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A bust

bubble wrapApparently some companies still think going ‘viral’ on social media is akin to catching ebola.

Case in point: Sealed Air, manufacturer of bubble wrap.

They recently posted a video of one of their plant foreman explaining how bubble wrap is made in response to a child’s question.

It reminded me of a segment of Unwrapped on Food Network, where they show you how gummy bears, for example, go from their sugary ingredients through the factory to packaging and ultimately the grocery story and your tummy.

The bubble wrap video caught the attention of several bloggers and was even the subject of a Reddit.  But soon after I viewed the video, Sealed Air took it down.

Off the blogs. Off any online mention.  And even off their own site, from what I can tell.

What gives?  Don’t they know all this chatter about a video on bubble wrap (of all things) is amazing?

Revel in the attention, guys.  Don’t burst our bubble.

Get a rise out of you

I rarely eat donuts.

I like them — the Krispy Kreme variety — but they are like eating air. And if I’m going to ingest that much sugar and calories, I’d like to be able to tell that I’ve eaten afterwards.

For those of you who a) find donuts more difficult to resist and b) are looking for a reason to pass them by, perhaps this grocery store’s labeling will inspire you —

yeast rings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for the laugh, Kara.

Towne treat

I had adult cotton candy at dinner tonight. What made it adult?

The maple flavoring.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMaple cotton candy is on the dessert menu at Towne Boston. It has the same consistency as any other cotton candy you have ever eaten — and looks a bit like attic insulation — but the maple flavor is so much better than anything a vendor ever tossed at me at the bottom of the eighth.

That doesn’t mean we didn’t play with it.  It was awfully fun to shape the wispy treat into little pads of sugar.  I even dropped it into my hot tea, just to see how fast it would dissolve.

Answer:  really fast.

Sugar, sugar

Yesterday Culturalist posted the Top Ten Best Pop Tart Flavors of All Time.

Brown Sugar Cinnamon was #2.bs_poptarts

[Insert string of expletives here] WHAT!??!??!  ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

No Pop Tart flavor has ever or will ever exceed the warm, Saturday-morning, better-than-even-grandma-could make goodness that is Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop Tarts.

The original un-frosted version is even yummier, if you can wrap your brain around that.

S’Mores?  Chocolate Fudge?  Cookies and Creme?  Please, they don’t stand a chance.  They’re mere snack foods.  Brown Sugar Cinnamon dominates breakfast, lunch, dinner and any time in between.

Culturalist — I know it’s not your fault.  You aggregate lists submitted by your users.  (You just might want to take a closer look at your users…ya know?)

Still refreshing, ya’ll

I have an 11-month old niece who loves iced tea.

Okay, that’s a stretch.

Hope has been married to my nephew Dustin for 11 months…and, like me, she is a daughter of the South who loves sweet tea.  (She’s been tweeting about it all weekend!)

So, in her honor — and in honor of the day — I am re-posting my blog from this very day in 2010…

Happy National Iced Tea Day!

iced-teaToday we celebrate the official drink of summer, that mother’s milk of the South — iced tea.

I grew up drinking my iced tea brewed with boo-coo’s of sugar, but today I prefer it with a just a touch of the pink stuff (Sweet ‘n’ Low).

Now, I know there are a lot of coffee drinkers out there who have never tried iced tea, or who simply consider iced tea the ‘second-class citizen’ of caffeinated beverages.  If that is true, I ask you this:

Which drink is so popular it has it very own piece of flatware?

Iced tea 

(It has its own long-handled iced tea spoon.  Coffee?  No such utensil.)

So, when the next heatwave leaves you feeling parched, consider a tall, thirst-quenching glass of sweet iced tea. If you’re lucky, you might just pick up a sexy Southern drawl along the way.

Sweet, sweet superlative

I watch a lot of Food Network — I’m a big fan.

(I want that on the record.)

thebestthingieverateBut watching all the show hosts and chefs from Food Network describe their food favorites on The Best Thing I Ever Ate makes me understand why some people from other countries think Americans are batshit crazy.

These personalities, who typically appear authentic on their Food Network shows,  turn into over-the-top, food-obsessed, caffeine- or sugar-addled caricatures of themselves as they describe the ‘perfect ice cream dish’ or ‘best egg salad ever’ (like that even exists in nature — seriously).

Their eyes bulge. Their pronouncements are peppered with puns.  (They alliterate like that, too.)

It is so annoying.

It is, in fact, The Most Annoying Show on Food Network.

Not-so-green hybrids

Did you start your morning right with a cronut?

If you answered ‘yes,’ you’re definitely a New Yorker, because this brand new croissant / doughnut hybrid is only available here in the Big Apple…at the Dominique Ansel Bakery on Spring Street.

cronutWhy is everyone crazed for cronuts?  They’re fried, cream-filled and sugar-coated.

Set your sensors on stun.

When the bakery opens at 7:30am, there is already a long line.  They’ve had to set a limit of six cronuts per person…and they go for $5 a pop!

Rumor has it ‘influential’ food bloggers can get them delivered…

(Better plan a trip downtown.)

Cheap trick

Yesterday I mentioned I don’t dress up my dog for Halloween.  Some might find that a bit fuddy duddy.

Well, I’ve found something that beats it.

A dentist in Mansfield, Ohio is offering to buy back Halloween candy from children.  And he’s not the only one.

Dentists across the country are participating in the ‘Halloween Candy Buy Back’ program.

At Dr. Callen’s office in Mansfield, trick-or-treaters will receive $1 per pound of candy turned in (5-pound limit per child) and free toothbrushes.  They will also be entered in a drawing for one of two children’s bicycles.

Now, I know the dentists’ intentions are good.  Halloween candy is all about sugar, and sugar consumption promotes tooth decay.

But geez oh Pete.

Halloween only happens once a year! Shouldn’t every kid experience the rush — and resulting sweet belly — from overeating candy after a night of trick-or-treating?  Believe me, it’s the best way to convince them to never do it again.

Plus, do we really want to turn Halloween into a money-making venture for kids?  Cause this sure feels like it.

Five bucks is five bucks, after all.

Daily dose

Windowless Room.  Day Two.

When I ventured out mid-day, I was greeted by rain, high winds…and visions of sugarplums, dancing in my head.

‘Cause they’re good for me.

The lead nutrition professor of the American Heart Association’s comprehensive review of scientific literature on sugar said today in the  New York Times — and I quote —

I don’t think candy is bad for you.”

Her name is Rachel Johnson.  She’s my favorite doctor of all time.

Dr. Johnson goes on to say that candy provides only 6 percent of the added sugar in the American diet, while sweet drinks and juice supply 46 percent.

AHA!

I’ve been warning folks off of fruit juice for years.  All it took was reading the juice carton label one time; it totally killed my taste for the stuff.

If I’m gonna get that much sugar, I might as well enjoy myself and down Twizzlers at the movie theater.  And I have — oh, you know it.

And it turns out…it’s not that bad.

(That’s what she said.)

A little ade

And now for something really important…

Grape soda.

It’s one of my favorite drinks from childhood.  The taste is sweet and sharp, so unlike that of a real grape.  The same goes for its intense purple color that smacks of artificial dyes.

Unforgettable.

So, why isn’t a diet grape soda readily available in supermarkets?

It’s easy enough to find diet orange soda; Crush and Sunkist both make tasty versions that are distributed nationwide.  But those same brands — which produce grape sodas — do not make a diet grape soda.

Why not?  Doesn’t it stand to reason that people who drink grape soda might also drink a diet version if it were available?

Has some special focus group or secret research revealed that our grape taste buds wither and die once we reach a certain age?  I know mine certainly haven’t…and I’m old.   The only thing that has changed is my willingness to swallow all the calories in full-strength sodas.  If I’m gonna drink grape soda at all, it’s gonna have to be diet.

So, Crush, Sunkist — I’m appealing to you because you are the national brands with the widest distribution.  Create a diet grape soda and put it out on the market.  Heck, my consumption alone will make it worth your while.

Remember, all grown-ups were kids once…and its our ‘inner child’ who still decides what we drink.