You love Pringles, right? Of course you do. You're not some sort of monster. You understand flavor. You get that Pringles are vastly superior to any other chip of the potato variety. (Yeah, we're looking at you Ruffles. You're garbage and you know it.) Everyone loves Pringles...even this guy.
But, as tasty as those Pringles are, they could be even tastier if you ate them correctly. Yeah, that's right. I'm saying it: You are eating Pringles ALL...WRONG.
I know, I know. This is probably how you feel right now hearing this revelation...
But when I give you the real skinny on how to eat Pringles properly, you will be thanking me for giving you such intel. In fact, you'll start feeling like this...
Shall we begin? Yes, Lisa. (Boom. Prince reference. Nailed it.)
The Pringle is formed in the shape of a hyperbolic paraboloid. When stacked, the Pringle's sides flare upwards, with the tips sloping downwards. This makes the crisps — yes, technically they are crisps not chips, sorry 'Murica — concave when you take them out of the can.
See that math equation on the left? Yeah, I don't get it either. Math sucks and I suck at it. Anyway, the makers of Pringles, Kellogg's (Yeah, I didn't know that either — I thought it was the dude with the 'stache), created them this way for easier packaging.
Of course, this doesn't lend itself to ease and comfort when trying to dig the last three and a half crisps out of that damn can, where you end up hyperextending your wrist ligaments and crushing those remaining three and a half crisps at the same time. But that Pringle's shape also doesn't lend itself to maximum flavor profile either.
Don't Hate The Crisp, Hate The Process
See, when packaged, each of the Pringles' sides flare upwards, with the tips sloping downwards. That's because that is how they are when first formed, before they are flavored. And though both sides get semi-dusted on the production line, one sideultimately gets a little more flavoring, just based on their manufacturing process. Basically, one side of the Pringles is getting an extra bout of seasoning on the production line before they are canned. And that extra seasoning is like extra love. And who doesn't want extra love?
This guy gets it. So, yeah, when you take that wonderful Pringles' crisp (We are declaring right here and now that Sriracha-flavored takes the crown - come at us in the comments) out of the tube and flip it before throwing it down your gullet, more times than not you are doing so the wrong way, with the more flavorful side up instead of down, thus not hitting all the colors on your rainbow tongue. Yes, it may feel more comfortable to eat, but you gotta choose — maximum flavor or maximum comfort?
But it doesn't have to be, Hil. (She lets us call her "Hil.") There is an easy fix...
Enter a hero...
Okay, not that hero, but pretty...pretty...pretty close. Kurt Simon, director of marketing for Pringles, has this little nugget of wisdom:
"Really, 'wrong' is in the eye of the beholder. It's like, toilets flushing counter-clockwise in Australia: what's right for me might be wrong for someone else," he said. "But I will say we've noticed that most people do eat them, as you would say 'upside down,' I think because they fit right on your tongue that way. But that's not necessarily what I do."
"How do I eat them?" Simon continues. "You, and maybe most people, would call it eating it 'upside down,' I would call it eating them the right way."
Damn, Simon, that's some passive-aggressive dissing right there!
As counterintuitive as it might seem, don't flip the crisp before eating it. Eat it how it comes in the can, like this:
Boom. Yumminess ensues.
Listen, it's your life and you can do what you want. We just want it to be your best life. If you want to have the life equivalent of a dumpster fire...
That's your prerogative. (Bobby Brown reference, y'all!) But if you want to really enjoy your Pringles to the fullest extent of Pringleness, give this different and yeah, we'll say it, better way a try.