Junk Food Sunday: Pringles

Containing 17% (for 14 crisps) of your daily fat count is the ever tasty and mysterious Pringle’s Potato Chips.

Pringles chips are a product of the 70’s was originally produced on the 1968 and became popular in the mid 1970’s. It’s name actually came from a Cincinnati telephone book, having been inspired by the street name of Pringle Drive in Finneytown, Ohio.

While other chips have been sold in bags back to the turn of the century Pringles are different. From the distinctive shape to the the unique packaging Pringles chips are an enigma. For many years Proctor & Gamble, the owners of the Pringles brand has gone back and forth in legal wars as to the designation of what a Pringles is. Is it a chip or is it some other type of confection.

Originally known as "Pringle’s Newfangled Potato Chips", but other snack manufacturers objected, saying that Pringles failed to meet the definition of a potato "chip". The US Food and Drug Administration weighed in on the matter, and in 2005, they ruled that Pringles could only use the word chip in their product name within the following phrase: "potato chips made from dried potatoes.

In international law, reversing an earlier decision, Britain’s Lord Justice Robin Jacob has ruled that Pringles are, indeed, potato chips. The decision means Pringles parent Procter & Gamble will be stuck paying $160 million in back taxes. P&G had insisted that the chips lack enough "potatoness" to qualify as a potato-based product (and be taxed as such).

But whatever the snack designation, Pringles are uniquely tasty, and memorable, sold by the sleeve in a tubular can with a foil-lined interior and a resealable plastic lid, which was invented by Fredric J. Baur while employed by P&G.

Pringles is not without controversy as to the formula, as the urban legend stated that Pringles potato chips are made from McDonald’s unsold fries. This obviously is not true. Pringles however are made from less the 50% potatoes. Pringles potato chips are made from dehydrated and flaked potatoes.

Original Pringles Advertisement (1973)


1990’s Pringles Adversitement


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