Weird flavors appear on Idaho grocery store shelves



A friend of mine chews sunflower seeds. Some guys chew tobacco, some bite their nails, and some chew seeds. He’ll sit on his deck and spit the seashells over the railing. Eating sunflower seeds is a healthy habit. Did I mention that it also smokes like a fireplace and can fit a 6 pack over the course of an afternoon? Seeds are the best option of the three!

Dr Pepper is now available in cherry and vanilla flavors. There is a Dr Pepper cream soda.

I was shopping the other day when I saw the seeds pictured at the checkout. There has been an explosion of diverse flavors for snack foods in recent years. You can get chips that taste like wing sauce. There must be a dozen varieties of Cheerios. I bought blueberry pumpkin spice a few weeks ago. Pumpkin spice was a flavor of spam released a few years ago. I love spam but didn’t see the option on the shelves. Apparently he didn’t come back the following fall. The pumpkin spice has become the butt of jokes. I saw a meme this week for Pumpkin Spice Motor Oil.

For my beer-drinking friend, the past few decades have been marked by an explosion of flavors (including pumpkin). The shelves of local stores offer blueberry beer. Dr Pepper is now available in cherry and vanilla flavors. There is a Dr Pepper cream soda.

A colleague of mine posted about vegetable ice cream a few months ago.

You realize, these are all products of an affluent culture. In some parts of the world, survival is based on digging the roots.

As strange as some of these flavors may strike you, we should take the options as a blessing.

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