These Pringles Xtreme Screamin’ Dill Pickle Flavor Potato Crisps provide a medium-warm yet highly authentic-tasting dill pickle flavor. But the tang is not so kicky that it drowns out that original Pringles potato chip taste. Indeed, the pickle and potato flavors harmonize in the mouth quite pleasantly, and neither one overly dominates the total flavor experience. This dill pickle essence is among the strongest of the tastes found in the entire Pringles flavored potato crisps line (thus the Xtreme label). I’m eager to sample other Xtreme Pringles products should they become available.
I learned of this dill flavor a few weeks back, and decided to check them out. I could sense excitement on the horizon as I examined the dark gray and dill-pickle-green can with the picture of dill pickles floating around. I enjoy the dill flavor in eggs especially along with dill pickles themselves. So the anticipation of eating those first few extreme-flavored Pringles dill pickle chips almost overpowered me as I stood at the checkout to buy them. As I’ve seen others do, but have sworn never to do myself, that can in my hand tempted me to crack it open and start devouring the dill chips before leaving the store. But I kept my wits about me until I paid for them and got them to the car.
The sassy dill pickle pucker kick of these canned potato chips comes from dill spice and dill pickle spice extract, which are natural flavorings, and not artificial. Though many artificial chemicals still remain, the uncanny resemblance to real dill pickles is an accolade to sticking with natural flavors, as Pringles did with this extreme-flavored chip. Indeed the taste of dill pickle seems very close to real Vlasic dill pickles. They coat the crisps themselves with this flavor powder that carries the dill taste. This does not change the color of the potato chip much.
Pringles dill pickle chips make for a delightfully shocking twist on traditional plain potato chips. The intense dill flavor does well in this product. Indeed, it actually makes this product. Pringles should consider incorporating more natural flavors and less artificial ones in their entire potato chip line. They’d do very well if they could pattern all those other tastes after this one.
Benefits, Pros, Advantages, And Features
- Unusual but delicious flavor for a potato chip. The dill flavor, unlike the more traditional bagged potato chips never gets overly repetitive, perhaps due to the novelty of it right now. I’ve consumed several cans now, and have never gotten tired of these crisps.
- Relatively easy to find, though we’ve only seen it in the biggest stores. Fortunately, we live close to a Walmart super center that always seems to have them.
- Stockpiles well. The stay-fresh can with the re closable lid well-confines the brand-newness for some weeks after opening, and many months before initially breaking that foil seal. So this is a superb snack food to stock up on. No need to transfer the chips to a “better” storage vessel for long-term keeping. The included canister works just fine for this.
- No “bad” fats. Zero grams of trans fat.
- Moderate to low sodium. Surprisingly low sodium as well, particularly for a dill flavored item, at 105 grams per serving. Why so? Because real dill pickles typically have three to five hundred grams of sodium per larger pickle. So one would think that in order to well-simulate the dill pickle flavor in a potato chip, that lots of sodium would be needed. But not so with Pringles Xtreme dill pickle potato crisps.
- Inexpensive. We often see this Pringles product for roughly $1.50 per Super Stack can; a good price.
- This flavor will grow on you. Though the original Pringles flavor is the one we most like, this Xtreme dill flavor is catching up. Great that Pringles also offers so many flavors of their famed potato-chip-in-a-can, like this dill pickle extreme rework.
- Unique Pringles chip shape. Like with all other Pringles canned potato chips, these spicy dill ones are all shaped the same. So they’re easier to eat. You can almost effortlessly grasp a big handful of them, and gobble them up with little spillage. Just don’t gag.
- Delicious afternoon or evening snack. Their feisty dill essence can defeat that afternoon hunger or those bedtime munchies, like a summer breeze cools the sun’s direct heat. The loud crunch speaks Pringles, which have never reached my office desk top soggy.
Disadvantages, Cons, Problems, and Concerns
- Not a low fat snack. This flavor has much fat and sodium in our opinions, at 9 grams and 105 milligrams respectively, per 1-ounce serving, which is not very many chips at all. But some other flavors have over 200 milligrams of sodium. Impressive that Pringles was able to duplicate the salty taste of dill pickles while using so much less sodium.
- Lots of chemicals; not natural. There’s also a long list of high-tech-sounding food additives, including sodium diacetate and monosodium glutamate. Much of the natural-ness herein, seems to be offset by these extra man-made chemicals. But these potato chips still taste quite a lot like dill pickles.
- Has added sugar. Sugar (in the form of dextrose) is here too. Get rid of that added sugar, please. Pretty please? I wish these chips could taste as delicious as they do, but without the added sugar and fat.
- Chips are too thin. These crisps could be a smidgen thicker, to further enhance the eating perception, as we often grab two or three chips at a time for a big enough mouthful. Thicker, more rigid crisps would not only boost the salty dill impression they make, but also strengthen them enough to hold any chip dip that you’d wish to spoon into your mouth with them. Of course, as good as these taste on their own, we’re reluctant to put salsa or any other dip on them because of how easily they can break.
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, and maltodextrin. Contains 2% or less of: rice flour, salt, dextrose, sodium diacetate, whey, lactose, monosodium glutamate, citric acid, dill spice, dill pickle spice extract, onion powder, garlic powder, natural flavor, and tapioca dextrin. Contains wheat and milk ingredients.
- 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, 13% DV.
- Trans fat: 0 grams.
- Cholesterol: 0 milligrams, 0% DV.
- Sodium: 105 milligrams, 4% DV.
- Total carbohydrate: 15 grams, 5% DV.
- Dietary fiber: 1 gram, 3% DV.
- Sugars: 1 gram.
- Protein: 1 gram.
- Vitamin A: 0% DV.
- Calcium: 2% DV.
- Vitamin C: 6% DV.
- Iron: 0% DV.
To wrap up: I find these dill pickle flavored Pringles Xtreme potato chips a top-notch snack at home as well as at any party. Pringles add something special to just about any gathering. The dill flavor is no exception. They retain their freshness for a few hours when poured out of their protective tube into a bowl, and are widely recognized as a nostalgic snack food. Since they’ve graced us for several generation s now, people know Pringles without even seeing the can, and generally like the newfangled flavors of this newfangled 1970s snack product. So I’d rate this product at 97 of 100.
Where To Buy Pringles Xtreme Screamin’ Dill Pickle Flavor Potato Crisps
Look for them in the dark gray and green can that has pictures of floating dill pickles on it, with the clear plastic lid, at your favorite larger grocery stores. If you enjoy dill pickles on your hamburgers, you’ll really like these chips beside them.
- Pringles on Wikipedia
- Pringles Website
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- : Moved this piece to the Tom’s Diet Quest blog, added whitespace, tweaked content, and adjusted ad placement and category and tag assignments.
- 2012-09-07: Originally published.