Monday, November 2, 2020

Caramel Pumpkin Lay's (I Think?)

Caramel Pumpkin Chips - Hung Vuong Market

Halloween may be over, but we're not through with pumpkin-season yet. Although I pretty much ruined all things pumpkin related for myself, forever, I still can't resist new and wacky items, like these chips. 

I found them all alone in the snacking aisle with little to no English, so all I had to go on was a translated ingredient label, and the imagery, which made it seem like these were some kind of sweet caramel and pumpkin flavored chip, and I figured...why not give it a try?

You can check out the video review above, or keep reading for a fully written post and close-up photos.  

I keep wanting to call these "Pringles," because of the packaging, but they're actually Lay's chips. In the states, Lay's has their own canned potato chip product, Stax, but they come in blue plastic containers that always visually remind me of laundry products for some reason. I don't think I've ever purchased, or even tried Stax, but I've eaten a lot of Pringles, and the overall concept is the same.

Surprisingly, when I opened these up, there was a plastic tray inside making for easy access to all the chips, even the ones at the very bottom. This is brilliant, and Bo Burnham would definitely approve, but personally, I am torn. This is a very functional addition, but it adds more plastic to the packaging and waste. There's no plastic number on it, but I think it's probably recyclable, so I'm going to give that a try. (Fingers crossed!) 

The potato chips inside are pretty small, about half the size of a standard Pringle, but I think Stax tend to be smaller as well, and they are a light peachy-orange color. They smell sweet, and salty, kind of like a caramel flavored breakfast cereal. I can't recall off the top of my head any caramel themed breakfast cereals, but something about this just screams "breakfast" to me.  

I popped a chip into my mouth and was pretty surprised. Though they smelled rather strongly of caramel, the flavoring is quite mild. 

The first thing I taste is potato, but that processed, compressed potato-flake kind of potato. It's very distinct and Pringle-like, then a healthy dose of salt, and a light sweet flavoring that is more so an aromatic than it is an intense flavor in and of itself. As the chip dissolves you get more of a sweetness towards the back of your tongue, but its' subtle and not at all what I expected. 

Describing the sweet flavoring is a bit tricky, but it's almost like I took actual pumpkin, sweetened it lightly with caramel coffee syrup, and cooked it next to a bowl of potato chips. Since the flavoring is so mild, I actually found these to be very snackable. Unlike a lot of the sweet Pringles flavors I've reviewed over the years, these actually work out pretty well. 

Would I buy these again? Probably not. Lay's canned chips aren't one of my go-to snacking products, and while this was a fun one-off flavor to try, since they're so mild, I don't see myself ever craving them again, but they're a safe snacking-choice to make if you want something seasonal that is only slightly different than normal, and of course...the packaging is really stinking cute.  

Fans of these would also like: Wasabi and Soy Sauce Pringles, Pecan Pie Pringles, Cinnamon Sugar Pringles, or Herr's Cinnamon Sugar Sweet Potato Chips

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