2016 Holiday Flavors
Since Mama Melissa has become pre-diabetic, I have been trying to limit myself on the sweet snacks. I don't feel it's fair that I'm pigging out on cookies, cakes and pies in front of her (even though she says she doesn't care), so my 'sweet snacks' have been limited to whatever comes in the Love With Food boxes.
Pringles have now become our 'go-to' snack. They play nicely with Mama Melissa's '3g or less of sugar' diet, and they also are soft enough for my oral/gum issues.
When these came out in November 2016, I picked up these two cans, intending to pick up the 3rd flavor, Sugar Cookie, during a trip to Walmart. Sadly, that trip never happened, and I REFUSE to pay eBay's or Amazon's outrageous prices, even if shipping is included!
So, Let's look at 2 of the 3 Holiday Flavors released in 2016.
Caramel aficionados will enjoy the smoothness of Pringles Salted Caramel, a new holiday flavor from the Kellogg Co. brand that blends salt with sweet, buttery caramel.
I originally bought these for Mama Melissa, since she loves her sweets and these actually fell within her ‘sugar limit’ of 3 grams per food item. These chips have 2 grams of sugar per serving, so they are safe for her diet. I figured this way, she could have something sweet to munch on and not mess with her numbers.
However, she ate 3 of them and nearly threw up. She then handed me the can… and now I know why.
When normally eating a salted caramel cube, I taste equal amounts of the salt and the caramel. On these chips? Not so much.
There is literally NO salt flavor; none. I couldn’t even taste actual caramel. All I could taste was SYRUP… like pancake syrup. Honestly, it was like taking some sort of ‘chopped’ potato product (french fries, home fries, tater tots, etc) and completely drowning them in Maple pancake syrup.
Eating too many of these in one sitting will make you nauseous. I ate these one night, just to get rid of them and I went to bed completely sick to my stomach.
The fourth seasonal release, Pecan Pie, condenses the nutty, caramel-y flavor of the Thanksgiving favorite into chip form.
Not sure where they got 4 Holiday Flavors, since all the research I did only showed 3 flavors released in 2016; Salted Caramel, Pecan Pie and Sugar Cookie.
Anyway, after trying the Salted Caramel ones and not liking them, I was skeptical of trying the Pecan Pie chips. But, I didn’t want to just review ONE flavor, so I had Mama Melissa pick me up a can when she went to Dollar General (which seem to be the only place to get the Salted Caramel and the Pecan Pie flavors).
While Mama Melissa said these ‘tasted like air,’ I actually LOVED them. There are NOT overly sweet, like the Salted Caramel flavor, and I could still taste the ‘Original’ Pringles flavor, just with a sweetness to it.
I’m not a bit ashamed to admit I ate half a can in one night. Having NEVER ate Pecan Pie in my life, I was completely surprised I liked these as much as I did.
The hardest problem a disabled person will have with these chips is actually opening the paper pull-lid... and not eating them all in one sitting.
These are limited time only flavors, so you MAY have a hard time finding these now that the holidays are over.. I have yet to spot these in any other store. However, there are plenty of sellers on eBay that have these (and other flavors) for sale. Amazon also carries this flavor.
Batting 1 for 2 here. I'd love to get another can of the Pecan Pie flavor, but I don't think I'd eat the Salted Caramel flavor again.
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes.