Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Not so good: Pringles Mozzarella Sticks & Marinara Flavor!

I've always been a fan of Pringles and its large variety of flavors, but today we ran into an odd new line known as Restaurant Cravers. I decided to pick it up out of the sheer niche quality of this offering, Mozzarella Sticks & Marinara. What wierded me out is how they would translate the concept of a mozzarella stick, with its very memorable crispy outside and gooey interior into a chip format. I was skeptical and had every right to be.
The packaging is nice enough, featuring a darker colored tube with red labels exclaiming its 'Restaurant Cravers' line as well as the 'Super Stack' feature(meaning there are 100 chips in each tube). Opening it though I was faced with what looked like any Pringle, except with tiny red flecks after a closer inspection. They also smelled like any other Pringle, with no noticeable hints of zesty marinara, or mozzarella stick or appetizer flavors.

I popped the first one in and proceeded to notice that it had an incredibly mild tomato flavor, but was missing just about everything else. Baffled that the mozzarella stick flavor was completely absent, I kept trying one after the other to make sure it wasn't just the first chip or two that lacked what it said it would have. The result was disappointing and the concept itself in my opinion, was flawed to begin with. The idea of translating a gooey, yummy appetizer, which in itself is mostly a textural experience just doesn't translate into potato chip format. If you're considering trying these, just get ready for Pringles: Marinara because there's no cheesy flavor to be found in this sad tube of chips.