Mr. Tidbit meets Mr. Peanut, plus quinoa


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Peanuts on parade

Mr. Tidbit’s policy of (limited) intellectual honesty calls upon him to acknowledge that he has occasionally prepared to train the searing spotlight of the Tidbits column on a peculiar grocery item only to find that he bought it so long ago that it has already disappeared from stores. When he discovers that situation, he usually just deletes the information about the product from his list of Tidbits possibilities and eats (or otherwise disposes of) the product itself. Sometimes, though, in trying to find out whether it has come to that, he discovers a new, even more ludicrous product.

Such is the case with Planters “limited edition” S’Mores Mix, a bag of “roasted peanuts, chocolate candy pieces, dark cocoa almonds, marshmallow pieces and yogurt-coated graham cracker pieces” that he bought a while ago and that he found to be both very tasty and totally unlike S’Mores. He was about to say just that, but — aware that he’d had the bag a while — he checked and found that the limit on its edition apparently had passed: The product was utterly absent both from the store where he had found it and from the Planters website.

But there — and, thank goodness, in stores, too — he discovered a set of four Planters “dessert-inspired mixes” even sillier than S’Mores: Banana Sundae, Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie, Oatmeal Raisin Cookie and Turtle Sundae.

How silly are these nut mixes? Banana Sundae mix consists of “honey roasted peanuts, chocolate candy covered peanuts, vanilla yogurt covered peanuts, strawberry yogurt flavor covered peanuts and banana chips.” The most prominent component of Oatmeal Raisin Cookie mix is “oatmeal flavor covered raisins.” In addition there are yogurt and graham covered raisins, cinnamon toasted almonds, pecans and raisins, the latter raisins apparently utterly without such enhancements as “oatmeal flavor cover.”

At the discount store where he found them, the six-ounce bags of dessert-inspired mixes were $2.99. Although none of them is labeled “limited edition,” Mr. Tidbit somehow doubts they’ll long endure.


Quinoa strikes again

New from Kellogg’s Special K brand are two kinds of Tasty Grains multigrain crackers with (of course, since it’s 2016) quinoa: Sea Salt Original and Parmesan Sesame. Both contain whole wheat flour, enriched wheat flour, brown rice flour, quinoa flour (finally!), whole grain barley flour, degerminated yellow corn flour and lots more. Oddly, the Parmesan Sesame crackers contain Romano cheese too — and more of it than Parmesan.


Al Sicherman

Author: Al Sicherman

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

5 thoughts on “Mr. Tidbit meets Mr. Peanut, plus quinoa”

  1. In my head, said by Don LaFontaine, as I read about the Peanuts on Parade: “Mr Tidbit tries them so You. Don’t. Have. To!” Thank you, Mr. T.

  2. We hear all the time about how fat we all are but that doesn’t stop the snack industry from brings out ever more ridiculous offerings.

  3. apparently this has all been going on for some time, but I just discovered it. Thank goodness! Uncle Al has long been a favorite writer of mine.

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