Foreign Grocery Friday: Japan's 'Grand Canyon French Fries' Pringles
When we travel, one of our favorite things to do is to pop into a local grocery store and check out the food products and candies we'd never find anywhere else. So we're trying out this new feature, Foreign Grocery Friday, where each week we'll feature some of our (and your) favorite overseas treats. Got a recommendation? Let us know!
A while ago, world traveler Gary Arndt of Everything Everywhere attempted to collect photos of as many varieties of Pringles flavors as possible, finally logging an impressive 70. While we were in Japan last month, we kept our eyes open as always for unusual grocery items, but it was a can of Pringles that really made us jump with excitement. This new flavor: Grand Canyon French Fries.
The Taste: The canister depicts steak fries being dipped in ketchup, and this is exactly how the chips taste. The flavor scientists at Pringles Japan should get some sort of award for it. The ketchup flavor hits first, which is less potent that other ketchup-flavored chips. It's got a spicy kick to it, but you only taste it while scarfing down the first few chips. Then follows a slightly smoked potato-y goodness, with a fair bit of salt.
Price: We paid 180 Yen for a half-size can, or about $2.20.
Where to Find It: Sadly these are only to be found in Japan, unless you've got a cousin or friend who just brought them back from a visit to Tokyo. We purchased several cans at the Don Quijote discount store in the Shibuya area of Tokyo, but you can find them elsewhere around the city.