On my last flight from SEA to SFO passengers were served snacks and free soft drinks. Beer and Wine 5 bucks. It was one of these uneventful flights and I had used up all the battery juice of my laptop at the customer presentation and waiting at the airport, my science fiction novel is totally stupid – they talk about mobile computers that must have at least 1024-bit processors – and my iPod is no real fun these days. So I took the snacks and a diet Ginger Ale. Foreigner’s question: Why do they call this stuff ale? It was the only free drink which reminded me of beer or ale. Bored as I was, I took a look at my snack bag. Fisher Ranch SNACK MIX. Red outside, 14g or 5 OZ content. Flipping the bag around I read the back: No expiration date. Suspicious. For NUTRITION INFORMATION PLEASE WRITE TO THE ABOVE ADDRESS. Finest Quality NUT MEATS, SNACKS & FOODS.
Oh well and then I took a look at the fine print:
“Ingredients: Cheddar Fetti: Bleched enriched flour (wheat flour, malted barley flour…), reduced iron, Thiamine mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), folic acid, hydrogenated soybean oil, Cheddar cheese (pasteurized milk, cheese cultures, salt, enzymes), … colored with Annatto, natural flavor, sugar, Sodium bicarbonate (leavening), yeast extract, … acid, Paprika, Lactic acid, spices, onion powder, garlic powder; Pretzels: Enriched flour (… Malted Barley, Niacin, reduced iron, …” It goes on and on until the zesty finale: “modified cornstarch, silicon dioxide, tricalcium phosphate, malic … lactose, natural flavoring, gum acacia.
Next time I pay the 5 bucks and have a healthy European Heineken. LOL.