Generic ick

November 7, 2008 · 5 comments

After a small tweeting back and forth with my buddy @sunsh4breakfast about peanut butter, I was inspired!

I hereby give you my list of things that CANNOT be generic/store brand.  Nothing against store brands or non-brands, but there are some things that I must have name brand.  Perhaps it is real, perhaps it is imagined or psychological.  Either way, I have to have the name brand of:

  • Peanut Butter (Jif – smooth, not crunchy)
  • Cream Cheese (1/3 less fat, Philadelphia only)
  • Cereal (if it comes in a bag without cardboard wrapped around it, you can forget it! And no store brands!)
  • Coke (and other sodas). I’m extraordinarily picky about my Coke. And NO, Pepsi is NOT okay!!!
  • Deodorant (I have 2 that I like and rotate – Dove and Secret)
  • Peanut Butter Cups – Reese’s ONLY. All others = ICK.
  • Orange Juice (Tropicana or Simply)
  • Cookies (premade Oreo or Chips Ahoy kinds)
  • Eyeglasses/Sunglasses

I’m sure there are a ton more, but I’m drawing a blank at this moment.  What about you? Anything you HAVE to have of a certain brand??

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

slouching mom November 7, 2008 at 11:37 pm

Heinz ketchup and Hellmann’s mayonnaise.


WaltzInExile November 7, 2008 at 11:51 pm

I’ll see slouching mom’s condiments, and I’ll raise you: canned soup. I cannot even make myself pick up a can of Kroger brand “chunky style” soup. And it KILLS ME that it is easily 1/3 the price of Progresso or Chunky (and 1/5 the price of Amy’s or Wolfgang Puck!) but I cannot buy it. I think it’s the labels that ruin it; the pictures are truly unappetizing.

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AndreAnna November 8, 2008 at 9:07 am

Must be Skippy Natural Peanut Butter – the only natural kind that doesn’t have to be stirred. Lurve it.

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alejna November 9, 2008 at 12:04 am

I guess Cheerios. Well, I’ll buy other organic “Os,” but I think of them as a different type of cereal with a similar shape. But Cheerios are Cheerios.

My mother-in-law is one to buy store brands/generic whenever possible. And often will try to pawn them off as the real brand, even going as far as to “decant” the generic into the brand-name packaging. I discovered this one morning when I was visiting, and poured a bowl of “Cheerios.” I could tell by looking at them that they were generic. They tasted wrong too. My mother-in-law tried to deny it, but confessed under further interrogation.

She’s done this with mustard, too. (Not in the Cheerios box, thankfully.) Which I guess I can add to the list. French’s yellow mustard. Grey Poupon dijon mustard. (Though Maille is good, too, I guess.)


flutter November 9, 2008 at 2:40 am

toothpaste. and conditioner, for sure

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