If you’re reading this today, one of two things has happened: Either your Memorial Day BBQ kind of sucks, or your Memorial Day BBQ is awesome but you ate too many hot dogs and are currently on the toilet reading this on your phone. But since today is sponsored by America and hot dogs, what better time to review these Hot Diggity Dog Pringles that have been sitting in my closet for five months than right now?
I’ve previously discussed how much fun the Pringles flavor offerings are. Not only do they take risks with their limited editions, they like to randomly release flavors unannounced as store exclusives fairly often. It’s like a giant treasure hunt if you’re the type of person who considers an oversized can of saturated fats “treasure.” (Tries to raise hand; is too exhausted). For the last few months, Walgreen’s has been offering these Hot Diggity Dog Pringles as an exclusive flavor.
Only in America (and definitely Japan) are we blessed with Pringles flavors that sound this disgusting on paper. I doubt the typical consumer shares the level of excitement that the “Hot Diggity Dog” expression implies, judging from the responses on our social media ranging from “FML to “Barf.” Some of our international fans, however, were jealous that they didn’t have such fun flavors of Pringles. If America has a reputation for weird Pringles, it’s appropriate that they went full-throttle American and offered the most American food I can think of: the German frankfurter.
Digging right into my Hot Diggity Dog Pringles, here’s exactly what I got in sequence: mustard, tomato, vinegar, potato. That’s basically the condiments and the bun (you chose potato bun this time). I’m not getting much of the processed mystery meat flavor to fully deliver on the hot dog experience. Your mustard is definitely the leading and lasting flavor of Hot Diggity Dog Pringles. The seasoning includes mustard powder before any of the other hot doggy ingredients. The problem for me is that even this flavor is faint; the seasoning isn’t bold enough to make it desirable even if you love mustard.
Perusing the rest of the ingredient list, Hot Diggity Dog Pringles also include tomato powder (there’s your ketchup), vinegar powder (there’s your ketchup), and natural smoke flavor (that was supposed to be your hot dog). I didn’t get the smokiness to come through strongly enough, but the tangy & acidic vinegar let’s my imagination settle on a bit of ketchup atop my mustard. How come no relish, though?
So… here’s what I’ll say about Hot Diggity Dog Pringles: they’re not disgusting. But that doesn’t mean they’re good, and you definitely won’t want to keep eating them. Most but definitely not all of your hot dog add-ons are represented in this seasoning; it’s just way too faint. “Faint hot dogs” is not going to be a popular selling point for these Pringles. A wise elderly woman once poised the question: “Where’s the beef?” This is the same question you’d be asking yourself if you tried these Hot Diggity Dog Pringles, but we both know that you had no interest in trying them. Or reading this.
In summary, send ’em overseas to our international fans. They’re gonna hate us.
“FML” Rating: 7.5 out of 10
“Barf” Rating: 5 out of 10
Overall Rating: 4 out of 10
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