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Click pic to view comments Confirmed sighting: Spanish Salsa Pringles
Posted: 18:43 Sun 11-05-2003. Price: 99p. Location: Europa, Queensway, London W2. Nutritional unusualness: Part of Pringles "World Tour", whatever that is.
Snackspot reports: Further to Plato's undocumented sighting of a few weeks ago, these still don't seem to be around that much, despite a bizarre TV campaign which implies they're popular with cartoon insects. And they taste like a mix of the "Pizza" and "Paprika" flavours, with an ever-so-slight hint of dirt. To be honest, this sighting is mainly an excuse to link to the sayings of comedian Mitch Hedburg - the Steven Wright of snackfood? - who famously observed: I think Pringles' initial intention was to make tennis balls. But on the day that the rubber was supposed to show up, a big truckload of potatoes arrived. But Pringles is a laid-back company. They said "F**k it. Cut em up." Oh, and to clarify that the new Walkers Sensations alert should be extended to also cover their Sensations Oriental Crackers, due in shops on Monday May 12th in flavours "Peking Spare Rib and 5 Spice", "Thai Lemongrass and Coconut", plus "Tangy Malaysian Chutney".


Posted: 16:01 Fri 16-05-2003 by "Zid"
Comment: Actually i remember eating some of these a while back. They were vaguely interesting but i fairly unremarkable. Didn't really feel i was part of a world tour i'm afraid. But then i'm a bland kinda guy.
Posted: 07:49 Sat 17-05-2003 by "Alex"
Comment: World tour. What other flavours could there be?

Americana Hamburger? Italian Spaghetti and Meatballs? Scottish haggis? Australian BBQ? English Eels?

Posted: 19:39 Sun 18-05-2003 by "Neil Mc"
Comment: Dramatic news from the American midwest: the Pringles factory is out of action after tornadoes "ravaged South and Midwest", according to this story from CNN: http://money.cnn.com/2003/05/06/news/companies/tornadoes.pringles/

The Pringles factory - there's only one, it seems, for all North America - had its roof damaged, and lost power. Production has been halted (sorry if you've already heard of this, but it induced near panic until I realised it only referred to production in the US & Canada). I wonder if they'll ship them over from Europe?

Particular moments to savour in the story include CNN's curiously business-American description of a Pringle as "curved snack chips" and, later, as a "curved, uniform chip". I'm never quite sure what this kind of description, mandatory in even the dullest US business story, actually achieves, but there it is anyway. Twice.

That is all.

Posted: 19:56 Sun 18-05-2003 by Snackspot
Comment: re: Alex's comment above - clearly you never witnessed McDonalds Germany's "World Tour" of summer 2001, as described here by correspondent "Craig Stephens":

[Micky] D's in Germany seem to be moving into 5th gear on the novelty front lately. Over the last six weeks they've been launching limited edition for-one-week-only "sandwiches" pertaining to a certain nation, all seemingly as a promotion for some Formula 1 tournament or other.

First off was the McFrance (notice how the names of the countries are all in English - ie kein McFrankreich), a rather insipid cordon-bleu type affair permeated by a garlic sauce with a fetid aftertaste.

Next up was the McMalaysia, a chapati containing salad, some actually rather pleasant "oriental" sauce, and the ubiquitous 'all "beef" patty' which would inevitably slide out as soon as you bit into it.

Third week was the daddy of them all, the McBritain (oh yes), an odd rehash of the singularly unpopular Chicken McFu which last made an appearance in late '99 and which was accompanied at the time by a controv poster compaign delighting in Jim Davidson stylee supposed oriental mispronounciations - ie a bit picture of said sandwich with the banner "Recker" instead of "Lekker" (meaning "tasty"). The McFu, and variants, consists of a chicken burger with generic curry-style sauce. The twist this time was that it was packaged in an "English" bap style bread item.

Next up was the McItaly - a slightly thicker slab of meat type substance, with salad and pestoesque sauce in a sort of square ciabatta.

Then we're on to the McGermany - seemingly exactly the same as the McFarmer, only with mustard, and rounding off the lot with possibly the least appealing of them all, a vegatarian item (yes. Three cheers for the concept, null points for the execution) called the McEurope, a slab of Fetta cheese, a few shreads of salad, a glop of garlic style [sauce], entombed in a long bun.

Before we've had time to catch our breath, we've been catapulted into "Sharfe Woche" ("spicy week"), advertised on tv by the hateful Stefan Raab, a sort of German Chris Evans without any timing, post-modern nous, or nuffing like that. Thus fries are accompanied by a sachet of MSG and a bag for the purposed of decanting the chips into and sprinkling the said [ingredients] over.

Pick of the bunch are the "Scharfe Röllchen" (impossible for the anglophone tongue to grapple with at 4am on a Sunday morning, let me assure you), sort of spring roll things accompanied by a pot of infernal red substance.

[report ends]

Posted: 14:37 Mon 19-05-2003 by "Flameproof"
Comment: Has note been made of the Mexican Ltd ed. Pringles? Taste a bit like they just mixed the paprika and barbecue flavourings together, but they were the first flavour to be finished at the party...
Posted: 10:37 Fri 18-07-2003 by "barchetta" # permalink comment
Comment: I just bought a can of Mexican Pringles yesterday in an American import shop in Antwerp Belgium, but haven't tried them yet. (incidentally, they're made in Mechelen, somewhat near Antwerp). Here in the Netherlands they had Queensday Cheese pringles! They were made for the Queen-mom's birthday April 30th, and are still on the shelfs :-) 69186 8 25
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