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: Nestlé

Costly delightNestlé, which owns the name “Toll House” (after the inn where the chocolate-chip cookie originated more than 75 years...

Updated: October 29, 2014, - 01:55 PM

Tidbits: Ghirardelli and Oreos

Mini squaresThe folks at Ghirardelli, not content to sell you large chocolate bars in 22 different flavors and little individually...

Updated: October 22, 2014, - 01:07 PM

Tidbits: Chex, Quaker and Bumble Bee

Oatmeal newsMr. Tidbit recently made a smallish fuss about the gluten-free oats in a yogurt selection from Chobani. Then, noting...

Updated: October 15, 2014, - 01:16 PM

Tidbits: Hunt's and Russell Stover

Kit and kaboodleThere are some folks, Mr. Tidbit knows, who think he is being excessively cynical in his view of...

Updated: October 01, 2014, - 01:41 PM

Tidbits: Fiber One, Oreos and Del Monte

Fiber manySure, you’re already eating the eight kinds of Fiber One cereal, the 15 kinds of Fiber One chewy bars,...

Updated: September 24, 2014, - 12:37 PM

Tidbits: Twinkies and Snickerdoodle Cakes

Choice of TwinkiesWe survived the disturbance in the Force that was caused by the recent brief disappearance of Twinkies, but...

Updated: September 17, 2014, - 01:01 PM

Tidbits: Jif, Nutella

More portable JifWe already had Jif to Go, peanut butter in 1 ½-ounce tubs. Of course that product costs more per...

Updated: September 10, 2014, - 02:14 PM

Tidbits: Stouffer's mac-and-cheese

CheezinessJust when Mr. Tidbit was beginning to think that food companies were running out of ways to charge more for...

Updated: September 03, 2014, - 04:11 PM

Tidbits: Chex, Entenmann's

Accounting for ChexAnother example of stealth grocery-price increases just caught Mr. Tidbit’s eye: The boxes of General Mills’ Chex cereals...

Updated: August 27, 2014, - 09:42 PM

Tidbits: Gluten-free oats, oatmeal cups for Keurig brewers

Transcendinggluten-freeMr. Tidbit is astonished to announce two (count ’em) breakthroughs in oatmeal. One oatmeal breakthrough per lifetime is all that...

Updated: August 20, 2014, - 03:02 PM

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