Mr. Tidbit believes that until now the various Jell-O pudding tub products that have contained less than 4 ounces each have in some way not been part of the regular pudding lineup: They have been sugar-free or whipped or in premium-flavor three-packs. But he suspects that the 23.3-ounce six-packs of "ice cream shop" flavors are harbingers of 23.3-ounce six-packs of the regular Jell-O refrigerated puddings.
Perhaps you are saying "Who cares? Who could notice the missing 0.12 ounces in a tub?" Mr. Tidbit has two things to say about that: First, stop talking back to your newspaper or website. That's a slippery slope: Next you'll be talking back to voices in your head. And second, the 23.3-ounce six-pack, a 3 percent price increase, is another slippery slope. Do you remember the 7-ounce can of tuna (then the 6 1/4-ounce, and then 6-ounce can)? Now it's 5 ounces. Just saying.Who's Magnum?
Have you been wondering about the origin of the new Magnum brand of premium-price ice cream bars (ice cream on sticks coated in Belgian chocolate)? Mr. Tidbit is happy to help:
The Magnum bars come from Unilever, a global consumer-product giant like Kraft and Nestle, but somehow not as well known by name. Among Unilever's food brands are Lipton, Wish-Bone, Hellmann's, Knorr, Skippy, Bertolli, Ragu and Breyers.
Wait. If Unilever makes Breyers ice cream, why give the bars a new brand name? Well, notice the words "premium-price" back in the first paragraph. (Nestle makes both Edy's ice cream and Häagen-Dazs. Häagen-Dazs bars probably couldn't command their high price if they were just Edy's bars.)