Cracker Jack Evaluation

So I bought a bag of Cracker Jack yesterday. It was one of those impulse things, where I decided I might feel like caramel corn in the next few days so I went ahead and got some. These are my notes:

  • For some reason, and I’m not sure if it’s just me, the caramel topping tasted burnt.  It looked dark, and maybe they were going for some rich molasses type of topping, but to me it just tasted like it was cooked too long.  Left a weird aftertaste in my mouth too.
  • A normal bag of caramel corn in my possession would be gone by now.  The fact that there’s still half left should indicate my enjoyment factor.
  • I’m not a fan of peanuts with my caramel corn.  They should have a peanut-less version!  Another idea: coloured caramel corn, like at fairs.  Sure, it tastes awful, but people buy it!
  • I decided Cracker Jack should go back to the boxes.  At least they’d be recyclable!….. I think.  Unless the stickiness prevented that, in which case, they should at least make the boxes biodegradable.  None of this plastic junk.
  • I know if I were a kid, and the “toy” was a set of 6 kinda boring stickers, I’d probably be disappointed.  Exciting stickers, not as much.  I admit I think the game of shooting peanuts over the different-point-valued stickers to win points could be a fun game, but probably more for adults who it takes a lot less to amuse these days.  Possibly drunk adults.

Overall rating: 6/10



how long does it take?
a million thoughts per second
I have only to grasp but one
and make it stick
but this delusional misery
makes me different
and silences the norm

to shadow someone
I choke at the thought
my independent sea
took many years to fill
and I don’t know how to swim but there
I’ve become nocturnal
and my body now frightens easily
I’m choking again

I cannot fathom why
and every day people ask
I laugh but I’m scared

it’s a lovely thing to have dreams
yet I avoid sleep
so as not to have them end

I swear to me it’s dark as dust
and just as mystical

Copyright L.M. 2007.