Pringles Light Sour Cream & Onion Potato Crisps Review

I bought some   Pringles Light Sour Cream & Onion Potato Crisps    last month for review.  The original flavor Pringles potato chips have been a personal favorite for nearly forty years.  But in recent times, Pringles has expanded its flavor lineup, and this lower calorie version of their sour cream and onion flavor is one of those newer incantations of an already-great snack product.  The chips themselves resemble the original flavor in terms of color, uniformity, and stack-ability. As with all the canned Pringles flavors, these potato crisps are well-protected by the can.

Benefits, Pros, Advantages, and Features

  • Their light yet substantial onion and sour cream flavor really beats those bouts of afternoon hunger and late-night munchies, even in this lower fat variation.   The crunch is unique to Pringles, and the crisps are never limp or soggy.
  • True of all flavors, Pringles potato chips are never greasy, and the sour cream and onion flavor, unlike the more traditional bagged potato chips never becomes monotonous in my view.  This version is even less oily than the full calorie Pringles flavors.
  • These potato crisps are easy to find at most any store selling food; big or small.  However, you may not see the sour cream & onions flavor in every place that you’d find the original flavor, as stores with limited space favor the original flavor over all others when choosing what flavors to sell.
  • Olean or Olestra is a zero-calorie fat substitute used in the recipe for these lighter chips.  It tastes virtually identical to the common fats found in potato chips, and cuts the calories of the crisps down to half.
  • The stay-fresh can with the resealable lid indeed keeps these light potato chips from losing their signature crunch for weeks after the first opening.
  • The chips, once opened and if stored in the provided tube with the lid snapped on, keep for months, or at least several weeks.  This is thus, a handy snack food to stock pile.  With so many Pringles flavors out there, potato chip fans will want to stock many of them in their pantries.
  • Zero grams of trans fat.
  • The cans may be stacked vertically or horizontally in many rows, without concern that the crisps inside will be broken excessively.
  • I found this Pringles product at a nearby Walmart for roughly $1.50 per can; an excellent price.
  • Though I’m most fond of the original flavor of Pringles from four decades ago, I’m nonetheless pleased that today, Pringles offers numerous flavors of that potato-chip-in-a-can, such as this.  Variety is indeed spicy to life.


Disadvantages, Cons, Problems, and Concerns

  • The lid does not seal to the can perfectly.  Several experiments reveal that the chips do soften after initial opening.  The quality of the seal you get depends largely on whether the can’s top rim has been bent.  If it has, poor seal.  Lay’s Stax chips packaging, with its all-plastic can and lid system, seals more reliably.
  • I wish these chips could taste as good as they do but without the added salt.
  • They could be made a bit thicker, as I typically find myself eating two or three at a time.  Eating them in groups not only boosts their wholesome good taste, but makes them strong enough to hold any dip you care to scoop with them.
  • These potato chips have much sodium in my opinion at 160 milligrams per one-ounce serving (roughly fourteen chips).
  • Sugar (in the form of dextrose) is here.  Do away with all added sugar, I ask.
  • The sour cream and onion flavor could have been strengthened a bit and the salty flavor weakened a little.  But the dairy and vegetable flavor found herein is quite acceptable nonetheless.
  • Due to the salt content, I would not classify these potato chips as a healthy snack.  So eat them in moderation for good weight control.



Dried potatoes, olestra (Olean brand), modified cornstarch, maltodextrin, and rice flour.  Contains less than 2% of: salt, dextrose, nonfat dry milk, buttermilk solids, onion powder, sour cream solids (cultured cream, nonfat milk), monosodium glutamate, natural and artificial flavors, citric acid, lactic acid, disodium guanylate, disodium inosinate, polyglycerol esters, soy lecithin, mono and diglycerides, alpha-tocopherol acetate (vitamin E), tocopherols (to protect flavor), vitamin A palmitate, vitamin K, and vitamin D.

Contains milk and soybean ingredients.


Nutrition Facts

  • Serving size: 1 ounce (28 grams, approximately 14 crisps). Servings per container: approximately 6.
  • Calories per serving: 70.  Calories from fat: 0.
  • Total fat: 0 grams, 0% DV.
  • Saturated fat: 0 grams, 0% DV.
  • Trans fat: 0 grams.
  • Cholesterol: 0 milligrams, 0% DV.
  • Sodium: 160 milligrams, 7% DV.
  • Total carbohydrate: 15 grams, 5% DV.
  • Dietary fiber: 1 gram, 4% DV.
  • Sugars: 1 gram.
  • Protein: 2 grams.
  • Vitamin A: 0% DV.
  • Calcium: 0% DV.
  • Vitamin C: 6% DV.
  • Iron: 0% DV.


Product Rating

I like these Pringles sour cream and onion potato chips; the light version.  Experience shows that Pringles go well at parties, hold their freshness for at least several hours if poured into a bowl outside of the can, and are widely recognized as a snack mainstay.  People know a Pringles chip without seeing the can, and will appreciate you for serving them.  I’d rate these potato crisps at 91 out of 100.


Where To Buy Pringles Light Sour Cream & Onion Potato Chips

So look for them in the light blue and green 5.82-ounce can with the semi-clear lid atop of it at your favorite larger grocery center or convenience store.




Revision History

  • 2015-02-07: Tweaked content.
  • : Moved this piece to the    Tom’s Diet Quest   blog, added whitespace, tweaked content, and adjusted ad placement and category and tag assignments.
  • 2012-07-07: Originally published.