REVIEW: Pringles Exclusive Flavor! – Mango Salsa

Rating: ©©©-1/2 chips  (tolerable)

Pringles - Mango SalsaJust the other week we went into detail on our thoughts and concerns over the controversial Exclusive Flavor!  We’re not sure how many other stores are exceptional (rich, big) enough to have their own versions of Exclusive Flavors, but so far as we can tell most, if not all, Exclusive Flavors that we have spotted have both been from blue and white behemoth – Walmart.

Plain and simple, these are some of the oddest tasting chips (crisps) ever!  Just weird!!  And, not because we haven’t reviewed mango flavored chips before.  Most recently we tasted and reviewed last year’s Lay’s Wavy Do Us a Flavor Finalist, who gave us their variation of the mango salsa!  Unfortunately, our initial reaction to those was yuck!  A very surprised, and disappointed, YUCK!  We were thinking that the mango salsa flavor was going to be our favorite among the four flavor finalists.  So, the question at hand is, will Pringles Mango Salsa disappoint as well?  Does mango salsa just not work as a chip flavor?  Because it is worth mentioning that other chip brands have proven that mangoes plus habaneros plus potato chips can actually be a fantastic combination!

Pringles Mango Salsa potato crisps are a combination of zippy – sour, with a sort of real fruity mango essence, plenty of garlic, a little bit of heat, the sweet and aromatic balance of onion, loads of salt, and sort of like mango salsa actually….  OK, so we’ve settled that.  These do kinda, sorta, taste like mango salsa….in powder seasoning form of course.  That being said, do they really taste good?  In our opinion, sort of, well, not really!  Initially, we taste those delicious mango salsa flavors, but then on the back end of the tasting experience our enjoyment sort of transitions to an off-putting experience.  We’re pretty sure that our negative feelings are a result from the combination of the mango salsa flavor and potato crisps.  It just seems unnatural to combined those two!  Who eats salsa with potato chips?! Not us, and there is likely a good reason for that.  The combo does not seem organic. It just doesn’t jive! Corn and fruit = works.  Potatoes and fruit = not so much!

In the end, we appreciate Pringles mango salsa flavor accuracy, but this is not a combo we would be buying again for any reason.  That being said, of course we would crunch a few if we spotted them on a snack table at some great chip party we were attending!

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

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REVIEW: Pringles Tortillas Exclusive Flavor! – Chile y Limon

Rating: ©©©-1/4 chips  (tolerable)

Pringles Tortillas - Chile y LimonWe 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

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REVIEW: Pringles – Exclusive Flavor Wasabi & Soy Sauce

Rating: ©©©©-1/4 chips  (lip-smacking)

Pringles - Wasabi & Soy SaucePringles All New Wasabi & Soy Sauce crisps are a Walmart exclusive flavor!  That’s right, if you want to enjoy these tasty potato crisps you are going to have to either visit the goliath department store, or find someone to do your Wally World shopping for you!  In the name of chip reviewing, and Being the professionals that we are, we packed our bags and traveled out to the Chicago suburbs in search of the new Japanese inspired Pringles.  Luckily for us, we spotted them at the first Walmart we visited, and popped the canister open even before reaching the registers!

As we sat down and began writing this review we got to thinking “when was our last review of a new flavor of Pringles?”  Turns out that it has been nearly 3 months since we reviewed any new Pringles!  THREE MONTHS!  While three months may not seem like that long of time to many of you, let us just tell you that in Pringles’ months we’re talking about a very long time between new reviews!!

We are very, very happy to report that Pringles Wasabi & Soy Sauce crisps are really, really SPOT ON!!  Seriously, we’ve tried quite a few different Wasabi flavored chips, and these taste as much like wasabi as anything we have tried.  We have not tasted very many Soy flavored chips, but we have of course splashed the salty gluten-ful condiment on many a grain of rice, and these crisps taste like they have been splashed as well!

As soon as we popped the top off of the canister, very prominent aromatic notes of soy sauce permeated the air even before we could poke our nose in for a whiff.  The lightly green dusted potato crisps deliver a wallop of dependable wasabi nasal heat that invades the entire mouth and nasal cavities.  Luckily, the punch dies off quickly, and allows our taste buds to mingle with the deliciously salty and unmistakeable flavor notes of soy sauce.  With each potato crisp we crunched, Pringles transported us to our local sushi joint where we often grace our favorite maki rolls with a little dab of green wasabi paste, and a quick dip into the small soy sauce cup.  A delicious combination, and Pringles has NAILED the flavor!  Bravo!!

Despite Pringles accurate flavor execution, the other half of this equation is whether or not these flavors work with Pringles potato crisps?  And, for the most part they do.  We would probably appreciate a thicker chip, with a bit more of its own flavor to combat the strong wasabi and soy flavors, but the Pringles potato crisps work adequately as a delivery canvas to showcase these flavors.

We really like these bold, lip-smacking new crisps from Pringles.

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

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Chip Review’s Honorable Mentions – 2014

25 Chips to Christmas Honorable Mentions

25 Chips to Christmas 2014

These chips nearly made our Top 25 of the Year, and deserve some recognition too!!

(honorable mentions, in no particular order)

Archer Farms - Habanero Ranch

Archer Farms – Habanero Ranch Homestyle Kettle-Cooked Potato Chips

“First wave of flavors includes an impressively rich and creamy, sour, buttermilk flavor.   Then a wave of powerful garlic and onion!  And we do mean POWER. FULL!”

Jay's - Nacho Rings

Jay’s – Nacho Rings

“After popping one Nacho Ring into our mouths we immediately knew what we were really dealing with there.  You can’t fool us, Jay’s Nacho Rings are the amazing hybrid offspring of a Bugle and a cheese puff!”

De-lish-us - Ripple Potato Chips

De-lish-us – Ripple Potato Chips

De-lish-us just seems to consistently put out products that we are impressed with.  Simple, and straightforward.  Nothing flashy or over the top.  Simply good old, quality products!”

chipz Happen - Spice-z Garlic Parmesanchipz Happen - Cinnful Sweet Treat

chipz Happen – Spice-Z Parmesan Garlic Gourmet Tortilla Chipz

chipz Happen – Cinnful Sweet Heat Gourmet Tortilla Chipz

“First and foremost, is that these gourmet tortilla chips taste real.  They taste homemade.  In fact, they trigger tasty memories of those delicious, freshly fried, mom and pop’s Mexican restaurant tortilla chips that find their way to the table as soon as you are seated.”

Deano's Jalapenos - Ranch Jalapeno Chips

Deano’s Jalapenos – Ranch Jalapeno Chips

“These chips are not for spicy food amateurs, so don’t say we didn’t warn you!!  In fact, if we are being honest here, Deano’s Jalapeno Chips are very close to being too spicy for even us to enjoy!”

Dirty - Sour Cream & Onion

“Dirty” – Sour Cream & Onion Potato Chips

“Apparently, we are not the only ones who have wondered why these chips are called “Dirty”?  According to “Dirty’s” website: “The name “Dirty” comes from the process we used to prepare our chips. The potato slices are not washed, leaving more of the potato flavor….”

Pop! Gourmet Popcorn - Huy Fong's Sriracha

Pop! Gourmet Popcorn & Huy Fong Foods – The Original Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce Popcorn

“This popcorn is really delicious!  D-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s, delicious; but with a surprisingly subtle seasoning when compared directly against the real hot sauce.”

The Better Chip - Chipotle

The Better Chip – Chipotle & Sea Salt Tortilla Chips

“A fine textbook definition of the saying: less is more.  The Better Chip keeps it simple, and merely conveys chipotle essence to the smoky chile maximus!”

Cosmos - Crushed Sea Salt Vinegar & Black Pepper Puff Corn

Cosmos Creations – Crushed Sea Salt Vinegar with Pepper Premium Puffed Corn

“We’ve tried a lot of different types of puffed corn in our time.  We’ve crunched our way through corn puffs, puffers, crunchies, kurls, doodles, dittos, and nuggets; and in the end, they are all sort of the same corn-y snacks.”

Pringles - Sriracha Asian Chili Sauce

Pringles – Sriracha Asian Chili Sauce

“Zippy and spicy, tongue tingling, Thai chili flavor, combined with a very generous dosage of powerful garlic, and rounded out with a heavy splash of nose burning vinegar!  These are tasty, tasty potato crisps.”

**Chip Review’s Top 25 list of the Year consists of chips that we tasted and reviewed during the 2014 calendar year for the first time.  The chips are not necessarily new to the industry, but they were new to Chip Review in 2014!

REVIEW: Pringles Tortillas Limited Time Only! – Cinnamon Sugar

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

Pringles Tortillas - Cinnamon SugarHear-ye! Hear-ye!! Pringles holiday pandemonium has arrived!  That’s right, time to put up those Christmas lights, get those shovels out, start brining those turkeys, and of course trying out the limited edition weird Pringles seasonal flavors!!

Lucky for all of us – these are fantastic!!  Really, really lip-smackingly tasty!  We didn’t expect as much, but these are so good we want to write Pringles a letter and tell them to remove that Limited Time Only! label from the canister and keep these beauties around all years long!!

Initially, these Tortillas evoked thoughts of churros.  You know, those long, tubular shaped, fried “doughnuts” from Spain that are often dusted with cinnamon and sugar, and can be eaten while walking the streets of Madrid?  However, by pairing the cinnamon and sugar with a crunchy corn tortilla base, we would classify these as Mexican churros!  Either which way we call it, we still end up with delicious Pringles!

The classic combination of cinnamon and sugar always evokes our inner most childhood memories.  Seriously, our memories associated with the joy of devouring slice upon slice of buttery, cinnamon and sugar toast is so strong, we wonder if that is all we ate growing up?!  The near perfect harmony of the sweet, salty and earthy aromatic notes come together with an explosion in our mouths!  Luckily for all of us, Pringles has hit that combo right on the crisp!!  What really helps these Tortillas to solidify their near perfect harmony is the right amount of salt to help counter and compliment the cinnamon and sugar.  Throw the three ingredients onto a delicious corn tortilla crisp and you’ve got some lip-smacking seasonal crisps!

If you have not yet introduced yourself to Pringles Tortillas line of crisps, we wonder why you are reading this?!?  You’re reading a review of chips, you must be a fan of salty (sometimes sweet) and crunchy snacks, and we’ve been trying to tell you that Pringles Tortillas are among the really good ones for a while now.  So, what are you waiting for, get out there and give them a crunch!!

Let’s try to understand the intricacies of Pringles 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, 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 like we’ve already said, it pairs very well with this seasoning.  If we had to pinpoint what we actually don’t love about these crisps, it would most likely be that due to the crisps strong, lingering sweet presence, we cannot crunch as many of them as we would like to.  Downing an entire canister of these would most likely result in some form of diabetic shock to any of us!!

Great job Pringles!  Thanks for continuing to push the flavor combo boundaries, and dabbling in flavors that most other chip companies wouldn’t ever think of trying!  As long as you keep coming up with these unique flavors, we’ll keep trying them out!

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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