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Nov 8, 2006 11:16 PM

Underwood chicken spread...what's with the tiny tins?

So sue me, I sorta kinda like it. But at $2.50 a pop for a tiny can of the stuff, I'm not really motivated to buy it often. And you can only find it in said miniscule cans, and at a similar price. Why they have never sold the stuff by the pound I just can't figure out. Nor for that matter do I understand why some clever company hasn't simulated the product and done something like the above.

I did find a glimmer of hope the other day at a .99 cent store, which had their similar Underwood deviled ham product in bulk. Too bad I hate the stuff. But perhaps a similar fate will await the chicken spread someday.

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  1. The small cans are ok for my use - a picnic lunch for 2. A larger can would leave leftovers. However I wouldn't buy them at regular grocery prices.

    1. I use the small can for two sandwiches, it's more than enough.

      the price you mention is strange, I buy it all the time here for 1.85 a can. which is still quite a bit.

      1. yeah, it's never cheap for what you get, but sometimes I just gotta have some.

        What I want to know is why I can find the ham in most of the stores around me but only one carries the chicken? And why is the ham so bad?

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        1. re: dct

          I've always wondered why the Proctor-And-Gamble-Is-Satanic people never got bent out of shape about the little devil on the deviled ham label.

        2. I seem to remember a 2nd, larger can. I used to love the deviled ham.

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          1. re: chocolatetartguy

            My parents used to keep a stock of the ham in the pantry; in the Midwest '40s and '50s the standard spur-of-the-moment hors d'oeuvre to bring out with the beers or highballs was deviled ham on crackers. Those cans were more like 6 oz., about half the size of a tuna can. I liked it quite a bit when I managed to get some, but then I liked those canned Vienna sausages, too.

          2. My guess is that's to keep the apparent price down -- like pricing cheese by the half-pound, to make it look like you're paying less. If you're paying $2.50 -- reluctantly -- for a "tiny" can, how much more motivated would you to pay $5 for twice the amount?