Today we have a Zenpop.JP variety – so what’s Zenpop? They’re a subscription service for all things Japanese! Definitely, check them out. By the way, use coupon code RAMENRATER to get $2 off! Here’s what they had to say about this one – ‘To celebrate 50 years in business for the iconic chip brand, and 30 years for Japan’s instant noodle brand Super Cup, they collaborate as Sour Cream & Onion Pringles Yakisoba! A mouthful of soft noodles with the crunch of onion crates a fantastic textural sensation that works to enhance all the punchy flavors.’
I’m really unsure what to expect with this one. It seems kind of gimmicky to say the least, but then again fascinating. Well, only one way to find out!
Acecook Super Cup Pringles Sour Cream & Onion Yakisoba – Japan
Detail of side and bottom panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, Add boiling water to line and cover 3 minutes. Drain. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!
Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion. So… Have you ever wondered what sour cream and onion powder and oil would taste like with yakisoba? Well, here you go. It’s pretty boring, really. A monotony of saltiness and wrongness. It was fun to try, I’ll give it that – but it’s just not something I found palatable. 0.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901071207588.
Well folks, the United States has started to see the light. There’s nothing I love to see more than a tie-in/crossover product and this is something I’ve seen zillions of times overseas but really never before here.
These are interesting however a pain as well. See, the only place you can go in and buy these Pringles is a chain of discount stores called Dollar General. None of those in my state – so I had to look elsewhere. I ended up on eBay, selecting ‘Buy It Now’ and ‘Lowest Price+Shipping.’ In the store, they’re $1.50 per can of Pringles. On eBay, they’re definitely more. However the seller I found that had the lowest price around sold me this can of Pringles for just under $9. That’s really not bad considering the shipping was included in the cost and it only took about 4 days for them to get here from Ohio.
I thought today I would do things a little different with this one. I will not only review these, but make a pack of their namesake, Nissin Top Ramen Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup. It should be interesting. Well, let’s get to it!
Pringles Nissin Top Ramen Chicken Flavor Potato Crisps – United States
Me and Miri did a video for you to watch
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Let me tell you – cutting one of these cans apart for scanning purposes is a real pain but I was triumphant. Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, remove plastic lid. Remove inner lid and discard. Remove one (or more) crisps from inside of can. Hold in a comfortable manner and insert into open mouth (the largest hold in your head hopefully). Utilizing an open-close-repeat motion, allow the crisp to be masticated, swallowed and digested. Finally, repeat and enjoy!
Okay so since this is also a kind of compare and contrast thing, here’s the comparison. Ddo these chips taste like Top Ramen chicken Flavor? I saw a promotional image about the chips with a little image of the instant noodles next to it and it looked like a different package than this one. I asked Nissin whether this was just a promo pic or whether they were rolling out a new package design. Sounds like they are going to be so watch for that. Anyways, let’s have a look at this ubiquitous classic.
Nissin Top Ramen Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup – United States
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, add noodle block to 2 cups boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!
The noodle block.
The soup base sachet.
A light powder.
Here’s a comparison (click to enlarge) of the ingredients – Pringles on top, Top Ramen on bottom. The ones that are underlines are the ones that both products contain (note: I figure that ‘spice and color’ in the instant noodle were probably the same as the ‘spice,’ ‘turmeric extract color’ and ‘paprika extract color.’ Key missing things were the leek and chicken. I didn’t underline ‘natural flavor’ and ‘natural and artificial flavors’ as it just seemed a little too vague to consider as definitely the same thing.
Finished (click to enlarge). So the Pringles aren’t bad. They don’t however taste a lot like the Top Ramen, only sort of. I see where they are going, but the issue here is the chicken I think. The Toip Ramen has chicken, the Pringles do not. Therefore instead of using actual chicken for a flavor, it has to be synthesized. There is a kind of only what I can describe as a high tinted buzzy kind of difference between the two in the Pringles. Almost like an odd butteriness. Anyways, on their own they’re both pretty good and together they’re pretty good as well – I put some of the noodles on a crisp and it worked nicely. These are pretty neat and novel. For a snack, I give these 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code (Pringles) 038000176135 (Top Ramen) 070662010037.
Okay so you may have seen that there are new Pringles Top Ramen Chicken Flavor Potato Chips on the market. This is a pretty surprising thing for the US – less so elsewhere. Apparently, the only place you can buy them in stores is at a place called Dollar General. There aren’t any in Washington State, so I had to look elsewhere. I found an eBay Seller who has them and at a very reasonable price. Some people are selling six cans of Pringles for $99! That’s $16.50 per can! Egad; what has this world come to… Anyways, yeah I don’t think they currently have any in stock but I asked and they said that they were going to restock again ASAP!
So I should mention that if you’re from outside of the United States, that this is pretty unique here. You guys in Southeast Asia get all the interesting flavors like the seaweed ones. We get a few unique ones here and there. Also, you might notice that our cans are a bit bigger than yours. I really don’t know why. It’s funny how there are little differences with products from country to country, however they’re there. Personally, I like the versions that they have outside of the United States better; they just seem more logical.
Anyways, let’s see what’s in this box.
Just In! Pringles Top Ramen Chips & Where To Get ‘Em – United States
Very well packed – came quickly from Ohio!
Freakin’ epic (click to enlarge)! You know, I don’t think I’ve ever gotten very worked up about potato chips. I’m going to be honest – I’m many, many reviews ahead but I’m not going to keep you in suspense very long on these. Expect a video later this week as well as a full posting.