Monday, May 18, 2009
Nostalgia vs. Nutrition
Bolstered by bargain prices, Nostalgia beats Nutrition in a walkover, 6-0, 6-0.
At the local grocery store, Laura Scudder's potato chips are making a comeback. When I was a lad, there were many potato chip options in Northern California, including Laura Scudder's and Granny Goose. As time went by, the Frito-Lay juggernaut overwhelmed the salty snack food market, with only Proctor and Gamble's Pringles being a non-Frito-Lay choice for the potato chip buyer in these parts. Over the past few weeks at Lucky supermarkets, Laura Scudder's is being reintroduced at bargain prices in the two-bags-in-a-larger-bag option, which isn't exactly environmentally friendly, but it does make it easier to make the chips last.
I won't say Laura Scudder's are clearly superior to Lay's. They are both a little bit of potato surrounded by plenty of salt and grease. But they taste like I remember them and I'm glad to nosh knowing I have an option, not forced to give my money to Frito-Lay, the Microsoft of the snack industry.