Woman on Phone: “Thank you for calling Dollar General, how may I help you?”
Me: “Hi, do you have Ramen flavored Pringles?”
Woman: “I’m sorry, what?”
Me: “They’re Pringles flavored like Ramen – the noodles. Do you guys have them?”
Woman: “Sir, is everything alright?”
Me: “…….not really.”
For the second time in a few months, the world is tricking us into going to Dollar General. Mississippi Mud Pie Oreos were one thing (they’re Oreos for crying out loud), but the feeling I felt as I – on multiple occasions – exited a Dollar General empty-handed while trying to track down cheap noodle-flavored Pringles is one I won’t soon forget. It’s basically the junk food equivalent of the Walk of Shame.
So why do I want the Dollar General-exclusive Top Ramen Chicken Pringles so badly? I don’t; I just want to see if they can recapture my best years in college. You see, while everyone else was off hangin’ out and bangin’ out at parties, I was in my dorm eating Ramen noodles alone at 2:00 in the morning, studying to get good grades so I could eventually amount to nothing and start a junk food blog. The glory days!
15 trips and 14 Walks of Shame later, I finally found my Pringles…
…and they were worth the loss of dignity.
Top Ramen Chicken Pringles taste more like Top Ramen Chicken noodle soup than I could have ever dreamed. It’s seriously insane how accurate the flavor is, and even more so how delicious it is on a Pringle.
I can try to describe the flavor the best I can, but if you’ve ever had Top Ramen Chicken noodle soup before, it’s 100% exactly that seasoning. You don’t even have to wait 3 minutes for this to cook! The non-greasy potato crisps are just like the block of uncooked noodles, which I’ve definitely eaten before because desperate times called for desperate measures in college.
If you’ve avoided Top Ramen Chicken noodle soup your entire life, you probably didn’t go to a resident college and you can go lick a chicken bouillon cube for your reference point on this seasoning. It’s salty, onion-y, garlic-y, and chicken-y. It’s executed brilliantly for what it wanted to be. The only reason these Pringles don’t score higher is because nobody ever said: “Man, this Top Ramen Chicken is some of the best soup I’ve ever had.” It’s going to border on too salty for some people, but it’s cheap, comforting, soul-warming nostalgia at its finest.
I can almost taste all the phone numbers I didn’t get in college.
The Junk Food Walk of Shame Rating: 2 out of 10
The Actual Walk of Shame Rating: At Least You Got Laid out of 10
Overall Rating: 9 out of 10
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