REVIEW: Pringles Exclusive Flavor! – Hot Diggity Dog

Rating: ©©-1/2 chips  (tolerable)

Pringles - Hot Diggity DogHot dog, hot dog, hot diggity dog!  Has someone over at Pringles been watching one too many episodes of the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse?!  We can admit it, diggity is a great word!

Pringles new Hot Diggity Dog flavored potato crisps are an exclusive flavor for…..  drum roll please…..  Walgreens.  Looking back at all of our Pringles Exclusive Flavor reviews, we would say that Walmart has gotten the best selection so far, and Target easily the worst – Walgreens would fall somewhere in between.

As for the Hot Diggity Dog flavor itself, well that falls right to the bottom of Walgreen’s Exclusive Flavors!  Sorry, but these crisps are just another forgettable addition to the short list of hot dog flavored chips.  For a much finer example of how a hot dog flavored snack should actually taste, check out our review of International Popcorn’s Jersey Dog Popcorn.

It is not that these Pringles taste bad in any way, because they really don’t.  However, what they also really don’t do is taste like hot dogs in any way, shape, flavor or form!  Quick sidetrack….

  • Question: “Are you a ketchup person?”  No, no, no, don’t try and give us that well what does that mean exactly…?  You know what we mean.  “Do you like ketchup, or don’t you?”  Doesn’t matter on what, or what kind, or anything else.  Simple, straightforward, yes or no, sort of question – “are you a ketchup person or aren’t you?”  As for us here at Chip Review, some of us are, and some of us aren’t.  The ones that aren’t, are very passionate about disliking ketchup.  No ketchup on anything, anywhere, ever.  Those that like the ketchup, seem to be more take it or leave it, as opposed to need it on everything, all the time (well, unless we’re talking about our Chip Reviewers who fall into the less than 5 years old range, that’s an entirely different story….who new ketchup was meant to go into milk?).

Okay, getting back on track here; as we were saying, these Pringles do not taste like hot dogs.  What they do taste like is mustard.  Lots and lots of mustard and salt.  Not an overly harsh mustard, just your typical sort of sweet-ish, vinegary sour, and pungent yellow mustard.  Also, way way way back in the flavor background, we can just recognize some very minimal sweet tomato ketchup notes.  The pretty pink Pringles canister only shows mustard being applied to the slightly charred tubular dog, so you can imagine the disgust on the faces of those Chip Reviewers who are “not ketchup people”!!

So, there you have it, these Pringles taste like mustard, with a heavy dash of salt, and a light splash of ketchup – but not like hot dogs.  For another mixed review of the Diggity Dogs check out Junk Food Guy’s review.  And for a much more glowing review, check out The Impulsive Buy’s review.

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

Discovered at Walgreens; Burr Ridge, Illinois

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Chip Review’s Honorable Mentions – 2015

25 Chips to Christmas – 11 Honorable Mentions

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These chips nearly made our Top 25 of the Year, and deserve some recognition too!! (in alphabetical order)

Beanfields - Nacho
“These are really good!  Not – really good for a bean and rice chip – sorta good.  NO!  Really good for any type of nacho cheese flavored chip!”

“The onion presence is sweet and pungent, without being too pronounced.  The cool, sour cream is really enhanced with a good touch of tangy cheese.  All of the flavors work harmoniously, and surprisingly enough, do not overwhelm Cobs delicious popcorn one little bit.”

D'vour - Coconut Sea Salt

D’vour Tortilla Chips made with Real Coconut – Sea Salt

“And some of us at Chip Review were even excited to try the chips with nachos; melting a whole bunch of cheese all over them and seeing how the sweet, salty and cheesy combo works out.”

Herr's - Peppered Bacon

Herr’s – Peppered Bacon Potato Chips

“Seems like no matter how many times we try another poorly executed bacon flavored snack, we still get excited for the next one!!”

International Popcorn - Everything BagelInternational Popcorn - Cheddar Ranch

International Popcorn – Everything Bagel Popcorn

“Has popcorn replaced chips as the international favorite salty snack?!?  Well, we’re not sure if popcorn is as popular around the rest of the world but right now, here in the U.S.A. popcorn is booming!!”
Popsalot - Honolulu Aloha

Popsalot – Honolulu Aloha

“The few moments when we actually landed a mix of both the caramel corn and the macadamia nuts were, lights-out fantastic.  Those precious, porcelain, roasted half nuggets of unctuously rich macadamia nuts were amazing! WOW!”

Pringles - Wasabi & Soy SaucePringles - Salted Caramel

Pringles – Exclusive Flavor Wasabi & Soy Sauce

Pringles Limited Time Only! – Salted Caramel

“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!!”

Snacks 101 - Less Mess White Cheddar Popcorn

Snacks 101 – The First Baked Popcorn – Less Mess White Cheddar

“Apparently, Snacks 101 has created “The First Baked Popcorn”….  Are they messing with us?  Can this be right?  Well, we can’t find any evidence to dispute them so let’s roll with it.”

Trader Joe's - Partially Popped Popcorn ...with Butter & Sea Salt!

Trader Joe’s – Partially Popped Popcorn …with Butter & Sea Salt!

“Trader Joe’s Triple P embodies a real strong corn essence, and flavor.  They do in fact look like those partially popped kernels you find at the bottom of the popcorn bag or bowl, except that they don’t break your teeth when you chomp down on them.”

Ziggys - Kickin Buffalo Wing

Ziggy’s Kettle Corn – Kickin’ Buffalo Wing with Himalayan Pink Salt

“Great combination of tangy, sweet, salty, zippy, spicy, zingy, sour-y, and did we mention spicy-spicy-spicy?!?  Seriously, lots of heat – WHOA!!”

** And here are 5 additional dishonorable mentions that we hope to never mention again… **

(in alphabetical order)

Old Dutch - Cheddar Bacon Popcorn

Old Dutch – Cheddar Bacon Popcorn

“First, the bacon aspect was not reminiscent of bacon but rather of standing in front of a camp fire.  Smoke, and smoke alone, does not make popcorn taste like bacon.”

Old Dutch Ripples Appetizers - Chicken Artichoke Flatbread

Old Dutch Ripples Appetizers On The Go – Chicken Artichoke Flatbread

“But, as for the taste – uhhhh…. we do not taste any chicken, artichoke or flatbread (not that we were expecting to actually taste the flatbread).”

Pop! - White Truffle Bliss

Pop! Gourmet Popcorn – Extravagant White Truffle Bliss Popcorn

“But, maybe it’s difficult to capture and accurately deliver the deliciously aromatic flavors of truffle onto popcorn?  Nope, we’ve tasted and reviewed a handful of truffle flavored snacks (predominantly popcorn), and most of them have actually been lip-smacking!”

Snyder's of Hanover - Raspberry Creme Sweet Pretzel Sandwiches

Snyder’s of Hanover – Raspberry Creme Sweet Pretzel Sandwiches

“Plain and simple these pretzel sandwiches are a sweet dessert treat that should not be included anywhere among salty snack section for any rhyme or reason.  These belong on the shelf next to cookies!”

Trader Joe's - Popcorn in a Pickle

Trader Joe’s – Popcorn in a Pickle

“Popcorn in a Pickle is not only not better than Trader Joe’s Baconesque, but it makes Joe’s cheddar bacon popcorn seem lip-smacking in comparison.”

**Chip Review’s Top 25 list of the Year consists of chips that we tasted and reviewed during the 2015 calendar year for the first time.  The chips are not necessarily new to the industry, but they were new to Chip Review in 2015!

BIJOU-REVIEW: Pringles Limited Time Only! – Salted Caramel

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

Pringles - Salted CaramelDon’t you just love the holidays?!?!  First, all of the pumpkin flavored, and scented, anythings show up everywhere.  Next, comes of the game birds, and roasting nuts, and warm apple cider.  Then it snows, and you wish you had put up your Christmas lights the weekend prior.  And then, Pringles holiday pandemonium arrives!  That’s right, time to put those snow shovels down for a second, and give a taste to the newest limited edition weird Pringles seasonal flavors!!

Some people are sort of disgusted by the idea of sweet flavorings on salty snacks.  We on the other hand pretty much love trying anything new, or out of the ordinary, and for the most part we have found that those pre-disgusted people would be very surprised if they just gave the snack a shot!

These Salted Caramel flavored Pringles are a good case in point.  They are quite fantastic, and really lip-smackingly tasty!

Pringles potato crisps don’t really provide much flavor on their own so they simply act as a neutral delivery device for letting the seasoning shine, while providing the crispy textural component!  As for the seasoning, well it tasted exactly – E-X-A-C-T-L-Y – like caramel with salt.   Sweet, and buttery, and salty, and the seasoning works with the potato crisps.

Another 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!

In case you were wondering, below is our ranking of the sweet seasonal Pringles that we have tasted and reviewed:

  1. Tortillas Limited Time Only! – Cinnamon Sugar
  2. Salted Caramel
  3. White Chocolate
  4. Pecan Pie
  5. White Chocolate Peppermint
  6. Cinnamon & Sugar
  7. Milk Chocolate
  8. Pumpkin Pie Spice

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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BIJOU-REVIEW: Pringles Tortillas – Chili Cheese

Rating: ©©-3/4 chips  (tolerable)

Pringles Tortillas - Chili CheeseWe could have sworn that we read somewhere that these new chili cheese Pringles Tortillas were yet another exclusive flavor for Walmart….but the canister we are currently eating out of (which is the same as the one directly to the left), mentions nothing of the sort.  That being said, we did acquire these new Pringles at, where else, Walmart of course.

We have been fans of the Pringles Tortillas line of crisps ever since we cracked open our very first canister.  Granted, that first canister has actually remained our favorite flavor of the bunch to date.

As for Pringles latest Tortillas flavor, well, it seems to be ending up at the other end of the preference spectrum.  That’s right, these new Chili Cheese Pringles are meh, forgettable, and tolerable.

Subtle chili, mixed with subtle and salty cheese, equals boring seasoning, on corn crisps that require a certain level of ummph to get the flavor job done.  We will be sticking with, well, any other flavor before trying these again!

Like we’ve said in the past:

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.

Just in case you were wondering, here is our rankings for all of the Pringles Tortillas flavors that we have tasted / reviewed:

  1. Southwestern Ranch
  2. Cinnamon Sugar
  3. Zesty Salsa
  4. Truly Original
  5. Nacho Cheese
  6. Chile y Limon
  7. Chili Cheese

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! – White Cheddar & Black Pepper

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Pringles - White Cheddar & Black PepperWe’re sorry Target, but we just have to say it, as far as Pringles Exclusive Flavors are concerned, you got stuck with the worst of the bunch (thus far at least)!  Seriously, it is one thing to have one good flavor, and one bad flavor, but for both of your Exclusive Flavors to ultimately be less than stellar is just, well, disappointing!!

We have to admit we were pretty excited for these as the cheddar & pepper combination is not one we have seen very much of.  In fact the only other example we can find would be Lay’s Kettle Cooked Lattice Cut’s version, which we thought were lip-smacking!

So, what went wrong Pringles?!?

First of all, other than a tiny black dot here, and an even tinier black dot there, the black pepper aspect of these Pringles is practically nonexistent.  Seriously, some of our tasters could not taste any (nor see any) at all, while others said that they did catch little hints of the slightly spicy and fragrant spice.  This black pepper seasoning was not reminiscent of Pringles regular Salt & Pepper Crisps.  Strike 1.

Even worse than the black pepper facet, was the seasoning combination used to represent the white cheddar cheese!  In one word – Eeewww!  Actually, three words – eeewww, yuck, eewww!!  The seasoning just tastes off.  Apparently, the combination of cheddar cheese, buttermilk, nonfat milk, sugar and citric acid does not sit well with our palates!!  First, a shock of sour hits the tongue, then a creamy-milky wave coats the mouth, and then finally at the tail end we actually taste something recognizable as cheddar cheese powder.  It is almost impressive how weird these taste!  Not our favorite Pringles to say the least.

Still, as always, these are our thoughts, and 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 Exclusive Flavor! – Bourbon Barbecue Chicken

Rating: ©©© chips  (notable)

Prinlges - Bourbon BBQExtra! Extra! Read all about it!  Another all new Exclusive Flavor from Pringles has hit the store shelves!! And this Exclusive Flavor belongs to…..drum roll please….everyone’s favorite, dollar section near the front doors, Archer Farms selling, giant red bullseye – TARGET!  As far as we know it, this marks Target’s very first Pringles exclusive flavor, right?  The vast majority of Pringles Exclusive Flavors thus far have belonged to Walmart, with one, maybe two flavors being carried elsewhere.  Well, here’s hoping Target’s first is a goodie!

Sorry Marvo, didn’t want to be the ones to burst your high hopes bubble, but these are just…OK.  Not nearly as unique or tasty as Pringles Kickin’ Chicken Taco.  Not necessarily bad in any way, just not very unique or original either.  We are certain that if we wouldn’t have read the flavor name before eating these, there is no way we would have been able to pinpoint anything unique about them, and simply called them BBQ flavored.

Speaking of that Bourbon Barbecue Chicken flavor…when we first saw this flavor we had visions of one of our favorite sticky chicken dishes, from one of our favorite Minnesota chain restaurants – Leeann Chin.  BUT, as it turns out, our idea, or vision, of these Pringles should have been more Kentucky BBQ than American-Chinese carryout!

Well, since we are calling this a review, we better say at least something about the crisps themselves (although, we’re going to be honest, we don’t really have very much to say).  Have you ever tried bbq flavored Pringles?  Well then, you already sort of know what these taste like.  Standard Pringles potato crisps – salty, crunchy, stacked – check.  The seasoning was a little bit darker in color than a standard bbq red.  And the Bourbon Barbecue Chicken flavor was maybe a little bit richer, deeper, and what we can only describe as more caramel-ly…if that makes any sense?!?  We can say that we did sort of, way, way, way at the tail end of the flavor catch a hint of chicken presence.  Again, there is no way to be certain that we would have tasted this chicken flavor note without knowing that it should be there.

Overall, the flavor is pretty good, no real complaints, other than just nothing very unique or original about it.  We’re sort of wishing that Pringles had actually gone more along the lines of our original Leean Chin thoughts of the flavor!

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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RATING: Pringles Food Truck Flavors – Kickin’ Chicken Taco

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Pringles - Chicken Taco

These are pretty unique crisps, even for Pringles.  Loaded with spices like cumin and coriander, which certainly evoked thoughts of tasty chicken tacos to many of our tasters.  However, if you are one of those (weird) people who do not like cumin or coriander, then you very well not like these!

For an in depth review of these Pringles – check out Junk Food Guy’s site

Discovered at Walgreens; Hillside, Illinois

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