Mocktails and wholly crackers

Mocktails genuinely pricey 

New from Ocean Spray are three flavors of Mocktails, which the label describes as “non-alcoholic premium,” to which Mr. Tidbit would add the noun “50-percent-juice drink.” While he’s at it, he’d also add the adjective “overpriced.”

That is not to say that Mr. Tidbit didn’t enjoy the Cranberry Sangria flavor, which consists principally of filtered water, juices from concentrate (cranberry, grape, apple, pineapple and orange), sugar, natural flavor and a few miscellaneous ingredients including cardamom extract. (He really liked it.) The other two flavors are Tropical Citrus Paradise and Cranberry Peach Bellini.

As to the price, Mr. Tidbit notes that although it varies from store to store, it is usually in line with other Ocean Spray beverages that are not 100 percent juice. But those come in bottles holding 60 or 64 ounces. Mocktails are in 33.8-ounce bottles — about half as much for the same price. 

Wholey what?

Snyder’s of Hanover, until recently a brand name associated only with a large variety of pretzels and pretzel-based snacks, introduces three flavors of “Wholey Cheese!” Crispy Baked Crackers. (Mr. Tidbit assures careful readers that the quotation marks, exclamation point and misspelling of ‘wholly’ — or maybe it’s a misspelling of ‘holy’ — are all in the name as it appears on the bag.)

All three flavors — mild Cheddar, smoked gouda and Swiss & black pepper — have as their first two ingredients potato starch and Cheddar cheese powder, they are all gluten-free (and peanut-free) and the fat content in a one-ounce serving is 3 1/2 grams for the Swiss & black pepper version and 5 grams for the other two. The leading brand of cheese cracker (Cheez-It) has 7 grams of fat per one-ounce serving, a fact noted on the “Wholey Cheese!” bag.

While Mr. Tidbit wasn’t looking, The Snyder’s of Hanover brand also popped up on several varieties of tortilla chips and salsa. Mr. Tidbit hadn’t noticed (until he saw “Distributed by Snyder’s-Lance” on the “Wholey Cheese!” bag) the 2010 merger of Snyder’s of Hanover and Lance (since 1913 the maker of those little peanut-butter cracker sandwiches and subsequently much more). Whether this explains Snyder’s of Hanover salsa is left to the reader, as an exercise.



Al Sicherman

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

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