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Old 04-29-2004, 01:54 AM
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When I was a kid my favorite food was something called Roller Coasters...

I think they were produced by Franc American, but am not sure. Their pasta was slightly al dente (fully cooked, but not overly soft). I cannot find the stuff today no matter where I look. In addition, all of the new varieties are mushy by comparison. Did people actually stop buying Rollercoasters so they had to be phased out?
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Old 04-29-2004, 07:03 AM
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Not a flame : a question for your question

Are you kidding us with these questions ????

cf. pit thread about these type of questions.
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Old 04-29-2004, 07:32 AM
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Might I recommend that Roland joins the exclusive Chef Club?

The website warns us:

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Don't be left out!
I don't want to be left out! Oh no! What can I do?

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Join the Chef Boyardee club and join in the fun!
Whew! I don't want to be some loser, so I guess I will join. But other than the fun! what do I get?

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Exclusive access to secret games on the Chef Boyardee website.
Goddamn! That is better than winning the lottery! But what happens if they add a new game, and I don't know it? Is suicide really my only option?

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Special announcements when we add new games and promotions to the website.
Saved! Chef Boyardee, you are a true friend! But wait a minute; If you add a new product to your already impressive line, and I don't know about it before the other kids (or 29-year olds) in the neighborhood, I will obviously have to poision the neighbors cat. Chef Boyardee, why have you forsaken me?

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The latest information on new products from Chef Boyardee.
Forgive us, Chef Boyardee. We knew not what we spoke of.


Well, Roland, you really should join The Club. Or at least have a look at the product list at the frigging corporate website.
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Old 04-29-2004, 10:21 AM
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Franco American® and Chef Boyardee® brands are popular with kids because their marinara sauce is sweeter than most. Now that you know a little more about cooking, you can move up a step. Check out the pasta section in the supermarket, and you'll find pasta in countless shapes. Cooking them is as easy as boiling water and setting a timer. The best part is, you control the firmness! A little less boiling time gives you al dente; a little more, and it's soft. Right next to the pastas are the sauces. Add a little sugar, and Bingo, Franco American®, right in your own kitchen!
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Old 04-29-2004, 02:55 PM
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This question like the one involving the Barbecued, Baked Lays involves the etioliogy of the situation and includes the following implied questions:

1. I think these things were among the greatest foods ever. How could the company have decided to cancel such great foods? Generally, I have found that my tastes reflect the Homer Simpson, Al Bundy effect. That is to say for the most part they reflect the preferences of the masses.

2. Perhaps my memory is skiewed, and in fact they weren't so great. How do others remember these foods.

3. Roller Coasters were so superior to the other offerings in the same genre that it had to be some sort of right out of college, "suit" who decided to cancel them.

What I'm really looking for is the inside "Straight Dope'" Someone, who perhaps worked at these companies (or who did Wall Street investment analysis and knows the inside stuff) and can say "it was a rainy day in 1987 and we were having a what we thought was a routine executive meeting on cost containment when Lisa raised her hand and suggested that we save money by getting rid of all noodles over the size of a finger tip. The debate was vigorous with Larry, and Mike citing how the kids (and some adults) of America would never forgive us, however in the end Big Al saw things Lisa's way and the death knell for Roller Coasters was cemented into history.... "
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Old 04-29-2004, 06:03 PM
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A little less boiling time gives you al dente; a little more, and it's soft. Right next to the pastas are the sauces. Add a little sugar, and Bingo, Franco American®, right in your own kitchen!
[hijack]If you take a box of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese (or a store brand knock-off) and use a can of Campbell's condensed tomato soup instead of the milk and butter called for, you get a sauce remarkably like what comes in Chef Boyardee and Franco American canned pastas. I don't know if the cheese powder is important to the taste, or if the condensed soup by itself would be enough to replicate it. [/hijack]
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Old 04-29-2004, 06:25 PM
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Sometimes, it's depressing to see what some folks cook and eat. But, then, I was depressed anyway.
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Hey Roland, after a little digging, I found this!

"it was a rainy day in 1987 and we were having a what we thought was a routine executive meeting on cost containment when Lisa raised her hand and suggested that we save money by getting rid of all noodles over the size of a finger tip. The debate was vigorous with Larry, and Mike citing how the kids (and some adults) of America would never forgive us, however in the end Big Al saw things Lisa's way and the death knell for Roller Coasters was cemented into history.... "
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