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Facts About Pringles

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By Luke Ward
2016-10-24T12:14:17+00:00 Categories: Food & Drink, History|

If Pringles Potato Crisps are one of your favourite snack foods, then you should check out these top interesting facts about Pringles!

Pringles were first sold in America in 1968 but were not popular until the mid 1970’s. The original name of these was Pringle’s Newfangled Potato Chips. They were created by Alexander Liepa. The name ‘Pringles’ came from a Cincinnati telephone book, they found a street name called Pringle Drive in Finneytown, Ohio.

Pringles are packaged in a tubular can with a foil-lined interior and a resealable plastic lid. The packaging was invented by Fredric J Baur. Baur was a food storage and organic chemist technician who dedicated his research and development for Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble Co. He died on 4th March 2008, making it to the age of 89. As he was proud with his invention, he requested to be cremated and that a part of his ashes would be buried in a Pringles can. His family respected his wishes so that’s what they done.

Pringles are thin saddle-shaped potato crisps (the actual name for the shape of Pringles is a Hyperbolic Paraboloid) which are very popular today; they are sold in over 140 countries and make an annual sale of over 1.4 billion dollars. The reason Pringles are the favourite crisps of many people is because they are neatly packaged which means they don’t come out broken, they are not greasy, they stay fresh for longer than crisps in bags and it is designed for eating some now and some later, where as in a bag, you have to eat them when they are opened soon or they will go soft.

Pringles comes in all the standard flavours: Barbecue, Cheddar Cheese, Cheese & Onion, Hot & Spicy, Original, Salt & Vinegar and Sour Cream & Onion. Sometimes Procter & Gamble produces limited edition flavours, past ones have been Chilli Cheese Dog, Ketchup and Texas BBQ Sauce and Cajun.

In July 2008, Procter & Gamble lawyers successfully argued against Keiron Williams that Pringles are not potato chips, as their actual potato content is only 4%. This excludes Pringles from the 15% Value Added Tax for potato chips.

A Pringles can is useful to make a ‘cantenna’, which is basically an antenna made from a can. Because the inside of a Pringles can is foil, the tube can be used for extending a wireless networks, phone and radio reception.

2016-10-24T12:14:17+00:00 Categories: Food & Drink, History|
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    David 16th December 2010 at 5:04 pm - Reply

    This is excellent news. I have probably about a hundred of these lids in a box in the basement just waiting for the chance to sell them. Do you happen to know someone who is buying them?
    At last I feel like my ship has come in and my fortune awaits.


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    Fred 29th July 2009 at 12:29 am - Reply

    I don’t think Pringles are produced in 140 countries, that’s a stretch, they are made in Tennessee, and here in Argentina, they are imported, but not produced here, please check this. I also think they are sold in only 30 countries.

    I remember when they came out in the mid 70’s I was a kid, and LOVED them so addictive. And Procter and Gamble also spent 10 years developing them. The worlds largest potato chip, is in Pocatello ID, and is a Pringles…HUGE!

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      Luke Ward 29th July 2009 at 5:19 pm - Reply

      Pringles are addictive!
      And thank you for correcting me, Pringles are sold in 140 countries – not produced.

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