Sunday, December 8, 2013

Pecan Pie Pringles - Target - Riverside, NJ

Pecan Pie Pringles  - Target - Riverside, NJ
Last year the Pringles company decided to change things up and they released three different dessert flavored chips: White Chocolate Peppermint, Pumpkin Pie, and Cinnamon Sugar. I was really excited that the company tried something new, but it turned out to be a big disaster. I was only able to get my hands on the cinnamon and white chocolate varieties last year, and both were disappointing. All the company did was take normal, salty, Pringles and coat them in a light dusting of cinnamon or mint. It was like eating Pringles after brushing your teeth or eating something cinnamon-y.
I noticed that the dessert flavors quickly disappeared from the shelves, so I figured the company decided to scrap the idea, but they are back! What else? Pringles released a new Pecan Pie variety. (With a really weird ad to boot. Is it just me? Or is this really creepy?)

I was going to ignore this culinary innovation due to being burned in the past, but other foodies said that these were worth trying, and they actually got some good reviews. I caved in and bought a container when I casually saw them on a Target end-cap. Let's hope I wasn't tricked into another foodie fail. I put the last two sweet Pringles flavors I bought out at a party with over 20 people and NO ONE liked them. There were a few half eaten chips on napkins, but I was stuck with those tubes until the snow thawed and they could be given to the birds and squirrels. I hate wasting money on foodie fails, so I really hope these are at least tolerable.
The canister is still the same as any other version of Pringles. It's a foiled cardboard tube with a plastic cap, the packaging protects the chips and takes up a minimal amount of space in your cabinet. So far so good. As for the seasonal design, they really milked the pecan theme. There are little line-art pecans scattered everywhere, a full pie in the center, and a pile of nuts (tee-hee, I'm a mature 26 year old) topped with whipped cream. The pecan pie theme is right in your face, and it's a bit obnoxious, but it works. I like the golden orange colors mixed with the reddish purples, and overall this isn't a terrible look.
I peeled back the foiled lid and I could smell a hint of actual pecans mixed with maple syrup. The smell is a little concerning, how did they make it smell like actual pecans without having any pecans in the ingredients? Sorcery! (Or a lot of chemicals?)

Just like the chips I reviewed last year, they aren't too visually different from their savory counterparts. The flavoring is visible, but VERY uneven.

I took a bite, and it seems like that pecan aroma is all for show, because these taste a lot like maple syrup. (If you miss the chicken and waffles chips from the Lay's Do Us A Flavor contest, you'll love these!)

When the chip first hits your tongue you get a sweet, syrupy flavor that reminds you of pancakes with maple syrup, but it quickly disappears once you start chewing. After a few bites you're left with the normal, salty, potato-y flavor of original Pringles. When compared to last year's abominations, this is a rousing success, but these do not taste like pecan pie.

Do I regret this purchase? Not really, but I don't want to buy anymore dessert Pringles. They are just too unpredictable.
© Maria Smith
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