There is, perhaps, no other snack food that is more universally adored than the beloved potato chip. It’s crispy, it’s salty, and—most importantly—it’s carb-heavy. That’s why it was essentially Christmas morning for us at Chowhound when we received a delivery of Pringles’ 25 flavors. From tried-and-true classics like Salt & Vinegar and BBQ to the bizarre and over-the-top like Chile con Queso and Kicken’ Chicken Taco, we put our palates to the ultimate test by sampling, discussing, and ranking each unique can. Here are the final results, as well as some helpful takeaways.
– Flavors with asterisks are part of Pringles’ LOUD line of corn, grain, and vegetable chips. While the Fiery Chili Lime was delicious, the other “bold” flavors were too much of a departure from the hyperbolic paraboloid‘s classic taste and texture. This is why they ended up on the bottom. Sorry, not sorry.
– We were delighted to see that Pringles traditions like Salt & Vinegar and Sour Cream & Onion rounded out the top five. There’s just no messing up a good thing.
– The Chowhound team clearly loves their spice. Jalapeño (the winner) was the perfect balance between mild heat and ample saltiness, though true connoisseurs of sweat-inducing crunch should opt for Extra Hot. It was absolutely the most satisfying surprise of the day.
– Dill Pickle was another treat, but frankly, we question anyone who doesn’t enjoy dill pickle-flavored anything.
– Buffalo Ranch was the biggest disappointment. Why didn’t this taste anything like the wings we crave every Sunday?
– If you’re a fan of BBQ, give the Memphis variety a shot. We were really into its perfect balance of sweet and salty. In fact, they ended up edging out Pringles’ classic BBQ by a grill brush hair.
– You may want to stay away from Kicken’ Chicken Taco, unless you enjoy an assaulting amount of cumin.
In addition to taste-testing, Pringles tasked us with creating “Stacks” of three separate flavors to build an entirely new flavor. Here’s what the team came up with:
Carleigh Connelly, Director of Chowhound: Chicago Dog (Dill Pickle, Honey Mustard, Salt & Vinegar)
Owen Stretch, Head of Video, Social: From the Grill (Memphis BBQ, Loaded Baked Potato, Bacon)
Joey Skladany, Senior Content Producer: Bathroom Break (Extra Hot, Jalapeño, Spicy Queso)
Guillermo Riveros, Senior Video Producer: Sour Puss (Extra Hot, Dill Pickle, Sour Cream & Onion)
Nathan Carpenter, Video Producer: Taco Diablo (Extra Hot, Kickin’ Chicken Taco, Sour Cream & Onion)
Chike Ezeude, Associate Video Producer: Spicy Bacon (Bacon, Original, Jalapeño)
Jessica Gentile, Associate Editor: It’s Basically a Salad! (Dill Pickle, Jalapeño, Ketchup)
Think you can top us? Sound off with your tasty trio in the comment section. But be forewarned: Once you pop, the fun really doesn’t stop.