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Pringles vs. Other Chips

Updated on February 17, 2015
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Chips!  Delicious chips in all shapes and sizes!
Chips! Delicious chips in all shapes and sizes!

Chips, chips, and more chips!

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Chips in a can

I am certainly not one to put down chips. I love all chips. They are great. However, I've noticed Pringles has been advertising how great they are compared to other chips. They say this is because their chips are all the same size and less greasy. Well, I am here to take a stand! That is why other chips are better than Pringles!

I like my chips to be non-conformists. I don't want to reach in and always grab the same size chip. I want to be surprised. Pringles takes away the element of surprise. Pringles can be tasty, but also, I find they take away the fun since all their chips look identical - there's no personality! I dare say their chips are "conformist chips." Where is the fun in that?


An adventure in every bag

If you are like me, you can't wait to see what you're going to get the next time you reach into a bag of chips. Sometimes you get a chip that is folded over. Other times, you get a chip attached to another chip - double your fun! Every now and then, I want a small or broken chip. Variety is the spice of life. Therefore, I am going to go out on a limb here and say bagged chips are the best.

For any of you salt addicts out there, you know the chips at the bottom of the bag are always the best. They've been sitting in salt and grease for a long time and you know they are going to be awesome. Sure, all that grease and salt isn't good for you, but it sure is tasty.

The joy of kettle cooked chips

I hate to be picky. I am not trying to be a Pringles hater or anything. However, I need to mention that Pringles does not offer kettle cooked chips. Let's face it, kettle cooked chips rock! Not only are they tasty, they are super crunchy.

If you have a co-worker or roommate you are trying to annoy, nothing works better than crunching on kettle cooked chips. If you pick up a bag of jalapeno kettle cooked chips, you can torture that person even more. Now you're making noise while creating an offensive odor. Pringles simply can't top that.

Pringles options

I do have to hand it to Pringles - they do offer a wide variety of flavors. After all, who wouldn't want to chow down on some pizza flavored chips? So OK, Pringles, maybe your flavors are non-conformist even if the shape of your chips are boring.

Also, Pringles is now offering a product called XTreme Chips. Honestly, that sounds a little bit intense for chips. I wonder if my stomach could even handle extreme (oh, sorry... xtreme) flavors like Ragin' Cajun and Blastin' Buffalo Wings. I mean, these flavors have to be pretty crazy considering Pringles was forced to leave the "g" off of the words "raging" and "blasting."

Perhaps I will give Pringles another try. It seems like they would like be more open-minded and less conformist. I am still disappointed in the shapes of the chips, but maybe I can look past it. Thanks, Pringles, for at least trying to think outside the box (or outside the can).

These potatoes don't want to go to the can!

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    Jeannie InABottle 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    I love chips! I am now hooked on kettle cooked chips, most specifically, the kind Trader Joe's sells. I do agree Pringles are great for travel though. And yes, SunChips are delicious, but there was no way to be quiet when trying to eat them. Their packages used to be terribly loud. Thanks for reading and for the comment!

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    Brittany Rowland 6 years ago from Woodstock, GA

    Chips are my guilty snack food. Sometimes I just crave that salt and grease. Pringles are okay--they're conveniently packaged for travel and you can make duck lips with them--but I'm with you about the fun of different sized and shaped chips mixed together in a bag. SunChips are great too, but the company realized they had to create a less crinkly and noisy bag. Facebook had a group called I Would Eat SunChips but I Don't Want to Wake Up My Roommate.

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    Jeannie InABottle 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    I am glad you enjoyed this hub. I really enjoyed your comment, too. I've never thought about it before, but yes, when you see Pringles stacked on a plate it does look like a lot less than if you had the same amount of random chips. Good call on that one! Thanks for the votes and giving me a good laugh!

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    Husky1970 6 years ago

    I had a good laugh this morning reading this one. I can understand your preference for non-conforming chips even though I am clearly a Pringles Man. I think my preference is a result of my Type-A personality or an undiagnosed, late-in-life onset of a minor OCD disorder. Plus, when you put a sizeable stack on Pringles on your plate, it doesn't look like the same quantity of bad stuff as a comparable amount of those more random chips. Voted up and funny. Thanks for the morning chuckle.

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    Jeannie InABottle 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    I too have never understood the appeal of the Pringles chips. I prefer being surprised as I take chips out the bag. Thanks for the comment!

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    Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Have never really been a fan of Pringles chips but I do like their new product Pringles Stix. I will choose just about any kind of chip over Pringles. Entertaining hub.

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    Jeannie InABottle 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Yes, my humor has a way of spreading into everything. That is so funny - some people really do love Pringles. I still like Lay's the best. Thanks for the comment!

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    mirror_eyes 6 years ago from north Texas

    Haha! I see your optimism fuels a sense of humor as well. I prefer corn chips, myself - never could stand potato chips... except for Pringles, lol!

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    Jeannie InABottle 7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Hmmm... I have to be in the right mood for Pringles. I like Herr's or Lay's the best.

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    Fluffy77 7 years ago from Enterprise, OR

    There are so many kinds of healthier chips now, that it's just really about flavor or taste now. I have always like the taste pf pringles though.

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    Jeannie InABottle 7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Yes, they are a little dry. I guess that makes them "healthier" but who cares? I want taste.

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    pinkydoo 7 years ago from New York

    I agree! I agree! Pringles are like poser chips...they're just PRETENDING to be real potato chips...but they're NOT! They're so fake. They're so dry, too (have you noticed)? The only time I liked Pringles, was when they had this trivia printed on them. But I only bought them for the trivia...give me the REAL thing, any day!

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    Jeannie InABottle 7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    It's true. Pringles are just not the same. They can be tasty, but they are not "real" chips in my opinion. Thanks for the comment!

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    Word Draw 7 years ago

    I eat chips almost every day, all kinds, I'm always looking for new brands/flavors/kettle cooked vs. regular. Sea salt vs. regular salt. Ridges vs. non-ridges, but I digress... I get in the mood for Pringles for pringles sake, but I don't consider them in the same realm as regular chips... Oh and don't forget potato sticks too!

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    Jeannie InABottle 7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    I will have to look for those. My favorite are the Herr's kettle cooked jalapeno chips. Yuummmm... I can feel the heartburn just thinking about them!

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    ThatFatGuy 7 years ago from Here and there

    I"m in love with this Kettle Corn Salt and Vinegar flavored potatoes chips! :) Mmmmm... The great thing is that they're store brand and only cost $2 for heavenly goodness. Go try them out!

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    Jeannie InABottle 7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    You know, I never thought of that before. Pringles did stay the same size, so I am going to have to give them credit for that. Thank you for the compliment! I really enjoy your hubs, too.

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    imatellmuva 7 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore

    Guuurl you are funneeee...I've got to pace myself and save more of your hubs for reading on another day, like...tomorrow!!

    I was once a chip in the bag person, and would have nothing other than UTZ, and turned a nose up, and thumbs down to Pringles...but then something happened, the bags started getting smaller...then even smaller. Pringles stayed the same size, and created more flavors, and then added whole grain chips. So, I decided to give Pringles another shot...and now I am a PEP (Proudly Eat'n Pringles!).

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