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Kraft Dinner to Lose its Synthetic Colouring by End of 2016

Published April 25, 2015 - 2 Comments

This is how I want my KD.

I’m still reeling over the fact that Coca Cola has tampered with my beloved Coke, reducing the syrup by 8%, the calorie content by 20 for 355ml, and crushing my hopes and dreams of ever getting to ride one of the Christmas polar bears into battle.  It’s just not going to happen now.

And then news came of Kraft’s decision to stop using synthetic colours in their Kraft Dinner.  I’m pretty sure that my Earth just about fell off its axis with that one.  WTF?

Sure Yellow #5 and Yellow #6 don’t SOUND overly appetizing, but take a look at that picture above and tell me that’s not the only way KD should look.  Yes, even the ketchup heart.  We all need a little more love in our lives.  Although I tend to use a smiley face with mine, but that’s not the point.


No, it’s not an alien… it’s annatto.

So how are they going to colour it without Yellows #5 and #6?  Well apparently through the combination of 3 spices:  turmeric, paprika, and annatto.  And just in case you’re like me and haven’t the slightest clue what annatto is, here’s what it looks like before it’s ground up. How scary is that?  Do I want that thing around my KD?  I don’t think so!  That thing belongs on an island somewhere, feeding on wild boars, and stray pygmies.


Paprika sure is a pretty red

And what about the other two?  Well here’s paprika.  Notice the pretty shade of red matches quite nicely with the red of the annatto above?

And then there’s turmeric, which I’ll admit is yellowy, and something that I use in my mustard pickles.  I guess it’s not all bad.

So how are these three mostly dark red spices going to replace Yellows #5 and #6?  I have no idea.  I’m no chef (if I was, I probably wouldn’t be eating KD for supper) but I’m told that these colours will soften during the blending process.  I sure hope so, because right now I’m envisioning something that looks a lot like bloody mud.


Mmmm… a bowl of yummy turmeric


So why the change in the first place?  Is this going to make KD a healthy alternative to real food?  No, of course not.  It’s still processed food packed in a box that you can get on sale for under a buck.  This is just someone’s way of trying to appeal to an “informed consumer” so that everyone can sleep soundly at night. I’d be more worried about the preservatives in food that make them last an unnaturally length of time, than the colour of my macaroni and cheese.

But that’s just me.

Total Annihilation: Passing the Torch

Published April 20, 2015 - 1 Comment

Incredible amount of units

Back in 1997 there was a little company called Cavedog Entertainment who released a RTS game that blew all other RTS games away.  It was called Total Annihilation, and went on to become 1997’s Game of the Year.  The graphics were excellent but it was the game play that set it above all others.


Fast forward to 2015, and Total Annihilation is still as much fun today as it was almost 20 years ago.  Thanks to GOG games, Total Annihilation has been ported to Mac, and is playable under WINE.  And it’s cheap too!  I bought the entire Commander’s Pack for $5, which is awesome.  It can be a little glitchy sometimes, but that’s the price you pay to be able to relive some of your best memories.  When I get in a mood that I just want to blow shit up, I sit down and load T.A.

Yesterday I loaded the game onto my Macbook Air and set up a multi-player game between my Macs.  It’s been almost 20 years since I’ve played Total Annihilation against anyone other than a computer player.  It worked perfectly!  They connected and I was able to create a new game.  Why?  Because my son has been watching me play this game for years, and despite its now-dated graphics, he’s been itching to try and figure it out.  So we had our first Father-Son Total Annihilation Smackdown yesterday!  The kid’s got 18 years of catching up to do before he’s going to beat his old man, but I give him credit… he’s willing to get crushed 🙂

We have another session scheduled for Wednesday, which is great because it’s not even my week to have the kids, but he wants to come over and spend some time with me.  Now if I could just get his sister interested too!  Where’s the My Little Pony mod?

There’s a Teenager in The House

Published April 2, 2015 - 2 Comments
Lauren 1yr old

Happy Birthday! Where did the time go?

Well it had to happen eventually, I suppose.  I am now the father of a teenager.  It’s not so bad.  Because Jess has her own I’ve been able to practice for this moment.  Then again, it’s only been one day.

“As long as you live under my roof, you’ll live by my rules!” I told my daughter last night for no apparent reason.  Just getting warmed up for whatever happens in the next few years.

Where did the time go?  I feel like I just blinked and she’s suddenly a teenager.  I’m scared to blink again.

Happy Birthday, Lauren.  Daddy loves you.