Grocery Snob: 5 Foods That Must Not Be Generic
Kroger brand granola bars and canned chick peas? They are in the cart. Walgreens brand Ritz, er... snack crackers? Sure. I am a huge proponent of generic selections at the grocery store. For the most part, it doesn't matter whether it is Lucky Charms or Kroger's Marshmallow Treasures, it all tastes the same to me. In fact, a lot of the cheaper store brands are produced right along side of the fancy-pants expensive stuff.
This, of course, is a list that totally contradicts what I just wrote in the previous paragraph because there are five things that require me to spring for the higher priced, nationally known products.
Frankly, I will bust the budget for better peanut butter. I used to just buy store brand, but on vacation at a family member's house recently, I tasted a little Peter Pan action. Wow! The creamy was creamier. The crunchy was crunchier. From now on it will only be the Jif's and Skippy's of the world that grace my peanut butter and honey sandwich breakfast.
Number one on the list brings me to number two. That expensive peanut butter better be spread on some good bread. I cannot bring myself to accept the cardboard store brand squares. The slogan for Oroweat is, "Bread Perfected." While I don't totally buy that, I will buy their oatmeal bread or the honey whole wheat over cheaper store bread.
I admit that there is a sandwich theme going on here. Maybe it is just a case of me falling for the advertising of the high-level mustaches in the Kraft boardroom, but I believe that more milk does make cheese good. I love myself some Texas made cheese from the good ladies of the Houston Dairymaids, but if it just pasteurized processed cheese product, it has to be Kraft Singles.
Hebrew National Hot Dogs
Similar to the words of the Most Interesting Man in the World, I don't always eat hot dogs, but when I do, I prefer Hebrew National. I really only have a wiener about once or twice a year and the dogs that answer to a higher power are all beef goodness.
Zapp's Potoato Chips
Try as they might, the food wizards from grocery chains cannot conjure up a potato chip as good as Zapp's. The Louisiana favorite is also mine and they are better than some plain old kettle cooked chips too. It doesn't get any better in life than a fresh bag of Spicy Creole Tomato chips.
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