Supermarket Sweets: We Try the New Pringles Pecan Pie and Cinnamon Sugar Potato Crisps

Supermarket Sweets

Taste-test, Aisle 1.

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[Photographs: Erin Jackson]

If you've been browsing the chip aisle lately, you may have noticed a few new flavors from Pringles: Pecan Pie and Cinnamon & Sugar ($1.52 each at Target). After hearing excited buzzing around the internet, I slammed a can of each in my cart, confident that their sweet flavor profile would appeal to my full mouth of sugar-craving teeth. Worst case scenario: I'd be out just over $3. It's like I couldn't lose.

Except: I did. Big time. These were some of the weirdest, least successful snacks I've had in years.

In both cases, the promised flavor wasn't delivered. When I popped the top on the cinnamon and sugar flavor, I was hoping for something like a buñuelo (fried flour tortillas dusted with cinnamon and sugar), but the cinnamon was so sparse that I could barely taste or smell it. Likewise, the Pecan Pie didn't have the toasty nuttiness that makes pecan pies so delicious, just an artificial buttery tinge that tasted like table syrup (at best) or butter-flavored cooking spray (at worst).

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Weirder still, though these chips were supposed to be sweet, they still have 95 mg of salt per 28 gram serving (compared to 150 mg of sodium in the same size serving of Original flavored Pringles). What you're left with is a chip with an identity crisis: it's too salty to land within dessert territory, and too weakly flavored to make any sort of impact, other than a dent in your small change. Save yourself the $3; this limited-time item isn't worth it, even for the novelty factor.