Saturday, June 13, 2009

In Which I Cannot Believe It

Last night, The Boss and I went to our local Save A-Lot to get some cheap groceries. If you've never been to a Save A-Lot, I'm sure you've been to places similar to it. They sell all the different types of products you see at a regular grocery store under knock-off names, but instead of having everything neatly lined up on the shelves, they stack the products inside the boxes they were shipped in. It isn't the most glamorous place to shop, but glamour goes out the window when you're looking to save a buck or two.

There were a few patrons in the store at the same time as us who struck me as odd. Like the guy who was wearing a heavily insulated snow suit despite the 70-degree temperature and the stifling humidity, who bought nothing but three cans of dog food after commenting about how "tasty" they looked. Or the Hispanic woman who spent the entire time on her cell phone, who was wearing a black bra under a thin white tank top that exposed a painful array of back acne (or bacne, if you will), and bought a surprisingly large amount of single-ply toilet paper.

As we shopped, I couldn't help but laugh at the knock-off names of some of the products. Fruity Diamonds, Honey Nut O-Rings, Frosted Mini Spooners... the list goes on. We also saw some products we haven't seen at the local supermarket before, like a 3-ounce can of Ham Spread (yes, you read that correctly) that had 770mg of sodium per half-tablespoon. I don't even want to imagine what that would do to one's blood pressure. Or to one's stomach and taste buds, for that matter.

We chuckled our way through the store, trying not to stare at the strange customers and make a big deal out of the oddly-named products. We grabbed the essential food items that we needed to get through the next week, and were en route to the checkout lanes with our assortment of grocery staples when I decided at the last moment to grab a package of cookies. It was then that I saw these:


Really?

Do they have pubescent teenage boys running the marketing department at the cookie factory? There are just so many things that is wrong about such a name... So many things.

P.S. For those who are curious, they also sold Double Creme Betweens, and they are pretty damn tasty.

19 Comments:

Kat said...

That, My Friend, is the funniest thing I have seen ALL DAMN DAY!

for the love of pictures said...

I love Sav-A-Lot. I used to go to the local one all the time when I lived in CT. I miss it dearly...well, I miss the prices :)

Those cookies are hilarious. I shudder to think about the ad/marketing campaign for those.

Employee No. 3699 said...

I like how the 'Creme Between" is surrounded by...what's the word? It rhymes with uhm...never mind.

Bama Cheryl said...

We've got Aldi's which is the same type of deal -- name brand foods with giggle-producing brand names masquerading as private labels. I'll have to collect some and come back to share them. All I can think of right now is Shep - all their dog food items are Shep brand. And the people who frequent Aldi's are equally as strange as what you were observing at Save-A-Lot. Fun.

lovelila said...

LOL!! Wow...that would definitely send me into a giggling fit of immaturity! I've never been to a Save-A-Lot...I don't even know if we have them in town, actually. Hmm...

LiLu said...

AHAHAHAHAHA! What were they thinking?? Love it!

Aunt Becky said...

You better have bought that.

Cant Hardly Wait said...

Hahaha... oh my god. I love jizz innuendos.

Laura said...

We have a Save-A-Lot here too, and there really are some interesting people there! Gotta love Aldi's and the Walmart too.

Aunt Juicebox said...

You're just too picky. ;)

Lana said...

i will now google the nearest save-a-lot so that i too can experience the thrill of people watching combined with insanely bad product names. i love that you took a pic of the creme betweens :)

Chris Mancini said...

It makes you wonder which names they rejected.

GeekByMarriage said...

Leave my bagged cereal out of this!

Badass Geek said...

Kat: Glad I could help!

FTLOP: Seriously. What a giggle-fest that marketing meeting must have been.

Employee No 3699: Yeah.

Bama Cheryl: There really should be a documentary about the oddities of discount grocers. I wonder what Michael Moore is up to.

Love Lila: Look it up. They are fun.

LiLu: I haven't the slightest idea what they were thinking.

Aunt Becky: Oh, I totally did.

Can't Hardly Wait: Who doesn't?

Laura: Late-night Wal-Mart shopping is fun.

Aunt Juicebox: I'm not sure if that is it.

Lana: You must, and tell us about your experience.

Chris Mancini: I KNOW.

Geek By Marriage: I'm sorry!

Moonspun said...

I was chucking to myself at the 'bacne' comment. But the picture completely outdid me. Seriously...are there no editors at the manufacturing plant???

mrssoup said...

OMG! HILARIOUS! I laughed out loud at work.

Nej said...

We had a store like this when I was a kid. Except, it was before barcode scanners....so you had to get your red grease pen at the door. Then, as you're shopping, you had to write the prices on the products for the cashier to ring up.

I always wondered what kept people from lying.

I really hope the people that named the cookies knew what they were doing. It would make it all that much more funny. :-)

Organic Meatbag said...

Wow...if that isn't worth a "That's what she said!", I don't know what is... that is the shit!

Sildenafil said...

this is very funny and wonderful to know how a child could be crazy for just a such name, this is craziest thing that someone has made in life,

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