Recreate the Feeling of Being in Prison with Pringles New Top Ramen Chicken Flavored Chips

Top Ramen Chicken Pringles

If there’s one thing everyone knows about life inside a maximum security prison, it’s that inmates have an uncanny ability to get creative with ways to stab each other their commissary snacks.

Our favorite? “Prison ramen,” whereby fistfuls of crunched-up Doritos tortilla chips are slowly added to steaming hot instant ramen noodles, until all of the liquid is absorbed and you end up with a cheap, filling, carb-heavy nacho-flavored noodle mush that’s better than anything served in the cafeteria, with at least a 90% less chance of being sold into sexual slavery.

Convicts, amirite?

Thanks to an arrangement between the people at Pringles and the creators of “Cup Noodle” at Nissin, however, it will be possible to experience the culinary wonder of combining ramen noodle flavoring packets with cheap, pressed potato chips, without even having to do a dime because you refused to rat on your co-defendant.

According to a press release, the Ramen Chicken flavor will be available at Dollar General stores nationwide beginning this month, with a retail price of $1.50 per can.

So far, online reviews have been almost overwhelmingly positive, although, as one reviewer was quick to point out, it’s technically possible to make ANYTHING chicken ramen flavored, just by sprinkling a flavor packet on it:

And what happens if you miss the weeks-long, limited edition availability of Pringles Top Ramen Chicken chips? Or what do you do if you don’t live within walking distance of a Dollar General? You can always enjoy your crunchy chicken ramen snack the way we did before Pringles made it official: Just sprinkle your flavor packet on a crushed up bag of uncooked noodles, and eat them raw.


Written by Malcolm Bedell

Malcolm is the author of "Eating in Maine: At Home, On the Town, and On the Road," as well as a frequent contributor to Serious Eats,, Eat Rockland, Down East Magazine, The L.A. Weekly, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and more. When not poisoning his body with garbage and then posting sardonic commentary about it on the Internet, he also owns and operates the 'Wich, Please food truck, named's "Hottest Restaurant in Maine" for 2015.

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