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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Extra Fancy


Extra Fancy

We have these at work to snack on:















They are Extra Fancy Mixed Nuts.  Sounds good, right?  (They are.)  Perhaps you should be lifting a pinky when you eat them  Well I had been wondering something for quite some time now and never really got around to finding an answer until this munchies caught my attention.  I’ve seen fancy ketchup and fancy varieties of fruit before, but never nuts.  And to top it off: these are indeed extra fancy.  (Not just regular ol’ fancy.)  So I wanted to know: do “fancy” and “extra fancy” actually stand for something?

The answer is, they do.

You’re probably familiar with different classifications/grades of foods like eggs and meats.  Well, certain other foods have a little bit fancier way of determining quality (pun intended).  Apples and nuts, for example, can be either Utility grade (the lower quality), fancy (the medium), and extra fancy (the best of the best).  Extra Fancy often refers to a perfect color, shape, and condition.  Fancy produce may be slightly blemished or ever-so-slightly discolored.  And Utility grade is, well, edible, but more likely suitable for being an ingredient in something else.  (You would think they could have come up with a name closer to the other two, like “Quaint Grade” or “Idiosyncratic Grade.”) 

So next time someone tries to pass you the fancy nuts or ketchup, you can respectfully decline, pinky raised, and request only the extra fancy varieties.  After all, don’t you deserve the best?

8 comments:

Girly said...

That last line made me think of Gaston in Beauty and the Beast. "She's the most beautiful girl in town. That makes her the best. And don't I deserve the best?" Of course, he probably wouldn't raise his pinky at nuts...

Okay, so I'm a Disney nerd.

FALEN AKA THUNDERCAT832 said...

lmfao hilarious! I have a friend who tries her best to be a crazy snob and buys all this "fancy' or 'extra fancy' garbage...until I found a bandaid in her UNOPENED can of brazil nuts...NOW THAT'S FANCY LOL

Jess said...

Love it. I've often wondered why they put "extra fancy" and "fancy" on things. I didn't know ketchup could be fancy.

Cole Garrett said...

@ Girly I'm a Disney nerd, too. Actually, we just bought Beauty and the Beast on Blu-Ray for the kids. I've been watching it a lot, lately. Maybe I subconsciously wrote that with Gaston in the back of my mind. 0_0

@ Thundercat Ew!

@ Jess Yep. The fancier the better!

Inky said...

Wow, good to know! :) I wondered why it said "fancy" on the bags of apples I buy... and now I know!

But now I have to find me some extra fancy apples. Because I deserve it.

@Girly and Cole: Thanks. Now I have the townspeople song from "Beauty and the Beast" stuck in my head.

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Actually, that's not really a BAD thing...

Vic said...

is that sam's or costco brand

Cole Garrett said...

@ Vic Costco. All Kirkland stuff is costco. (That's the only place our boss let's the secretary shop, lol.)

Rease said...

It bothers me that Mcdonalds has Fancy Ketchup package. Shouldn't they be a little more focused on the quality of their food than their condiments?

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