When most people in the world tell their wife they are "going out for a pint" they mean a beer. In my world, it means ice cream. I have mentioned before that I do enjoy the stuff. And I know better. But sometimes I deserve it. Last night was one of those nights.
So, at 10:00pm, I headed to the nearest grocery store, intent on purchasing a pint of deliciousness. (Because nothing screams health-freak like consuming ice cream and then going straight to bed!)
As I stood contemplating, the choice came down to two:
Dulce de Leche. By Haagan Dazs. Silky smooth, creamy caramel. Instantly brings back happy thoughts for those who served missions to South America. It cost a bit more than Ben & Jerry's, but it is delicious.
Imagine Whirled Peace. By Ben & Jerry. Quite new to to me. Has some bits in it that remind me of sticky toffee pudding like you get in England. It is good enough to ignore that it is associated with John Lennon
While I was contemplating, I noticed something I had never noticed before:
I was aghast! Haagan Dazs was ripping me off! How long this nefarious scheme had been going on, I have no idea, but it is wrong, wrong wrong. Without my realizing it, they had reduced the amount of the ice cream in the carton by 12.5%.
That is like taking one egg out of the carton, or one donut out of the dozen box.
And to make up for this shortage, they RAISED THE PRICE.
Sneaky, sneaky, sneaky. I guess that's what we should come to expect from ice cream makers from
Norway, Sweden, Denmark. The Bronx, New York. (It's true.) And now they are based in California. That must be where they get that lovely Scandinavian flavor. (Ephraim, Utah is more Scandinavian than Haagan Dazs because they celebrate Scandinavian Days)
But, much to their credit, Ben & Jerry are still selling their ice cream by the pint - the WHOLE pint. And it is cheaper than their shady competitors. (I won't even mentioned that they are owned by Unilever - a European soap company)
So, if you have the choice, buy Ben & Jerry's.
Let's show Haagan Dazs that their pseudo-Danish methods don't fly here!
(And if anyone knows how to type an "umlaut" over the "a", don't bother telling me, because Haagan isn't a real word anyway. They just made it up, too.)
Can you tell this whole episode bothered me?
(I think I am more bothered that it happened a long time ago, and I just now noticed.)
Here is a link to an interesting article a little while ago that talks about how companies are reducing how much product they put in the package without changing the price so they can increase profits.