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.
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".
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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?
Italian Spaghetti and Meatballs?
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
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.
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"
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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 :-)
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