Many people are careful about what they eat, striving to eat a balanced diet each day. When my dear wife Becka used to teach nutrition, she covered the USDA's Food Pyramid with her students. If you click on the thumbnail picture of the food pyramid on the right, you can see a larger version of it. If you would like to read more about it, you can go to the official USDA site  or to another site  that has several optional food pyramids.
You may be wondering what all that has to do with Pringles . Let me explain. Our grandson Drew, who just turned 3 on March 9 , loves Pringles. I've never been crazy about Pringles, especially if "real potato chips" were available. (My wife and I grew up on Ballreich potato chips  in northwestern Ohio, and so we judge all other potato chips by them.)
Recently I ran across a picture online that was a little disturbing — three flavors of Pringles that I had a hard time believing really existed. It started me on some online searching whereby I discovered not only that they do indeed exist, but they are among many other surprising flavors of Pringles — I found over 80 in all! This post is much longer than usual, but it's almost entirely pictures that I think you will enjoy looking at.
The Pringles  brand of potato crisps was first sold in the United States in October 1968, originally known as "Pringle's Newfangled Potato Chips." Procter & Gamble chose the "Pringles" name from a Cincinnati telephone book, having been inspired by the street name of Pringle Drive, simply due to "its pleasing sound." According to the patent, Pringles were invented by Alexander Liepa of Montgomery, Ohio, and Gene Wolfe developed the machine that cooks them. Other snack manufacturers objected, saying that Pringles failed to meet the definition of a potato "chip" — Pringles have less than 50% potato content. Pringles eventually opted to rename their product "potato crisps" instead of chips. This led to other issues in the United Kingdom, though, where the term "potato crisp" refers to the product that Americans call "potato chips" and where "chips" are French fries. (Complicated, isn't it?)
Below are pictures of the kinds of Pringles I found online.
I'll start off with a flavor that's not too bizarre.
Here are a couple more interesting flavors.
The next couple of flavors get us into the vegetable area of the food pyramid.
This next one is Italian Bruschetta.
Here are two fun flavors — Funky Mustard (left) and Mushroom (right).
Here are some with different seasonings.
Mexican food is much loved. Here a couple of Mexican flavors.
Mexican food is often quite hot/spicy. Here are several Pringles flavors in the hot and spicy department.
The second from the left (below) is a little hard to read. It's Smokin' Hot Ranch.
The last couple are a little extreme to my tastes. You may have noticed from several of those pictures that Pringles has a line of flavors called "Extreme," some of which don't seem all that "extreme" to me.
Pringles has a product line called Pringles Select. Here are some of the select flavors.
One select flavor that seemed unusual to me was Cinnamon Sweet Potato.
The Pringles Select line comes in bags rather than the can. The shapes are different too. Below is a picture of the standard saddle-shape of Pringles on the left versus Pringles Select on the right.
Pringles also has a product line called "Cravers." Here are some of those:
Here are two flavors, one Extreme and one Cravers, that are ... interesting.
Here are some other flavors I found on one site. The Spring Onion & Feta sounds intriguing to me.
You can see that we could get some of our vegetables and dairy from Pringles. Here's one that sounds like a meal in itself.
This one is Pringles Sour Cream Bacon, in case you can't read the words on the package.
We're definitely moving forward in the dairy department with these flavors:
"Taco Night" (mentioned earlier in the post) and "Cheeseburger" (the one on the far right in the picture above) were recalled earlier this month as a safety precaution after salmonella was found in a Basic Food Flavors plant which produces the flavor-enhancing hydrolyzed vegetable protein used in those flavors.
Here's a cheese-based flavor that I have a hard time imagining:
I guess Mac 'n Cheese fits into both the dairy and the grain categories. Here's another one that fits two categories — dairy and meat. It's Cheese & Bacon.
Let's move now into the meat part of the Pringles Food Pyramid. Here are several from an American Street series of Pringles.
If you prefer your meat plain, here are several options.
Consommé would probably fit best into the meat category, because of its flavor.
Here are two flavors that sound, um ... different.
Here's an extreme meat flavor.
Here are several meat flavors I would never have thought of for potato chip flavors. On the left it's Red Chili Chicken, and on the right it's Smoked Salami.
Here are several ethnic meats.
If your tastes tend more towards gourmet foods, Pringles won't let you down.
Here are the three flavors that got me started on this post in the first place — Pringles Ocean flavors.
If those are too tame for your tastes, here's one with a little more zip:
If you'll recall, the base of the USDA food pyramid is grains. There are several types of Pringles in the grain category. I've already mentioned Mac 'n Cheese above. Here are a couple of others:
The first one is spaghetti, which would be a pasta, which is a grain, right?
The one on the left below is definitely in the grain category. The one on the right has rice, but it's almost a complete meal with the BBQ spare rib thrown in too.
Pringles has a new multigrain line — Truly Original, Cheesy Cheddar, Creamy Ranch. Sorry, but the picture below is the only picture I could find of the new line.
If you're concerned about the fat content, Pringles has you covered there too. Here are several from their light line.
At least they used "less" correctly on the right — 50% Fewer Calories would have been more pleasing to calorie-conscious grammarians.
Pringles is even branching out into some fruit flavors. Avocados are technically fruits, aren't they?
Here are several with Lime flavoring.
Lay's seems to have Pringles beat so far in fruit-flavored chips.
Loading up on Pringles could definitely "put a tiger in your tank."
I realize that for most of these, it's just flavorings and not actual food products. Pringles are not going to bring anyone into conformity with the recommendations of the USDA food pyramid, but they definitely try to appeal to a wide range of tastes by offering something that almost anyone might enjoy.
What kind of Pringles did you find the most disturbing in this post? Was there a kind you'd like to try? What's the weirdest kind you've ever tried? Is there a flavor you'd like to see them offer?
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