I’m not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing.
Our local grocery store has been sending us special just for us coupons in the mail, and each time it sends us coupons for various ice creams. It knows our eating habits well.
Most recently, in addition to the standard pints of fancy boutique ice cream and Haagan-Daaz and Ben and Jerrys, we got a coupon for a half gallon of Bryers.
Back in college Bryers was the best, fanciest ice cream I could afford (mostly vanilla with minimal ingredients– is their vanilla still good?). A huge step up from the big gallon tubs of generic ice cream my father would bring home when I was a kid. Since DH and I got real jobs, we generally only get pints of premium stuff (or make our own!).
DH used the Bryers coupon to get a half gallon of Rocky Road.
Readers, it was meh. Too sweet. Not rich or creamy enough. Nothing like the Haagan-Daaz we get. I had a little and then it sat in the freezer until the children were reminded about it enough times for it to disappear. DH did not partake other than a spoonful or two.
And I realized– I can not appreciate this thing I used to like because I regularly eat a better version. Just like I can’t truly appreciate the chocolate of my youth because I’ve had too much high quality single source dark chocolate. Even my favorite reeses peanut butter cups aren’t as good as the TJ’s knock-offs.
These premium items come in smaller packages too. So I eat less than I did when we regularly bought the lower quality product because there is less. Pints instead of half gallons. Little tubs instead of big bags.
Am I getting more pleasure? Am I getting less? Is this healthier? Is it worse on the family pocket-book? It is hard to say.
Are there things that access to better products has destroyed for you? How do you feel about that?