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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REVIEW: Pringles Exclusive Flavor! – Jalapeño Bacon

Rating: ©©©-3/4 chips  (tolerable)

Pringles - Jalapeno BaconA few different times this year we have gone into detail on our thoughts and concerns over the controversial Exclusive Flavor!  Well, our concerns with the big blue and white behemoth Walmart being the only place to actually encompass any of these Pringles Exclusive Flavors! is now over as drug store titan Walgreens has been allowed to join the exclusive flavor club!  Maybe, the secret is that your store’s name must begin with WAL…??

Jalapeño Bacon…hmmm, and yummm!  But, have we tried these before?  We can never be too sure as to what flavors we have already tasted from Pringle’s vast flavor spectrum.  Mr. Pringles isn’t the flavor king for nothing!  In fact, we’re not quite sure if we have ever tried this flavor combination before from any snack brands?  Please excuse us while we go search the vault (cue Jeopardy music now).

We did recently review some habanero bacon tortilla chips, but that’s obviously not the same.  And, we have reviewed over 120 jalapeño flavored chips and over 30 different bacon flavored ones.  We actually have tried one cheddar-bacon-jalapeño flavored chip, but that was from Herr’s.  And, we’ve tasted jalapeno flavored crisps, and bacon flavored crisps, both from Pringles.  BUT!  We have confirmed it….we have never tried Jalapeño Bacon flavored crisps from Pringles!  You’ve done it again Pringles!

You know what these all new Pringles Exclusive Flavor! Jalapeño Bacon Potato Crisps really taste like?  Well, they taste like Pringles dusted with a combination of Pringles jalapeño, and bacon flavored seasoning blends.  The classic re-usage and combination of two preexisting flavors to create an all-new flavor – oldest chip trick in the book!  Sometimes warranted, creating a fantastic new flavor combo, and other times just because they can!

Jalapeño and bacon, each of the two, typically powerful flavors have 1) either been tamed down a bit using some sort of food magic, or 2) somehow the combination of the two together results in a more subdued version of themselves….  The chip world may never know!

Seriously, these crisps taste exactly like what we expected.  The jalapeño delivers a typical fragrant-vegetal aroma and flavor, while finishing with a semi-spicy chile heat that lingers for some time after you’ve finished.  The bacon flavor asSALTs your tongue with enough salty-salt to render an entire lake full of leeches unconscious.  The bacon also delivers the customary and unnaturally smoky essence that is meant to represent porky bacon.  The two flavors together, do not really do much for us.  They never really meld, or compliment one another.  A new classic combo like peanut butter and jelly we do not have!

In the end, the crisps aren’t bad.  We could certainly sit down, or stand up, or walk, and enjoy eating these, but we will not be traveling to Walgreens specifically grab some of the Exclusive Flavor!

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

Discovered at Walgreens; Hillside, Illinois

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REVIEW: Pringles Exclusive Flavor! – Mango Salsa

Rating: ©©©-1/2 chips  (notable)

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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