Frozen food-truck fare and other follies

Five brief nods and a price check

Today Mr. Tidbit continues the thankless task of ridding his kitchen counter of more than the usual number of possible Tidbit items — by giving each of them short shrift.

Not to worry, he plans to return next week to his usual practice of giving just a couple of the more peculiar items long — or at least medium — shrift.


Hot Pockets has two new sub-lines of dubious ability to inspire extra attention in much of the country: Food Truck and Food Truck Bites. Each of the varieties carries a “co-created with” note giving credit (or maybe blame) to some food truck. Example: Spicy Asian-Style Beef credits Komodo, a Los Angeles food truck with the slogan “dangerously good food.”



Sargento adds to its line of three-pack refrigerated 1 1/2-ounce [[one and a half ounce]] Balanced Breaks snacks (example: sharp Cheddar cheese with cashews and cherry-juice-infused dried cranberries). Now we have Sweet Balanced Breaks (example: Monterey Jack cheese, dried cranberries, dark chocolate chunks and banana chips), also in packs of three 1 1/2-ounce tublets.



And new from Kraft are Snack Trios (in 1 1/2-ounce oversize plastic trays). Mr. Tidbit thought they were called Trios because each tray has three compartments (example: Colby Jack cheese, dark chocolate chunks and banana chips). Turns out the single-pack he bought is typically sold in packs of three.



There’s yet another kind of Fiber One chewy bar. It’s “layered.” In the case of the Salted Caramel & Dark Chocolate Layered bar, there’s the chewy base (first ingredient chicory root extract), apparently dipped in a chocolate flavored substance, then a layer of caramel, and a “dark chocolate flavored drizzle.”


New from the Philadelphia cream cheese folks at Kraft Heinz are small (2 1/2-ounce) [[two and a half ounce]] unnamed snack packs of multigrain bagel chips with one of four flavors of cream cheese dip. On Mr. Tidbit’s postal scale the bagel chips (14 whole chips plus bits and pieces) weigh 0.7 ounces, so there’s 1.8 ounces of cream cheese.   Where Mr. Tidbit found the Philadelphia snack pack, a six-ounce bag of bagel chips was $4.49; 0.7 ounces of it would cost 52 cents; 1.8 ounces of flavored soft cream cheese from a $3.29 8-ounce tub is 74 cents: Total $1.26. The snack pack was $2.49 — 98 percent more. Please don’t say you’re surprised.


Al Sicherman

Author: Al Sicherman

Al Sicherman and his used dog, Gus, live in Minneapolis. Al is on the left/

2 thoughts on “Frozen food-truck fare and other follies”

  1. This is an aside: just wondering if you are judging the Star Tribune Father’s Day Ugly Tie contest, which will be combined with the Anniversary race that day? Hope so.

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