bunsen_h: (Popperi)
Last night, I came home from work excessively drained, and looked on the pantry shelves for something easy to cook for dinner.  There were a few packages of KD, which I didn't remember having bought, but I decided that that would do nicely.  Comfort food.  I'd probably picked them up at some point when the grocery store was selling them at a ridiculously low price; it has happened from time to time.  For a few weeks last year, the equivalent Italpasta product was being sold at 16 or 19 cents a box.

And everything was fine until I opened up the packet of cheez sauce powder.  It was a kind of medium brown colour, instead of the expected bright orange; about the colour of an old apple core.  Okay, I thought, this might be because Kraft has switched to using natural food-colouring agents.  It'll probably brighten up when it's mixed into the pasta.

Except it didn't.  The "finished" potful of pasta was still brown.  It tasted a bit weird too.

Then I remembered where I'd acquired the package: Dad's pantry, when we were clearing out foodstuffs that he didn't need to take to the assisted-living place.  It might have been there... a while.

So I checked the best-before date on the box.  "98 AL 15".  Given the expected shelf life of KD, the package was probably more than 20 years old.

Now we know.  That fluorescent-orange cheezy substance does expire eventually, even in dry form, even inside its foil pouch inside the cardboard box, presumably stored under reasonably good temperature conditions.
 
bunsen_h: (Popperi)
I find it disturbing that the upcoming Hunger Games movie is being heavily promoted by a tie-in campaign by Subway.

There's a new chocolate cereal product called "Krave".  The name (and its spelling) make me twitch from the start.  Then there's the advertising.

A small brown square-ish thing wanders around, calling for its "mommy".  It finds a foil-wrapped chocolate bar lying down.  The foil opens, revealing the bar's squares; the little one screams in horror.  Then the bar squares leap on the little one and devour it to the last crumb, like the little blue goblin monsters in Galaxy Quest.  Then one of the bar squares starts "looking" around, calling for "baby?  baby?"

I am unable to fathom what message this is intended to convey.  The cereal is undead and rises from the foil crypt? The cereal is not only cannibalistic, but eats its own children?  At any rate, it doesn't inspire me to eat the stuff.  Quite the opposite.
 

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