And there is this, which was a total surprise and special, since I make a point of seeing every movie Dana Stevens recommends.
Now, the results of the Uncrustables taste test are in.
The verdict of three children and one adult: If this is the best Smuckers can do, civilization is safe. I feared the Uncrustables would be irresistible, like heroin or Sugar Pops, but they are very resistible, like warm Miller Genuine Draft or stale Frosted Flakes.
The only thing that strikes me as dangerously delicious about this product is the thin band of jelly, which is super-sweet, as in a jelly donut. We like that. But the peanut butter is gummy, the bread is dry, the whole production, lame. The homemade pb&j I made for comparison purposes was luscious and sloppy and extravagant and fresh, and it easily carried the day.
Unsurprisingly, it was also cheaper. Uncrustables were on sale at Safeway for $2.50 a box, which breaks down to 63 cents for a very wee sandwich. (I actually like the size; we need more undersized junk food.) The homemade sandwich was bigger -- maybe twice as big, though I didn't weigh it -- and cost 51 cents. Both were made with low-quality, nonorganic ingredients. If you factor in the size, you're getting a lot more calories for your money with a homemade sandwich. Maybe that's a good thing, maybe it's not.
Make or buy your peanut butter and jelly sandwich? Make it, of course Homemade is tastier and cheaper and how hard is it really to assemble? That said, I am less horrified by this phenomenon than I was. These are stupid little sandwiches and not worth hating.
We're getting on a plane now. I'm a little rushed so I apologize for typos. My mother, sister, brother-in-law, niece, kids -- we're all going to Guatemala to visit family for 10 days. Some of us made the mistake of reading State Department warnings about violent crime in Guatemala. It has taken some of the luster off the journey, but I understand we will be riding in armored cars so should survive.