Pringles: once you pop, you can't stop, right? That's how the old jingle goes, and almost anyone who's opened a can of Pringles with the intention of just eating a few can probably attest to its veracity. There's something just irresistible about those perfectly curved, stackable chips!
Obviously, the Pringles-making process is as unique as the special potato chip; with any other chip, you just funnel a bunch into a bag, seal it up, and call it a day. Pringles, with their unusual shape, require a slightly more specialized process to get them into the recognizable tall can. And who knew it was so oddly mesmerizing? When cameras from the TV show How It's Made go inside the Pringles factory, they didn't know they'd be leaving with such strangely hypnotic footage.
Pringles has capitalized on their differences since day one; they were even called "Pringles Newfangled Potato Chips" when they were developed in 1967. After Proctor and Gamble realized that consumers were complaining about broken, greasy, and stale chips, stored in bags that were full of air, they knew there was a gap in the market that they could fill. Fredric Baur, a chemist with P&G, worked on the special project for two whole years, with the curved chip finally emerging as the result of his hard work. The taste, however, was off. Another P&G employee, Alexander Liepa, took over the project and managed to create the taste we all know and love. Now, 50 years later, there are countless flavors, included limited edition ones, such as jalapeño, cheesy fries, screamin' dill pickle, and more.
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