The 8 Worst Convenience Foods
8. Meeter’s Kraut Juice (Stokely USA):
Yes, that’s sauerkraut juice,
which is even worse than it sounds. The taste and smell can be a bit,
well, harsh, but KJ is reputed by its fans to have certain medicinal
benefits (as a source of vitamin C, cure for intestinal bugs, etc.), which
adds up to a classic case of the cure being worse than the disease.
7. Guycan Corned Mutton with Juices Added (Bedessee Imports):
thing about this Uruguayan canned good is the very pouty-looking sheep on
the package label — he seems to be saying, “Go on, eat me already.” The
second-best thing is the presence of both “cooked mutton” and “mutton” in
the ingredients listing, which would seem to have all the mutton bases
6. Armour Pork Brains in Milk Gravy (Dial Corp.):
If you’re really
looking to clog up those arteries in a hurry, you’ll be pleased to learn
that a single serving of pork brains has 1,170 percent of our recommended
daily cholesterol intake. All the more ingenious, then, that the label on
this product helpfully features a recipe for brains and scrambled eggs.
5. Sweet Sue Canned Whole Chicken (Sweet Sue Kitchens, Inc.):
size (think growth-impaired Cornish hen) to its overall appearance (it’s
stewed in a quivering mass of aspic goop), this product may change forever
your idea of what constitutes a chicken. Gives new meaning to the old
line about meat “falling off the bone.”
4. Musk Life Savers (Nestle Confectionery):
You may think musk is a
scent, but over in Australia, they think it’s a candy flavor. A candy
flavor that tastes disturbingly like raw meat, to be precise. But what
did you expect from a country where everyone happily consumes Vegemite?
3. Blind Robins Smoked Ocean Herring (recently discontinued by Bar Food
Possibly the world’s most bizarre prepackaged tavern snack.
Interestingly, the product’s titular robin isn’t actually blind, he’s
blindfolded — the better, presumably, to avoid looking at these heavily
salted herring strips, which look like giant slugs.
2. Kylmaenen Reindeer Pate` (Kylmaenen Oy):
This Finnish canned good may
not be particulary tasty, but at least it answers the age-old question of
why Rudolph was so eager for that safe, steady job on Santa’s sleigh team
— he didn’t want to end up a cracker spread.
1. Tengu Clam Jerky (Tengu Co.):
Nothing you’ve ever consumed can prepare
you for the horror that is clam jerky. Still, this product does score a
sort of conceptual coup: If you’re the sort who’s always found raw clams
too slimy and gelatinous for your taste, these dried, shriveled mollusks
will help you dislike clams on a whole new level.
This page was last updated June 17, 1998.