Bugle saturation

Mr. Tidbit has been waiting somewhat patiently for the new third flavor of Bugles, the horn-shaped crispy corn snacks, to show up at any of the stores at which he regularly roams the aisles.

It had been quite a few years since he last Bugled, and the second flavor, Nacho Cheese, had appeared without his feeling the need to experience it. But Sweet & Salty Caramel sounded like an entirely different Bugle, so he finally gave up waiting and checked the "product locator" on the General Mills website. He learned that Sweet & Salty Caramel Bugles are stocked here at some Rainbow stores and some Wal-Mart super centers.

He found them more like candy than like original Bugles -- and 30 percent per ounce higher in price -- but the real surprise was in the nutrition information. He had never looked at the data for Bugles. All three flavors are made with coconut oil and butter, and are thus wildly high in saturated fat. For reference, of the 10 grams of fat in a 1-cup serving of potato chips, 1 gram is saturated fat. Of the 8 or 9 grams of fat in a similar serving of Sweet & Salty Caramel Bugles, Nacho Cheese or original Bugles, respectively, 6, 7 or 8 grams are saturated fat -- 28, 36 or 40 percent of the daily allowance.

Air apparent

Another product for which Mr. Tidbit had grown old and tired waiting finally showed up in the refrigerated pudding case at a Super Target near him: Jell-O sugar-free Mousse Temptations, in three flavors: Chocolate Indulgence, Dark Chocolate Decadence and Caramel Creme. Two of his little friends were unimpressed, but he found the air-whipped texture quite pleasant. That whippedness means, though, that the tub that holds 4 ounces of regular pudding or 3.75 ounces of sugar-free pudding instead provides only 2.3 ounces of air-filled sugar-free mousse.

The mousse was priced higher, too, so per ounce it cost 76 percent more.

AL SICHERMAN