What’s up with the chips in a can? Fun facts about Pringles and a student taste test

Amelia Russell and Isabelle Hantus

If you would like to see a video montage of staff and students trying to guess the four Pringles flavors click here.

The History

In 1919, a man named Alexander Liepa was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. He would go on to make one of the most well-known chip brands in the world: Pringles. The first name Alexander came up with for his chips was “Pringle’s Newfangled Potato Chips” but it was eventually shortened to Pringles, according to UKessays.

The name of the chip brand isn’t the only thing that’s changed over the years; the logo has changed, too. According to Mental Floss, the Pringles man has a name, Julius Pringle. He truly has been an advertisement miracle and as a result of this, he is appearing in lunchrooms all across the world.

Perhaps the most iconic thing about Pringles is the unique shape. According to ZME Science, the shape of a Pringle is a hyperbolic paraboloid. This shape is used for an easier way to stack the chips. It minimizes the possibility of broken chips when sold and it also increases the crunchiness.

Pringles are also known for their cylindrical can. According to Potato Pro, the inventor of the Pringles tube, Mr. Frederic J. Baur, on his deathbed, requested that his ashes be placed inside a Pringles tube and buried.

So Alexander created the brand, Frederic created packaging, so who created the machine that makes Pringles? The machine that makes all of the Pringles was invented by a man named Gene Wolfe. He was an American science fiction and fantasy writer, who went on to write many well-known novels. On the side, he was a machine designer and helped design and create the machine that makes the Pringles, according to top-10-food.

 

The Flavors

Pringles are sold all around the world in hundreds of different flavors ranging from cheddar to seaweed, according to TechEBlog.

How many different Pringles flavors are there? According to The Daily Meal, there are 34 different Pringle flavors in America, and there are six different categories, which are Favorites, Tortillas, Multi-Grain, Lighter Side, Limited Edition, and Xtra.

In the category Favorites, the flavors are BBQ, Cheddar Cheese, Cheddar & Sour Cream, French Onion Dip, Honey Mustard, Jalapeño, Loaded Baked Potato, Memphis BBQ, Pizza, Ranch, Salt & Vinegar, Sour Cream & Onion, and the Original. In the category of Tortillas, the flavors consist of Truly Original, Nacho Cheese, Southwestern Ranch, and Zesty Salsa. Farmhouse Cheddar, Sour Cream & Onion, and Truly Original are considered to be multi-grain chips. Pringles categorized the flavors Lightly Salted, Reduced Fat, and Fat-Free original in the Lighter Side. The flavors of chips categorized as Xtra are Fiery Sweet BBQ, Screamin’ Dill Pickle, and Tangy Buffalo Wing. Only for a limited time, Pringles is offering the flavors Cheese Burger, Chile Con Queso, and Chile y Limon.

This year, the Pringle’s Company teamed up with Grey Group and Adult Swim to release an ad for the Superbowl. This ad was to promote the new flavor based on the show Rick and Morty, a highly popular show on Adult Swim. The company has dubbed the flavor name; Pickle Rick. The ad was viewed by millions of people who watch the Superbowl, promoting the brand new flavor.

Are Pringle’s actually potato chips? Do they even contain real potatoes? Well, according to Delish, the Pringle’s recipe calls for dehydrated processed potatoes and in 1975 the FDA ruled that since Pringles aren’t technically made from potatoes, they would be called potato crisps and not potato chips.

According to Food Politics, the main ingredients to a Pringle are dried potatoes, rice flour, wheat starch, vegetable oil, maltodextrin, salt, dextrose, and whatever flavor your Pringle chip is. These ingredients help differentiate an original Pringle to a well-seasoned Pringle.

The Taste Test

Randomly selected MMS students and staff were asked if they liked Pringles. The ones who said yes were blindfolded and put to the test. They were given 4 different flavors of Pringles, the Original, BBQ, Cheddar Cheese, and Sour cream & Onion. They had to guess the different flavors without cleansing their palettes.

In the end, 9 sixth graders, 8 seventh graders, 7 eighth graders, and 8 staff members tried to guess the four flavors.

If you would like to see a video montage of staff and students trying to guess the four Pringles flavors click here.