I had a golden opportunity yesterday. My four eldest boys went fishing with my husband and I took the baby –just the baby– to the grocery store. Since the opportunity for food shopping sans five crazy craving machines comes infrequently I decided to drive to a real grocery store (the Wegman’s that is 40 minutes away) to indulge myself during that brief spell of relative freedom. We stopped at stuffmart and stocked up on canning jars as many of my jars have not resurfaced since our grand and chaotic move last year.
Rowan and I scooted over to Wegman’s afterward and enjoyed a leisurely stroll through my favorite grocery store in these parts. (Not my favorite Wegman’s but there are almost no bad Weggies. My favorite has to be the international one in Pittsford!) It was in Wegman’s that I found something that made me very, very happy.
But first I will interrupt myself with a brief harangue against High Fructose Corn Syrup. Am I the only one who is getting irritated/freaked out/depressed at the fact that it’s nearly impossible to find items without HFCS in them? Campbell’s Tomato Soup, Hunt’s Ketchup, Viva Italian Dressing, Dr. Pepper (oh why? why?), and many others have gone down the HFCS road. Without getting into the wheres and whyfores of why I avoid HFCS like the plague (I trust you to google it and make up your own mind on the subject) you’ll agree, I’m sure, that once you start watching for it you’re shocked at how frequently it pops up on product ingredient lists. For instance; BREAD! Sweet crappy pappy- why does this need to be in bread? Don’t tell me it’s cheap. Have you seen the price of corn these days?
I usually make all of our bread, hot dog and hamburg buns included. I find this to be the best way to avoid weird additives (like the above mentioned HFCS) and it just plain tastes better. Yesterday I was feeling flush with my “no one hanging off my thighs or ramming fragile looking elderly people accidentally with the cart when rounding the corner on two wheels” shopping experience. I decided to look at the baked goods to see if I could find some hot dog rolls that were HFCS free. I won’t go into the list of them that HAD the gunk in it, because it is exhaustive. But, lo and behold, Wegman’s Brand Wheat Hot Dog Rolls were clean! Glory, hallelujah! They were reasonably priced (and by reasonably I mean less than $2.00 a package) and best yet? They actually tasted great.
Thank you Wegman’s for once again providing amazing food at a price families can afford. (Did that sound like a politician’s commercial or what?)