I think it's well established that my supermarket willpower can be a bit lacking. Remember when I bought multiple boxes of coconut ice creams? And my UK supermarket purchases? I could list many other examples.
Fortunately, there are some products that repel me so utterly that my willpower is refreshed and I am put off supermarkets altogether. It doesn't necessarily last long, but there really are some awful products out there. This post is about them!
First up - flavoured raisins. Strawberry, blackcurrant and cola flavoured raisins to be precise.
It pains me to note that the cola flavoured raisins are looking depleted on the shelf. I mean, how? why? cola and raisins? I don't understand. The fact that they need to advertise 'made with real fruit' kind of says it all.
Second: Coles' new 'simply less' chocolate bars. I have to confess that I have tried one of these in the peppermint variety, and it wasn't bad. The packaging, though, is a complete turn off to me. When you read the ingredient list and spot things like apple juice in the orange version, it's also hard to think of it as real chocolate. Pretend chocolate, sure. A money making venture - definitely.
Staying with Coles, there are new stem ginger cookies in their gluten free range. This, in itself, isn't that bad (I understand some people need gluten free). The horror comes from Coles' previous, gluten containing stem ginger biscuits disappearing off the shelves some months ago. They were a favourite of Mr Bite, and he is not soothed by them returning without gluten.
Amazingly, Red Dot stores (an Australian budget chain that sells all sorts of things; we sometimes use them for cards and wrapping paper) now sell Reese's pieces, Hershey's chocolate sauce, and Reese's topping sauces. I was quite tempted by these, but remain perplexed by what they are doing in Red Dot.
I'm also perplexed by chocolate balsamic glaze. I think I'd like it, but I'm not allowing myself to try.
Similarly, I'm not allowing myself to buy these sugar-filled American cereals. I might, but if you look at the prices in the picture below, you'll understand why self-restraint wasn't difficult.
Hint: The sale price is $1 and the saving is $1.99
What supermarket horrors have you seen recently?