Almost two years ago I wrote a post about Quaker Instant Oatmeal Dinosaur Eggs:
Like other flavors of Quaker Instant Oatmeal, this variety comes in single serving packages . . . with small, oval “dinosaur eggs” . . . that melt away . . . and reveal crunchy, multi-colored stegosauruses and triceratopses.More amazing than the actual product is the fact that people (read: teenagers) still find the post and leave comments telling me how much of a jerk I am for criticizing the product. Here are two of the kinder remarks:
I'm almost 20 now and this dinosaur oatmeal was my favorite as a kid. Don't bash the oatmeal. Once you try it and see the dinosaurs emerging from the eggs you will change your mind. It's awesome and delicious!And:
Get real, Chef Rob. No one wants to 'turn back the clock' and make 'real oatmeal' when there are delicious options that involve colorful dinosaurs. I'm right there with Don--plain oatmeal is boring. I can promise you that if dinosaur egg oatmeal was an option when you were kid, you'd be agreeing with us teenagers right now.Thankfully, I’m not the only fuddy-duddy out there. Here’s a comment from someone closer to my age who sees the big food companies’ marketing shenanigans for what they are:
Hmmm, seems like all those marketing tactics really work. Look how attached to these chemicals today's teenagers are! And how blissfully unaware they and their parents are of what this is doing to their long term health. It is important that people continue to point out the hidden health costs of these "exciting" products. I'm horrified by the angry comments.