Rating: ©©©-1/4 chips (tolerable)
We just need to ask it. What’s the deal with all of the exclusivity between Pringles and Walmart these days? We just don’t quite get it? Wait, we probably do get it. But, what we really want to ask in our whiniest of voices is – WHY oh Why?! Our best guess is that Walmart sells more canisters of Pringles than any other retailer, or who knows, maybe all other retailers combined! In turn, Pringles throws them an exclusive canister flavor, and Walmart promises to sell, or more accurately buy, X-amount of canisters. Pringles keeps their largest distributor happy-happy, and Walmart now controls the one and only reason why any of us from Chip Review would ever frequent the blue and white giant retailer on a regular basis (of course we can pick up some Waffle Crisp and toilet paper while we are there!). Is Walmart fully aware of what consumers such as ourselves will inevitably do? They just know that we will purchase other merchandise on our way back up to the register after visiting the chip aisle? Are we over-thinking this? Is it more simple than this, as in, does Walmart own Pringles? Any which way you crunch it, we are not big fan of this exclusivity, as we often do not discover these exclusive flavors until we finally make the pilgrame to the big blue and white, and finally cross chip aisle paths!
We have a bit of a love-hate relationship with Pringles. We love how often they create new flavors, and along those same lines, the boundary pushing limits of some of those flavors (ie. Pringles various pie and chocolate flavors). Every so often the those new flavors pan out and we get a real hit from Pringles! On the hand, we quite often dislike the quality and execution of many of Pringles flavors. That being said, overall we have been very pleased with the majority of Pringles Tortillas style of crisps that we have tasted!
Pringles 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, with a grainier texture. The crisps do still inhabit Pringles’ classically curved, oval, uniform design, allowing them to stack perfectly in their canister. And the corn flavor is definitely front and center within these crisps, and lit pairs very well with this seasoning.
Our relationship with the chile & limón (or lime) flavor combination is similar to that with Pringles; as in we have found some amazing examples of this pairing. However, overall we would say that we just don’t like most chile & limon flavored chips. The flavor combo may have been unique and daring 5, or 10, years ago but lets move on already. The combo is now getting very old and tired, and has become a mainstay among the standard U.S. flavor options. And, it seems like, for the majority, every chip company utilizes the same stock chile and lime seasoning ingredients – and these Pringles Tortillas are no different! First, a giant splash of citrusy-acidic-(slightly sweet)-lime-sour zip tingles the tongue. The chile seasoning then makes an appearance, slightly burning the mouth and throat, and providing some of those smoky chile notes; but eventually it loses out to the powerful lime blast.
In the end, these are good enough to enjoy, but we won’t be running back to Walmart for another exclusive canister anytime soon!
**Note – we were thinking of lowering our rating of these Pringles due to their inaccurate spelling of the Spanish word ‘Limón’,…. (As we looked back through past reviews and ratings for other chile & limón (or lime) snacks that we have ever tasted, not a single one that utilized the Spanish translation for lime was missing the accent over the ‘O’. Obviously, Pringles is going for a certain level of authenticity with these, so spelling one of three words incorrectly seems like a big oversight / mistake. We mean come’on, Pringles must have enough workforce to have someone who can properly translate their products for them!)…..but in the end we opted not to lower their rating for this mistake, as we’re sure it was an oversight, and of course holds no real bearing on the crisps themselves.
As always, these are our thoughts, we would love to hear what you think. Agree or disagree, let us know.
Discovered at Walmart; Countryside, Illinois
Chip Ratings Scale:
© – return to sender
©© – tolerable
©©© – notable
©©©© – lip-smacking
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