Pringles; A Bona Fide Chip? And Chocolate Covered Pringles

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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.

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Chocolate Covered Pringles

The Perfect blend of Chocolaty Sweet and Salty!!

Instructions:

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.

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31 Comments Add yours

  1. Not a pringles fan personally but thought UK answer was funny! I make all homemade chips but of course they must have some CHOCOLATE at times, too! Yay.

    1. Thanks, Cheryl! I’ve been known to have a bag of chips on hand right along with a chocolate bar, but these kill 2 birds with one stone 🙂

      1. Oh I dipped Wavy chips in chocolate Lana for snacks at get togethers!! Woo-Hoo

      2. Yum!! When’s your next gathering?? I’ll be right over lol!

      3. Lana LOL Game Day!

      4. Oh My!! Why did I know this?? Are we dunking wavy chips, perhaps? lol! I’ll be with you in Spirit, Sweetie!

  2. funny history loved that Lana! I have always wondered how to make these, sounds yummy!

    1. Thanks, Lynn! A thicker chip works equally as well and tastes incredible! ♥

      1. sounds great!

  3. Antonia says:

    Love the picture! This is a great story and these look at delicious. My daughter would devour these 🙂

    1. Thanks so much, Antonia! The combo is so satisfying! A sprinkle of cinnamon in the chocolate, in my opinion, would be divine 🙂

  4. Nandini says:

    Any kids dream Lana, chips + chocolate 🙂

    1. So true, Nandini! The perfect salty sweet combo, indeed 🙂 Thanks so much!

  5. Osyth says:

    I remember the lawsuit well … it made national headlines daily and there was even a tote running at the betting shops as to what the outcome would be. I did not gamble (nor proctor if you can do such a thing). But I did not know you could cover the babies in chocolate. This is a truth that must be reversed. Pringle bathed in choccy here I come!

    1. haha, Osyth! I so love your comments! Always so filled with fun and a good laugh 🙂 Thanks for the smiles ♥

      1. Osyth says:

        Without smiles and laughter what is life? 🙂

      2. Bland & boring, Osyth ♥ Thanks hon 🙂

  6. Nadia says:

    These remind me of when I was a kid and first saw chocolate covered chips! It was at Morris’ Nut House on the boardwalk in Cape May. Ah, the memories!

    1. YUM! Cape May in of itself is an enchanting experience, Nadia! Thanks so much for commenting!!

  7. Sweet and salty is one of my favorite combinations! Yum!!! 😋

    1. I agree, whole-heartedly, Jean! Thanks so much!!

  8. I never knew about that lawsuit, interesting! The football chips are a great idea for the big game day coming up!

    1. I didn’t either, Kathryn! The laces are the true kicker…do I hear a drum roll?? lol! Thanks, Hon 🙂

  9. Sadie's Nest says:

    The footballs are so cute!

    1. Thanks, Sadie 🙂 They’re my favorite too!

  10. yvette says:

    They look so pretty, would make a nice gift.

    1. Thank you, Yvette! That’s a wonderful idea!!

  11. Well I remember something vaguely about the Pringle Lawsuit….what I didn’t know or even think of was chips/crisps and chocolate !!! Very interesting 🙂 Lana, you always have the most fascinating posts, I really enjoy them. Have a good week 🙂

    1. Thanks, Lynne! You’re such a darling 🙂 Sweet & salt just work, don’t they? Have an amazing week too, hon ♥

  12. Thank you 🙂 x

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