Though not as popular as Lay’s, Pringles certainly enjoys a fan following across the world. Standard flavors like original, cheddar cheese, barbecue, etc. fly off the shelves. But there are quite a few unusual Pringles flavors out there. Check out these 10 Pringles flavors that no one ever talks about!
10. Grilled Shrimp
Potato chips are indisputably the most favorite snacks of people the world over. Thin potato slices fried to crispy perfection, and lightly seasoned with salt or spices – what’s not to love? And the thing about potato chips is that you just can’t stop at one; they are addictive and if you are not careful, you might end up finishing up the whole bag/container of chips! While its origins remain shrouded in confusion and doubt, potato chips have firmly established themselves as the go-to snack for parties, gatherings, TV-watching, entertaining, barbecues, picnics, and many more activities. Alongside Lay’s, Pringles is quite a popular potato chip brand in America. Known for its unique saddle shape, Pringles potato chips are well-liked in other countries too, especially when they come up with unusual flavors. And one such bizarre Pringles flavor is the Grilled Shrimp flavor. Possibly released as a limited-time-only flavor, the first shocking thing about Pringles Grilled Shrimp flavored chips is its bright pink color. In fact, the can and the chips appear to be the same shade of pink! The can has colorful graphics and was sold in two different sizes in Japan – a short and stout can, and the usual long and thin can. The unusual design and graphics of Pringles Grilled Shrimp flavor cans makes them an in-demand item with Pringles collectors (yes, that’s a real thing!) The second unique thing about this Pringles flavor is its actual taste. Public opinion is quite heavily divided about the likability of the taste of this Pringles flavor. People either love it or strongly hate it. It is reportedly said to have quite a strong taste of shrimp that has been marinated in garlic, with ‘fresh off the grill’ notes too. Many also have reported that it strongly resembles the taste of Thai food. Whether you love them or hate them, Pringles Grilled Shrimp flavor chips are certainly one of the strangest flavors ever!
One of the world’s most beloved potato chip brands, Pringles has an interesting history. Invented in 1967, it is a potato snack that has taken many years to develop and perfect. Not just its unique saddle shape but also the shape of its can has a fascinating story behind it. The tubular Pringles can was designed in order to keep the shape of the chips intact and prevent it from crushing during transportation. After the long developmental process, Pringles had to overcome another challenge – to be able to make a place for itself in a market that was already saturated with various brands of potato chips. Marketing Pringles to consumers who were already used to a certain brand and type of potato chips proved to be a major challenge for the creators of Pringles. But over time, Pringles overcame all and carved a niche for itself in the market. And with the introduction of creative flavors over the years, Pringles has attracted quite a fan following. Even though Pringles might be an American brand, not all Pringles flavors are available in the American market. Some flavors are created exclusively to cater to the palates of overseas consumers. One such flavor is the Pringles Paprika flavor. Available exclusively outside the U.S., this flavor was reportedly developed in the UK and is now available throughout Europe. The flavor is bold and provides a tiny bit of heat from the paprika seasoning added to it. In this tasty twist to the iconic Pringles taste, you get a hint of paprika just enough to give you a spicy kick without overwhelming your palate. This explosive flavor is a hit with consumers in Europe and Americans travelling or living abroad also seem to love the flavor. When imported to the U.S., Pringles Paprika seems to sell out fast. Delicious to dip in sour cream or munch by itself, Pringles Paprika chips are an explosive flavor combination!
Originally marketed as ‘Pringles Newfangled Potato Chips’, Pringles took some time and effort to get established in the American snack market. After overcoming many regulatory hurdles, they were renamed to just ‘Pringles’ and became an iconic potato chip brand that we know and love. While its standard flavors like sour cream and onion, barbecue, original, cheddar cheese, etc. are well-loved by consumers across the world, Pringles truly takes creativity to the next level with its offbeat flavors. Over the years, they have come up with some truly interesting flavors, some which became a hit with consumers and some that were not that well-received. Pringles, like most snack brands these days, also releases seasonal and limited-time-only flavors. One such limited-time-only flavor is Pringles Seaweed. Originally released in Asia in early 2010, Pringles Seaweed flavor enjoyed much popularity with customers in countries like Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Japan, etc. But Americans seem to be not so sure about the taste of Pringles Seaweed. Eliciting equal parts shock and disgust, Pringles Seaweed may not be the most exciting Pringles flavor. Firstly, they have a distinct color – green like seaweed itself. Secondly, they have a slight whiff of a seaweed flavor, nothing too overpowering though. In fact, most people cannot even detect the seaweed flavor, a fact that seems to be a sore point with many consumers. These green Pringles seem to be just a slight alteration to the standard Pringles recipe. There is a certain umami flavor element that hints at seaweed, but it’s a barely-there flavor, not something that you would immediately detect. And lastly, there is the question of seasoning. For a seaweed-flavored snack, Pringles Seaweed seems to be sorely lacking in the seasoning department. Reportedly, there isn’t enough salt on Pringles Seaweed. Consumers have come to associate a salty taste with anything that contains seaweed, but that isn’t the case with Pringles Seaweed. They are in fact, a little bit sweet. To sum up, Pringles Seaweed is surely a bizarre Pringles flavor!
7. Bangkok Grilled Chicken Wing
Pringles are a well-loved potato chip brand not just in America, but also across the world. People seem to have taken to their ‘once you pop, you can’t stop’ motto quite literally. So popular is Pringles outside the U.S. that local Pringles manufacturers have created an interesting variety of Pringles flavors. Case in point, the Pringles Bangkok Grilled Chicken Wing flavor. Part of the Pringles Street Food line, Bangkok Grilled Chicken Wing flavor was released in Asia, along with the Hong Kong Fishball and Indonesian Satay flavors. Very different from the Pringles US Street Food line, these flavors were created with a focus on customers in Asia. In essence, Pringles Bangkok Grilled Chicken Wing flavor takes inspiration from Thai-style grilled chicken sold in the street markets across Thailand. The chicken wing recipe calls for grilled chicken that is marinated primarily in fish sauce, white pepper and cilantro. But the Pringles version of Bangkok Grilled Chicken Wing has a strong onion taste combined with soy sauce, garlic, paprika, celery and a variety of other spices. These Pringles are not too spicy, but there is no detectable chicken taste in it. In fact, it is said that chicken is not even listed on the list of ingredients on the Pringles can. Does that mean these are vegetarian-friendly? Now, that’s bizarre!
6. Pumpkin Pie Spice
Perfect for gatherings, parties of all kinds, kids’ snacks or a treat to have by yourself, a can of Pringles is just the right snack for any occasion! If you’ve tried all the standard flavors and looking for something new, Pringles seasonal flavors might interest you. Released in 2012, Pringles Pumpkin Pie Spice is one such seasonal flavor. If you love fall and all things related to pumpkin pie spice, then this limited time only Pringles flavor is just the thing for you. Combining the crunch of Pringles and the flavor of delicious pumpkin pie, Pringles Pumpkin Pie Spice is a good mix of sweet, salty and spicy tastes. These Pringles are slightly orange in color and have a definite taste of nutmeg, cinnamon and sugar – the essential elements of pumpkin pie spice. The only thing missing though from the ingredients list is pumpkin! The sweet-and-salty taste of the Pringles is not too overpowering and has the right amounts of fall spices. The spices, sugar, salt and classic Pringles potato chip tastes don’t clash in the Pumpkin Pie Spice flavor. So, go ahead and indulge in some fall flavor with this pumpkin pie spice flavored Pringles!
Unlike most other countries, America seems to have a bacon obsession. We love to put bacon on and in anything. Bacon waffles, bacon ice cream, bacon donuts – bacon everything! So why should our potato chips be any different? Pringles is the latest brand to join the bacon bandwagon. If you’ve ever wondered what a merger between bacon and Pringles would taste like, you don’t have to wonder anymore, for another addition to the long list of unique and limited-time-only Pringles flavors is the Pringles Bacon flavor. Released in the U.S., UK and many other countries, Pringles Bacon was an instant hit with customers. It has a smoky, salty flavor that is very similar to that of bacon, all with the added crispiness of potato chips. And like a lot of other Pringles flavors, Pringles Bacon flavor does not seem to have any bacon listed on the ingredients list; just some sort of a smoky flavoring that seems to give the chips a bacon-y taste. So that sort of makes Pringles Bacon suitable for vegans and vegetarians too, doesn’t it? Who would have thought of that – surely only the folks at Pringles!
4. Hot Diggity Dog
The ideal party snack and the perfect pairing with a cold beverage, Pringles are a household name across the world. With its range of out-of-this-world flavors, Pringles is not lacking in the innovation department. To add a feather to its creative flavors cap, Pringles released the Hot Diggity Dog flavor in 2015 as a Walgreens exclusive. The creatively quirky ‘Hot Diggity Dog’ name adds to the excitement of this Pringles flavor. As for the taste, Pringles Hot Diggity Dog has a strong mustard taste, just like the graphics on the can of this Pringles flavor. A hot dog with mustard taste smell hits your nose as soon as you open the can, and the overall flavor really is like hot dogs. There are slight smoky overtones and a hint of sweetness, but no one flavor dominates the other. Also, there is no overpowering taste of beef, pork or any other meat flavoring. Pringles Hot Diggity Dog flavored chips have a subtle seasoning and the right mix of potato chip taste alongside hot dogs flavor. This is one creative Pringles flavor that you must definitely try!
3. Finger Licking Braised Pork
Right up there with Grilled Shrimp and Seaweed flavors, Pringles Finger Licking Braised Pork flavor is one of the most unusual flavors that has ever been created by Pringles. Probably first introduced in Asian markets, this Pringles flavor claims to serve up the flavor of not just a braised pork but also a lip-smacking, finger-lickin’ one! Generally, most Asian braised pork recipes call for pork belly marinated in soy sauce, sugar, and a mixture of warm spices that are cooked for a long time to give a succulent taste to the tender meat. That is what makes a braised pork belly finger licking good! Pringles has adapted this braised pork recipe to concoct the seasoning for its Finger Licking Braised Pork flavored potato chips. The chips have a taste very similar to that of braised pork without the overall flavor being too overpowering. Pringles Finger Licking Braised Pork flavor chips are mostly sold in Japan, and are a very popular flavor there.
2. Spicy Guacamole
Guacamole is the ubiquitous party food, an essential part of all American gatherings. Quick and easy to whip up, it goes great with chips and is a great healthy alternative to heavy and cheesy dips. The perfect chip-and-dip combination of guacamole and chips is unbeatable. And with Pringles Spicy Guacamole flavor potato chips, you can get rid of that dip bowl, for this Pringles flavor combines the taste of both chips and guacamole all in one can. Another eccentric Pringles flavor, Spicy Guacamole is a limited edition flavor that is most often released as a specific supermarket chain exclusive flavor like that in Walgreens or Meijer. Pringles Spicy Guacamole flavored potato chips are light green in color thanks to its colored seasoning and the chip also has tiny red flecks on it, probably the ‘spicy’ part of these Pringles. The smell is very much like guacamole, and the taste has a spicy kick to it. You can surely taste the avocado in the beginning, but the aftertaste is that of spicy salsa sauce. Nevertheless, these Pringles Spicy Guacamole flavored potato chips are highly addictive and you might just finish up the entire can in one sitting!
1. Sriracha Asian Chili Sauce
Joining the ranks of mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard and hot sauce, sriracha is fast becoming one of the most common condiments in American kitchens. Though sriracha has been a popular condiment in Thai cooking for ages, Americans are mostly familiar with the ‘Sriracha Chili Sauce’ manufactured by Huy Fong Foods that has a rooster emblazoned on its bottle. Fans of this hot sauce are loyal to it and use it on practically everything – from eggs to marinades to dipping sauces! Pringles has taken our sriracha love to the next level by creating the Pringles Sriracha Asian Chili Sauce flavored potato chips! The limited edition Pringles Sriracha Asian Chili Sauce flavored potato chips come in a colorful can that has a fire-breathing dragon on its cover. These Pringles have a sriracha-like smell and a faint orange-red seasoning. The taste is spicy, hot and slightly tangy, very much like the sriracha chili sauce. There is a strong taste of garlic and notes of vinegar, giving it that distinctive Thai sriracha chili sauce flavor. It is safe to say that Pringles got this flavor absolutely right. If you can lay your hands on these Pringles Sriracha Asian Chili Sauce flavored potato chips, we guarantee that you will be gobbling them up pretty quickly!