Hold a little mayo

You know how big a jar of mayonnaise is, right? It's 16 ounces. That's what Mr. Tidbit would have said: Indeed, there's a 16-ounce jar of mayo in his refrigerator. OK, you might have said 32 ounces if you're a bulk consumer of mayo. Well, not so fast.

While Mr. Tidbit wasn't looking, the quiet round of grocery price increases through package-size reductions hit the mayo shelf, and jars of virtually every brand have been squeezed down to 15 and 30 ounces.

For all seasonings

Mr. Tidbit would be almost correct to say he's never seen anything like McCormick's new Recipe Inspirations. Each of the 12 varieties is six seasonings, premeasured to prepare one batch of some dish (recipe on the back of the card of six itty-bitty plastic bubbles of seasonings).

Of course, he has seen lots of seasoning mixes in foil packets. In fact, McCormick makes at least one foil-pack mix for the same dish as one of its Recipe Inspirations. And the foil packet goes for less than half the price.

Honey vs. corn syrup

We all know what a "blend" is: It's a combination of things, so thoroughly mixed that the individual components are no longer separable. In the grocery store, it usually means that one of the components is a lot cheaper than the components in the product's name. Ocean Spray 100% Juice Cranberry Juice Blend, for example, which a closer look at the label makes clear is a "cranberry flavored blend of two juices from concentrate with added ingredients," is, in fact, primarily grape juice.

But here's a new one: Little Honey Bear Blend. One of his friends found an 8-ounce bot- tle of it in the $1 aisle at a store, so perhaps it shouldn't be surprising that it's not just honey, which is $3 or more for the same bottle. It's primarily corn syrup.