Posts tagged ‘kelloggs boycott’

*Update – the toaster pastry search

Here’s where I’m at so far

I had the bad experience with the “Our Family” brand cherry toaster pastries a few weeks ago.

Since then I’ve tried

Nature's Path - Raspberry Toaster Pastry

Nature's Path - Raspberry Toaster Pastry (Organic) -- These weren't too terrible. The flavor was similar to a raspberry Nutragrain bar, (which is unfortunately a Kellogg's product but the best way I know how to describe it.) only the crust tastes grainy and dry

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Nature's Path - Cherry Pomegran (Organic) -- I liked these better than the Raspberry made by the same brand. These were much more flavorful, but not too strongly cherry flavored like the Our Family pastries were

Market Pantry - strawberry

Market Pantry - Strawberry -- I like the crust on these, but I don't get how it's strawberry flavored. It was more of a watered-down fruit punch flavored oozy filling. I was pretty bummed because they look super good on the the box..

Market Pantry - Brown Sugar & Cinnamon

Market Pantry - Brown Sugar & Cinnamon -- Normally brown sugar & cinnamon is not my favorite, but this one surprised me. One of those "You don't think you like it when you first start chewing it but slowly it all starts coming together and it kinda grows on you or at least you think so anyway and so you take another bite" type experiences...I actually ate both pastries! But the filling really is weird. Maybe next time I'll try eating it not toasted ..

February 21, 2009 at 3:16 am Leave a comment

Progress!

The Kellogg’s boycott has made its way in to the New York Times!!

(yay!)

Currently 5670 people have signed the online petition.

Here’s what Kellogg’s has to say in their defense…

From Kellogg’s media office, there was no immediate reply to a request for an assessment of the boycott campaign. A Kellogg spokeswoman, Kris Charles, said by e-mail, ”Our contract with Michael Phelps was set to expire at the end of February and we made a business decision not to extend that contract.”

And 5670 people have made business decisions to not extend their funds to your business…

It’s sad that Michael Phelps has been thrown in to the spotlight for this,

And that some one profited for selling the photos, but what is especially sad is that Michael Phelps would have been “better off” (legally speaking) if he had denied ever smoking, that the person in those pictures was not him.

And so far (allegedly) 8 people have been arrested in connection to the house party where the pictures were taken. – LA Times

We have a chance to really make some changes.. so don’t back down – and keep telling people why they should be boycotting Kellogg’s as well. It has to start some where! How did alcohol prohibition get repealed?? Enough people got fed-up, and decided they would do whatever it took to get what they wanted.

February 12, 2009 at 3:01 am Leave a comment

Toaster Pastries – Pop Tart’s less popular cousins

I have eaten the last of my “pre-Kellogg’s boycott purchased” Pop Tarts.

It wasn’t so scary. But now there’s a void, and I’m ready to find the toaster pastry that is delicious enough to fill the void.

Starting today with “Our Family” brand toaster pastries, in Cherry flavor because my grocery store did not have Raspberry.

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They look like regular    Pop Tarts, just a little  thinner frosting.

Don’t let it fool you!

I’m pretty sure they are using cherry couch syrup as the base for their filling.

I am also getting a cold so this review could be completely worthless, but I’ll recant the experience for you anyway:

1. I opened the package and instantly noticed how strongly they smelled of cherry.

2. I cooked them in my toaster at my regular Pop Tart setting

3. I smeared a 1/4 teaspoon of butter on the unfrosted sides; let cool a bit

4. Took one bite and thought it was sweet but bland, took two bites and started to notice a little more cherry, took three bites and got punched in the face by undiluted fake cherry flavor so hard that I am now almost puking in my mouth while trying to write about it.

5. The remaining 1.5 of the initial 2 toaster pastries is going to go in the garbage and I am going to try and repress this memory!

To be fair..

I’ll keep the box, and I’ll try these again when my cold is gone.

No I really don’t want to, but in the name of “Jill Walker Rettberg and blogging as an authentic form of journalism” I will do it!!

February 8, 2009 at 7:20 pm Leave a comment

Bye-bye pop tarts; my real letter to Kellogg’s

As I mentioned before, boycotting Kellogg’s products is just a start. To get to the root of the problem, you need to talk directly to “the big guy.”

So I did. I emailed Mark Baynes today and thought I would share that email with the world as well..

Dear Mark Baynes,

I am one of thousands of angered Americans who have boycotted all Kellogg’s products after the recent decision to drop sponsorship of Michael Phelps.

You may think this will pass. People will protest anything thing and everything, right? This is about a bunch of stoners being pissed that you don’t support the right to be high, right?

No, this is something that is much bigger than angry, pot-headed bloggers uniting to complain about something new.

This is more than Michael Phelps and his gold medals and his obligation to be a great American role model.

It is about how poorly your company has handled the entire situation, and how hypocritical it feels to your consumers. For if there were no consumers, there would be no Kellogg’s company. Bottom line.

This was YOUR opportunity to be role models. You sponsored this man, said you would back him because it was your PRIVILEGE to have him grace your cereal boxes.
You had no problem being associated with him when he was winning gold medals, but as soon as he did something that was “controversial” you dropped him. Why? Because he admitted to behaving in a manner that was not becoming of an Olympic Gold Medalist? Because he apologized to fans who had been hurt by his actions? Isn’t that what a role model is supposed to do? We are all human, and it is in our nature to sin, to make mistakes, to question authorities, to try new things. All we can ask is that some one be honest, and try to do better when they know they’ve messed up.

You didn’t bother to give Michael Phelps a second chance. No, he doesn’t need your money. He certainly doesn’t need the Kellogg’s name backing him for all of America to know he is great. He’s already proven his talents again and again. We are in no place to judge his actions. None of us could ever comprehend the pressures he must face daily.

But Kellogg’s,  you really let your consumers down. Even if you take it all back and decide to renew his contract, it’s too late. We will forever see you as that small-minded company that didn’t even stop to take their consumers into consideration before making a giant decision that will forever change lives.

America is growing up, and we’re leaving small-minded people behind. Bye-bye pop tarts. You had a good run, but your glory days are over.

Sincerely,

JoHanna Windecker

~What is this girl’s obsession with pop tarts?! I’m sorry but they are just really, really delicious…

February 7, 2009 at 2:12 am 2 comments


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