Friday, February 13, 2015

Sneaky, sneaky

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

It's been about a year since I bought a box of Ritz crackers.  I like Ritz crackers. The ones I bought last year were in the shape of a snowflake. In fact, they were so cute, I bought FOUR boxes of them and we were still eating those snowflakes in the summer.  But Mr. L got tired of them (not me, but then he was the one enjoying them), and we moved on to Pepperidge Farm butterflies.

But then the other day Mr. L said, "Hey, why don't you get some Ritz crackers when you shop?" I said, "Put it on the list."

I do not only our shopping, but my Mom's shopping, too.  It was a miserable cold day and I was in a hurry, so I tossed the crackers in the cart, and came home.

When I unpacked the groceries I thought,"Gee, this box looks small."  It was only ten or so ounces.  When I went to open it last night, I noticed that, not only were the sleeves of crackers at least an inch shorter, but there were THREE sleeves of crackers, when there had always been four.

I know that food manufacturers are famous for making smaller quantities of stuff and not changing the price, and even have the audacity to say, "Now with less calories" because, yeah, you eat a smaller portion it's GOING to have less calories.  But only three sleeves of Ritz crackers in a box?  That ought to be criminal.

What changes have YOU seen to one of your favorite foods (or anything else, for that matter)?
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