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Annette from Shoeburyness, UK asked:

Dear Rabbi,

What bracha should I recite before eating Pringles Potato Chips?

Dear Annette,

I've got a better question. How in the world do they get them all to stack up like that inside that can? :-)

To answer your question, I phoned Pringles to find out how they are made: First the potatoes are cooked, mashed and dehydrated into potato flour. Then "just enough" water is added to form a dough which is flattened, cut, molded into a saddle-shape, quick fried and canned (which answers my question about how they get them into that can).

The bracha on potato flour is Shehakol. Since Pringles are made from potato flour, perhaps they are considered potato flour "masquerading" as potato chips and therefore Shehakol. On the other hand, since they look like potatoes, perhaps they are considered "resuscitated potatoes" and therefore Borei P'ri HaAdama.

I asked Jerusalem's Rabbi Meir Bransdorfer, shlita, and he ruled that the bracha for Pringles is Shehakol.

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