With that said, I got a bit... distracted during a recent trip.
I usually shop around the outside of the store (veggies, meats, dairy... wine, sushi, you know - the essentials). I also usually go to Wegmans when there is no one there, 6am on a Sunday.
So... midday Saturday things are considerably more crowded. I was 'sneaking' down an interior isle when I came upon a 'European' section. I thought to myself... ooooo maybe something yummy and Italian lives here <read real nutella>?! So I looked around and found a bunch of English stuff (no offense... just not what I was looking for). I picked up a couple of cans and flipped them around to look at the ingredients... and was intrigued. It seemed liked these (AMERICAN) imports (that have been exported, imported, exported, and imported again to get here) had semi-real ingredients. No corn syrup either.
Now I HAD to compare...
<before you continue - you should know I am working with a phone that doesn't have the internet and perhaps has the very first camera phone ever - I will transcribe the ingredients from their respective websites after as there is NO way you can read them off my excellent pictures.>
Let's start with the soups shall we?!
Campbell’s Tomato Soup (USA)
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Heinz Creamy Tomato Soup (UK)
Tomatoes (84%), Water, Vegetable Oil, Sugar, Modified Cornflour, Salt, Dried Skimmed Milk, Milk Proteins, Cream, Spice Extracts, Herb Extract, Citric Acid
Interesting isn't it? Lots of tomatoes in the non-US one. A bit depressing that the US version is just tomato paste reconstituted no?
Let's move on to the Spaghettios. Before I show you the lists... can you just for one second look at the FRONT of the can. The marketing is making Spaghettios seem like you're basically eating vegetables right?!
'Vegetables for the Day!'
Water, Tomato Puree (Water, Tomato Paste), Enriched Macaroni Product (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Ferrous Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), High Fructose Corn Syrup, Contains Less than 2% of: Salt, Enzyme Modified Cheddar Cheese (Cheddar Cheese [Cultured Milk, Salt, Enzymes, Calcium Chloride], Water, Disodium Phosphate, Enzymes), Flavoring, Potassium Chloride, Vegetable Oil (Corn, Cottonseed, Canola and/or Soybean), Enzyme Modified Butter (Milk), Skim Milk, Paprika Extract, Citric Acid.
Spaghetti and Hoops (UK)
Tomatoes (47%), Spaghetti Hoops (42%, Water, Durum Wheat Semolina), Water, Sugar, Modified Cornflour, Salt, Citric Acid, Spice, Garlic Salt, Herb Extract, Spice Extract
Do I even need to write anything?
Good thing you guys have 'macaroni product.' I was worried it was all just crap.
What have I learned today?
1. DON'T go to Wegmans mid-day on a Saturday
2. DON'T walk through the center of the store
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