We Tried ‘Thanksgiving Dinner’ Pringles and It Tasted Crazily Close to the Real Thing
The Daily Meal team had the pleasure of trying Pringles’ limited-edition “Thanksgiving Dinner” flavors, and we were shocked by how much they tasted like the real thing. Although we are familiar with holiday offerings from other chip brands such as Boulder Canyon (who have released flavors such as turkey and gravy as well as pumpkin pie), this is Pringles’ first foray into November holiday food flavors, and we were interested in tasting how they pulled it off.
The stackable chips arrived in packaging that resembled a classic TV dinner tray complete with a removable plastic film, totally evoking a ‘50s Thanksgiving Americana vibe. Inside were eight new flavored Pringles snacks for the holiday season. Although the chips looked like traditional Pringles, their listed flavors were instantly recognizable as Thanksgiving meal staples: turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, creamed corn, green bean casserole, mac & cheese, and even pumpkin pie.
“Pringles are known for bold flavors and endless flavor stacking possibilities, so this holiday season we wanted to introduce snack-lovers to a new way to enjoy Thanksgiving favorites,” said Kurt Simon, senior director of marketing for Pringles in a press release. “The Pringles Thanksgiving Dinner flavors, are not only new but cover every course of the real meal — from the main event to sides and even dessert.”
It was quickly apparent that the team favorite was the “stuffing” flavor. The chip tasted just like the herb-y side dish that we always seem to pile way too high on to our Thanksgiving dinner plates. “They should just do something like this all the time. [It] tasted like a delicious crouton. I would crumble this up on a salad,” complimented one editor. “It got the exact, warming flavors of stuffing down pat, and I'd buy a whole can of these,” reviewed another.
The creamed corn and mac and cheese flavors proved to be a close second. One editor colorfully expressed, “I would die for an entire can of the creamed corn flavor.” A handful of people agreed that it also tasted a little like buttered popcorn. The mac and cheese was declared “delicious” by quite a few. “It tastes really creamy. It’s more cheesy than a cheese-chip.”
Pumpkin pie was another surprising hit with the Daily Meal. Although it sounded questionable at best, the dessert Pringle was perversely tasty. “I found a weird delight in the pumpkin pie, it was sweet and spiced but not overwhelmingly so,” said one thoughtful review. “It’s a PSL (pumpkin spice latte) chip. I wish it was gross but it was great,” evaluated another.
Everyone seemed to agree that the mashed potato flavor was insanely spot-on. “Somehow tastes more like mashed potatoes than a Pringle normally does. I was expecting it to just taste like a Pringle. Did they put artificial potato flavor in a potato chip???” a staff member questioned, marveling at the flavor. But some people found the exact taste maybe a little off putting. “The mashed potatoes were a little too... realistic,” reported one review of the snack.
The turkey Pringles seemed to split the entire camp. While a couple of people enjoyed the flavor and how it tasted exactly like the skin on a Thanksgiving turkey, others disliked it for exactly that reason. “I was horrified by the turkey,” someone commented. “The turkey chip reminded me why I became a pescatarian in college,” said another.
Green bean casserole and cranberry were the least liked, as the cranberry flavor was commented on by most of us as not being “bold” enough. “It just lacked flavor!” elaborated an editor. “If you're going for a weird Pringle chip, ya gotta go all in. Don't back down from the cranberry.” The green bean casserole was also described as “mushy nothing” by a few, except that’s pretty much what green bean casserole is anyway. So in this instance, Pringles may have nailed it.
Although the flavors are not available for retail this year, we would definitely advise that Pringles get cracking on a stuffing flavor nation-wide. Sad you won’t be able to get your hands on a Pringles Thanksgiving Dinner this year if you’re too exhausted to cook your own? These 18 chain restaurants will be serving Thanksgiving meals!