Nachos, sticks and pot roast. Oh, my!



Another company heard from

Two weeks ago, when Mr. Tidbit discussed the two kinds of Velveeta bake-and-serve products newly arrived in the freezer case, he planned to discuss two similar products introduced at about the same time by another grocery firm.

That had been the plan until, after discussing the Velveeta Cheesy Bites and the much larger Stuffed Grilled Cheese — and Hershey’s new Cookie Layer Crunch bars — his need to follow the plan seemed less compelling than his need to take a nap.

Last week, of course, he completely forgot that there had been a plan.

But now, with 2017 bearing down, he needs to tie up loose ends. So:

The folks who bring you the many kinds of Totino’s Party Pizzas and Totino’s Pizza Rolls (those folks would be General Mills), now offer Totino’s Stuffed Nachos — little “crispy-crust” bites, in queso (seasoned cheese) or “supreme” (spicier seasoned cheese) — and the considerably larger Totino’s Pizza Sticks — cheese or pepperoni — in a  “soft pizza crust.” Both are frozen, bake-and-serve.

The pricing of the new Totino’s items is both typical and odd. The Stuffed Nachos and the Pizza Sticks carry the same shelf price: They’re both $3.00 at one store, and both $3.99 at another. That’s typical for related products that are simultaneously introduced. Oddly, however, you get a whopping 41 percent more food if you buy the box of Stuffed Nachos — 17.4 ounces (34 little bites) — than if you shell out the same amount of money for the 12.3-ounce box of six Pizza Sticks.


Slow cooker step up

Until recently, Campbell’s line of (now eight) Slow Cooker Sauces in shelf-stable pouches might have been the best a major food company has done to making slow-cooker cooking even easier. Add meat and you have . . . meat and sauce. Now Stouffer’s line of four frozen Slow Cooker Starters goes that a big step better by including not just a sauce maybe with a few bits of vegetables for texture, but some or all of what else you would have added. The first four ingredients in the bag of Beef Pot Roast Starter, for example, are red skin potatoes, water, carrots and onions.

Price goes up a big step too. Where the 13-ounce pouch of Campbell’s Tavern Style Pot Roast Slow Cooker sauce was $2.59, the 26-ounce bag of Stouffer’s Pot Roast Slow Cooker Starter (both for 2 lbs. of beef) was $4.99.





Al Sicherman

Author: Al Sicherman

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

1 thought on “Nachos, sticks and pot roast. Oh, my!”

  1. I wanted to wish you and Gus a Happy New Year and to thank you for your gentle good humor. I’m always happy to see your name in my inbox! I hope 2017 brings you both much health and happiness.

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