Food: April 2008 Archives


April 15, 2008

Jelly Belly has just brought out their BeanBoozled product:
BeanBoozled jelly beans come in 20 flavors, 10 weird and wild flavors matched up with 10 look-alike tasty flavors. Is the black jelly bean Licorice, or is it Skunk Spray? Perhaps the blue bean is Toothpaste flavor, or maybe it's delicious Berry Blue. Think you can tell them apart? We dare you!

You might not know when you will be bamboozled by a weird flavor. A key on the back of each box gives clues to the surprises found inside, but the beans look so similar, every bite will be a surprising dare.

I actually already have this problem with Jelly Belly bulk packs. Mrs. Guesswork buys these ginormous tubs of mixed jelly beans at Costco and I already find a pretty substantial fraction of the beans (cafe latte, cappuccino, a&w cream soda, licorice, ...) revolting, and they look a lot like other flavors that I like, so I have to be on my guard anyway.

On a related topic, why when you go to Costco do they insist on selling you mixed packs of cliff bars, power bars, etc. Are there really people who like vanilla crisp power bars, or is this just some scheme to get you to throw away 1/3 of the bars so you buy more that much sooner?"


April 14, 2008

Can someone explain to me why, whenever you go to a Mexican restaurant they short you on tortillas? I doubt it's cost because tortillas are incredibly cheap (less than $.04/ea retail for your standard corn tortilla), and these self-same places will gladly provide you with a mountain of tortilla chips whether you ask for them or And yet time after time I find myself sitting at my table waiting for some server to notice that I was out of tortillas and bring me some more so I can assemble my fajitas. I suppose it's possible that I use more tortillas than average, but really, who can assemble a whole plate of fajitas with 3 tortilla? Baffling.