Did you know that Pringles once had a lawsuit trying to prove that they weren’t really potato chips? In 2009 Britain’s Supreme Court of Judicature answered a question that had long puzzled late-night dorm-room snackers: What, exactly, is a Pringle? With citations ranging from Baroness Hale of Richmond to Oliver Wendell Holmes, Lord Justice Robin Jacob concluded that, legally, it is a potato chip.
This hot oiled dispute all boiled down to “The Tax Man!” In Britain, most foods are exempt from value-added tax, but potato chips — known as crisps — and “similar products made from the potato, or from potato flour,” are taxable.
What are Pringles made of anyway? About 42% potato content, the remainder being wheat starch and flours (potato, corn, and rice) mixed with vegetable oils, an emulsifier, salt, and seasoning. According to British law, these contents proved that Pringles were indeed a bona fide “crisp” and remained tax-exempt and saved Proctor and Gamble a salty bundle.
Chocolate Covered Pringles
The Perfect blend of Chocolaty Sweet and Salty!!
step 1 Dip chips. In a medium sized microwaveable bowl, melt a 12 ounce bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips. 3-4 minutes, stirring in 1 minute intervals. Use dipping tongs to dip crisps into melted chocolate. Tap gently to remove excess. Place on parchment paper-covered cake board. Chill until firm, about 10 to 15 minutes.
step 2 Decorate chips. For football laces: Use melted white chocolate in cut parchment bag to pipe laces and stripes. Or while still warm (before the chill) sprinkle with colored candies or sprinkles.