|The photographer did not survive the fire-breath and laser-beams-from-the-eyes that followed. Also, for some reason, the camera did not capture my horns, second row of fangs, and the blackness of my heart. Well, maybe the last one.|
|Take THAT for burning down the White House!|
Note that they learned after the battle that the peace treaty had already been signed weeks earlier. Woops!
|Those hard eyes promise cruel retribution|
for heretical views on American
The truly great tragedy here, though, is that the seasoning on the crisps is actually pretty damn good, and if it had been appropriately and consistently applied I would be singing its praises to high heavens (where presumably Xena in angel form could appreciate them.) Towards the middle of the tube, some of the crisps began exhibiting something more like 50% coverage of seasoning, and it was enough for me to realize that, in marked contrast to the Ragin’ Cajun Cheetos, (which were good but basically renditions of sour cream and tabasco), these crisps were genuinely spicy and evocative of Cajun seasonings.
|NO PRINGLES IN HEAVEN! WRATH! Now|
there is nothing to divert me from my ambiguously
sado-masochistic relationship with Gabrielle!
Yes, you heard that right, the Xtreme label is there to denote the supposed intensity of the flavoring, and if you are so lucky to eat a crisp with even half of the appropriate amount of flavoring, you will see that these crisps are actually burning hot. Hot enough in fact to burn your lips collaterally, but it’s all in good fun, and what’s a little pyromania without innocent victims? Suffice to say, these Pringles were satisfyingly spicy when the seasoning was actually there, and I was favorably impressed.
|Sadly the tellingly unpretentious original|
location has closed, but was reopened
at a different location- I should definitely
check it out next time I'm in town!
The flavor of the seasonings didn’t stand out as much (being more limited by the unevenness of their distribution than the spicy aspect), but all in all they exhibited a salty-sweet blend that evoked childhood meals at a Washington DC area institution, the Louisiana Express, and its use of orange-colored seasonings usually prominently featuring ground-cayenne and paprika matched with a smoky aroma. (The ingredients list additionally denotes garlic, onion, and tomato powder, as well as habaneros in the mélange.) A whiff of my hands after the guilty snack reminded me more than little of my grubby youthful self after having devoured an Andouille sausage or paella, and just about to get my sticky fingers covered in powdered-sugar coated beignets. So, even though the screw up on applying the flavoring seriously limits the degree to which you can appreciate the flavoring, on those occasions that there’s enough there to taste, you’ll feel that they did it right.
|The chips don't actually taste like beignets|
but I felt like putting a picture up anyway.
They're like donuts but Frencher!
So there you have the tragedy of the Ragin’ Cajun: like a talented art student that flunks out of college out of failure to actually turn anything in, the seasoning on the Pringles is brilliant and provocatively spicy when present, but all too often there is a serious problem with attendance.
Stars: 2/4 (3 if the seasoning had consistently applied, 1 if every crisp had been as poorly coated as the first half of the tube)
- Intensly spicy flavor that lingers without slaying
- Delightfully evocative Cajun spices seasoning, that when present, reminds you of bayou cuisine
- SEASONING MIA, PRESUMED AWOL (to varying degrees on 2/3 of the crisps)