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Pringles Kickin’ Guacamole

This evening I updated my official Pringles Ratings. All 40 flavors I have sampled are now on the chart, including a flavor I picked up just last week: Kickin’ Guacamole.

At some point the Pringles Extreme series lost an E and became the Pringles Xtreme series. I think it coincided with the inclusion of the hotness meter on the side of the Xtreme cans.

Kickin’ Guacamole:  8.8, 8.8, B+

The initial taste of Kickin’ Guacamole is nearly identical to the older flavor Spicy Guacamole. Both flavors also have green crisps, which is not common in Pringles. It is in the aftertaste that the two guacamole flavors can be separated. Kickin’ Guacamole seems to have more cayenne pepper flavoring, resulting in a spiciness that lingers. Spicy Guacamole is not a weak flavor, but it just does not have the punch that this new Xtreme version packs.

This raises the question, is spiciness a good quality in a crisp/chip? As a novelty spicy flavors work well, especially when they are being served as a stand-alone snack food. When it comes to complementing a sandwich, however, the less aggressive flavors are preferable.

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Ketchup Pringles and Campaign Buttons

On Sunday I got to spend some time with Ryan & Sarah, two friends that I had not seen for quite a while.While we were eating lunch they presented me with three gifts (not gold, frankincense, and myrrh). The first was a can of Pringles. Something jumped out at me right away when I saw the container.

Do you see what I see?

Instead of crisps the Pringles were called chips. That was more conspicuous to me than the French text. It alerted me to the fact that I was looking at an imported can of Pringles.

According to my understanding of the situation, Pringles cannot be called crisps in the UK and Canada because they are composed of less than 42% potato products (a bit disturbing, no?). In the US supposedly a lawsuit prevented Pringles from calling themselves chips because they are molded from a liquid, not sliced chips. I spent considerable time trying to find documentation of that lawsuit, but was unsuccessful. I’m not sure where reality ends and urban legend begins. (It is somewhat likely that I will write a future blog post on the legal history of Pringles semantics when I have time to chase down the legal documents and news stories.)

The Pringles in front of me were Canadian.

Stupid knows no geographical borders. 100 chips is as pointless as 100 crisps.

The can contained the maddening 100 count declaration on the sides and on the peel-off seal. This summer I tried the Pringles American Summer Griller Sidekicks Ketchup flavor. I would say the same recipe was used for that flavor and the Canadian Ketchup flavor. Since I’d never had a Pringles chip before it was well worth trying the Canadian version. Plus you never know about these things, if you assumed Canadian bacon was the same as American bacon you’d be making a serious mistake. Better to investigate than to assume. (Rating: [Canadian] Ketchup 7.3, 6.8, C-)

The final two gifts were Herbert Hoover campaign buttons. Considering that I love history and that my name contains an H, two Os, a V, an E, and an R they are very fitting. Of course I wore one of them for the remainder of the day. Thanks Ryan and Sarah!

My newest flair.

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Pringles Xtreme Ragin’ Cajun

In my last Pringles update I mentioned that I sampled the Xtreme flavor Sizzlin’ Sweet BBQ. Last week I picked up another Xtreme flavor, Ragin’ Cajun. I suspect it has been available for awhile but I mistook it for Sizzlin’ Sweet BBQ (the graphics on the cans look very similar) so I didn’t pick it up earlier. It’s the 38th flavor in my rankings (I haven’t added it to my master list yet, that should happen later this week or next week).

As I perused (and I use peruse in its true form, meaning to examine carefully) the Pringles flavors at the grocery store last week I saw a hotness scale on all the Xtreme flavors. Since I had only seen the scale on Sizzlin’ Sweet BBQ before I decided to see which flavor resided at the top. And that’s how Ragin’ Cajun was brought to my attention.

The scale.

Ragin’ Cajun (8.8, 8.8, B+). Is Ragin’ Cajun worthy of a fire extinguisher rating? It’s a matter of perspective. For a Pringles flavor it is quite hot. I’m not sure that the aftertaste is any hotter than Sizzlin’ Sweet BBQ, but the initial taste is. The flavor is a mix of tomato, paprika, onion, and pepper. It has potential as a standalone or a companion crisp. I like it, though I don’t consider it one of my favorites.

It pleased me to see no 100 crisps guarantee on the can or peel off seal. Instead of a misguided 100 crisps guarantee the peel off seal contains a warning to the consumer.



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A Pringles Update

My Pringles page has finally been updated. Right now all 37 flavors I have tasted appear in my rankings. Here are some of the recent additions:

Lightly Salted (7.2, 7.1, C)

This flavor is somewhat troubling. It contains 50% less sodium than the Original flavor, and it raises awareness of just how important sodium is in a crisp. That 50% reduction leads to a pretty bland crisp.

I suspect that if you took a regular Pringle and washed it under a faucet and dried it the end result would be something like this Lightly Salted flavor. There is hope for this flavor, however. If paired with a sandwich or dip it could be very good.

One thing puzzles me. Why in the world does the salt shaker on the can have wings? Because it is light as a bird? Innocent as a dove? Or maybe those are angel wings? This salt is like an angel.

Hoppin’ Horseradish (1.1, 0.2, F)

The current worst tasting Pringle. I really thought the Mozzarella Sticks & Marinara flavor would forever be the Pringles low point. I was wrong. This flavor is pure horseradish. If you like to eat horseradish straight up you’ll enjoy it. I managed to eat about nine of these crisps to determine a ranking. I never intend to eat another. If you’d like a great deal on at least 91 crisps* in a pre-owned can of Hoppin’ Horseradish Pringles let me know.

Thank goodness this flavor is only available for a limited time.

*on average

Sizzlin’ Sweet BBQ (7.8, 7.2, B-)

This is one of the hottest flavors of Pringles I have ever had (I’m inclined to say the very hottest). The flavor is initially very sweet, but then the burn kicks in. It threw a wrinkle in my taste testing, for I could not cleanse my palette to try the next flavor in my line up. I had to wait about twenty minutes. So this is not a weak flavor. A slogan on the can urges you to “Test Your Taste Buds!”

The can also contains an interesting hotness meter.

The meter indicates the hotness falls between two small fires and a big fire. Which does not require a fire extinguisher. That’s good. But this strangely subjective and nebulous chart is not used for any other flavors, so how is the consumer supposed to gauge how hot the flavor is? Are little fires and big fires a universal hotness scale, like the Scoville scale? If you are making a nonsense scale to put on a can of one of your hottest products, why would make it fall less than half way up that scale? Doesn’t it make your product look weak?

Cheesy Cheddar (Mult Grain) (9.0, 8.8, B+)

This is the first of two multi grain Pringles flavors I tried recently. I really like the combination of the grains with a flavoring. In this case it happens to be cheddar. The initial taste is very similar to some of the other cheddar based flavors, but the grains add interesting texture and flavoring to the crisps. This is especially  noticeable in the aftertaste.

Creamy Ranch (Multi Grain) (8.9, 8.8, B+)

Another good combo of multi grain crisp and flavoring. The ranch flavor is just like the regular Ranch, but the grains in the chip add to the taste. I wasn’t overly impressed with the Truly Original Multi Grain flavor, but the cheddar and ranch versions are winners in my book.


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Pringles’ American Summer Griller Sidekicks

Pringles has released a new series of crisps for the summer of 2010. They are named American Summer Griller Sidekicks. The series contains three flavors: All American BBQ, Dill Pickle, and Ketchup.

The Pringles American Summer Griller Sidekicks line up.

Each can features a container graphic consistent with the flavor–a barbecue sauce bottle, a jar of dill pickles, and a ketchup bottle–as well as an cartoon anthropomorphic crisp in the act of picnicking.

I have not updated my master rankings yet, but here are the scores for these flavors. The numbers/letters in parentheses indicate: (taste, aftertaste, letter grade).

All American BBQ (7.5, 7.5, C+)

I fail to notice any difference between this flavor and the regular Barbeque flavor. Since I’m not a big fan of BBQ chips/crisps I did not give it a very high score.

Dill Pickle (8.5, 8.2, B-)

This flavor is a bit like Screamin’ Dill Pickle, yet not as extreme. Both the taste and aftertaste are a bit muted in comparison. Since part of the charm Screamin’ Dill Pickle holds with me is the trashy McDonald’s cheeseburger aftertaste, this flavor scores a bit lower.

Ketchup (7.3, 6.8, C-)

I’ve had ketchup flavored potato chips before, so the concept was not unique to me. The Pringles take on ketchup is underwhelming. The initial flavor is somewhat ketchup-like, but the aftertaste is disappointingly bland.


I’d stick to the regular flavors for your picnics this summer.

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