Friday, January 25, 2008

What keeps me up at night

There is nothing like a good snack. I have my favorites like Dorito’s and Cheetohs and occasionally I will dabble with other brands but I always take a critical approach to the different types of snacks and end up going back to my two favorites.

One of my previous snacks of choice used to be Pringles. How can you not like them? They have Wheat Starch and Malodextrin and Monosodium Glutamate and Disodium Phosphate. They come packed and stacked in a large can so they do not break. One can usually cost’s about a buck. Perfect snack.

However, there is a serious flaw with the Pringle chip. The design, or shape of the chip makes it perfect for stacking but it also makes for perfect fit over the tongue. I think this is genius.
However when they make the actual chip, the fine folks at Pringle add the flavoring to the wrong side of the chip. The salt, or the cheese flavor, or the pizza flavor, basically the stuff that gives the chip pizzazz is on the other side of the chip, the side that does not perfectly fit over the tongue. This makes no sense to me.

If I buy a flavored chip I want to be able to taste the flavor right from the get go. Why does Pringles put most of the salty goodness on the side of the chip that naturally fits against the roof of the mouth?

I know that Pringles does not really care about my measly opinion but if they added the flavoring to the tongue side of the chip they actually may move up from # 6 on my list of favorite snacks to # 2 or #3.


35 comments:

Undercover Mutha said...

You are insane.

Michele said...

If you've never had, you should try the Lay's Stax - they solved that problem about the flavoring being on the wrong side. :)

Maddy said...

If the inside of your mouth is that shape, I'd recommend a visit to the ER.
Cheers

Redhead Mommy said...

I didn't have any idea what you were talking about until I saw your ever-so-helpful diagrams. ;)

Actually, I have had the same thoughts about Pringles myself, so, CONTRARY to photo-manic lady, Undercover Mutha, says, you are not so insane, at least, not about this. hehe.

Circus Kelli said...

Like the chip, then eat it the way you normally do.

eclectic said...

I think CK meant "lick" the chip. Which is very sensible advice. Or, just smoosh 'em and eat 'em by the handfuls.

Sharkey said...

Hold the chip as shown in your last photo. Turn the chip 90 degrees so the short end is facing you. Insert in mouth. Voila--flavor and a "good fit."

The Boisverts said...

You are a RIOT.

Erin said...

My husband and I had this same conversation about a month ago. It is totally one the wrong side. Thanks for dedicating a post to the Pringles ineptitude.

whatwasithinking said...

You're part of some kind of brain trust up there, aren't you? A think tank of some sort? I'm so thankful there are people like you out there to wrestle with the tough questions we all face. :p

Bogart in P Towne said...

Word. That's all I'm say'n.

Charlotte in Pa said...

Preach it, brother! I often go quite awhile between cans of Pringles and I forget about this grave error in judgement. So with every new can, I relive the disappointment. You should work for NASA. (what with your diagrams and all - very professional)

Michelle said...

So they really only season one side of the chip? That sucks! Just another reason that I don't do Pringles (along with no folded over chips-my favorite). Grab a bag of Doritos or Lay's & munch on real snacks with flavor all around!

kalki said...

You know, I tend to avoid Pringles because there is just something not quite right...couldn't ever articulate what it was, but something was a little off during my Pringle-eating experiences.

You have just pinpointed it.

Melodie said...

So this is what men think about. I've added this to the other 2 things... which makes 3 things men think about.

Susie said...

Call me crazy - but I think this same thing every time I eat pringles... have you tried the mini pringles. Mmmmm!

Ern said...

I thought I was the only one who thought that!

sari said...

It makes perfect sense. Why don't you email the Pringles people and tell them? They'll never change it if they don't know.

Anonymous said...

How many licks does it take..?

Oh, The Joys said...

White jacket and padded room for you!

suchsimplepleasures said...

omg...you are so right!!! you need to send this post to the pringles people...they should know about this!!! seriously. but, what about when you make the duck mouth with the pringles...the flavor is needed on the outside, too!

Sassy said...

Doritos and Cheetos, oh, a man after my heart...

Circus Kelli said...

Yep. I meant "lick". Thanks, E!

Melinda said...

Playing devil's advocate...perhaps the seasoning was meant to be on the side you were dipping something into.
But, I think you are on to something here. This could really promote you to 'snack man of the year'. Take your idea to the top snack suit people.
Those diagrams are snappy.

Aunt Jo said...

Maybe you need to just turn your tongue the other way. :o)

No_Newz said...

A real man can curl his tongue around the flavor. Poor Lauren. :(
Have a great weekend!

Effie said...

it's true--usually I lick the flavoured side then take a bite...

kittenpie said...

But who eats flavoured Pringles?

Janice said...

Holy crap that is so funny.
I am thinking you need to do something about this... :)

Irshlas said...

I do believe you are a culinary genius. You DEFINITELY need to contact the Pringles people... or at least start an online petition. We're behind you 100%!!!

Anonymous said...

AS far as the "tongue goes here" diagram, Are there more of them lying around your house?

Scarlett Wanna Be said...

Plus...the "healthy" version can give you oily discharge. (Uh it says it on the tube...I don't want you to think that has ever happened to me...I only eat the bad stuff)

nicki said...

So now you need to post a link on your blog to the Pringles complaint form. We'll all go and complain - and voila! Life will be more flavorful.

kcinnova said...

You just proved the old adage, "You learn something new every day." lol

So now I will share with you: If you separate 2 Pringles and put them in your mouth (one on top of tongue, one underneath your tongue) you will look like you have a duck bill.

Go ahead, I know you want to try it!

krishawn said...

YES! Oh my god--you are so right. I have always thought this, too.