Al Sicherman

Columnist | Tidbits
Al Sicherman writes the Tidbits column for the Taste section. He is a retired columnist for the Star Tribune. In 1989 his son Joe died after taking LSD. The column Al wrote then: A father's plea: Be scared for your kids was widely reprinted. In 1999 Al wrote a new introduction to that column: Ten years after Joe's death, grief and a message endure.

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Tidbits: Lunchables and Tater Tots

Skewering lunchWhen, a few months ago, Mr. Tidbit encountered Lunchables Snack Duos (double packages each consisting of, for example, tortilla...

Updated: May 21, 2014, - 01:50 PM

Tidbits: Mega M&Ms, Honey Bunches of Oats

Bigger, odder m&msTwo strange things have been launched from Mars. (Mr. Tidbit refers to the candy company, not the planet,...

Updated: May 14, 2014, - 03:34 PM

Tidbits: Crystal Farms, Jolly Rancher gelatin

Can you take a yolk?The joint is jumping over at Crystal Farms, whose parent company, Michael Foods, is being acquired...

Updated: May 07, 2014, - 01:55 PM

Tidbits: Peeps, Oreos

Peeple watchingWith Easter now well behind us, Mr. Tidbit needs to offer an observation about marketing, pricing and consumer behavior....

Updated: April 30, 2014, - 01:15 PM

Tidbits: Lean Cuisine, Kraft microwave mac-and-cheese

More Lean CuisineThe ever-expanding Lean Cuisine brand, apparently aiming to take over the entire frozen-food aisle, has added two new...

Updated: April 23, 2014, - 12:43 PM

Tidbits: Hormel's Compleats, Heat-N-Go pancakes

Scrambled what?Mr. Tidbit’s regular readers probably are aware that, because food preferences truly are a matter of taste, he seldom...

Updated: April 16, 2014, - 01:24 PM

Tidbits: Nature Valley bars, BelVita breakfast biscuits, cake mixes

Crowded valleyThe debut of a couple of new Nature Valley products caused Mr. Tidbit to check in on the number...

Updated: April 09, 2014, - 01:04 PM

Tidbits: Many additions to the snack aisle

A basket of TriscuitAbout a year ago, Nabisco introduced five flavors of Brown Rice Triscuits (which also contain wheat flour...

Updated: April 02, 2014, - 02:12 PM

Tidbits: granola, cereal bars, red velvet

Warm granolaQuaker, which pretty much owns the supermarket’s oatmeal aisle, now offers what it calls Warm & Crunchy Granola. The...

Updated: March 31, 2014, - 10:40 AM

Tidbits: More from Chips Ahoy!

Four at onceJust a month ago Mr. Tidbit heralded a first in the long line of Oreo introductions when two...

Updated: March 19, 2014, - 02:55 PM

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