REVIEW: Sriracha Pringles (Walmart Exclusive Flavor)

Sriracha Pringles

I couldn’t tell you the last time I had Pringles. I used to munch on them quite a bit when I was younger, but once Baked Lay’s came out I was extremely loyal to them, and me and the ol’ Prings just drifted apart.

After Lay’s recently changed Baked Lay’s to the abominable Oven Baked Lay’s, my one true chip love was taken away from me. But now I was free, back on the chip market! Sorry Baked Lay’s, but you knew what this was…

When I caught wind of sriracha-flavored Pringles, it was the perfect chip rebound for me. Man do I love that rooster sauce. It’s spicy, but not too spicy, and it has nice tanginess with a hint of garlic. It really is a great sauce.

Before I could take the new chip plunge though, I had to get over a few Pringles-related issues of mine. First off, I don’t understand why they put so much effort into trying to be so rebellious and different by being in a tube instead of a bag. It’s kind of like those people who stop listening to an indie band once it is discovered by the masses. Secondly, their advertising campaign from the old days was full of lies. Once you pop you can’t stop? I can confidently say I popped and then willfully stopped many times in my youth. They’re just chips after all, not meth.

Sriracha was too much to turn down though, and I castaway my feelings and made the drive to Walmart – the only place they are sold – to pick up a can. The bad news about this is the closest Walmart is 30 minutes away. The good news is I found Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole in the five-dollar DVD bin. I didn’t even have to dig. It was right on top! Gotta appreciate the small miracles in life.

Sriracha Pringles 2

After finding the bargain of the year I made my way to the snacks section to grab the Pringles. I found them almost instantly, and this is because the odd dragon on the can really makes them stand out. What’s going on with this thing? It has three antennae or chopsticks or legs, I don’t know what the hell they are, but they protrude from the dragon and each one holds a chili pepper, a bottle of sriracha sauce and a sriracha-flavored Pringle, respectively. I wonder if a real dragon would carry those around? Odd indeed.

It looks like a Pokémon that didn’t make it past the drawing board. Srirachamon, go! I bet an intern at Nintendo drew it up, got laughed at and subsequently fired, and it was stored away until the people at Pringles somehow got their hands on it. Definitely wouldn’t have found a spot on my badass Pokémon roster.

I somehow got over my amazement with Srirachamon and popped open the can. Immediately I noticed there was no distinct smell of sriracha, and I got nervous Pringles had let me down again. This would not be the case at all. The chips do a surprisingly good job of capturing the sriracha essence and it comes pretty close to tasting like the actual sauce. It’s not spot on, but it’s close enough to where if you were blindfolded – by choice, hopefully – and ate one, you’d say, “Hey, that kind of tastes like sriracha.”

It’s not all kittens and rainbows though.

Sriracha Pringles Closeup

The flavor of the chip is solely dependent on how much powder is sprinkled on it. Some have hardly any, and they just taste like plain Pringles, which are just sort of bleah. While the sriracha flavor is good, there’s an almost instant vinegar aftertaste. It’s not terrible, but at the same time I wish the sriracha flavor would linger just a bit more. The other drawback is that if you sit down and eat 20 or 30 in a row like I did, some spiciness will remain upon your lips for a few minutes. Yes, I am being a bit of a nitpicking pansy with that last one, but damn it, it is an uncomfortable feeling!

If you’re a fellow sriracha fan, these are definitely worth trying. Not the greatest by any means, but not bad either.

Can we get back to the can for a minute? God I hate it! The more chips you eat, the harder it gets to reach down into the can to grab more. I mean, unless you have tiny hobbit hands, you have to tip the can down and wait for them to fall within your reach, and sometimes there are broken chips and crumbs fall out of the can and make a mess. It’s like the can is punishing me for being gluttonous. Yeah, Pringles cans are kind of jerks.

(Nutrition Facts – 15 crisps – 150 calories, 80 calories from fat, 9 grams of fat, 2.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 280 milligrams of sodium, 15 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fiber, less than 1 gram of sugar, 1 grams of protein, and 6% vitamin C.)

Item: Sriracha Pringles
Purchased Price: $1.50
Size: 5.96 oz.
Purchased at: Walmart
Rating: 6 out of 10
Pros: Chips did a good job of capturing sriracha flavor. Owls of Ga’Hoole DVD for five bucks. Learning to give second chances.
Cons: Flavor doesn’t linger long enough. Vinegary aftertaste. Srirachamon. Tube frustration. Spice lingers on my sensitive pansy lips.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Meet Impulsive Buy Writer Trevor

A few years ago, while sitting inattentively in one of the more boring college classes I took, I somehow happened upon The Impulsive Buy. I can’t remember the review that I read, but it made me laugh my ass off. Being in class I tried to stifle the laughter, but that just made me start to cry, prompting the teacher to ask if I was OK. In that awkward moment I told myself, “One day I’ll write for that site.” Well, that day has arrived.

I’m Trevor, and I’m honored to be the newest contributor to join the ranks of the TIB crew.

Some boring background on me: I grew up in Rochester, NY, where I lived for all of my life. I went to college in the area and graduated last year. I have my B.S. in journalism, and have written for a few newspapers and a magazine in the past.

I moved to the middle of nowhere in Missouri to take a reporting job at a weekly newspaper. It’s been quite the culture shock for me. Not just in moving away from everybody I know, but also leaving Wegmans, the greatest supermarket chain in the world behind. I now do my shopping at a combination of the local crapmarket (I can’t justify calling it super after shopping at Wegmans), Dollar General and the Walmart that’s 30 minutes outside of town. Suffice it to say, I’ve been humbled.

The silver lining in my relocation is the different fast food restaurants out here. I nearly fainted when I saw a Sonic Drive-In. There wasn’t one anywhere near where I lived in New York, but of course we were still shown the commercials everyday, resulting in quite a few cases of Sonic blue balls. Good thing I wont have to worry about that anymore! There’s also Hardee’s and Steak ‘n Shake, and I’m fully expecting to give into these new temptations regularly and gain some pounds while I’m out here.

Now for the fun stuff: I have a longtime fascination with Paul Bunyan, and this manifests itself in the form of lame jokes that I want to turn into a comic strip one day. I also want to make a graphic novel about the Gorton’s Fisherman, but I’m keeping that under wraps for a while. Spies and such, you know? Can’t be too careful these days.

I had my first pint of Ben & Jerry’s when I was in second grade, and I still cite the moment as when I lost my virginity. One of my favorite hobbies is having a few too many drinks and then binging on junk food and drunk texts. Damn my lack of self control.

Ice cream, fast food, and chips are the nexus of my snacking universe. I also enjoy trying meals you can easily pop in the oven or microwave. I cook a little bit myself, but I have OCD and a crippling fear of stove tops as a result, so I’m limited to grilling and baking.

Being a journalist, you, the TIB reader should be assured that I will ask the tough questions, and I plan on always getting to the bottom of things! Well, the bottom of the bags and cartons at least.

All that being said, I’m very much looking forward to reviewing some new products for you!