Review: PECAN PIE PRINGLES! (Limited Time Only) & The Nosh Show, Episode 15 & Let Me Show You Around…
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This week, “we welcome the Nerd Lunch Podcast crew and all seven of us talk about Pecan Pie Pringles, Sprite Cranberry, a Black Ninja Burger from Burger King in Japan, and a donut-muffin hybrid from Starbucks U.K. We also discuss Pop-Tarts and Oreo flavors that should be made.”
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And FINALLY, new readers, I review junk food. I don’t claim to be an expert, just a guy who likes to eat. Today’s junk food: Pecan Pie Pringles!!
OH YEAH. Pecan Pie Pringles have been in the media EVERYWHERE – Buzzfeed, Business Insider, MSN, Consumerist – and now they are HERE. IN MY HANDS. FOR ME TO EAT AND YOU TO READ. This is a lovely relationship, isn’t it?
When I first learned about them on The Impulsive Buy, I was crestfallen. Only in Dollar General? I have no idea where one of those stores is. So when I stumbled on them at my local Target – I did a jig in the store aisle. ‘Cause that’s what I do when it comes to junk food. Dance.
Let’s recap what Pringles has been up to. Last year, they came out with some crazy flavors, cracking that divide between sweet and savory – White Chocolate Peppermint Pringles (I thought they were bizarre), Pumpkin Pie Spice Pringles (the best word to describe these is “decent”), and Cinnamon & Sugar Pringles (I gave them a MEH). Pecan Pie Pringles are the newest Limited Time Only flavor that Pringles has. This can sort of looks like an exposed brain, doesn’t it? Maybe you need one of those to want to eat these.
Of course, when I approach these Pecan Pie Pringles, the question I need to ask myself is “Do I even LIKE Pecan Pie?” And the answer is, DUH, of course, but only because Pecan Pie is usually just a HUGE WAD OF NUTS AND SUGAR in the middle of a semi-shortbread-y pie crust. What’s not to like?
Pecan Pie Pringles don’t seem to contain any pecans, but do contain dried molasses and natural flavors, so…..yeah. I guess that’s where the pie is coming from. Let’s pop the top.
When I opened this can of Pecan Pie Pringles, the smell of nutty nutty pecans smacked me in the nose. No joke – I was prepared to smell some weak Pringles-starchy smell, with some sugar tones, but that didn’t happen! Instead, there was a distinct heavy nut smell, the smell of pecans. I have to say – it was surprising.
Ok, Junk Food Nation, here we go – I ate some of these Pecan Pie Pringles and my eyes widened. These tasted more like Pecan Pie than I expected! And dare I say it …. I liked them! THEY WERE GOOD!
The first taste I got was sweet, almost like a maple syrup flavor. That was the dried molasses. It was earthy and maple-y, and then was quickly overtaken by the slight saltiness of the chip. But, whereas in Pringles PAST fall flavors, the saltiness of the chip almost came paired with that starchy potato taste that crushed any sweet flavor, this didn’t. Instead, the chip tasted nutty…it was sort of sweet, too. However the “natural flavors” were blended in, it masked the potato taste well, and instead the chip had an almost-shortbread flavor. Imagine a shortbread pie crust without much sugar…that’s what this tasted like!
The nutty and sweet syrup-y flavors mixed back in, and to be honest, these Pecan Pie Pringles tasted like I was eating the crust of a pecan pie, toward the edges! I was eating the semi-sweet pie crust that had bits of the pecan-y syrup-y insides stuck to it. Sweet, salty – this was tasty!
The molasses flavor really complemented the nutty flavor well, and left a tiny sweet tinge on my lips. I have to say, the blend Pringles achieved here was remarkable. I liked these. A LOT. They trump all three of last year’s fall Pringles flavors, hands down.
If you can find these, eat them. If you have an open mind, you’ll like them as much as I did!
COST: $1.50 (Can you BELIEVE IT??)
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