“ Brand: Procter & Gamble / Type: Crisps / Snacks „
As I am a sucker for anything wasabi flavored and as I am an avid Pringles lover, I nearly jumped with joy when I saw the Extreme Wasabi Pringles tube. Wasabi, if you don't know, is the green stuff that comes with sushi and it has a flavor very similar to the mustard's kind of "spicy" in a sense that it attacks the nose more than it does the throat. Wasabi's flavor is much more intense though: when I eat mustard I freely dip whatever I eat it with in to get a healthy amount, but if you do the same with wasabi you are going to end up with tears running down your cheeks (literally!).
So, was Pringles Extreme Wasabi any good? From the point of view of a person who loves wasabi and Pringles, yes. The flavor won't be that "extreme" if you have just one or two crisps, but chomp down about 5 in a row and you will have to take a break from eating to wipe your nose or to knock down a glass of water! Most of my friends who are not very familiar with wasabi like the flavor as well, but they couldn't eat continuously like you would be able to with, say, Pringles Classic.
In conclusion, I think this particular flavor is a very nice addition to the Pringles family, and if you dig wasabi and Pringles you should definitely give it a try!
We all know and love Pringles, and they are a staple snack at any family gathering with a buffet. Pringles have recently branched out and introduced a new range of 'extreme' flavours and are introducing some spice and excitement alongside their existing standard flavours. I got mine on special offer from Tesco's at 95p for a 150g tube. The packaging has had a bit of a facelift, with the regular tube being decorated in bold colours with the big XTREME logo across the front.
These look like any old regular Pringle crisps, with the distinctive curved shape and they are the usual pale beige colour. They are light and crunchy and have a nice crispy texture that is good by itself or goes well with dips. The label bears the following 'WARNING: XTREME FLAVOURS INSIDE', and this flavour reaches the maximum level of heat, depicted by a fire extinguisher on the chart!
For those unfamiliar with wasabi, it is a Japanese root that is used as a spice and is most commonly available in the form of a paste. If you've been to a Japanese restaurant, this is the mysterious green blob that accompanies your sushi. I love Japanese food and have a limited tolerance for strong, hot flavours, but I use wasabi sparingly with my sushi and it gives a nice little kick as well as providing anti-microbial properties to ensure that your food is completely safe. I wasn't expecting a lot from these Pringles but tried them in the hope that they would at least be a bit of a change from the norm, and a fun snack.
Even in the first few moments of putting the crisp into my mouth to eat it, I was hit with the flavour. Not many products that claim to be extreme can truly manage it, but this one surpassed my expectations! The tip of my tongue was tingling and I got a warm, spicy feeling along with an authentic tasting wasabi flavour. It certainly is a bold move by Pringles and they taste utterly unique and interesting. They are a bit too hot for my liking but if you love wasabi these will be perfect for you. I could only manage to eat a couple at a time because the flavour was so intense, so I didn't have the usual 'once you've popped you can't stop' feeling ands a tube of Wasabi flavour Pringles last me a lot longer than the regular flavours, and are kept fresh by the re-sealable tube.
I think these would be great to have as an everyday snack or as part of a party buffet. If you're the playful type give them to someone unsuspecting without telling them the flavour and watch the shock they get from it, hehe!
Dehydrated Potatoes, Vegetable Oil, Rice Flour, Wheat Starch (Gluten Free < 0.3% Protein), Fiery Wasabi Flavour (Flavour Enhancer: Monosodium Glutamate, Onion Powder, Citric Acid, Flavouring, Ginger Extract, Wasabi), Maltodextrin, Emulsifier: E471, Salt
Nurtitional values per 100g:
Energy 2140 kJ 513 kcal
Protein 3.9 g
Carbohydrate 52 g of which sugars 2.8 g
Fat 36 g of which saturates 10 g
Fibre 2.5 g
Sodium 0.73 g
I was inspired to write this review after reading one where someone slated this flavour, and then stated that ' a wasabi to the best of my knowledge is some type of pea .'
Really ? Wasabi ? A pea ?
Whilst I don't mean to be critical of other reviewers, I don't think it wise to review something that hyas a particular flavour if you don't know what the flavour is meant to be like in the first place. I couldn't review Edam cheese for example, without ever tasting it, much less give a review of an Edam flavoured crisp and tell you if it lived up to its claims .
Wasabi, for those who don't know and would rather not just blindly assume it's a pea, is actually a plant that is a member of the brassica family - the same family as cabbage and horseradish. However, when most people refer to wasabi, they're not talking about the plant, but the Japanese condiment, a bright green thick paste with a spicy hot taste, often served up at sushi bars and eaten in combination with pickled ginger and soy sauce. This condiment in turn is rarely actually made with real wasabi root, as it is extremely expensive and looses taste with freshness, and is instead a combination of horse-radish, mustard, and food colouring . Either way , no peas are involved .
OK, now that we know what the flavour of the crisps is meant to be (sorry for the rant, I get annoyed when people get their facts wrong) onto the crisps themselves, which have the traditional ducks bill shape Pringles have always had . These are part of the extreme range, which aims to introduce more intense and challenging flavours . They come in the standard long tube, and Pringles now promise that there are at least 90 crisps per tube . I'll be honest here, and say I didn't count them - I have better things to do!
I paid around £1.50 for my tube. However, I purchase these in the pub, and I'm aware that supermarket prices are cheaper, typically around the £1.20 mark, and frequently with multi buy offers available .
The crisps themselves are always good quality with Pringles - no burn marks, no eyes. However, this is because they are shaped potato rather than simply sliced, so a certain amount of fiddling has gone into the uniform shape . They are rather pallid in colour, and look a little washed out .
The taste is however the most important thing, and actually, I rather like these. The flavour is a bit of a slow burner - in fact, on first bite, you'll likely only get the potato. The taste sort of develops in your mouth though, and soon you get a mild heat, which continues to build and become more intense . After the heat comes the Wasabi flavour , a nice sharp horse-radish flavour, with a slight element of creaminess . Whilst I personally quite enjoy the taste, I did find these a little too spicy for my liking, and didn't find them the easiest crisp to eat .
Personally, I would recommend that these be tried at least once, simple because the flavour is so unusual and interesting, and I do think these make an excellent party snack . I'd certainly buy these again, although the heat would stop me eating too many . A great snack with an interesting flavour, 4 stars .
Pringles have been around in the UK for years now and are a well loved and well trusted brand of crisp. The regular varieties can usually be picked up on special offer in your local supermarket.
But recently they brought out the new "Extreme" range. Supposed to be stronger flavours - and different flavours to their usual varieties. I tried the rib ones first and thought they were tasty, then I saw the Wasabi ones in Asda. I have mad cravings for Wasabi on a regular basis, so was desperate to give these a try.
Upon opening them, I noticed the Wasabi smell was there but not over powering, so grabbed a handful and set to work. The first one didn't seem overly strong, but I continued. Sadly none of the pack was particularly "extreme" in its flavour. Don't get me wrong, they are tasty. They are crisp and crunchy, just like all Pringles, but they don't have that real kick that I was expecting from the packaging. I would say that Seabrooks Wasabi crisps are much stronger in flavour.
The Extreme range are more expensive than the regular Pringles and will set you back almost £2 a tube. It is the same size tube, and contains at least 90 crisps (the usual disc shape) - same as the regular ones. These are rarely found on special offer as they are a new product, but perhaps if they stand the test of time then they will.
I would certainly buy these again, as they were nice, but don't be fooled into thinking that they are "extreme". But if you manage to find them on special offer the definitely give them a go!