10 Pringles Facts You Will Want to Pop

Pringles have been tickling our taste buds since 1968 and are one of the biggest crisps brands on the market. Yet many of us don’t know a single fact behind this major brand. Take a look at these 10 Pringles facts you don’t know…

1. The Original Name


The original name of Pringles was Newfangled Potato Chips. The creator, Alexander Liepa, picked the name out of a Cincinatti telephone book, with the address Pringle Drive, Finneytown, Ohio.

2. Ashes in a Can

Pringles ashes

The inventor of the packaging tube was Frederic J. Baur. He died on 4th March 2008 at the age of 89, and was so proud of his invention that he requested to be cremated, and that part of his ashes were buried in a Pringle can – and so his family respected his wishes and done just that.

3. The Pringles Tube

pringles crisps

Why are Pringles sold in a tube when other crisps are sold in bags? It’s because the tube ensures the crisp don’t come out broken, that they remain fresher for longer, they’re not greasy and you can return to them at a later date. Genius! We can see why Baur was so proud!

4. Not Potato Chips


Despite the fact they were set to be called Newfangled Potato Chips, they aren’t actually potato chips. It was argued in a court of law that Pringles aren’t actually potato chips as they only have a potato content of 42%; therefore, they are excluded from the 15% Value Added tax for potato chips.

5. Potatoes Per Can

pringles stack

How many potatoes make it into each can? It is believed to be around three or four potatoes sit in your average tube.

6. Cantenna

Pringles cantenna

Pringles make a handy ‘cantenna‘! As the inside of the Pringles can is made from foil, the tube can be used to extend a wireless network, as well as phone and radio reception.

7. Mr Pringle

Julius Pringles

Do you know the name of the moustachioed man on the Pringles Can? It’s Julius Pringles, and he’s one of the most recognisable brand mascots in the world.

8. Christmas Pringles

festive Pringles

What’s your favourite Pringles flavour? Maybe it’s Sour Cream and Onion, or you could be more of a Paprika person. Well, have you ever tried sweet Pringles? Us neither, but Christmas flavours were released in the USA in 2012, and included Pumpkin Pie Spice, White Chocolate and Peppermint, and Cinnamon and Sugar.

9. Bad Marketing

Pringles marketing

Pringles made a big social media blunder when they asked their followers to tell them their favourite way to eat Pringles. Needless to say, they received a rather crude response.

10. The Best Invention Ever?

Pringles and Smirnoff

Is this quite possibly the best invention ever? This amazing product was released back in 2011 for St. Patrick’s Day. What’s the connection? They’re both made from potato, kind of.

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  1. October 15, 2014

    […] Want to know more interesting facts about your favourite foods? Take a look at 10 Pringles Facts You Will Want to Pop. […]

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