Getting rolled by Tootsie?
An Illinois woman named Paige Stemm has sued Tootsie Roll Industries saying their boxes of Junior Mints now contain too few Junior Mints.
How I remember that taste. As a competitive swimmer in Berkeley swimming during my school years, one of my favorite treats from the Berkeley City Club’s candy machine (gone) was a York peppermint patty. To me Junior Mints are reminiscent of that candy.
Tootsie Rolls were created in 1896 by Austrian immigrant Leo Hirshfield who worked in a New York candy shop and wanted to create a chocolate candy that didn’t melt in the heat, which led to Tootsie Rolls. Apparently the hard candy around the Tootsie pop helped to hinder the melting process. Hirshfield named his invention after his daughter’s nickname, Clara “Tootsie” Hirshfield.
Hirshfield’s candy company has grown to about a half billion dollar annual business and manufactures many brands including Junior Mints, Dots, Charms, Cell Cherries, Dubble Bubble, Sugar Babies, Tootsie Pop, Tootsie Rolls, Sugar Daddy, Blow Pop and Charleston Chew.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Stemm’s lawsuit, which she hopes to expand to a class action, claims that the oversized box sold in movie theatres (she bought hers at Walgreens for $1) is misleading, saying that it is only half full and the rest is air.
But the contents of all food packages have shrunk in a clever make-more-profit scheme by big food packagers, meaning less food in smaller packaging resembling the original while keeping the price the same as the original or even increasing it.
A quart of mayonnaise now contains only 30 fluid ounces, a half-gallon of ice cream has just 1.5 quarts, a 10-pound bag of charcoal now holds just 7.7 pounds, and even kids complain that a bag of chips is at least half air.
Get ready for Tomatomania
Lydia Constantini of Sonoma Mission Gardens warns that we should wait to plant tomatoes in the ground until after the freeze period between April 15 and May 1. We are all eager, and those with old Italian families here in Sonoma used to proclaim that we could plant tomatoes after tax day, meaning April 15. But times and climate have changed. Both Sonoma Mission Gardens and Wine Country Nursery have loads of tomatoes for sale. Sonomamissiongardens.com.
Scott Daigre brings his Tomatomania road show from Ojai to Sonoma next Saturday and Sunday, April 14 to 18. Check out hundreds of heirloom and hybrid tomato variety seedlings.
This year’s event will be in Sunset magazine’s Outdoor Test Kitchen at Cornerstone. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. 93570 Arnold Drive, Sonoma. Tomatomania.com.
Walt Wines’ ‘1,000 miles of pinot’
With their main Walt Wines tasting room on First Street West, Kathryn Walt Hall and winemaker Megan Gunderson Paredes will kick off Walt’s launch of its 2016 single vineyard pinot noirs from their Sonoma tasting room on Saturday, April 14, traveling eventually to the Kimpton Solamar Hotel in San Diego.
Guests at the tasting will sip Walt wines from fruit grown at Sangiacomo Vineyards, Anderson Valley, Santa Lucia Highlands, Willamette Valley and the Santa Rita Hills.
Hall will be signing her book, “A Perfect Score: The Art, Soul and Business of a 21st Century Winery.” A product of Mendocino County, she served as President Bill Clinton’s U.S. Ambassador to Austria from 1997 to 2001. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 380 First St. W., Sonoma. Tickets at waltwines.com.pinot-party.