Sausage and cheesecake. (Mmmm!)



The Dean of Sausage piles it on

Every once in a while, the appearance of a new grocery product directs Mr. Tidbit’s faltering attention to how very many quite similar products from that same brand are already on the shelf.

Take Jimmy Dean sausage’s substantial presence in the freezer case. Before he gets to the two new items, Mr. Tidbit feels a need to convey just how substantial that presence is. At the Jimmy Dean website he found these Jimmy Dean sausage items (although probably no supermarket carries them all):

13 fresh sausage: links, patties, bulk (various seasonings)

19 cooked sausage: links, patties and crumbles, ditto

24 sandwiches: various ingredient combinations on croissants, biscuits, English muffins, bagels, pancakes, flatbread and French toast

10 Breakfast Bowls (combinations of eggs, potatoes, sausage, cheese, etc.)

14 Delights (light versions of some sandwiches and bowls;

5 pancakes & sausage (some on a stick)

2 skillets (like Breakfast Bowls but you add the eggs)

2 omelets

2 frittatas

That’s 91 offerings!

And now there are three kinds of Jimmy Dean Stuffed Hashbrowns. They come four to the box, each with its own microwave crisping sleeve. Choices (inside the hashbrowns) are: Sausage & Cheese (sausage, Cheddar & mozzarella cheese); Bacon & Veggies (bacon, tomatoes, peppers, onions, Cheddar & mozzarella cheese), and Meat Lovers (sausage, ham, bacon, Cheddar & mozzarella cheese).

Plus there’s new French Toast & Sausage on a stick. There appears to be only one flavor: cinnamon. How is French Toast & Sausage on a stick different from Pancakes & Sausage on a stick? The 30-ounce boxes of 12 pancakes on a stick were $7.99 at one store, where the 30-ounce boxes of 12 French Toast on a stick were $8.99.

So it’s now 95 items.

Mr. Tidbit is hoping they’ll make it 100 with five kinds of Sausage Sandwiches on Naan.



Convenience comes to cheesecake

  Sara Lee makes several versions of frozen cheesecake. But apparently there’s a problem: What if you can’t eat a 17- or 19-ounce cheesecake in one sitting?

Got you covered! Now there are handy individual


(somewhat undersized) slices of both the classic and strawberry-topped versions. (The tray makes the slice look a little bigger than it is.) At a store where the 17-ounce Classic cheesecake was $5.79 (34 cents an ounce), the 2.5-ounce single slice was $1.99 (72 cents an ounce — more than double)!

Or you could slice the full-size cheesecake.


Al Sicherman

Author: Al Sicherman

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

3 thoughts on “Sausage and cheesecake. (Mmmm!)”

  1. I found it added to my enjoyment of this essay to read each of the Jimmy Dean offerings in his voice. It made them sound “more authentic”, somehow.

    As always, thanks for the update.

  2. Personally, I think the overwhelming varieties of different products is absolutely ridiculous–and totally unnecessary. We have traveled extensively in Europe. Food-shopping is much easier. Not so many choices.

    I look forward to your weekly missives. Thank you!

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