Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Big Gulp choc bar


see the logo? price sticker sez 99 cents, btw

Hm, well jeez, the news item here was gonna be that sevenoneone's getting into making its own choc bars in a big way. The proof being this-here Big Gulp choc w/ crisp rice (interesting: that they’re brand-extending the drink name). (There’s also a Big Gulp plain-choc bar tho not seen locally.) At this point, a critique would have ensued, semi-dogging the thing cuz its 1st ingred is sugar not choc, and it really does taste too sweet (tho maybe ok for mosta the clientele). But a quick fack-check at the w.s. revealed another more interesting prod not-yet seen: blue corn wrap w/ turkey, corn, blk beans, romaine, & a "snappy" tomatillo-poblano spread. I mean, THAT sounds good. or at least better than a too-sweet nestles crunch knockoff.

32 Comments:

At August 31, 2005 10:28 AM, Anonymous d.b. cooper said...

liked that "in a big way" link

 
At August 31, 2005 10:31 AM, Anonymous m.b. said...

Are you in there, D.B.? No wait, you like to fly solo.

 
At August 31, 2005 10:32 AM, Blogger emmmjay said...

i want to see how soon ms.ery sees the SSS link. :-)
Great job, tg!

 
At August 31, 2005 10:38 AM, Blogger TG said...

well if you note, it's not necessarily a Sbux-enhancing link. (HOW DARE SOMEONE DO A KNOCK-OFF STORE!) i had to wrestle with my own better instincts on whether to include it or not. but any mention is better than no mention at all

 
At August 31, 2005 10:52 AM, Anonymous ms.ery said...

I wasn't even going to comment on the *$$$ link, emmmjay, but now that you have and given tg an opportunity to plug it, I wonder if either of you read far enough to note that Ethiopa also has a "7-11" knockoff of tg's precious 7-Eleven stores.

On another subject, interesting pieces in Washington Post's food section today: a former restaurant owner/chef gripes about his "dish-functional relationship" with the dining public and former restaurant critic Phyllis Richmond responds.

 
At August 31, 2005 11:36 AM, Anonymous plain java joe said...

maybe tg could be happy there

 
At August 31, 2005 1:09 PM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

Somebody's getting really good with their camera phone. 7-11's also slapping that name on bottled sodas and an ice cream thing that I think you plunk into an actual Big Gulp and thus have a "float."

 
At August 31, 2005 1:47 PM, Blogger emmmjay said...

What's that phrase about imitation being the sincerest form of flattery?

 
At August 31, 2005 2:48 PM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

I think it goes, "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery."

I could be wrong though.

 
At August 31, 2005 3:48 PM, Blogger Kirk said...

Is Big Gulp really such a valuable brand name that they would bother to extend it across non-drink food categories? I mean, why not use Big Bite, their hot dog brand?

Here's a depressing bit of trivia from their website:

"7-Eleven sells close to 100 million fresh-grilled hot dogs every year, more than any other retailer in America, and could feed every person in hot dog-loving Chicago a Big Bite® hot dog each day for a month."

Blech.

 
At August 31, 2005 3:59 PM, Blogger TG said...

will kirk defend chic-style hot dogs as as he does chic-style pizza? let's hear a rhapsody for the joys of neon-green relish

 
At August 31, 2005 4:13 PM, Blogger TG said...

p.s. to kirk - isn't big bite itself an "extension" of big gulp? and may i say, tho some carp that i am a 7-11 nut, i'm really not, and know next-to-nothing about the place except that it stocks all the new/ltd-edition candy ... that said i've heard of big gulp and i've never heard of big bite. so i would say that big gulp is the better known "brand"

 
At August 31, 2005 6:08 PM, Blogger emmmjay said...

twisted--thank you for your vote of confidence.

 
At August 31, 2005 7:37 PM, Blogger Kirk said...

TG:

Chicago hot dogs (aka red hots) have to be judged as a completely different food from those found in other parts of the country. The otherworldly green relish is icing on the cake, adding to the nutritional value of the salad that tops the dog.

My personal favorites, in order of preference, are:

New York street style, with sauerkraut
New England style grilled frankfurter with sauerkraut
Cincinnati metwurst topped with "three-way" chili
Chicago style red hot with everything
James Coney Island (Houston) hot dog with chili
Der Wienerschnitzel chili dog (best after midnight and lots of beer)

See, I am not so Chicago-centric.

 
At August 31, 2005 7:46 PM, Blogger TG said...

kirk has an awesome (possibly alarming?) command of the international hot dog scene!!!

 
At August 31, 2005 9:22 PM, Blogger david said...

i did some mkt. research at a 'does not exist anymore' ad agency...we found that a good percentage of people know what a big gulp is and liked the name...which i found depressing. at least, that was the case in the early 90's...

DPG

 
At August 31, 2005 9:22 PM, Blogger Kirk said...

No, those are just the domestic ones. If you want international, I'll have to do some additional thinking...

 
At August 31, 2005 9:26 PM, Blogger Kirk said...

David:

Market research reveals that "gonorrhea" is perceived to be the most appealing word in the English language, too. (Cellardoor is also popular.) Don't be too depressed about "Big Gulp."

 
At August 31, 2005 9:33 PM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

Nothing on endoplasmicreticulum? fuck!

 
At August 31, 2005 9:56 PM, Anonymous jess truhart said...

my preferred way of cooking hot dogs is to stick them under a broiler (toaster oven will work) until their skin gets nice and dark and bursts. they are juicy and extra flavorful.

depressingly few hot dogs these days have real skin.

 
At August 31, 2005 10:10 PM, Anonymous hippie chick said...

tofu dogs can be quite yummy. on a tasty whole grain bun? heaven

 
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