One of the rising stars of U.S.
supermarket aisles, particularly for the health conscious, is quinoa. If
you browse the health food racks, you’ve certainly seen an increase in
products that tout their quinoa content.
Why would Ed Hardy make mints? Because
these mints — King Dog Energy Mints — have a little extra party juice in
them. They are “intensely caffeinated”; five mints equal (according to
the packaging) a cup of coffee. (Having tried them, I can attest to
Here’s the big secret, for those who
haven’t tasted “Greek yogurt” — while some claim it’s creamier (maybe,
barely), less sweet and more sour, it really tastes practically exactly the same as regular supermarket yogurt.
Besides just out in the community, you
can now see signs of the Latino growth in neighborhood supermarkets. Two
decades ago, to find authentic Mexican and Latin American ingredients
and other food products not made by Taco Bell in Greater Cincinnati, you
had to really search.
I’ve always had some sense of “beef
jerky” over my lifetime. It’s always been in gas stations and convenient
stores. And I’m certain I’ve eaten jerky before. Not en masse, but a
bit. And not on a dare, even.
In the 1880s, George Renninger created one of the most known
pieces of Halloween candy ever invented, one that has endured over a
century — candy corn. Considering it’s also one of the most maligned candy treats
ever invented, how has it remained a fixture of autumn so long?
“Lost in the Supermarket” has been on
hiatus for a few months. For the column,
I mostly play the “food rube,” searching the aisles of average
neighborhood grocery stores for “everyday” items that strike me (and
maybe you) as “weird” or “gross.” I investigate the food item and taste
it so you don’t have to.