But this is not a new revelation to me.
I stopped at our local grocery store this week to collect the lone snack item I am bringing home for the children. There are “fish snacks” available in Austria, but they taste like what one might expect from a landlocked country. 🙂
Curiosity getting the better of me, I wandered a few aisles to see what was new in the snack food realm.
Highly processed whipped peanut butter, with or without chocolate. Are you too lazy to spread regular peanut butter on bread, America?
Packing a lunch for school children in America is too passé, I guess. This is the “Lunchables” section of the grocery. Lunchables are packages of deli meat, cheese, crackers, and usually a sugary snack and something equally as sugary to drink. These bundles of fatty, mechanically separated and pressed meats, and other salty, sugary disgustingness feed into the delusion that American parents are too harried to prepare something edible for the little darlings they are spending kabillions of dollars on for sports practice, music lessons, and everything else that makes them “harried.” Is there a question why American children have so many “allergies?” Perhaps too many of them aren’t eating real food.
This is a mechanically separated chicken nugget Lunchables, with the sugary drink in a pouch and the box of candy to balance the meal. I’ve spared you the “Lunchables Deep Dish Pizza” photo.
I know, I know, we Americans love our freedom of choice. But, really? I don’t miss incurring a migraine in trying to find a box of crackers at the grocery. This glut of options was not limited to snack foods either. Small wonder parents believe they are harried: Groovy Cheez-Its or Nacho Cheez-Its or SpongeBob Cheez-Its? Yikes!
Fat Free Pringles. They are not technically potato chips; rather, a pressed and baked slurry of rice, wheat, and potato flakes. Yum, yum. (In all fairness, this crap is available in Vienna, too.)
“Fruit” snacks were the bane of parenting when our children were young. These conveniently packaged waxy and gelatinous shaped gummies often containing food colorings that are banned throughout much of Europe appeared at every playdate and party, and on rare occasion in our house. But hey, most of them do contain some amount of fruit, so they can’t be all bad, right? Plus, so much more fun to eat than real fruit!
This discovery puzzled me. Why is British food relegated to the Cookies and (second) Cracker lane?
The cereal selection spanned the length of one lane. Basically the choices could be pared down to about a dozen, but the more choices, the better! This one made me laugh. One of the worst products in its category for that “most important meal of the day.”
Finally, this one was just plain baffling. GOYA is a family-run company that offers Spanish, Mexican and Hispanic specialties. Anyone for Viena Embuditos?