I wish I could offer a more insightful blog this week but my burning inspiration came from something absurd that has left me a tad speechless other than the few words that I will share with you…
While watching television with my kids last week during Winter break, a commercial came on for Bacon Bowls. Now, when it comes to food and food gimmicks, I seriously thought I had seen it all. Think again Stef!
Do you know what a bacon bowl is? Well, allow me to enlighten. Instead of having an occasional slight side of bacon, you can mold 4-6 strips of bacon (or even more) into a bowl using a very special “upside down muffin pan”. Novel! As per the commercial and the website, for only 10 bucks you can get 4 perfect bacon bowls and a recipe book. And, “The perfect bacon bowl makes a whole new way to munch.”
As we were watching this absurd broadcast advertisement, my older son offered commentary—the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree! “Mom, they are putting eggs in the bowl, a burger…ugh, mac and cheese, pizza bites. What are they trying to do, kill us?”
America is one of the fattest and sickest nations in the world so the last thing anyone in this overeating country needs is a tailored delivery system for bacon—a sumptuous sometimes edible that is high calories, saturated fat, sodium (and a whole lot of other garbage depending on what brand you buy) and if eaten in excess can contribute to a multitude of health problems including obesity, diabetes, heart disease and more.
Hey, I am all for an occasional bacon bowl but I doubt that Allstar Products Group, a company that builds “meaningful brands through direct marketing” wants you, the consumer to enjoy the infrequent indulgence. In fact, I’m pretty sure that Allstar doesn’t care about your wellness. And don’t for a second think that other companies behind many culinary gimmicks (as well as edible product innovators) actually give a hoot about your health—in the end, it’s about their bottom line.
So my advice, if you see it on television—whether a food or food making gimmick—steer clear. And as my son Jack says, “If advertised on TV, it’s most likely disgusting!”