Friday, April 21, 2006
Mr. Bee's, please!
Everytime we visit my Mother-in-law, a native Charlestonian, we have to take her a huge bag of Mr. Bee potato chips. She can't get them in South Carolina, and really misses them. I guess there just isn't anything like them anywhere else -- kind of like Hussmann's potato chips that I used to love when I lived in Cincy!
So we took our requisite bag 'o chips down I-77, along with a backup (in case we got stranded in orange barrels and didn't have a thing to eat) only to get there and find that they just didn't taste the same! We busted open our backup bag (how did it last that long?) and got the same result. A phone call to Bee headquarters gave us the low-down -- federal regulations on snack foods require that all trans-fats be removed from the oil.
So you can buy cigarettes, but you can't buy chips with trans-fats? Okay, I am kind of a health-food nut. I feed my family couscous and organic veggies, but dammit, when I want that occasional bag of Mr. Bee chips, I want them, trans-fats and all!
Oh, well. That's how it goes. They're still half-decent -- they taste about like Lay's. They're just not the same old Mr. Bee chips I've known and loved.