Pringles Ranch Flavor Potato Crisps Review

I purchased a tube of   Pringles Ranch Flavor Potato Crisps    last month for review.  I’ve eaten the original flavor Pringles chips for nearly forty years.  But lately, Pringles has expanded its flavor line and this ranch dressing flavor is one of those newer variations of the popular canned potato chips 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 ranch potato crisps seem well-packaged. Here are my detailed thoughts on this newer flavor of this perennial snack.


Benefits, Pros, Advantages, and Features

  • Like the original flavor, these ranch potato chips fit together into a convenient stack, which makes them easier to eat.  You can grasp a large stack of them in the palm of your hand, and stuff them into your mouth without much spillage.
  • Their very light ranch-style flavor really wins those fights against afternoon hunger and late-night nibble desires.   The crunch is unique to Pringles, which are never soggy, limp, or flat.
  • True of all flavors, Pringles potato chips are never excessively greasy, and the dairy-ranch flavor, unlike the more traditional bagged potato chips never becomes monotonous to my mouth.
  • These crisps are easy to locate at most larger food store.  However, you may not see the ranch flavor everywhere that you’d find the original flavor, as stores with limited space tend to favor the original flavor over the newfangled ones.
  • The stay-fresh can with the resealable lid keeps the chips from losing their signature crunchiness for weeks after the initial opening.
  • The chips, if kept in the provided tube with the lid snapped in place, keep for months, or several weeks after opening.  Thus, this is a handy snack food to stock pile.  With so many Pringles flavors now available, potato chip fans will want to stock many of them in their pantries.
  • Zero grams of trans fat.
  • The chips-in-a-tube idea really helps keep the chips fresh as well as protect them from excessive breakage; much better than the traditional bags used by other brands.  You will probably find few crumbs at the bottom of a Pringles can; fewer than at the bottom of a traditional chip bag. The can works well.
  • Pringles cans may be stacked vertically or horizontally in many rows, without worry about crushing the potato crisps inside.
  • I found this Pringles product at a local Walmart for $1.50 per can; a pretty good price. I’ve not yet encountered ranch flavored Pringles at any smaller outlets or convenience stores yet.
  • Though I remember best and savor most Pringles original flavor crisps, I’m pleased that today, Pringles offers so many flavors of their famous potato-chip-in-a-can, such as this ranch-seasoned offering.  Variety is indeed tasty.
  • Like the original flavor, these ranch potato chips fit together into a convenient stack, which makes them easier to eat.  You can grasp a large stack of them in the palm of your hand, and stuff them into your mouth without much spillage.


Disadvantages, Cons, Problems, and Concerns

  • The ranch flavor could have been strengthened significantly and the salty flavor weakened somewhat.  But the dairy flavor they have is acceptable nonetheless; just weak.
  • I wish these chips could taste as good as they do but without the added salt and fat.
  • The potato crisps could be thickened a little, as I often find myself eating two or three at a time.  This not only boosts their wholesome good taste, but makes them strong enough to hold any chip dip you’d desire to scoop up with them.
  • These potato chips have excessive fat and sodium in my opinion at 9 grams and 180 milligrams respectively, per one-ounce serving (roughly sixteen chips).
  • Sugar (in the form of dextrose) has also been added.  Do away with all added sugar, I beg.  We also find trace amounts of partially hydrogenated coconut oil.  Same request: Get rid of all trans fats, please.
  • Due to the fat and salt content, I would not classify these potato chips as a healthy food.  So eat them in moderation to retain your healthy weight.


Ingredients List

Dried potatoes, vegetable oil (contains one or more of the following: corn oil, cottonseed oil, soybean oil, and / or sunflower oil), corn flour, wheat starch, maltodextrin.  Contains 2% of less of: rice flour, whey, monosodium glutamate, salt, buttermilk, partially hydrogenated coconut oil, garlic powder, natural and artificial flavors, dextrose, onion powder, sour cream (cream, nonfat milk, cultures), cultured nonfat milk, acetic acid, sodium acetate, citric acid, spices, sugar, lactic acid, malic acid, apple cider vinegar, modified food starch, disodium inosinate, and disodium gualymate.  Contains wheat and milk ingredients.


Nutrition Facts

  • Serving size: 1 ounce. Servings per container: Approx. 6.
  • Calories per serving: 150.  Calories from fat: 80.
  • Total fat: 9 grams, 14% DV.
  • Saturated fat: 2.5 grams, 14% DV.
  • Trans fat: 0 grams.
  • Cholesterol: 0 milligrams, 0% DV.
  • Sodium: 180 milligrams, 7% DV.
  • Total carbohydrate: 15 grams, 5% DV.
  • Dietary fiber: 1 gram, 4% DV.
  • Sugars: 1 gram.
  • Protein: 3 grams.


Product Rating

In totality, I like these Pringles ranch-flavored potato chips, because they have a tasty flavor, even if the ranch element is quite minuscule.  Pringles go well at parties, hold their freshness for at least several hours if poured into a bowl, and are widely recognized as a snack pillar.  People know a Pringles chip without seeing the can, and will appreciate being served them.  I’d rate these potato crisps at 88 out of 100.


Where To Buy Pringles Ranch Flavor Potato Chips

So look for them in the aqua can with the clear lid atop at your favorite larger grocery center.




Revision History

  • : Moved this piece to the    Tom’s Diet Quest   blog, added whitespace, tweaked content, and adjusted ad placement and category and tag assignments.
  • 2012-05-05: Originally published.