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Kraft Dinner to Lose its Synthetic Colouring by End of 2016

Published April 25, 2015 - 2 Comments

This is how I want my KD.

I’m still reeling over the fact that Coca Cola has tampered with my beloved Coke, reducing the syrup by 8%, the calorie content by 20 for 355ml, and crushing my hopes and dreams of ever getting to ride one of the Christmas polar bears into battle.  It’s just not going to happen now.

And then news came of Kraft’s decision to stop using synthetic colours in their Kraft Dinner.  I’m pretty sure that my Earth just about fell off its axis with that one.  WTF?

Sure Yellow #5 and Yellow #6 don’t SOUND overly appetizing, but take a look at that picture above and tell me that’s not the only way KD should look.  Yes, even the ketchup heart.  We all need a little more love in our lives.  Although I tend to use a smiley face with mine, but that’s not the point.


No, it’s not an alien… it’s annatto.

So how are they going to colour it without Yellows #5 and #6?  Well apparently through the combination of 3 spices:  turmeric, paprika, and annatto.  And just in case you’re like me and haven’t the slightest clue what annatto is, here’s what it looks like before it’s ground up. How scary is that?  Do I want that thing around my KD?  I don’t think so!  That thing belongs on an island somewhere, feeding on wild boars, and stray pygmies.


Paprika sure is a pretty red

And what about the other two?  Well here’s paprika.  Notice the pretty shade of red matches quite nicely with the red of the annatto above?

And then there’s turmeric, which I’ll admit is yellowy, and something that I use in my mustard pickles.  I guess it’s not all bad.

So how are these three mostly dark red spices going to replace Yellows #5 and #6?  I have no idea.  I’m no chef (if I was, I probably wouldn’t be eating KD for supper) but I’m told that these colours will soften during the blending process.  I sure hope so, because right now I’m envisioning something that looks a lot like bloody mud.


Mmmm… a bowl of yummy turmeric


So why the change in the first place?  Is this going to make KD a healthy alternative to real food?  No, of course not.  It’s still processed food packed in a box that you can get on sale for under a buck.  This is just someone’s way of trying to appeal to an “informed consumer” so that everyone can sleep soundly at night. I’d be more worried about the preservatives in food that make them last an unnaturally length of time, than the colour of my macaroni and cheese.

But that’s just me.

What Rhymes With Dietitian? Nothing! Nothing Rhymes with Dietitian!

Published February 13, 2015 - 1 Comment

I’ve been going to see a dietitian for a few weeks.  If you’ve ever wondered what the difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist is, go ahead and call a dietitian a “nutritionist” and see what happens. I dare ya.  Apparently one is a registered health professional, regulated by professional and government guidelines… and the other is some poor schmuck who wants to give themselves a fancy title. Kinda like a consultant.  But I digress.

Here are three topics that I brought to the discussion this morning.  I’m such an informed client.

Coca-Cola Canada is reducing the amount of syrup in their drinks by 8%.

Apparently our 458097843Coke is sweeter than their Coke.  Well, isn’t that the way everything is supposed to work?  Not anymore!  In an effort to help curb the obesity epidemic in this country, Coca-Cola Canada is reducing the amount of syrup in their drinks by 8%, reducing the size of some of their bottles and moving to slimmer cans.  I say stock up now because this change is going into effect immediately.  There might even be markets where the newly diluted Coke is already on shelves.  If not, it won’t be long.  Can somebody hook me up with a bottling company? I think it’s time to order a barrel of syrup off the black market.

Lays Canada has introduced chocolate covered ruffled chips.   

So the Coke is getting weaker, lays2and the chips are getting sweeter.  Have you tried these things?  Oh my!  One part salty.  One part sweet.  All parts deadly!  They’re not cheap, though.  You’ll be forking out over $4 for a small bag that is barely 1/3 filled, but trust me… that 1/3 bag is better than any other 1/3 bag of Lays chips you’ve ever had.  The milk chocolate that they coat the chips with is thick, and extremely tasty.  At 270 calories for 5 chips you probably don’t want to eat them all in one sitting, because you know… that… would… be… bad.  Oh, and they’re only here in Canada and for a limited time only!

Weight Watchers Super Bowl Ad makes ya think!

Everyone loves the Super Bowl ads; sometimes more than the game itself!  Most of them are funny, or sexy, or just over the top in some way or another.  When you’re paying $4.5 million for a 30 second spot, you want it to be memorable. I think that Weight Watchers managed to do exactly that by going another route.  Their message is a powerful one, and I couldn’t agree more!  Take a look-see and tell me what you think.  And yes, that’s Aaron Paul’s voice.  You’re welcome, Ladies.



Pepsi Launches “Fat Blocker” Cola! Why Didn’t I Think of That? Oh Wait.. I Did!

Published November 15, 2012 - 5 Comments

I’ve been saying for years that they need to come out with a way of making Coke healthy.  I don’t mean “less sugar”… I mean healthy!  Just slip some vitamins, or special ingredient (other than dark rum) into it, and market it as a health drink.

Well apparently I wasn’t far off.

Pepsi has introduced Pepsi Special in Japan, which is marketed as a “fat blocker”, by including something called dextrin (a little too close to Dexter for my liking!).  Near as I can tell, dextrins are some sort of fibre that the body can’t digest, which also attract fat to bond with them, before getting vacated from the body.  No wonder the marketing people went with “fat blocker”.

Are you listening, Coca-Cola?!  Are you listening?!

Unfortunately the chances of ever seeing Pepsi Special on North American shelves are slim to none


Sorry.. I had to!  🙂

Is AMC’s Breaking Bad the Best Show Ever?

Published September 8, 2012 - 5 Comments

I’ve seen a lot of talk in the blogosphere lately about AMC’s Breaking Bad being the best show on TV… or the best dramatic series ever… or even the best TV series ever.  Period!  That’s a pretty tall order, and I don’t think that we’re ever going to have a consensus on that.  How do you decide the best ANYTHING?  Surely there must be a better litmus test than sitting in your parents’ basement, eating stale Cheetos and debating with your drunken friends as to why the Toronto Maple Leaf’s are the best hockey team ever… The Empire Strikes Back is the best Star Wars movie of all time… and Ginger is obviously the best Spice Girl…  I mean c’mon.. Just look at her!  None of the other girls can rock the Union Jack like that!  Oh Gingie…  Spice up my life!

But I digress…

I was a little late getting to the Breaking Bad party, which was great because I got to watch nearly an entire three seasons back to back… and it was AWESOME!  To watch the transformation of Walter White from awkward science teacher into a methamphetamine cook… and eventually into his badass alter-ego, Heisenberg… the show is damn near brilliant!  And if you’re one of those people who might be a little wary of wanting to watch the show because you remember Bryan Cranston as Malcom in the Middle‘s Dad..  oh boy… Walter White is so far removed from Hal that you will almost instantly forget about his previous work.  Remember what I said?  BADASS.

I’m reluctant to go into any real details here because I don’t want to ruin anything for the people who are not caught up.  Needless to say, it’s going to be a long wait until the second half of Season 5 picks up in 2013.

One thing’s for certain… if Coca-Cola doesn’t issue a set of collectable Heisenberg cans, I am going to be sorely disappointed!!


White Coke Cans? Say it Isn’t So…

Published December 7, 2011 - 2 Comments

A Little Too Close, Perhaps?

When I first saw the new holiday white Coke cans, I thought that they were pretty sharp looking!  I understood the reasoning behind it.  Coke and the polar bears have been an item well before I ever got hooked on their liquid crack cocaine.  The idea to promote conservation awareness for the polar bear seemed like a good one to me, although not good enough for me to make a donation.  But the cans themselves looked appealing.

A day or two later I saw the first report of a supposed consumer backlash against the company that had dared to package their flagship product in anything other than a red can for the first time in its history.  What’s the big deal, I thought?  Seemed like it was really blown out of proportion to me.

Then I saw the problem first hand when I was in the store.  It’s not that the cans aren’t red.  It’s that they’re white.  Someone who likes regular Coke may not be able to easily locate them, but will eventually stumble onto them, or ask.  But the white cans look very similar in appearance to the silver Diet Coke cans, meaning those who drink Diet can easily pick up the wrong one if they’re not careful.  Now I know what you’re probably thinking “C’mon… can’t people read the labels?”  Sure.. the Diet ones are clearly marked as such… but a company like Coke spends millions of dollars every year to reinforce its brand image with consumers… people instinctively reach for their preferred flavour based on these visual cues… and someone at Coca-Cola should have realized that there was the potential for confusion here.

Now, to the people who claimed that the taste of Coke in the white cans was somehow different than Coke in the red cans… they’re idiots.  We won’t worry too much about those people.  But for everyone else who thought they were buying Diet Coke, only to discover when they got home that it was regular Coke… those people have a legitimate gripe.  Coca-Cola has responded by scrapping the campaign.

Which is too bad… cuz I liked them!


Coke! Buy One, Get One Free!

Published August 15, 2010 - 4 Comments

I’ve been meaning to post about this for awhile now.  My kids have found the darnedest things in this old house, and I chuckle when I look at this one…

My birthday was a couple of months ago, and my little guy made me a card and put this coupon for a FREE Coke from Irving in it.  The kids know how much I love my Coke.  They also know how bad it is for me, but because this was for my birthday, they were willing to let me indulge just this once.

Take a look at the picture of the coupon…  notice anything odd about it?
It’s in perfect condition.  Not sure where they found it, but I gave them a big hug and put it on my fridge with a magnet. It always makes me smile.
I bet it I tried enough times, I’d find an Irving that would accept it… but this coupon is worth more to me than a bottle of Coke ever could be!

My Birthday Gift

Coke vs Pepsi

Published July 18, 2010 - 12 Comments

I realized that I haven’t posted a poll question in a very long time.  So I figured that I’d write a very simple one.  It’s no surprise which one is my preferred cola, but it’s interesting to see what other people think.  It’s actually one of my favourite questions to ask someone new when I’m chatting with them.  Just completely out of the blue…

Coke or Pepsi?

People (and by that, I generally mean “women”) seem to get a kick out of it.  If the answer is “Coke” then I’ll write back with something crazy like “Marry me!”… if it’s “Pepsi” then I’m likely to come back with something like “I’m sorry.. it’s been fun, but this simply isn’t going to work out.  Have a nice life.”  I usually get called on my bluff! :cool:

The great thing about this question is that people tend to have strong opinions about their answer.  They either like one, or the other…  although some don’t like either of them.  But there’s usually not too much “Doesn’t matter”… sure, most of us will drink the other one, but there’s still usually a strong preference.

So I’ll throw the same question out to readers here.  I’m actually quite curious about how this will turn out.  I’m not confident that I can predict the outcome of this one.

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Father’s Day

Published June 21, 2010 - 2 Comments

Yesterday was Father’s Day.  Between working until 7am, sleeping for a few hours, and then going to see my Dad and my kids, there wasn’t much time left over to blog.  (Yeah, I did manage to squeeze out one about 123LinkIt, but even that was rushed)

I think that Father’s Day gets a bit of a bum rap (is that even how you spell that?  Looks kinda silly) compared to Mother’s Day sometimes.  It just doesn’t seem to have the same zing and pizazz that Mother’s Day has.  Hell, even where I work, you get an additional financial incentive for working on Mother’s Day (regardless of your sex and/or parental status)… what do you get for Father’s Day?  Nadda.  Try to figure that one out!

But that’s ok.  There are more important things than money.  (Seriously, yes there are.)  My kids surprised me with cards that they had made at school.  They were really well done.  My son’s was the typical boy-themed card.  Thanking me for the super-soakers I had bought them.. ice cream.. wrestling.. playing ball and watching TV.  My daughter’s was a little different…

Awww.. how well does she know me?  Meatballs, pop, black hat (I honestly thought it was blue until she wrote that.  So I asked someone.. apparently it’s black!), music videos, So You Think You Can Dance… and sleeping?  Hey now!  It’s not my fault that the kids won’t sleep in  past 6:30am on a Saturday!

Hope that all the Fathers out there had a great day yesterday!

Coke Attack!

Published June 5, 2010 - 5 Comments

I’m currently feeling my first major attack of Coke withdrawal.  I’ve been busy cleaning the house.  Dishes, laundry, more dishes, more laundry, picking up after the kids, folding laundry, more dishes…  I had to resort to plastic plates and cups yesterday because there simply wasn’t anything clean.  It was embarrassing!

It came on suddenly… almost like a hot flash.. I felt warm, and my mouth honestly started to salivate… I know that there’s an un-opened 2L bottle of Coke in the fridge, and I can’t seem to get it out of my mind.  And even if there wasn’t one there, I still think that I’d be feeling the effects, and probably loading everyone into the car to run down to the store to get some!

I’m drinking a glass of Welch’s white grape juice at the moment, and I enjoy it, but my body really wants Coke.  There’s no headache yet.  It’s just a yearning.

Are New Year’s Resolutions a Waste of Time?

Published January 8, 2010 - 6 Comments

As I cracked open my bottle of Coke at 6:05 this morning on the drive in, it occurred to me… once again, my well-intentioned New Year’s Resolution had bitten the dust.  I actually bought a Coke 2 nights prior…  instant comfort for what some might consider a “bad day”…  That’s my excuse, but chances are… I would have broken it sooner or later anyway.  I was on my 6th day as a recovering Coke-head.  There was so much junk food in the house that I really hadn’t thought too much about having a Coke.  Night shifts are a little iffy, but again… there was plenty of junk to keep my mind occupied.  I figured that the real test would be in another 2 weeks when the Christmas junk food stocks had been depleted and I was watching TV and suddenly had the urge for something sweet and oh-so-yummy.  Then off to the corner store I would go, slapping down my bank card for some overly-priced convenience goods.

Which begs the question…  Are New Year’s Resolutions a total waste of time?  Do people really change their habits just because they throw out their old calendar and replace it with a new one?  If I wanted to stop drinking Coke, or any of the other things that I put on my list, surely I could have stopped in December.  Or March.  Or July.  You get the point.  I remember reading something once that talked about habit forming behaviour.  How long it took to form a bad habit.  How long it took to break that habit.  It’s all about repetition.  Obviously 6 days wasn’t quite enough to break the cycle of Coke abuse.  Gee, that sounds more intriguing than it really is.

I fell off the wagon.. but that’s fine… the great thing about wagons is that they’re slow moving, so you can climb back up onto them and try again…

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