Friday, April 07, 2023

Slightly Better.

 Recently I got interested in protein bars after passing by them in various places.  I'm not interested in actually buying them regularly, I just wanted to see what they taste like.  The first one I tried a few weeks ago was from One brand, labelled as chocolate chip cookie dough flavour.  That labelling was optimistic.  It didn't taste or have a texture like cookie dough.  In fact it was awful enough that I only ate half.  Especially annoying was the taste of the artificial sweeteners they use instead of sugar.

Today I decided to give these products one more shot.  This time I bought a Quest brand bar of the same flavour.  I doubt I'll be buying one again, but this was considerably better.  For one thing it actually looked like chocolate chip cookie dough, being a beige colour with chunks of chocolate inside.  The texture was better, and the taste was as well.  Overall I'd call it edible, and wouldn't say no if someone offered me one again.  It also seems like it's probably healthier than the One brand offering as it contains less fat and less saturated fat.

But the price of these things!  The One brand bar was on sale for $3.99.  The Quest bar was on sale for $4.29.  I think you could find alternatives that would serve the same role for cheaper. like some nuts and cheese.

I Met An Oldie Today.

 This afternoon I used the automated checkout at a local Dollarama.  Imagine my surprise when it gave me a paper 5 dollar bill in change.  This is the first paper Canadian bill I've seen since 2019.  On top of that it's a 2002 issue 5.  The last paper 5 issued in Canada was in 2006, which had security features added.  So this one could be more than 20 years old.  You have to wonder where this one has been hiding all these years,  as paper bills are removed from circulation by banks.  Will I ever receive another one?  Stay tuned.