one quick glance to the ingredients list on the back confirmed it, these crisps do indeed have butter on them.  However, beyond the butter, most of the other particular flavors were very difficult to pinpoint.  The sweetness aspect in this case appeared to have been delivered using molasses, which must be what actually triggered our initial thoughts of Lay’s C&W chips, but do not very well provide that rich and creamy pecan pie filling flavor.

In the end, do the crisps taste like pecan pie?  Not really.  Pecan pie should evoke thoughts of a comforting juxtaposition of smooth and crunchy textures, with some nutty, sweet, salty and savory flavors.  Pringles Pecan Pie Potato Crisps do evoke thoughts of sweet and salty butter, combined with crunchy potato crisps!

As with most things these days, the new savory sweet combo was loved by some, and revolted by others!  However, one thing we all could agree on at Chip Review was that we were definitely thankful to Pringles for continuing to push the flavor boundaries, and challenge the conventional thoughts of what flavors should, and can, go onto salty, crunchy snacks!!

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Pringles Xtreme – Fiery Wasabi

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Pringles – Wasabi Mayo

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Pringles - Wasabi Mayof

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Here we find ourselves at the crossroads of another peculiar snack from the wonderful array of potato chips that our good friends S&A brought back from, yep, you guessed it, Japan!!  So far we have reviewed Yamayoshi’s Wasabeef , and Chip Star’ Caesar Salad potato chips.

First things first, Pringles from Japan, taste exactly the same as Pringles from the USA.  Go figure!  Same shape, same crunch, same salt and seasoning levels, as well as, same location (only on the underside) of the flavoring.  An even dusting of white creamy powder representing the mayo coated each crisp.  While just the tiniest scattering of green specs signified the wasabi.

The flavoring was spot on, but definitely too delicate and timid for our preferences – especially the wasabi aspect of the combination.  We expect, and prefer, to get a “spicy” nasal wallop when we eat wasabi chips.  Either way, pretty much everyone enjoyed them, and couldn’t stop eating them.

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RATING: Pringles – Spicy Guacamole

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Pringles Spicy Guacamole

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