I must confess... I am a shopping cart voyeur. I suppose it started innocently enough; my eyes would skim over the contents of another person's cart and something in it would jog my memory and I'd run back and pick up the dish soap or what-have-you that I had forgotten. That innocent activity soon turned me into assessing the choices the shopper in question had made. Not to judge, mind you, I think I'm past using my mental energy in that direction, but... some food products are just beyond my comprehension.
Michael Pollan of Omnivore's Dilemma fame has a general rule regarding food. If your grandmother wouldn't understand it, you should think twice about consuming it. Fair enough, I think.
I'm not sure Grandma would have understood Texas Toast. Big slabs of flabby white bread smeared with some margerine-based concoction. It seems to be a popular item where I shop - people buy five or six boxes at a time. It goes without saying that Grandma would have scratched her head in the bottled water department. I don't get the concept and I rarely buy it. Not too long ago, an adult at the elementary school where I teach was mortified when she saw me filling my glass at the drinking fountain. "You drink that stuff?' she asked in a shocked voice. I replied that if it was good enough for the kids, I'm sure it would be fine for me. "But they sell bottled water in the vending machine," she chided.
A related product which I don't often purchase is bottled iced tea. Do people not understand the recipe? What would you estimate the difference in price for a gallon of commercial ice tea and homemade? I'd have to guess it to be a mind-blowing percentage. Anyhoo... I plan to be making my own this summer. I have a pretty extensive collection of regular and herbal teas which ought to keep me nicely hydrated through the season.