Thanks to a nobly health-food-conscious
mother, growing up I was never allowed to wake up and eat a bowl of the
alluring, overly sugared cereal that I would marvel over at the grocery
store — packaged in boxes adorned with cartoon characters and often
The more prominent flavor trends of the
past few years have succeeded in creating buzz and profits, but often
there’s a limited shelf life for seasonal tastes. Who wants a Pumpkin
Spice Latte in the middle of August? Who eats “peppermint stick”
anything after December?
In this installment of Around the World
in Eight Items (or Less), an exploration of the “International Aisle” at
your neighborhood grocery store, I set out to examine some cold,
imported beverages from across the globe.
Except perhaps in remote rural neighborhoods, fast food restaurants are like gas stations — they are everywhere.
Wherever you are right now, there is more likely than not a McDonald’s,
Wendy’s or other such restaurant within a short walk or drive.
The “International Aisles” at chain
supermarkets have evolved greatly over the past couple of decades.
Though they probably vary depending on what part of the country you’re
in, most I’ve seen play up the “international” flavor of the designated
aisle with national flags and foods categorized by country.
A couple of months ago, this column
examined the rise of non-drinkable caffeinated products on your local
supermarket shelves. It was inspired by news of two forthcoming products
coming from a pair of major corporations, but they hadn’t hit local
shelves yet, so I sought out other “edible speed” instead.
One of the rising stars of U.S.
supermarket aisles, particularly for the health conscious, is quinoa. If
you browse the health food racks, you’ve certainly seen an increase in
products that tout their quinoa content.
Why would Ed Hardy make mints? Because
these mints — King Dog Energy Mints — have a little extra party juice in
them. They are “intensely caffeinated”; five mints equal (according to
the packaging) a cup of coffee. (Having tried them, I can attest to
Here’s the big secret, for those who
haven’t tasted “Greek yogurt” — while some claim it’s creamier (maybe,
barely), less sweet and more sour, it really tastes practically exactly the same as regular supermarket yogurt.