Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Yeah? Well, so am I!

My Best Investments started off the month with a post about Fast Food signage. So I guess I'll finish up the month in the same vein.

This afternoon The Princess and I went over to Wendy's for lunch. It was a compromise reached after hours of negotiation. No playground, but they still have chicken nuggets.

While I was sitting there, eating my Spicy Chix sandwich, no mayo, no tomato, thank you very much, I noticed the table tent, advertising their new strawberry chocolate and vanilla shakes. They have gone a long way to keep from admitting that there is nothing like ice cream in there.

Don't believe me? Take a look. I stole that sucker just so I could snap a picture of it!

Yep. made from REAL ingredients. Of course, since it is in there ANYTHING counts as both real AND an ingredient. So what could possibly be included in that statement? I bet if I called Wendy's it would go something like this.

What's in those delicious strawberry shakes? Dirt? Check!
Rat left overs? Check!
Dextromalathylizone? You betcha!
Strawberries? Huh?
Milk? This interview is over!
Ice Cream? NO MORE Questions!!!!

No matter, really. We didn't buy one of their milk-less/ice cream-less fake shakes anyways. But at least I got a new trophy for the computer desk!


Anonymous said...

Please return the table display by 8:00 on Wednesday evening and no charges will be filed.

Thank you for your business.

Bertha Mule - your friendly neighborhood Wendys Store Manager

Anonymous said...

That description is funny and disgusting at the same time! Hilarious! And thanks for the tip. I won't be havin any fake milkshakes from there!

Mike said...

Bertha Mule,

Or should I call you BM? That is fine. I bet I can have all sorts of fun by 8pm Wednesday. See you soon.

Anonymous said...

On top of this. Arbys is buying out Wendy's. Dave Thomas must be turning over in his grave.

Oda Daddy said...

Here’s the ingredient list for a Chocolate Fudge Frosty™ Shake.

Maybe it’s not as bad as you think. Or, on the other hand, maybe it’s worse….

Chocolate Fudge Frosty™ Shake
Vanilla Frosty (milk, sugar, corn syrup, cream, whey, nonfat dry milk, guar gum, mono and diglycerides, natural and artificial flavor, cellulose gum, carrageenan, calcium sulfate, disodium phosphate, dextrose, annatto color, vitamin A palmitate), Chocolate Shake Syrup (water, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, natural chocolate fudge flavor [cocoa powder {processed with alkali}, natural flavoring, citric acid], xanthan gum, potassium sorbate [preservative], natural flavor). CONTAINS: MILK.
Maraschino Cherry
Cherries, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Water, Potassium Sorbate (preservative), Sodium Benzoate (preservative), Citric Acid, Artificial Flavor, FD&C Red #40, Sulphur Dioxide (preservative).
Whipped Cream
Cream, Nonfat Milk, Corn Syrup, Sugar, Mono and Diglycerides, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Carrageenan, Nitrous Oxide (propellant). May contain Corn Syrup, Mono and Diglycerides and Natural Flavors. CONTAINS: MILK.

Mmmmmmmm, makes you want one, doesn't it?


Mike said...

Sulphur Dioxide AND Mono and Diglycerides???

Them are my favorites!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yippeee! I am on my way to Wendy's!

For the record, I had a Frosty on Monday afternoon. So believe me, I WILL eat all of this stuff...

Leighton @ My Best Investments said...


Nice grab on the table sign. Snagging those (and other fast food decorations) was a habit of ours in college. I'm glad to see that spirit still alive and well.

Surfer Jay said...

Oh how large companies never cease to amaze me. Here’s a scary fact for ya. There is virtually no difference in the molecular structure of natural flavoring and artificial flavoring. The only difference, and I stress the word only, is that one has been fully produced in a lab, and the other has been extracted from plants or animals. So the natural flavorings are only natural in that the chemicals used for the flavoring, and it is chemicals by the time the lab-coats are done with it, have come from a natural food or animal. But the flavoring is condensed into a highly concentrated chemical just as the manufactured, or artificial flavored chemical is.
So ask yourself this, if the natural flavoring is molecularly the same component as the artificial flavoring, would you still enjoy it the same? Companies very often use the term ‘natural flavoring’ on their labels as a selling point, although there is not very much natural about it.
I got this from a book by a researcher named of David Bodanis.

Anonymous said...

"Guar Gum?" Isn't Guar the name of a heavy metal band? (http://www.gwar.net/)

I'd hate to know what kinda guy they put in there. Yuck!

But, it's pure semantics my man. A legal loophole. Drink up!

Anonymous said...

dangit! "gum" I mean't "gum" not "guy".

(#$#*..stupid no editing function!)

Mike said...

postulatesandpasttimes - I think it works fine either way...