Leftovers: Pringles brings back Thanksgiving flavors
The Kellogg-owned snack brand makes a Turkey Day feast in a can, while ancient grains lend a health halo to a new candy.
Leftovers is our look at a few of the product ideas popping up everywhere — some are intriguing, some sound amazing and some are the kinds of ideas we would never dream of. We can't write about everything that we get pitched, so here are the leftovers pulled from our inboxes.
Easiest Thanksgiving dinner ever
Why go through the trouble of making a Thanksgiving dinner when you can have all of the seasonal flavors by popping open a can of Pringles?
For the second year running, the Kellogg-owned brand is making chips that taste like traditional Turkey Day favorites. This year’s flavors come in a three-pack: Turkey, Stuffing and Pumpkin Pie. And, according to a company press release, Yuvraj Arora, senior vice president of marketing for Kellogg's U.S. Snacks division, said the chips taste "insanely accurate" and "like the real deal."
Last year, Pringles produced an eight-course “Thanksgiving dinner,” featuring chips flavored like turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, creamed corn, green bean casserole, macaroni and cheese, and pumpkin pie. These chips were produced as an extremely limited edition and not sold in stores.
This year’s flavors were available to the public, but had to be ordered online. They went on sale at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday and were completely sold out in less than an hour.
Pringles, which are sold throughout the world, have been known for crazy flavors ranging from white chocolate peppermint to mozzarella sticks and marinara. Chips replicating Thanksgiving dinner seem like less of a stretch for this snack brand — and the limited edition makes consumers crazy to get their hands on them. But given the scarcity, it looks like most consumers will have to settle for the real thing this Thanksgiving.
Ancient grains go undercover
Is there anything quinoa can’t do? In Undercover Quinoa — a new chocolate treat featuring the grain — it’s taking the place of crisped rice or wheat to provide crunch or texture in a candy.
But this isn't just a ruse to trick picky eaters into having a serving of the protein-packed supergrain. According to a press release, entrepreneur and mom Diana Levy was determined to create a healthier chocolate snack for two of her daughters who were diagnosed with celiac disease. Undercover Quinoa is available in four flavors: Dark Chocolate + Sea Salt, Dark Chocolate + Blueberries, Milk Chocolate and Milk Chocolate + Currants.
Not only does the snack tick the gluten-free trend box, but it also could be classified as a functional candy. The Dark Chocolate + Sea Salt variety has 3 grams of protein and 2 grams of dietary fiber.
And as better-for-you chocolates gains popularity, brands like this also may continue to grow — as long as consumers aren't confused by a product name that doesn't sound like it goes with candy.
Mountain Dew gets merry
Not to be outdone, PepsiCo's Mountain Dew is also getting some holiday flavor on grocery shelves. The new holiday flavor — called "Merry Mash-Up," is starting to show up in stores nationwide.
Mountain Dew lovers have known this flavor was coming since a Pepsi employee leaked a photo of the beverage on social media this summer. But what is it? A company spokesperson told Delish that it’s a full-flavored Mountain Dew with a twist of cranberry and pomegranate.
While cranberry is commonly added to soda to make "holiday" varieties, pomegranate is much more of an outlier. Considering that both cranberry and pomegranate are quite tart, the resulting soda could pack a pucker.
Tweets quoted by Delish, however, show at least tacit consumer appeal. One consumer congratulated the beverage giant for coming up with something that tastes like sweet and sour sauce with cinnamon.
Mountain Dew has been experimenting more with flavors — and moving beyond its iconic bright green drink. Last year, a Holiday Brew flavor came out that was a mix of regular Mountain Dew and its cherry-flavored Code Red variety. While it was a novel idea to mix Christmas colors in a single bottle, the flavor wasn't very popular with consumers. Taste was the first consideration in this year’s flavor, which could make Merry Mash-Up a memorable holiday refreshment.