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Orville Redenbacher’s Pop Crunch – Brown Sugar Cinnamon

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How’s it hanging internet? Tonight I bring you a new offering from Orville Redenbacher. How this man keeps conducting new flavors from the grave is beyond me. Another thing I didn’t know? That there was a Brazil, Indiana. If you are wondering how the two are related, Orville was from Brazil, Indiana. So if you’re ever looking to take a vacation to an exotic destination, but don’t have a lot of money, why not stop on by Indiana? You could tell people that you went to Brazil over a long weekend and they wouldn’t know the difference!

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Brown sugar cinnamon sounds like a match made in heaven. I like cinnamon/sugar things, like making my own mixture and pouring it on hot buttered toast, so I’m sure bringing brown sugar into the mix will only turn this popcorn up to 11. Target/Archer Farms makes an insanely good cinnamon and white chocolate drizzled popcorn that comes out during the holiday season that I had hoped this would taste similar to. Sadly popcorn and I have a love/hate relationship. I love it, but it hates me so I had high hopes because anytime I subject myself to foods that I ultimately end up regret eating, it better dang well be worth it.

I was expecting a light dusting on the popcorn, but when I opened the bag I was surprised to find a bag full of heavily coated popcorn. I grabbed a handful and was pleasantly surprised at the nice buttery taste melded together with the sugary sweeteners from the brown sugar. The cinnamon added a nice spice to the mix to round out the whole flavor. Overall I really enjoyed this popcorn and it measured up with the Archer Farms brand that I love so much.

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Texture: 4/5 - The popcorn retains its crunchiness despite the heavy sugar coating. The coating does make it slightly chewy at the end.

Smell: 5/5 - When you open the bag you can really smell the sugar and cinnamon. Delicious!

Appearance: 3/5 - Visually the exterior coating is quite visible and you can see how much sugar and cinnamon is actually used on this.

Taste: 4/5 - I really enjoyed this popcorn and would buy it again. This would be a nice afternoon snack or a delicious movie theater treat, not that I advocate bringing in your own food ;)

January 26, 2013
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Late July Organic – Mild Green Mojo

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Good evening folks! So you may have been wondering where I have been. I briefly touched on it on the previous post, but I figured I would elaborate a little. First off, I hope everyone had an incredible Christmas. Mine was rather short but it was nice to spend time with my mom and dad. About two weeks ago, I started a new job. This is very exciting considering last time I was without a job I was going nuts because I couldn’t find a job to save my life. The stars were aligned when I sent off my one and only resume and they hired me. So far, I’m really enjoying it. As far as the pet emergency, sadly Richard’s cat developed a tumor in his throat and after an emergency vet visit, pills and a regular vet visit, it was time to let him go. It’s been rather quiet and lonely here without him slinking around.

Richard bought these chips, not I as I would not normally go for something like these. But in true fashion, I had to steal some when be opened the bag.

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The first thing I noticed about these chips were the fancy typography on the front of the bag, what can I say, I’m a sucker for sexy fonts and visually appealing design. Next I notice were how exceptionally green these chips were. They also had a large amount of visible flavor dusting on the outside. These chips area combination of cheese and lime, which are not two things that I would normally put together. Neither of these flavors are strong, and I can’t really figure out what cheese they used but these chips are okay. With the vibrant color and visible flavoring on the outside I was expecting an explosion of flavor, but sadly was met with more of a sparkler if we are rating things on a scale of fireworks, I guess that’s what this blog has become – hah :)

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Texture: 3/5 - These have the texture of a normal tortilla chip.

Smell: 3/5 - The chips smell like a mixture of corn, faint cheese and a little lime. Ugh that typed out sounds really gross, but it’s not.

Appearance: 4/5 - I really like the color of the chips, but they only serve as an appearance enhancer.

Taste: 3/5 - Overall I think these chips are okay. I really wish that they were jalapeño, cheese, and lime or some sort of other spice to them. I find them sort of bland but would be good with salsa.

December 27, 2012
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479 Popcorn – Ginger Sesame Caramel

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G’day food lovers! As I’m sure some of you have noticed things aren’t being updated as timely as they used to be – things have been just a bit hectic around here and there are a lot of reviews that have been sadly sitting in draft status waiting to be edited and post to the site. For this, I apologize. I do a lot of blogging on my phone, but due to my perfectionist self, it feels weird not to give it a once over on my computer before sending it off into the intertubes.

Anyways, without further delay, I bring you 479 Popcorn! Ginger Sesame Carmel to be exact. I passed by this at the store about a week ago and couldn’t decide if it was something I wanted to try. Something about ginger popcorn did not seem very appealing, but the other night while at Bel Air, I decided to pick up a bag and give it a shot.
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Now call me ignorant, but I don’t think I have honestly never seen a black sesame seed in my life. According to the almighty Google, they are not that unheard of, so I guess I am just uncultured :) 479 Popcorn is located not to far from me in the neighboring city of San Francisco, so it does not surprise me that this popcorn is a slice of fancy.

The bag itself is rather small, and for an almost 4 dollar price tag, I will admit that this was one of the main reasons why I passed it up at the store the first time. I popped a few pieces into my mouth and was surprised to find that it was rather good. The main flavor is the caramel, but you get a slight spiciness from the ginger that is infused into it. I did not notice any sort of extra flavoring from the sesame seeds. The more I ate the more the ginger flavor became apparent. This popcorn is exceptionally good. The kind of good where you need to call a family member or friend to take the bag away from you because you might the eat whole thing in one sitting, despite just eating dinner.

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Texture: 4/5 - Sometimes caramel popcorn gets a little gummy and chewy, but that is not the case with this popcorn. The generous helping of ginger caramel has done an excellent job of sealing in the classic crunch of popcorn. Now if only popcorn manufacturers could figure out how to remove those pesky husks that like to get trapped between your teeth.

Smell: 5/5 - The buttery caramel mixed with the ginger and the normal smell of popcorn, is rather divine.

Appearance: 3/5 - While I like to think I understand 479’s intentions with the black sesame seeds (to bring more crunch and that ginger and sesame often go together), they honestly look like teeny rat poops in your popcorn. Zoinks.

Taste: 4.5/5 – This popcorn is very very good. The only thing I would change about it would be to add the teeniest tiniest bit of salt (which I guess I could do myself, hellooooo lazy). This makes for a delicious snack, even if you are not craving a sweet treat. The ginger helps balance out the sweetness to the caramel and does an extremely good job of doing so. I would definitely buy this again, but only if it was on sale.

December 11, 2012
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Tostitos – Cantina Thin & Crispy

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Hey all! A few food blogs have talked about these “New” Tostitos chips that have been popping up on shelves lately. (Junk Food Guy comes to mind off the top of my head) I have passed them up a few times on the store shelves because I honestly I have no idea how these would be any different than what Tostitos already does. Aren’t most tortilla chips thin and crispy? What does the cantina have to do with anything? When I think cantina, I think Mos Eisley Cantina – if you don’t know what I am talking about right now, I am shedding a single tear alone in the dark in my room for you – and I’m pretty sure they didn’t have tortilla chips on Tatooine. ANYWAYS – I digress.

Last night while waiting for my delicious gyoza at a nearby Chinese food place, we wandered into Bel Air and checked out their latest offerings. I decided to make the plunge and check these out.

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This may be the shortest review in the history of Spoil Your Dinner. As predicted these are nothing but regular tortilla chips. There is no difference in the flavor. The only thing that is slightly different is that they are thinner than normal Tostito chips, similar to the chips that you would find at a Chili’s or Chevy’s. They offer up the idea on the back to bake them in the oven or nuke them in the microwave to ‘turn up the heat’ but honestly, who has the time or energy to fire up the oven to throw some already cooked chips in there? Not me.

Tostitos, what the heck are you trying to do here? Rebranding maybe? If that is the case, then don’t try and fool me with a ‘New!’ label.

Texture: 4/5 - I prefer thinner tortilla chips to the thicker ones, which is one reason why I will choose Tostitos usually over Mission chips. These are indeed crispy and will send chip shards all over your bed if you decide that is the place you would like to enjoy these – which I did. If you like hearty salsa, these chips may not withstand the scoop.

Smell: 3/5 - These smell like regular ole’ tortilla chips.

Appearance: 3/5 - Nothing different about the shape or appearance of these. You will still manage to jab the back of your throat with an exceptionally sharp chip corner.

Taste: 3/5 - These taste good – but they are nothing new. I do appreciate that they have a REALLY short ingredients list (consisting of corn, oil, and salt) but again, we aren’t reinventing the wheel here. Next.

December 9, 2012
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Quaker Oats Popped Chips – Salsa Fresca

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Hello! How is everyone doing? Hopefully well :) I spotted these Quaker Oats Popped Chips at Walmart the other night while looking for interview clothes. (if you’re curious what this all about, you can check it out here) I know most people probably loathe those popped rice patty things that Quaker has out, but honestly? I can’t get enough of the buttered popcorn flavor. Given the chance, I would eat an entire stack. If I had to choose a type of food that I enjoy the most, it would be a definite toss up between Italian and Mexican food. So salsa fresca popped chips? Sounds pretty good.

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I poured myself a small bowl and was immediately hit with the spicy salsa smell. They were also extremely coated in a seasoning powder that was very visible. I popped a few in my mouth and was pleasantly surprised. The flavor is very potent, as in let’s have some chip with that salsa potent. There was something a little off about the flavor though, and I couldn’t immediately put my finger on it. As I snacked on the rest of my chips I examined the box to find that they were hummus chips! I don’t think I have ever had a hummus chip. I actually never knew that such a thing existed. And one would think with a name like Quaker OATS that hummus would not be on the menu. Don’t get me wrong, the chips are good, and I am glad that I poured myself a bowl instead of allowing myself to eat them directly out of the box – which is always a disaster.

These chips have the similar shape and appearance as their other popped chips. The first flavor you will taste is tomato, followed quickly by onion, garlic, and other spices. These stand really well on their own and don’t need any complication by adding a dip or more salsa (unless you’re into that kind of thing). On first bite, they were almost a little too spicy, but as I kept eating, the flavor evened out and I really enjoyed them.

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Texture: 4/5 - These chips have a delicious crisp to them. They are nice and crunchy and the outside seasoning does not interfere with the texture.

Smell: 5/5 - These smell spicy straight from the get go.

Appearance: 3/5 - The bite sized chips are perfect for snacking, but the flavor powdering is a little overwhelming.

Taste: 4/5 - These are really good. They have a nice heat to them, without being too spicy (though if you don’t care for spicy foods, you may want to avoid these). The crunch that you would expect from a chip mixed with the fresh tasting salsa makes for a nice evening snack. Heck I would even consider plunking a few of these into my tortilla soup or crushed up ontop of tacos.

December 8, 2012
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Stacy’s Pita Chips – Garden Vegetable Medley

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It’s no secret that I have a love affair with Stacy’s pita chips. So far every flavor that I have tried, I have throughly enjoyed. Honestly I’m convinced that they could make cat food flavored pita chips and I would like them. Just kidding, that’s really sick. Today I spent the majority of the day curled up with my snack food parter in crimes cat and watching Netflix. Rough way to spend a rainy day, I know.

One advantage of being a junk food blogger is that there is never a shortage of delicious snacks to partake in when the mood strikes you. I had a hankering for something crunchy and remembered that I had these tucked away on a bottom shelf.

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One of my absolute favorite thing about Stacy’s Pita Chips are that they bake the flavoring into the chip itself. I feel like a lot of other chip makers could take note of this as it tends to make the chip taste better, in my experience. The garden vegetable medley is a mixture of herb, tomato, and onion. Not exactly an entire garden in there and with a non-descript term like herb, I was curious if these would taste like a salad or some sort of Italian dish. Curious as to what herb was, I did a little investigating in the ingredients and found that it is thyme and rosemary (shouldn’t it be herbs?) Anywho, I really like rosemary and thyme so I let it slide. Sadly I’m pretty sure that someone drop kicked my bag of pita chips because upon opening it was nothing but chip shards, damn you SaveMart! The most apparent flavor in these chips are the herbs, followed closely by the tomato. These definitely have an Italian flavor to them, and they are really good (as expected). I did not pick up the onion until the very end and even then I thought it was rather faint. I think the only thing that I would change about these would be to add just a hint of garlic.

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Texture: 4/5 – Stacy’s Pita Chips are twice baked, so they are always exceptionally crunchy (sometimes too crunchy)

Smell: 2/5 – Despite the normally pungent herbs used and the onion, the only smell I could pick up was of the pita bread itself. Weird.

Appearance : 3/5 – Most of the ingredients are visible when inspecting the chips, especially the herbs.

Taste: 4/5 – These pita chips are really good. The flavor does not linger on your mouth, which makes it easy to eat lots of these without realizing that you have consumed 2/3 of the bag. I also imagine that these would taste good slightly heated up with a small side of marinara. Note to self: buy marinara. I would definitely buy these again and would love for Stacy’s to sell actual pitas for sandwiches. Yum!

December 1, 2012
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Snikiddy Chips – Jalapeño Ranch

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Good evening folks! Two orders of business before we get to today’s review. First, it is JunkFoodGuy‘s birthday today! So if you haven’t already, leave him some birthday love on his blog! Second, because a) The Impulsive Buy is amazing and b) all of the people who read my blog daily are amazing, yesterday was my highest traffic day since I started this site – you guys seriously kick ass.

Tonight while waiting for my gyoza to be ready, I wandered over to BelAir to pick up a Vitamin Water and check out the snack food aisles to see if there were any new eats to try. I honestly feel like because so many stores started stocking their shelves with Christmas product so early, that for the month of December we will be hard pressed to find anything new in seasonal treats. I hope this does not prove to be true and that we get a small wave of new snacks before the end of the year. My partner in crime was debating on whether to pick up the Smikiddy chips or a bag of Late July organic chips. He decided to go with the latter so I opted for the Snikiddy chips.

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Let’s just set the record straight right now. I’m no health nut. I buy healthier snacks solely based on taste vs. potential health bonuses. (Ugh health bonus? I play too much Dungeons & Dragons – sorry my inner nerd is showing) I enjoy the Eat Smart Veggie Crisps and Straws. One reason I enjoy them is because they do a nice job of presenting a snack food that is healthy, but has a delicious flavor to boot.

When I picked up the Snikiddy chips, I noticed that they were made from sweet potatoes, carrots and navy beans. Interesting combination for a chip base. The only flavor of the trio that I could pin pinpoint was the carrot. These had a nice crunch to them. I was disappointed to find that instead of baking the flavor into the chip, that they chose to sprinkle flavoring on the outside. Sadly the powder distribution is very uneven, which made for a mediocre snacking experience. I wasn’t particularly impressed with these chips. The powderless ones had virtually no flavor at all, and the ones that did have flavor powder on them tasted like a hint of jalapeño and no signs of ranch to be found.

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Texture: 3/5 – These were quite crunchy, but unfortunately had kind of a mealy texture to them.

Smell: 2/5 – Because jalapeño is such a distinct smell as is ranch, I was expecting to smell at least one if not both when I opened the bag – but there was hardly an smell to these chips at all.

Appearance: 3/5 – The chips have a weird shape to them and I don’t know if it’s from the ingredients used or what but they look like a really greasy flour tortilla chip. (They are not greasy) Also you can pick out which chips have flavoring because of the powder on the outside.

Taste: 1.5/5 – The only redeeming quality that I found in these chips is that they would be good with salsa, hummus, or any sort of other dip. Unless you manage to find one with flavor dust the chips are rather bland. If you do manage to encounter the elusive flavor filled chip, it dissipates faster than the flavor in Double Bubble chewing gum. I would not buy these again.

November 29, 2012
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Better Chip – Red Pepper & Salsa Fesca

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Round Two, ding! I picked these Better Chips at SaveMart a while back and they have been hanging out in my stash for a while.

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One major thing that I really enjoy about this brand of chips are their use of real ingredients. If you flip over a bag and check out the listing for the ingredients, you will notice that everything on there is readable and pronounceable. I feel like this is the main reason why their chips taste so good. I previously tried their jalapeño chips and just as those were a home run, these follow right in their footsteps. There is an abundance of flavor in these chips (not just sprinkled on the outside) most notably the red pepper. These also have a smoky chili flavor to them as well that makes them absolutely tasty.

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Texture: 5/5 – Despite the baked in chunks of red peppers, these tortilla chips are exceptionally crunchy.

Smell: 4/5 – The spiciness of these chips are very apparent in the smell.

Appearance: 3/5 – The red peppers and salsa ingredients make this chip completely red. They are not coated with flavoring which is nice.

Taste: 4.5/5 – These tortilla chips are really good. They meld the flavors of a hearty spicy salsa and tortilla chip into one. The smoky flavor from the chili adds a nice aftertaste. Honestly I would opt for these over chips and salsa any day. Mmm mmmm….

November 26, 2012
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Limited Edition Pringles – White Chocolate Peppermint

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Hello friends! Have you all recovered from chowing down yesterday and losing your minds shopping on Black Friday? I personally did not buy anything of excitement today (unless you call a camera lens cleaning kit, two bottles of nail polish and a can of Pringles exciting). I think all the years I spent in retail have left me rather jaded – and I hate crowds.

I was cruising Target this morning with my Mom checking out the deals throughout the store and remembered that maybe just maybe they may have a different selection of stuff 2.5 hours away from where I live. Low and behold I wandered down the chip aisle and spotted the coveted candy cane can of Pringles sitting on the top shelf. I may or may not have ran down the aisle like a crazy person chasing after some sort of low priced door buster… over a can of Pringles… Yeah. I have no shame. I purchased something else to review the other day but these definitely had to cut in the review line. I have now completed the trifecta of holiday Pringle

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After a day of running around and doing a deep cleaning on my camera for a photoshot on Sunday, my Mom broke open a bag of chips and that is when I remembered that I had these gems tucked away in a bag behind me. I cracked the can and took a bit whiff. I could hardly smell anything but cardboard. There was a slight hint of something sweet, but nothing like the mint blast I was expecting. I passed the can to my Mom and she agreed that there was virtually no smell. I dumped out a few to inspect and their was hardly any coating on the outside, practically invisible.

We each tried one and were surprised at the quite different flavor than we expected to encounter. I was expecting a super minty slightly sweet crisp and was met with a slight mint taste and hardly any sweetness. After a few chews I picked up the classic slightly salty potato flavor that a normal crisp has. We each enjoyed a few more, eating them in various ways to see if we could figure out the way to get the maximum flavor from the crisps. We both agree that the best way to enjoy these is two at a time.

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Texture: 4/5 – These have the standard texture of your run of the mill Pringle. Pressed potato, a little bit of flavor dust and salt and that is about it.

Smell: 2/5 – There is hardly any smell to these crisps.

Appearance: 3/5 – These could easily fool someone into thinking that they were going to eat a regular Pringle. Actually this would be an awesome prank to pull on someone. You’re welcome.

Taste: 3.5/ – I think I like these? I was expecting more sweetness from the white chocolate, which was virtually untasteable, but the mint is not over powering at all. The best way I could probably describe these would be you brushed your teeth about an hour ago, so you still have that somewhat fresh mint flavor in your mouth, then you enjoyed some lightly salted Pringles. They aren’t bad, but aren’t great. Of the three the Pumpkin Spice Pringles are still my favorite this holiday season.

Check out what Junk Food Guy & The Impulsive Buy had to say about these!

November 23, 2012
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Limited Edition Pringles – Cinnamon & Sugar

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If you are wondering what happened to the M&M review from yesterday, it will be back up in a bit. FIXED! Ever since the update came out for WordPress on mobile, I’ve been having a lot of issues with it constantly crashing and saving weird drafts of articles. So tonight when I reloaded the current articles on my phone, it overwrote the completed article with just pictures – cute!

Today while running around town, I stopped into Walmart to see if they had any new food stuffs to try. Low and behold right when I walked in, there a couple of boxes of Limited Edition Cinnamon & Sugar Pringles! Score!! I also picked up a few other things, but we will talk about those at a later time.

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I figured that these would taste similar to the Limited Edition Pumpkin Pie Spice Pringles, considering that cinnamon is rather present in pumpkin pie. I popped the can and took a smell, all I really could pick out was the normal smell of Pringles. Much like the Pumpkin Pie Spice, there was hardly any visible flavoring on the chip. All you could really see was a tiny sprinkling of cinnamon. I ate one and couldn’t decide if it tasted the same as the Pumpkin Pie Spice. Luckily I bought another tube of those and was able to compare the flavors. They definitely have a different taste. I would venture to say that there is more sugar than cinnamon present – and they also turned up the volume on the salt factor. They were quite tasty though. I honestly have preferred the sweeter Pringles to any of the other limited edition flavors I have tried recently. The sweetness compliments the salt and I could easily see myself eating the whole tube at once.

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Texture: 4/5 – Standard pressed potato texture. The addition of the cinnamon and sugar did not add any texture to the crisp.

Smell: 2/5 – Hardly and smell in the can, but smelling the crisp directly will yield you the faintest cinnamon smell.

Appearance: 2/5 – Despite the ample taste of cinnamon and sugar, visibly it looks like there is hardly anything on the chip. On quick glance, depending on what side is up, these could be mistaken for regular Pringles.

Taste: 3.5/5 – I enjoyed these but I didn’t find them all that special. The cinnamon and sugar adds a nice hint of sweetness to the crisp, but honestly you could achieve this at home with a little cinnamon and sugar mixed together sprinkled on regular Pringles. Buy a tube if you’re looking for something sweet and salty, but don’t fret if you miss out on them after the season is over, they aren’t overly memorable.

November 17, 2012
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