I’m 70% sure this is how this product was developed:
“Ok, what flavor are we making these new orange crunchy balls?”
“How about orange?”
“Don’t be so obvious, Jim. Anybody else? Ideas? Anything? No? OK, orange it is!”
Hence, we have Herr’s Orange Cream Pop Snack Balls – orange cream-flavored, orb-shaped puffs.
How are they?
The aroma in the bag is straight-up, not-screwing-around-with-subtlety orange. After cracking it open, I left the room and could smell them when I walked back in. Not the Epcot Soarin’ orange grove mist variety, more like candy or soda. I liked it, but it’s hardcore fakey-fake.
Ironically, they’re not even orange – they’re cream-colored with orange flecks.
I expected the flavor to be a sweet/savory combo, since I associate the puff format with cheese, but these were all sweet with just the slightest hint of savory from the puff base.
The orange was much more laid back in taste than aroma. The cream was definitely present, along with a wheaty/baked flavor, which gave the whole thing a breakfast-cereal vibe. I thought about dumping them in milk, but it only occurred to me after I’d finished them all. Whoops.
Is there anything else you need to know?
No day-glo dust means no orange fingers. No one would even know these hands just pawed through an entire bag!
These were tasty, and a novel flavor I haven’t seen in this form. Not Epcot-orange, but a fun snack that’s worth a try. I binge-ate them.
Purchased Price: $2.49 Size: 6 oz. bag Purchased at: Five Below Rating: 8 out of 10 Nutrition Facts: (39 pieces) 140 calories, 7 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 0 milligrams of sodium, 18 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 6 grams of sugar, including 6 grams of added sugar, and 1 gram of protein.
I have to say it’s more exciting to see a mystery flavor from Pringles than from other brands. If the vast number of Pringles flavors has taught us anything, it’s that anything is possible for the food scientists who come up with new varieties for the potato crisp. They’ve done so many things with savory, cheesy, spicy, and sweet that these Walgreens-exclusive Mystery Flavor Pringles could be ANYTHING.
Its can looks similar to the Pringles Mystery Flavour that came out last year in Canada, minus the mandatory French. While this is the first year the U.S. is getting a cryptic-flavored crisp, our friends up north have had two years of mystery flavoured Pringles.
I could tell you what I think the flavor is, but I feel bad about ruining the mystery for some readers. I’m no a-hole on Twitter or Facebook who spoils long-awaited movie sequels and TV show series finales. So I wrote the non-food related paragraphs below to tell you what my guess is in a simple puzzle you can decipher using a fifth-grade code-breaking technique. Not interested in my guess? Feel free to skip the next three paragraphs.
Celebrating an eardiggers find is not worth celebrating. Hearing might be improved by it, though. Even though the risks of doing it might do the opposite of improving your hearing. Every doctor might tell you never to put anything smaller than your elbow in your ear. So maybe the cons outweigh the pros in this situation. You should probably let whatever is in your ear come out naturally.
But, sometimes it’s hard to ignore the irritation it causes. Also, you have fingernails to help, so why not use them? Cleaning with your nails might be your best option if you don’t have anything that can provide instant relief. Or, if you can tolerate it for a while, you can buy ear wax removal drops. Note: do not use cotton swabs that can push the earwax further into your ear.
For some of you, this isn’t an issue because you have your nanobots to clean up the ear wax for you. Really rich people from a previous generation have dedicated ear sweepers who are on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I don’t have any of those things. Eventually, when I win big in Vegas, I’ll have nanobots do the cleaning. So, until then, it’s fingernails and letting the ear wax come out naturally.
Overall, the first Pringles Mystery Flavor in the U.S. is a tasty crisp. Although some might find one of the dominant flavors to be too artificial, I think it helps nail home what it’s supposed to taste like. It’s a great combination of previous Pringles flavors.
DISCLOSURE: I received a free sample of the product. Doing so did not influence my review in any way.
Purchased Price: FREE Size: 5.5-ounces Purchased at: Received from Pringles Rating: 7 out of 10 Nutrition Facts: (about 15 crisps) 150 calories, 9 grams of fat, 2.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 290 milligrams of sodium, 16 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fiber, 0 grams of sugar, and 1 gram of protein.
After the success of the regionally-inspired “Do Us a Flavor” chips, Lay’s is back with something new – chips inspired by genres of music.
ARE Y’ALL READY TO TURN UP THE FLAVOR?!
I’ll take that tepid response as a “yes.”
Like snack preference, musical taste is subjective, but I’m gonna try to compare each new chip flavor to a song from the genre they’re inspired by.
Tonight’s opening act is Classic Beer Cheese.
I guess Lay’s took the classic “rock” inspiration literally by making these “hard as a rock” kettle chips.
The chips smell like cheese, but not much like beer. The initial taste is that of flat pilsner followed by a muted indiscriminate cheese taste. I was hoping for a sharp cheddar flavor, but it’s dulled down a bit by that faint hint of a beer you may have consumed ten minutes prior.
As with every kettle chip I’ve ever had, they tasted kinda stale, and I wished these were just a regular chip, but I know people love this style. They’re fine but didn’t rock my socks off like I thought they would. I prefer Kettle Brand’s Cheddar Beer flavor, which are the only other beer cheese chips I’ve tasted.
Inspired by the classic rock genre, the beverage featured, and the lightning bolt in the name, I’ll compare these to a solid rock song I never need to hear again in my life – Have a Drink On Me by AC/DC.
Whatever, no one comes to see the opening act anyway.
Next up to the stage is, Flamin’ Hot Dill Pickle Remix!
Here we have a Hip-Hop inspired continuation of Frito Lay’s brand-crossing Flamin’ Hot line, and they’re exactly as advertised.
The smell from the bag is amazing. There’s heat as well as that aroma of popping the lid off a pickle jar. The chips may be a mess, but they taste like pickles. Imagine dipping a pickle in hot sauce, and that’s essentially what you get. The heat is a nice complementary Hype Man for the pickle. I mean, these may have been slightly better without the Flamin’ Hot element, but that wouldn’t be very “hip-hop,” now would it?
I’ll compare these to a classic hip hop track that fires me up so much I can only listen in small doses – Ante Up by M.O.P.
And now ladies and gentlemen, give it up for your headliner, Electric Lime & Sea Salt!
So, upon opening this bag, there were some technical difficulties.
I was taken completely aback by the scent of expired cold cuts took me completely aback. It was confusing, to say the least. Most pop music stinks, so maybe I didn’t realize how literal they were with the inspired genre?
Despite the smell, I trudged on, and I am glad I did. The initial smell cleared a bit and I was left with a nearly flawless potato chip. I like these better than any single “Do Us a Flavor” release.
There’s nothing crazy here, it’s just a wavy chip flavored with lime and sea salt, and it works so damn well. If you’ve ever had Tostito’s Hint of Lime (the best tortilla chip in the aisle, IMO), it’s that except it somehow works even better on a ridged potato chip.
I polished off the bag in two sittings.
I tried to think of a pop song I initially thought was a giant fart bomb but almost instantly changed my mind on. There’s only one fairly recent pop song I could recall that hit me, and it CAME IN LIKE A WRECKING BALL.
“Did he just hype Miley Cyrus while basically calling AC/DC average earlier?”
He did. Wrecking Ball is great. You like it, and you know it. You’ll like these chips too, even if they’re a guilty pleasure.
I wouldn’t be upsetting if any of these become mainstays, but Lime & Sea Salt is elite. Now that the former King of Pop is “canceled,” we should pass the name on to these chips.
Lay’s needs to expand on this new line. Gimmie a country-inspired flavor. Classical. Whatever you call that electro-techno music. Bring ’em on. Here’s hoping they turn up some more varieties. We need an encore.
Purchased Price: $2.50 each Size: 7.5 oz. bags Purchased at: Wegmans Rating: 5 out of 10 Classic Beer Cheese) Rating: 8 out of 10 (Flamin’ Hot Dill Pickle Remix) Rating: 9 out of 10 (Electric Lime & Sea Salt) Nutrition Facts: (15 chips) Classic Beer Cheese – 150 calories, 9 grams of fat, 1.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 150 grams of sodium, 165 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 1 gram of sugar, and 2 grams of protein. Flamin’ Hot Dill Pickle Remix – 150 calories, 10 grams of fat, 1.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 200 grams of sodium, 15 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 1 gram of sugar, and 2 grams of protein. Electric Lime & Sea Salt – 160 calories, 10 grams of fat, 1.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 135 grams of sodium, 16 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 2 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.
The standard restaurant table space takers, salt and pepper, have been on Lay’s original and Kettle Cooked chips, but this is the first time they’ve been on Lay’s Wavy chips. Okay, chip nerds about to correct me, the first time on Lay’s Wavy in the U.S.
How are they?
I was expecting these to be peppery, but their saltiness was surprising. In my mind, I thought the level would be the usual amount on chips, but they taste extra salty. I’m not talking like sea salt chips level but beyond that. I imagine if there wasn’t any pepper to cut through it, these chips might be too harsh.
In no way does the added rock seasoning overpower the pepper. In fact, the salt enhances it, making it a good addition. Although my doctor, who knows what my average blood pressure is, would probably shake his head at the previous sentence.
The amount of pepper is just right to me. Although it doesn’t look like there’s much on the chips, what’s there provides a peppery punch. I imagine it might be potent to some, but I love it.
The bag says they’re great for dipping, but I did not follow that subtle hint to buy a Frito-Lay dip along with the chips. I’m sure they’re great for dipping, but they’re great as they are.
Much like ketchup potato chips, salt and pepper chips are a rare sight on store shelves. I don’t know how long Lay’s Wavy Salt & Pepper Potato Chips are going to be available, but if you’re a fan of the flavor, I’d suggest hoarding them now.
Purchased Price: $3.50 Size: 7 1/2 oz. bag Purchased at: Target Rating: 7 out of 10 Nutrition Facts: (about 13 chips) 160 calories, 10 grams of fat, 1.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 150 milligrams of sodium, 15 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, less than 1 gram of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.
This is the first non-chip form for Sun Chips. When I originally saw the images on the bag, I thought they were churros-shaped, but they are not. Instead, they look like large pillowy cereal pieces that could help you consume 100 percent of your daily fiber.
The four kinds of cheese that flavor the snack are: Monterey jack, cheddar, gouda, and mozzarella.
How are they?
I like Sun Chips, but if you gave me the option between them and a bag of potato chips, I’d take the fried spud slices and leave the Sun Chips 10 out of 10 times. But if bags of Sun Puffs Four Cheese and Cheetos were in front of me, I’d grab the Cheetos, but then also snag the Sun Puffs, because I’m greedy and they are sun-prisingly wonderful.
With the combination of cheeses, they have a slightly funky aroma and a mature tangy flavor that mostly hides the fact I’m eating a whole grain snack. Although, the cheesiness eventually fades and there’s a whole grain aftertaste. Think of these as tasting like a Triscuit with some decent cheese. They don’t quite reach Cheetos-level of snackability, but I still dig them.
Is there anything else I need to know?
While they’re made with 100 percent whole grain and look like a cereal that’ll give you 100 percent of your daily intake of fiber, a serving provides only seven percent of your daily fiber. Yes, you could eat the entire bag and get about 40 percent, which is plausible because they’re hard to stop eating.
Also, regarding the whole grains, if you don’t like how regular Sun Chips feel in your mouth as you break them down with your teeth, then expect these to give you that same feeling. You know, the graininess that reminds you that Sun Chips are not Tostitos or regular potato chips.
Frito-Lay, who also makes Cheetos, also makes Sun Puffs. So if there’s anyone who knows how to create addictive cheese-flavored crunchy puffs, it’s Frito-Lay. And it did a great job with these. Now, although I realize these don’t look like churros, I’d love to have a cinnamon sugar version.
Purchased Price: $4.39 Size: 6 oz. bag Purchased at: Longs Drugs Rating: 8 out of 10 Nutrition Facts: (about 15 puffs) 150 calories, 8 grams of fat, 1 gram of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 180 milligrams of sodium, 17 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 2 grams of sugar, and 3 grams of protein.
Like I wrote, if you’ve had any of the snacks I mentioned in the previous paragraph, you’ll know precisely what these taste like.
If you haven’t, they have a milder cheesy flavor than original radioactive orange Cheetos. But I find them to be as addictive. I ate the entire bag within 12 hours, looked into the mirror, asked my reflection if it was worth it, and it replied with a “yeah.”
What helped make that disappearing act happen is the size of the crunchy snack.
Since I ate all of them before I could make a size comparison with regular Cheetos Puffs, I want you to imagine a straight Cheetos Puff. Then imagine that Puff split into thirds. That’s approximately how big they are. Although, their crunch is slightly different from their curvy cousin because they seem to be somewhat less airy.
They’re the textbook definition of “bite-sized.” Sure, I can fit an entire Cheetos Puff in my Cheetos hole. Heck, I could shove several if I really wanted to, but it would be a little uncomfortable. With these Bites, I can comfortably fit many in my mouth like I’m a Cheetos-loving pelican. I guess what I’m trying to say is, this bite-sized version should be the default Cheetos Puff. You hear me, Frito-Lay! D-fault! D-fault! D-fault! (everybody) D-fault!
Or just make Cheetos Balls.
Because they’re yellow and shaped like botulism-affected canned goods, if you have a fine point Sharpie pen, you could draw eyes (or an eye) on them to turn them into Minions. I would’ve shown that, but, again, I ate the entire bag within 12 hours and way before the idea for Cheetos Minions popped into my head.
Cheetos White Cheddar Bites are a snack that I will never buy again because they’re too easy to eat. Oh, who am I kidding? I can’t get off this white cheddar horse.
Purchased Price: $3.99 Size: 7 1/2 oz. bag Purchased at: Times Supermarket Rating: 8 out of 10 Nutrition Facts: (about 38 pieces) – 160 calories, 10 grams of fat, 1.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 260 milligrams of sodium, 15 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fiber, less than 1 gram of sugars and 2 grams of protein.