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Foods that should be commercially available, but are not?

ipsedixit Apr 14, 2011 03:47 PM

Frozen chocolate covered bananas.

Why aren't those commercially available? How come some big conglomerate like Nestle or Good Humor can't package them into a 6-count box?

What other foods do you think should be commercially available but are not?

  1. bagelman01 Apr 25, 2011 03:23 AM

    We buy them at Trader Joe's for our youngest daughter

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      saucyjohnny Apr 22, 2011 11:28 AM

      Fresh razor clams :):)

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        redfish62 Apr 17, 2011 02:11 PM

        Haggis In A Can ...

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          chefathome Apr 17, 2011 02:21 PM

          I've seen this in both Scotland and Canada, though could not tell you what stores they were specifically. My Mom adores it!

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            small h Apr 17, 2011 02:42 PM

            I've seen it at the Celtic Festival in Hunter, NY. Vegetarian haggis, also (it's mostly made of oats). And you can buy it online!


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              TexSquared Apr 17, 2011 04:38 PM

              You got your wish:


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                Big Bad Voodoo Lou Apr 17, 2011 04:47 PM

                I've had a can in my pantry for over a year now! Nobody will try it with me. :(

                I got it at The British Shoppe in Orlando, and they do mail order sales!


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                Billy33 Apr 16, 2011 10:34 PM

                I would like to buy the seasoning that manufacturers use on salt and vinegar chips. I have a recipe for making it but have yet to get round to it.
                I'd love it to put on popcorn and on hot chips (vinegar makes them go soggy).

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                  goodhealthgourmet Apr 16, 2011 10:56 PM

                  try salt & vinegar popcorn seasoning:

                  or use vinegar powder and add salt to taste.

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                    Billy33 Apr 25, 2011 01:26 AM

                    Thanks for this - unfortunately they don't ship internationally. I'll see if Amazon has it.

                2. goodhealthgourmet Apr 16, 2011 10:05 PM


                  or you could head down to Newport Beach/Balboa Island and hit Bluth's, the stand that started it all...

                  1. srsone Apr 14, 2011 05:51 PM

                    i would buy KFC gravy by the gallon....

                    and outbacks spicy ranch dressing that u get with the fries....

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                      Quine Apr 14, 2011 06:40 PM

                      Re KFC there is this:


                      and re Outback:



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                        srsone Apr 14, 2011 06:52 PM

                        thanks... i will try those out

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                          HeavenLeighRI Apr 22, 2011 06:02 AM

                          You wouldn't happen to have Longhorn's ranch dressing in that back pocket of yours??

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                            Quine Apr 22, 2011 07:09 AM


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                              EWSflash Apr 22, 2011 07:32 AM

                              Well, Quine, you're sure the Shining Star of this thread!

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                                HeavenLeighRI Apr 22, 2011 07:34 AM

                                It's really not Hidden Valley Ranch, buttermilk or otherwise..but thanks!!

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                                  Quine Apr 22, 2011 09:11 AM

                                  Well, one of the posters on that link, said it was, as they worked and prepped at Longhorn's So, never having had it, don't know.

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                            ipsedixit Apr 17, 2011 01:21 PM

                            i would buy KFC gravy by the gallon....

                            I like topping the KFC biscuits with their gravy.

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                              srsone Apr 17, 2011 01:56 PM

                              i use it to dunk the chicken in...

                              and yes its ok to dunk......

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                                I used to know how to cook... Apr 17, 2011 04:46 PM

                                (Tee hee...)


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                                  ipsedixit Apr 17, 2011 08:10 PM

                                  i use it to dunk the chicken in...

                                  It's the only way to make the breast meat edible.

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                                  onceadaylily Apr 17, 2011 03:04 PM

                                  When I was a teenager, I went through a phase of eating just the biscuits and gravy, but since they wouldn't sell me *just* the gravy (you had to order the mashed potatoes to get the gravy), it was lucky that my then-boyfriend liked the mashed potatoes with just butter. I liked the chicken just fine, but it was never what pulled me in.

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                                    srsone Apr 17, 2011 04:10 PM

                                    i dont ever remember not being able to buy gravy separately
                                    small size or large

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                                      onceadaylily Apr 17, 2011 04:22 PM

                                      This was over twenty years ago, in a small town with the one franchise, but I was told that they made the gravy to go *with* the potatoes. It could have been a lazy staff member, or the whimsical boss of such, but that's the hand I was dealt at that particular franchise.

                              2. LorenM Apr 14, 2011 04:40 PM

                                I would like to see Lucky Charms with just the marshmallow pieces (yellow stars, blue diamonds and the like) without the quasi-heathy Meow Mix looking things (never did like those things). If I am looking for healthy cereal I am not buying Lucky Charms in the first place so why not go Full Monty with the goodies!

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                                  Quine Apr 14, 2011 05:08 PM

                                  So you want these:
                                  or maybe these:

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                                    LorenM Apr 14, 2011 05:26 PM

                                    Coool. Like the second link exactly! The first one seems to be like the ones in hot cocoa packets. I am just thinking of all the cereals I can add "charms" to now. Grape Nut Charms, Cheerios Charms, Raisin Bran Charms....I bet they'd be pretty good as a French Toast topper or on a peanut butter sandwich! Thanks Quine!

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                                      Quine Apr 14, 2011 05:32 PM

                                      *grin* Glad!

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                                      al b. darned Apr 17, 2011 11:34 PM

                                      Wow! Cereal marshmallows! Who knew? Thanks for the link.

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                                        EWSflash Apr 22, 2011 07:29 AM

                                        Oh boy! I can't wait!

                                      2. re: LorenM
                                        Choconutty Apr 22, 2011 05:45 AM

                                        Not sure where you live LonenM but, the northeast esp. PA has wonderful small Amish owned markets that have so many specialty items and spices. They sell the lucky charms marshmallows by the bag. Hilltop Acres Farm Market near Manheim PA is my stop when in the Lancaster Area.

                                      3. boogiebaby Apr 14, 2011 04:16 PM

                                        Go to your local Trader Joes. They've been selling chocolate covered bananas for years. I think they are called "Go Bananas" -- my kids love them.

                                        I wish I could find the apple fries from Legoland. They are tossed with cinnamon and sugar and served with a cinnamon vanilla whipped cream to dip them in.

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                                          ipsedixit Apr 17, 2011 01:22 PM

                                          I rarely, if ever, shop at TJs.

                                          According to some 'Hounds, that's a personal character flaw of mine ..

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                                            srsone Apr 17, 2011 01:55 PM

                                            i have never been to a trader joes.......

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                                              goodhealthgourmet Apr 17, 2011 05:51 PM

                                              According to some 'Hounds, that's a personal character flaw of mine ..
                                              nah, the TJ's thing isn't a flaw. your ketchup habit, OTOH...


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                                              twyst Apr 22, 2011 04:21 PM

                                              Those apple fries sound delicious.

                                            3. Quine Apr 14, 2011 04:16 PM

                                              Oh that has such a huge YUCK factor to me, so I can see why not.
                                              Things I really like I do not want commercially produced, here come the additives, the small print the yuck. And why for?
                                              As I smell my slow cooker congee calling, saying, "almost ready!"

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                                                Big Bad Voodoo Lou Apr 14, 2011 03:50 PM

                                                They are available, and I've bought them before. They have a brand name like "Banana Buddies" -- something similar, but probably not exactly that.

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                                                1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou
                                                  ipsedixit Apr 14, 2011 04:02 PM

                                                  I stand corrected.

                                                  I guess they are commercially available, but who would've thunk that FTD, a florist, would be hawking them. http://www.ftd.com/golden-edibles-ass...

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                                                    GraydonCarter Apr 16, 2011 09:50 PM

                                                    There's always money in the banana stand.

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                                                      Brianne920 Apr 16, 2011 10:21 PM

                                                      All I could think about when I read the OP...haha :)

                                                  2. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou
                                                    ipsedixit Apr 14, 2011 04:07 PM

                                                    And there you go ... Banana Babies!

                                                    Now, to find a place that sells them.

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                                                      LaLa Apr 17, 2011 03:43 PM

                                                      All my grocery stores sell them...bi lo ,food lion, walmart, lowes food, and piggy wiggly

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                                                        ipsedixit Apr 17, 2011 03:44 PM

                                                        I guess I just have to look harder in the future.

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