Another example of how inflation is getting us in ways we hardly notice. Just a year ago, Hostess Ding Dongs came 12 snack cakes to a box of 17 ounces, making them about 1.4 ounces per snack cake:

Now those same cakes are 10 to a box of 12.7 ounces, making each cake 1.27 ounces. The cakes are smaller, there are fewer of them, and now you pay more to get 25% less.

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It's just Boris · August 11, 2023 at 6:38 am

You actually eat those?

And yeah, stealthflation is everywhere.

W Wilson · August 11, 2023 at 8:53 am

Most food went up 20-30%. Gallon of milk , $1.98 now $2.99 or more. Can of tomatoes, went from 79 cents to $1.49. It just goes on and on . When pedo joe says inflation is down , ask him why the prices aren’t going down.

Dirty Dingus McGee · August 11, 2023 at 8:55 am

Bought any coffee lately? Can LOOKS the same, but if you set it beside an older can you can immediately see the difference. New can is smaller, about 4-6 oz less in it and a couple bucks higher price.

I know I should be grateful to be living in the bestest economy evah, but it’s hard too when I can carry $100 of groceries with one hand.

    Divemedic · August 11, 2023 at 8:59 am

    Yup. Don’t even start on the size of the Big Mac. They say it’s the same size, but that is BS. It’s now a medium Mac, at best.

    June J · August 11, 2023 at 9:21 am

    Yep, $98 of groceries last night carried into the house on one arm.

    EN2 SS · August 11, 2023 at 10:24 am

    When we moved in and set up house in 1972, I was outraged that it cost $78.00 for two carts of everything we needed to set up house. Now, as you say, at 74 years old I can carry a hundred bucks of groceries in one hand.

Big Ruckus D · August 11, 2023 at 1:51 pm

While your observations are absolutely on the nose, how can you eat that dogshit? The last time anything Hostess made was remotely edible was at least 25 years ago. Probably closer to 35. So, for at least half my life now, they’ve been utter garbage. The chocolate covering is like brown wax, the cake has the consistency of a semi dessicated turd, and the filling is just gross.

There was a good reason the parent company that had long owned and produced the Hostess products went bust a number of years ago. At that time, there was a public hue and cry over the loss of hostess cakes (probably most of which was from chronic stoners, I surmised at the time) and finally, following an extended absence, the brand was sold off and re-established. I gave them a shot back then, when the new product first hit the stores, and was sorely disappointed. This, despite the fact that I expected them to be crap.

Do your health and wallet a favor, and ditch that tripe. There are far better baked goods available (admittedly at greater cost) if one wants to eat sweets and junk food. I do just that, so I’m not playing at being a sanctimonious bastard here and claiming I’m the picture the health. Just that if I’m going to eat things like that, it’s going to be the good stuff.

    Divemedic · August 11, 2023 at 3:12 pm

    I buy and keep them on hand for the grandkids.

Big Ruckus D · August 11, 2023 at 4:07 pm

Ok. Even then tough, there are better snacks for kids, though probably more costly in almost every case. I used to love hostess cupcakes when I was a kid, but even before I was out of highschool (1992) their quality had slid so badly I no longer cared to eat them.

Now, they are just awful. I was at a family get together a couple of years ago, and there were some ding dongs and Twinkies somebody brought, so I had somebody break off a small chunk of each that I tried. Positively gag-worthy, compared to my childhood memories of them.

Jester · August 12, 2023 at 12:28 am

And this stuff is not really tracked or followed on the .gov inflation trackers. There’s been a high amount of this that I’ve noticed, stuff all over in smaller packages/sizes. Chips of any sort are just about the worst. 6 bucks for like 12 ounces of chips by weight. Same or close to same size as a few years ago. It’s on just about everything that’s pre packed for the more durable goods. Canned goods it’s a bit tougher with that as the size can is what someone expects but those prices are about double a couple years ago. No matter what however if you like your snacks or actual foodstuffs most packages are down on size and far increased in price. And it’s not tracked.

AL in moss bluff · August 13, 2023 at 4:07 pm

The Twinkies and ding dongs I wouldn’t feed to my chickens. A couple decades ago I was taking care of a herd of about 30 cows, a few goats and horses. The farm owner would get a pickup truck load of day old/expired bread store bakery items to feed the animals every time he came to visit and dealing with that stuff was an eye opener. I think he paid $15 for a full size pickup truck load. I would store it in plastic drums with screw on lids. The cows rolled one of the drums into the deep woods, then months later it made it into the pond. Finally I fished it out and 9+ months later in the FL sun the hostess items looked as good as the day they were put in there. The bread and buns and such were green and unrecognizable but them Twinkies had some powerful preservatives…
And I don’t eat hotdogs very often but this weekend was one of indulgence. Probably the first post inflation package I fixed. Ball park beef. Shrank to about the size of my finger once they cooled…!?

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