Do you enjoy snacking on a tube of Proctor & Gambles Pringles? If you do you might enjoy reading these ten snacktastic facts about the product. From the random conception of its name to something even more amazing. If you like your snacks fact-filled, I have a whole top 10 tube of them…
FACT 1: Pringles Was Names After a Street!
The makers of Pringles (Proctor & Gamble) were looking for a name for their curved potato snack and decided to look at street names within the Cincinnati area. Randomly picking a letter and a street they picked Pringle Drive because they liked the sound of it. From that day forth their snack was called “Pringles Newfangled Potato Chips”. No seriously, that was what the products name was first! (nice little bonus fact there.)
FACT 2: The Pringle Character Has a Name!
How many people do you know could name the little cartoon character found on every single Pringle tube and pack? Well…now that person will be you because his name is “Julius Pringle” and he was designed by a guy named Louis R. Dixon.
FACT 3: Chip in The Logo
Here is a party trick for you. Ask someone to count ALL the chips located on a tube of Pringles. Most people will count the bottom pictures of actual pringles but will miss out on the extra one located in the logo. It is often located as the dot of the letter “I”. But careful with this because some flavours don’t have it.
FACT 4: Pringles Are Sold Worldwide, But Not At The Start!
Pringles were openly being sold in 1967. But they didn’t officially (some still made it via expensive food importers) leave America until 2012! That is a time gap of 45 years that the rest of the world didn’t have these tasty tubed crisps!
FACT 5: There Are More Flavious Than You Think!
How many flavours do you think there are of Pringles? Maybe 10? 20? Maybe as high as 50 different flavours if you count all the weird ones from Japan? Well, if you count all the flavours from all seven categories of Pringles: Favorites, Tortillas, Multigrain, Xtra, Lighter Side, Limited Edition, and Stix – it is believed there are well over 100 of them!
FACT 6: The Inventors Ashes Were Buried ina Pringles Tube!
On the 4th March, 2008 the inventor of the Pringle tube (a Mr Frederic J. Baur) sadly passed away, but on his deathbed, he requested that his ashes be placed inside a Pringles tube and buried. I can only guess he is still in the earth somewhere because it’s well known that Pringles tubes are difficult to recycle due to the multiple materials used in its construction.
FACT 7: Pringles Where Originally a Flop!
As we have learnt Pringles are much older than you might think and when they were sold in US only store way back in 1967 they were an utter flop. It wasn’t until a name change from “Pringles Newfangled Potato Chips” to just “Pringles” plus a change in the recipe that took place in the early part of the 1980’s that people started to enjoy them. Good job they stuck with it because a world without Pringles is a scary world indeed.
FACT 8: A Pringle Shape Has a Name!
What shape would you say a Pringle snack chip is? Maybe wavey? Maybe a ducks bill? Well, its official name is “hyperbolic paraboloid” and it was designed to be easy to stack. Just try saying that name with a mouth full of Pringles!
FACT 9: There are Less Than 5 Potatoes In Every Can!
It might seem like a pretty deep tube, but when Pringles are made with a mix of 42% potato content, wheat starch and flours and even a few other things it bulks it up. Who cares how many potatoes they are made with as long as each chip tastes amazing!
FACT 10: Pringles Are From the Mind of Science Fiction!
The machine that makes all those lovely Pringles was invented by someone called Gene Wolfe who at the time was an American science fiction and fantasy writer! But of course, on the side he was also a machine designer.
What flavours of Pringles do you like the most? Do you have any more amazing facts about Pringles that I didn’t mention here? If you do please let me know in the comments below.