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☺Supermarket scavenger hunts: "Why'd they put it THERE?"☺

I have had my eye out for candied cherries for about a month. In two different supermarkets, I scoured the baking aisle, candy, and ice cream topping sections, to no avail. Nor did the teenagers stocking the aisles know the product - although I carefully explained the diff between maraschino, canned, and candied. Finally, last week at one store I noticed a display table between the deli and meat counters, with a picked-over display of citron and other fruitcake supplies. The only candied cherries were the green ones. Late last night, in another market, I asked the befuddled teen cashier, who sent me to the holiday and regular candy aisles...nada. Then the manager appeared and asked if I was the shopper looking for candied cherries. He told me there was a rack in the produce section with all the candied baking fruits. Finally, got the red ones! But as I said to the manager, not in a million years would I have thought to look for them in produce. He said it's something they only order in November. I suggested that it be put in the baking aisle, or on its end cap, or a table near that section, or at the very least, that there be a sign on the cake decorations shelf pointing shoppers to produce for fruitcake ingredients. I don't think he got it. I departed with a reminder that "it's used in BAKING, nothing else..." BTW, wish me luck on the multi-type cherry amaretto fruitcake experiment.

What supermarket placement strategies leave YOU scratching your head?

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  1. i found bisquick next to the breakfast cereals instead of baking goods like flour and baking soda. at this time of year the frenches onions can be almost anywhere. with fresh produce, with the stuffing mixes/breads, one time I found them with the nuts and snack food - which of course absolutely justified me buying two cans intend of one - after all, it was in the snack aisle.

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    1. re: KaimukiMan

      I expected to find molasses in the baking aisle with the other forms of sugar but it was with the syrups in the breakfast aisle.

      1. re: Kelli2006

        I kind of understood the molasses being there, but was kinda surprised that is where they kept the Karo syrup as well. sometimes I'm absolutely convinced that whoever arranges the supermarket has never once cooked a meal. I'm sure that isn't true . . . right??? LOL

        1. re: KaimukiMan

          in my local store, it's *all* the syrups -- maple syrup (real and sugar), corn syrup (light and dark), molasses, blueberry syrup, etc., etc., etc.

          It at least makes some semblance of logic.

      2. re: KaimukiMan

        Bisquick is always in the breakfast goods aisle in the supermarkets around here, because most people use it to make pancakes and biscuits, which are breakfast foods. This one actually makes sense to me, as opposed to a lot of the more whimsical placements.

        1. re: Jenny Ondioline

          "Bisquick is always in the breakfast goods aisle in the supermarkets around here, because most people use it to make pancakes and biscuits, which are breakfast foods. This one actually makes sense to me, as opposed to a lot of the more whimsical placements."

          I agree.

          1. re: ttoommyy

            I still think Bisquik should be in the aisle next to the baking items such as flour and sugar.

      3. In the spirit of the greygarious search and post a link response, I hunted to find this old thread which had a ton of odd places to find grocery items http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/895630. It's handy. I meant to bookmark it then to refer to when I need things that were mentioned. It seems that many of these items are stocked not only in odd places but different odd places in different stores.

          1. re: KrumTx

            Where was it? I'd expect it to be with pie fillings, next to puddings in the baking aisle.

            1. re: WNYamateur

              One of my local grocery stores keeps it in baking, the other with the canned fruits (next to canned pineapple, applesauce, etc.).

              1. re: nothingswrong

                I have found it stacked in the aisle next to the pumpkins in the produce section - which is also where they put the condensed milk that week. Perhaps I should be surprised the condensed milk isn't ever in the dairy area. At least most of the year it is reliably located in the baking section.

          2. I know there at lots of examples, but of course I'm blanking. But, it does make me think of another confusing aspect of grocery stores: why aren't the locations of items consistent within stores of the same company?

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            1. re: CanadaGirl

              I can only assume be ause they are different stores but I did learn yesterday the produce codes are the same.

              1. re: fldhkybnva

                Well, yeah, but I'd think that within the same company, there'd be some semblance of consistency. I'm often wrong on that idea!

                1. re: CanadaGirl

                  The local safeway reorganized the entire store! I rarely go there anymore. Too frustrating to reacquaint myself after 8 years of shopping there

            2. Placing the cinnamon raisin bagels in the same tray as the everything. And placing the plain with the asiago or other strong flavored bagel. No one wants a garlic and onion flavored cinnamon raisin bagel or a asiago flavored plain. I always feel like rearranging them.

              It seems to me that peanut butter and jam are never where I expect them to be.

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              1. re: viperlush

                My store has the PB and J in the bread aisle now. Un-frickin' real.

                1. re: Cheese Boy

                  Ok, im confused. where else would they be? you wouldn't put pb with nuts would you? and jams and jellies have been near or on the same aisle as bread as long as i can remember.

                  1. re: KaimukiMan

                    I'm use to the bread being its own aisle. In the one grocery store I go to the pbj and jams are next to the bread against the back wall. Another the bread is with the produce and the pbj and jams are aisles away ( I can't remember what they are with).

                    1. re: KaimukiMan

                      The PB and J was in the COOKIE aisle before the move to the bread aisle. KaimukiMan, where can I find wooden toothpicks ?? If you can help, plmk. I ask this because they sent me to the "toothpaste" aisle for them.

                      1. re: Cheese Boy

                        My stores all have wooden toothpicks next to the paper plates, plastic utensils, etc.

                        1. re: Cheese Boy

                          pb and j in the cookie aisle. interesting. per canada girl with other condiments and spreads makes some sense. Part of it I'm sure depends on how much space they need. Bread is relatively unimportant in Hawaii, so it only takes half of one side of an aisle in the store I go to most often. The other half is jellies, peanut butter, and salad dressing. Strange? Well not that strange since the other "side" of that aisle is the produce department.

                          Like nothingswrong's store, toothpicks are most often near the paper goods/disposables, often next to the wooden chopsticks. In other stores I have found them in interesting places like with condiments (you need them for olives right?) and once or twice with baking goods (no doubt to test the doneness of a cake.)

                        2. re: KaimukiMan

                          Interesting. Though I understand that logic of having it on or near the same aisle, the main two stores where I shop regularly have the PB and J at least 3 aisles away from the bread. But Publix has it on the same aisle and I've always thought that was weird. Haha.

                          1. re: KaimukiMan

                            I've never seen lb and j with the bread. I've always seen them with other spreads and condiments.