Review (x3): New Pringles Tortillas! (Original, Nacho Cheese, Southwestern Ranch) & Random Pre-Christmas Musings
Junk Food Nation, it’s the Monday before Christmas Eve, I’m at work, and I am SUPER UNMOTIVATED. Well, that’s not completely true – I have one deadline today, WHICH I FINISHED LAST WEEK. So, after gorging myself on holiday stuffs all weekend, and watching football ALL. DAY. LONG you know what? My brain is tired and fried with junk food. Let’s just go around the interwebs and discuss what’s been going on.
1. Football thoughts: Never thought I’d see Seattle lose at home. Peyton is on pace to have the best season by a QB, yards and touchdowns, EVER. But I still think they won’t win the Super Bowl this year. Really, Chicago, you didn’t feel like putting Josh McNown in, at all? Only the Patriots would finish with two D/ST TDs in the last two minutes to cover the Over/Under. My Bills showed some grit, didn’t they? And San Diego – I’m telling you, if they make it into the playoffs, they will be scary.
2. Speaking of football, the NFL will be creating a faux steakhouse at the Super Bowl this year and selling seats for $50,000!!! You read that right. 50K. The best part about it is apparently “[i]ncluded is food and non-alcoholic drinks, four tickets to the Super Bowl and the NFL Tailgate Party, a stadium parking pass and a concierge to manage reservations.” FIFTY THOUSAND, and my Rum/Coke isn’t part of the deal???
3. Speaking of money, this recent report said Warren Buffet made 37 million dollars A DAY this year. Seriously, how is this even possible / allowed? He made 1.5 million dollars an hour. I mean, what does that even mean? I have no funny commentary. Just…my god.
4. Just when I thought the Warren Buffet story was the most ridiculous thing I ever saw, then came this:
A cat. Dressed as a shark. Riding a roomba. You’re welcome, Junk Food Nation.
Today’s junk food: New Pringles Tortillas!
New Pringles Tortillas were found at my local Giant supermarket in the display above. Kind of roughshod, no? The 2 for $3 sign just hanging off of the display, and one wrong bump would send all of these flying. Way to put effort into presentation, Giant! Sheesh.
We discussed New Pringles Tortillas on the last episode of the Nosh Show, and I was a definite NOSH. I mean, Pringles getting into the tortilla chip game? How could I say no? They come in three flavors: Original, Nacho Cheese, and Southwestern Ranch.
Apparently, you don’t just eat these New Pringles Tortillas. Well, what the hell am I supposed to do with them? Anyways, some more info – apparently Walmart has a Zesty Salsa exclusive flavor too. Haven’t spotted them yet.
Let’s get to tasting and reviewing. First up: New Original Pringles Tortillas!
First impression of these new Pringles Tortillas, generally: VERY interesting. I liked them. The tortilla chips had the same shape as normal Pringles – that oval curved stacked shape. Weirdly, these seemed SMALLER than normal Pringles, circumference-wise. When I picked one up individually, it did feel light – very light. It reminded me sort of a pressed tortilla chip.
I bit into one of these New Original Pringles Tortillas – the crunch was decent! I swear, the thinness of the chip did not take away from the crunch. These were very satisfying, crunchwise. NOT as crunchy as regular Tostitos, and NOT as flaky as regular Doritos – they reminded me a lot of thin Tostitos.
The texture was nice, and after the initial crunch, the rest of the chip sort of crumbled in my mouth – like a Pringle. The taste? VERY good – very corn-y, and a decent level of salt. Not too salty, which was nice. Just enough to really accentuate the corn flavor. Honestly, it’s exactly what I imagined a corn Pringle to be like. I liked these a lot.
Next up: New Nacho Cheese Pringles Tortillas!
These New Nacho Cheese Pringles Tortillas had the same texture and mouth-feel as the Original Pringles Tortillas. So let’s start from there.
The addition of the very nacho cheese powder made the overall taste of this chip reminiscent of original Nacho Cheese Doritos, waaay back in the day. Like, when they weren’t SO flavor blasted. The corn flavor came out more, and this reminded me of that taste.
So, while the cheese powder was clearly fake, and fake tasting, I REALLY LOVED THESE. My only critiques – no real distinguishable cheese flavors, which I suppose was the goal, and these were a bit salty. Saltier than the Original Pringles Tortillas. Still….NACHO CHEESE. I’m not complaining.
And finally: New Southwestern Ranch Pringles Tortillas!
Whereas when I popped the top of the other two Pringles Tortillas varieties, I didn’t smell much, these New Southwestern Ranch Pringles Tortillas definitely had a vegetable-y smell to them. Sort of peppery. Reminded me a lot of the Ruffles Ultimate Kickin’ Jalapeno Ranch (which I know people weren’t huge fans of, but I liked them). I smelled green pepper and jalapeno.
As I bit into one of these chips, the flavor was salty, but not as much as the Nacho Cheese one. Instead, I got a nice buttery ranch flavor, that had a definite green pepper/red pepper flavor to it. Sort of a vegetable-y ranch – my tongue tasted the immediate buttermilk ranch tanginess, and then the flavor morphed to draw out more almost taco seasoning / cumin / black bean – like flavors. I guess that’s where the Southwestern part comes in.
All in all, pretty good – I thought of these more like a creamy Southwestern flavored chip, rather than a full on RANCH chip. I would’ve preferred MORE creaminess, but these were tasty nonetheless.
So that’s it! All three flavors. I REALLY liked them all – my critiques were nitpicky. I would chomp these ANYTIME. If I had to rank them:
1. Nacho Cheese
2. Southwestern Ranch
PURCHASED AT: Giant
COST: 2 cans for $3.00
EXTRA SIDENOTE: I probably won’t be blogging again until Christmas Day, so be safe out these Junk Food Nation!
Junk Food Guy