Thursday, December 24, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Courtesy of Meeelis on YouTube.
I don't remember ever seeing this one before. I think it has just won the "Best thing I've Seen on YouTube So Far" award. Enjoy!
Sunday, December 6, 2009
I have a few Tastykake items that came from my grandfather's grocery store including this great 2-sided hang tag:
And this ruler:
Tastykake has a great font and a catchy jingle ("Nobody bakes a cake as tasty as a Tastykake..."), but it is severely lacking in the mascot department - at least until now. Browsing the Tastykake website, I found that they seem to have a new mascot, Kirbee Krimpet!
Here's a plush Kirbee:
And here's Kirbee on a tin (full of Krimpets, naturally):
Kirbee seems to be Butterscotch Krimpet, not a Jelly Krimpet, which I generally prefer, but I don't mind. A YouTube search turned up a recent commercial featuring Kirbee and the Phillies Phanatic:
Friday, November 27, 2009
I'm talking about AllerMates: medical ID tags for kids with allergies featuring an amazing cast of characters! Now you can send little Tommy off to school wearing a set of dog tags alerting everyone to his food allergies:
Or, make a fashion statement with a wristband featuring the offending foodstuff:
The AllerMates include all the usual offenders:
It's too bad that everything says "allergy" on it. I for one, would certainly wear a Professor Wheatly bracelet. I can imagine that kids will begin to fake allergies just to wear these cool characters. Kids will probably collect and trade the dog tags. The website indicates that a variety of other products will be coming next year including plush toys, stickers, lunch boxes, and epi-pen holders. That last one isn't so much fun, but I know I could face the possibility of anaphylactic shock a lot better with a cute character like P. Nutty on my wrist!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Ollie is taking his new role as spokespickle quite seriously, and he even has his own on-line space with a variety of activities including coloring pages and postcards.
Can't get enough of Ollie? You can get your very own Ollie t-shirt by sending in some proofs of purchase (and shipping and handling). Or better yet, submit a recipe to the Picklicious Showcase. If it's chosen as a Showcase Recipe, you'll win your very own Ollie t-shirt! So be sure to send in your recipes for pickle stuffing, sweet potato and pickle casserole, and pumpkin and pickle pie.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
First, I was excited to find the bookmarks (or "magnetic page clips" as they call themselves) that I had admired a few months ago!
These kawaii cuties are by Paperchase. I'm looking forward to using them, but I will be sure to heed the ominous warning on the back about just what magnets can do to your intestines if swallowed.
Being a bookmark aficionado I naturally like to give them to others, and handcrafted bookmarks were often among the gifts I made as a child. Here's an early example of a mixed media (paint, yarn, felt, paper from Tastykake package) bookmark featuring three peas in a pod:
I've collected bookmarks for as long as I can remember, and the nice thing about a bookmark collection is that a 38 year accumulation still fits in the top drawer of my nightstand. I try to match the bookmark to the book I'm reading. These new bookmarks will be perfect for when I sit down with For Whom the Bell Pepper Tolls, Jane Pear, or The Grape Gatsby! Thanks, Curly Wurly!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
The Spam Shop features an array of Spammy merchandise including:
A Spammy Bean Bag Plush:
Monday, October 12, 2009
Here we have Ollie the Olive, Tonya Tomato, Ricky Ravioli, Gina Grape, and Bene Breadstick ready to show us the wonders of Italy:
First up, a tour of Sicily (click for larger version):
Next, learn some Italian phrases:
And now a maze through the whole of Italy:
Olive Garden children's menu courtesy of Maria - grazie mille!
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
Not wanting to meet Mr. Balloon Angioplasty next, I decided to forgo Mr. Cruller. This was a difficult decision since I hate wasting food (there are people starving in China, after all). To ease my guilty conscience, I decided to at least take a few pictures of the donuts before disposing of them as hazardous waste. So I got out the googly eyes and snapped away:
Monday, August 10, 2009
I was really lucky on two occasions recently. We visited our local ice cream establishment, the Curry Freeze, in Rotterdam, NY. Contrary to what you must be thinking, the Curry Freeze does not actually sell frozen curry, but is named after the street where it's located.
Benevolently gazing down on all the patrons is a grinning soft serve cone:
A close-up reveals our friend to be a Flavor Burst cone:
I've actually seen this same Flavor Burst cone guy at two other ice cream stands in the region. It turns out Flavor Burst is a system to infuse a variety of flavoring into plain vanilla soft serve ice cream. Check out the Flavor Burst website for all the details including information on the ominously-named FB80LPa and FB44CMX systems. Regrettably, the cone guy is nowhere to be found on the website and seems to have been replaced with a much more pedestrian penguin mascot.
This past weekend we made a journey to a new (to us) ice cream stand located literally in the middle of nowhere in Wynantskill, NY. Moxie's has been making their own ice cream right on the premises since the 1930s.
Welcoming all visitors is Mr. Blue Moon, a cone of Moxie's unique Blue Moon flavor:
I asked what Blue Moon tasted like and was told that it tasted differently to everyone, so I had to try some. It tasted like orange sherbet to me, so I passed on a full cone of it. But I did try their Chocolate Challenge and Teaberry flavors. Both were excellent, but the Teaberry was particularly exciting for me because my family used to get this flavor at the now-defunct Farmer's Dairy ice cream store in Hazleton, PA.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
This profit calculator was given out by Planters to retailers like my grandfather. By sliding the inner card to match up the number of items in a carton or case with the cost in one window, the other window shows the percent profit for potential selling prices.
One side shows unit prices 25¢ and up, while the other shows 5¢ to 25¢.
Each display box held 24 individual cups. That's 288 cups in the box! If only we knew the wholesale price, Mr. Peanut could tell us just what the profit would be!
I had noticed that the Planters Peanut Candy bars have made a resurgence, so I decided I had to try one (or two) for research purposes.
The Planters website also lists a Big Nut Bar, so I figured I had better track down some of these for comparison. It turns out these are more like a granola bar and are sold in boxes of 5 in the granola bar section of grocery stores.