Product Type: Pringles Snacks
Newest Review: ... a lot to spend on some Crisps. Since the best before date is always god on Pringles then we stock up when on a good offer. So we decide... more
Member Name: Vialdana
Advantages: Taste georgous and are very morish
Disadvantages: Very morish and much too tasty lol.
Some crisps are for grabbing when you want a quick snack or adding to a packed lunch. Some however, are - for me at least - for proper wholesale snackfests. Pringles definitely fall into the latter category I think. For hubby and I this is when we sit down to watch a Grand Prix.
This week's GP was watched while munching on Paprika flavoured Pringles - Our joint favourite flavour. Because these come in a tube rather than a bag like most crisp like snacks, they do stay more complete. This is of course a general rule - I have to note here that gently turning the tube upside down in store before placing it in the basket will alert you to the rainstick like sound of a tube that's been treated ill and contains impaired Pringles! Pringles most recent claim is that each tube contains around 90 pringles - I have to say I've never counted them and I don't intend to, a full tube is enough for me to be happy I'm getting the right number lol.
Price can vary from place to place, I tend to buy when they're on special offer in the supermarket at 2 packs for £2, or 3 packs for £3 and then put spare tubes away in the cupboard. Because the tubes are foil sealed inside you can keep them unopened for quite a long time. I have seen them at much higher prices of closer to £2 per tube, but this has been primarily in places like garages which tend to be more expensive across the board, and although I really like them, at that sort of price I do balk I'm afraid.
Of all the flavours that Pringles do in this range, Paprika is in my humble opinion the one that's most original. I don't know any other brand of snack that has paprika as a flavour, where as there are many that have ready salted or cheesy variations or salt and vinegar. Paprika (for those who don't know) is a spice - it comes in two sorts, hot paprika and sweet paprika, both are great in cooking but for different reasons. The hot one is great for adding heat to a dish, but doesn't add a huge amount of flavour, while the sweet version is spicy, but doesn't give much heat to what it's added to, and it's this sweet paprika that's used on the Pringles. To describe the taste itself is harder, but if you think of the sweet element in sweet and sour, along with a slightly salty, slightly smoky taste you wouldn't be far off the mark..
The Pringle is a potato based snack, but unlike regular crisps it's not just a slice of thin potato. It's been mushed and reformed together with other bits and bobs to preserve it, so that you get a uniformly shaped 'crisp' which is what allows them to stack them so neatly in tubes. They're sort of an oval that's curled up at the sides making it kind of saddle shaped. I describe the shape her because when you eat them most people tend to put them in their mouth sort of to fit their tongue, with the sides curled downwards. I've found that if you turn them over and put them in upside down as it were, you actually get more flavour from them because it seems that then it's the side that's most coated in flavour that hits your tongue first. Regardless of which flavour Pringles you pick, the one thing you do always get is a good crunch, and a lot of flavour which never seems to disappoint me the way some brands can. I hate it when you get one crisp that's got masses of flavour and most that just taste blandly of potato you know. Pringles are much more evenly coated it seems so you don't get this difference between crisps.
Overall, although they seem quite expensive at first glance, when you are comparing them to 'ordinary' crisps they're not as expensive as you might think. The stacking effect within the tube means that a lot more can be fitted in, and weight for weight they are actually pretty comparable with snacks such as walkers max or baked, and fall in between in terms of healthiness. Flavour wise, for me at least, even though I like both other types mentioned, these just beat them hands down.
Summary: Great flavour, good price, excellent crunch. What more can you ask from this sort of snack.