REVIEW: Jalapeno Pringles

Jalapeno Pringles

A couple weeks ago Impulsive Buy reader, James, emailed me to tell me about the Limited Edition Jalapeno Pringles. After I read his email, I really wanted to find them, because I’m a sucker for limited edition items.

So far with these Limited Edition Pringles, it’s been hit or miss. I’ve tried two Limited Edition flavors: Ketchup Pringles (which were pretty dang good) and Salt & Pepper Pringles (which were pretty dang bad).

If I was going to find these Jalapeno Pringles, I knew there was only one place I would find them: The gigantic, small-business destroying, rollback-price-advertising behemoth, known as Walmart.

I don’t really like going to Walmart, because I heard that every time someone shops at Walmart, a part of their soul leaves them. Also, I heard that every time someone shops at Walmart, the eyes of a Walton family member spin like a slot machine and when they stop, dollar signs appear and they yell “Ka-ching!”

Anyway, I went into Walmart with only the Jalapeno Pringles on my shopping list and I wasn’t going to buy anything else. I headed to the snack aisle and, fortunately, they had them in stock. Plus, they were only 99 cents. I found what I was looking for and I tried to head towards the cashiers, but something suddenly came over me.

“Oooh, Star Wars cereal! I have to buy that,” I said to myself.

“Oooh, Limited Edition Southwestern Salsa Pringles! It’s only 99 cents!”

“Clorox Toilet Wand? Hey, it’s on sale!”

“36 count box of lubricated Trojan condoms? I’ll never get the chance to use them, but they’re so cheap.”

It was like a quasi-product review blog editor’s wet dream, except it was real and I didn’t want it to happen.

When I finally got to the cashier, my total turned out to be over fifty dollars.

DAMMIT! Damn you, Walmart! Damn you!

Anyway, I was looking forward to trying the Jalapeno Pringles because I like spicy foods and I was hoping these Pringles would be as spicy as the Fiery Hot Pringles. There are many ways to determine how spicy something is, but the best way come from a wise man who once said, “The true test of spicy food is if it goes in spicy and it comes out spicy.”

Well the Jalapeno Pringles were spicy going in, but not as spicy hot as the Fiery Hot Pringles and it didn’t come out spicy. However, the artificial Jalapeno flavor was pretty good and somewhat authentic.

(Note to the Pringles Gods: Please make habanero-flavored Pringles.)

So are the Jalapeno Pringles worth going back to Walmart for?

Yeah, I would go back and pick up more, but only if I bring the exact amount in my wallet and leave all my credit or debit cards at home.

Item: Jalapeno Pringles
Purchase Price: 99 cents
Rating: 7 out of 10
Pros: Nice taste. Spicy. Cheap at Walmart.
Cons: Walmart. Not as spicy as I hoped. Had to shop at Walmart. Spent more than I wanted at Walmart. Limited Edition.

33 thoughts to “REVIEW: Jalapeno Pringles”

  1. I may look for those Pringles at Woodman’s…they’re confined to the Midwest, but they’re as big and as cheap as Wal-Mart, plus they are not quite as much of a Sweat Shop. I agree with you, Marvo, bring on the habanero pringles! I just had some habanero jerky last week and it was spicy 2 the max.

  2. Damn you, now i need to make another food trip this week… Pringles were my nemesis because I could eat an entire 2 cans in one shot sometimes but that got expensive. Especially since my local supermarket rarely carries them for less than $1.50 or so. But jalepeno pringles?! I really like the spicy stuff, so now I’ll have to search for them. I tried Fiery Hot pringles before (and cheetos) but all they seemed to do is contribute to ring ‘o fire…

  3. Webmiztris – Actually, Fiery Hot Pringles are a regular member of the Pringles family, but not every store sells them.

    blueskeleton – The Walmarts here have many beautiful Asian women and Metamucil for $11.

    Chuck – Habanero Jerky!?! Holy crap! If there is anything in the world that habanero-flavoring would make extremely dangerous, it would be jerky. Think about it. Jerky is chewy and the longer the habanero jerky is in your mouth the longer it would burn. Oh my goodness, I would probably cry and call out for my mommy. But it would be dang good.

    Bryan – Now this may gross you out, but I find that when I eat a whole can of Pringles in one sitting, my poop hurts me. I’m not sure why, but I know it has something to do with eating a whole can of Pringles.

  4. Woah, some crazy new comment system!

    Anyway, this is a product I actually want to try out now. Guess I need to do some shopping this weekend.

  5. Marvo,

    Remember your comment about being “spicy both going in and coming out?” Well…let’s just say that the jerky in question truly fulfilled that definition.

  6. James – You’re welcome. Definitely Habanero Pringles! Oh, if only I had influence on companies.

  7. Oh, limited edition items! Mm, more. I myself actually like those too. Given that many.. less healthy foods have limited runs (as a way to increase purchases of said foods, basically) I make any ‘junk food’ I have literally be a limited edition (or, sometimes ‘brand new’) flavor, or don’t have it. A combination of healthy and rare, I guess 😉

    Pringles has many limited edition flavors. I save the empty containers, just for goof. They had recently : smoky BBQ, baked potato with everything (as the informative / alarming book Fast Food Nation points out, you can synth almost anything to taste like anything else, but I was quite impressed – it really did taste like a baked potato with everything on it), cheddar and sour cream, chili cheese dog, cracked pepper (who would have thought something small, like fresh pepper on a chip made such a difference? one of my favorite ‘junk food’ tastes for 2004) and a few others (heh, I have to look at my ‘row of chip containers’).

    Other newer / limited run items I have seen recently (, which you may in fact have had a chance to mention elsewhere on your site – I haven’t checked, heh) include the smoothie Skittles (the blended flavors one), the dark chocolate M & M’s (oye, these unhealthy sweet things), Jones soda’s newest flavors – blueberry, tangerine and twisted lime – plus their new, forthcoming line of tea drinks – organics, and of course Edy’s ice cream seasonal tastes (Grrl Scout cookies are just ended up, now).

    But anyway, a great site! Keep up the good work.

  8. Geoff W. – Did you know that you can get unopened cans of limited edition Pringles on eBay? There were flavors I haven’t even heard of, like Loaded Baked Potato and Smokey BBQ.

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