Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Food Snobs

     We talked about food yesterday, and since I am hungry again today let's talk about food again today.  Yesterday we went over how your tastes change over time, and today we need to talk about brand names.  Let me tell you a little something, Company.  Nine times out of ten, the product inside the can of brand name stuff is the exact same product as is inside the store brand stuff.  So for instance, the green beans that are in your DelMonte can are the same beans that are inside of your Best Yet can, or whatever.  They probably came from the same fields, from the same factory, and all that happened was they stopped running one label through the machine and started running another.  Fine.  But there are some foods there the recipe is vastly different from the brand name to the generic.  Let's look at some of those today,

- Soda  Definitely.  Coke or Pepsi won't taste the same as Sam's Choice or Jolly Good.  That is just the way it is.  Everyone has a slightly different recipe for soda, and it is almost more like each brand vs. one another than generic vs. brand name.  But you have to have the kind you like and nothing else will do.

Tell your kids this isn't special.
 -  Macaroni and Cheese  I mean that stuff that comes in a box with a little packet of powder to accompany it.  There is a marked difference between Kraft - still the gold standard - and everything else.  Now I am not saying that the other stuff doesn't taste okay, because it does in its own right.  But Kraft is still different from all the rest.  Ask any 8-year-old and they will totally tell you the difference.

- Ketchup  Or catsup or whatever the hell you want to call it.  There has always been a Heinz vs. everyone else sort of vibe when it comes to ketchup, and I will always but Heinz stuff for my own home.  But have you ever noticed that when you are in a restaurant it just doesn't matter?  You will eat whatever brand they have hanging out on your table.  And I am not a ketchup snob.  I will eat catsup.  I will eat Hunts or whomever's.  I just buy Heinz 57 when I am spending my own money.

Yep. Gotta have it.
 -  Chocolate  Yes, there is a difference in chocolates.  Hersheys is not the same as the unnamed stuff that they ship in from China, okay?  And the stuff you get from that little store downtown where you can watch them make the fudge is heads above what is coming out of Pennsylvania too, unless of course the little store is in Pennsylvania.  Okay, if you don't believe me, go ahead and buy some off-brand chocolates.  Let me know how gritty and nasty it tastes.  Then watch me eat my Hershey bar.

So it is okay to be a food snob from time to time.  I am happy to go buy Tasty-O's instead of Cheerios, and I am happy to purchase just about any brand of pickles out there (although some people would argue that Clasussen's are distinctly different, and I would agree) and cheese is cheese is cheese at least where American singles come in.  But sometimes, you've just gotta go uptown.  That's just the way it is.  If you disagree or have other items to add to the list, drop us a line in the comments section or send an e-mail to


BradPerala said...

Completely, whole-heartedly agree with your post today. Well, except the Hershey part. Yes it is it's own unique thing, and that's what makes it great, but Dove is better if you're splurging. But that wasn't your point, was it? You are pointing out that if you want Hershey's chocolate, you have to buy Hershey's chocolate.

The Ketchup thing, my thoughts exactly

Big Dave said...