Wednesday, September 21, 2011

In a Pickle

I try to avoid fast food when I can, but with as much driving as I've done this year it has been unavoidable. When I do stop I have always stopped at Wendy's above any other place, but after my last experience I don't know what to do.

What happened? For 42years Wendy's used the same recipe, but for some unbeknownst reason what was good for so long became forgotten. The meat itself tastes the same, but my favorite part of the burger, the pickles, have changed.

The pickles of yesterday were a perfect mix of taste and pickling perfection. The new pickles almost taste as if they're trying to hard. They aren't the typical pickle green and the flavor of them is odd. Odd is the only word that I can describe them as. If you do a search on Wendy's and pickles on the internet and you will find out that I am not the only one talking about it.

Now, you may ask, "Why is this relevant to anything?" Besides the fact that I have lost a place to eat, this shows the potential backlash to changing what a person on the spectrum knows. Even if the pickles were better I may still have the same reaction. Then again, maybe not, but since it is worse I will be avoiding it.

This reminds me of the time The Olive Garden took away manicotti. I like sameness and when I do like something I don't want it to change. My current favorite place to eat, when I am in Saint Louis, is Lion's Choice. What I got the first time there is what I continue to get. If they were to change what I like I would be put into the same box now; what do I do when what I like is taken away?

Do I give the pickles another chance? I'm not sure. In today's social media age the customers truly have a voice. Look at what happened to Netflix after they were going to readjust their prices. They thought it would be a good idea, but after losing thousands upon thousands of customers they went back to their old pricing. Could this happen here? Could they go back to the pickles I remember? I hope they do because I have always loved going there, but then again I always loved going to The Olive Garden and I've only been there once since they took away my favorite dish of manicotti.


  1. This is so funny, in that I too stopped at Wendy's yesterday and found the pickles to be less than pickley. Overall, I thought the whole burger was tasteless. I'm just glad to see I'm not the only one who noticed this. Bad Wendy's bad..

  2. A few weeks ago I went to the city with 2 friends of mine (they're each other's sister and brother and I've known them for about 5 or 6 years now).
    It was a warm day and the brother decided to treat us to slush puppies. I rarely get slush puppies, since I like milkshakes better and whenever I do get a slush puppy, I always get the blue one.
    We found a good place to buy one and we were asked which flavour we wanted. There were the usual blue and red ones, but there was also cola flavour. I said "You know what? In the spirit of working on myself and trying new things, I'm taking all the flavours." (for people who don't know: you can mix them if you want)
    The sister looked at me gasping and said "Yea! Go Ellen! That's huge for you!"
    I tried and it wasn't that bad actually.

    I just thought this was a nice story matching the theme of the blog and showing I have the same thing. I like sameness in my food too. For example, if you'd ever go to a McDonalds with me and would want to treat me, you're always safe with 6 McNuggets and a McChicken menu including french fries and cola.

    Can't say anything about Wendy's though, we don't have a Wendy's here. Those pickles sound really gross though.

  3. I love that you noticed the pickles changing. My 7 year old is ASD and he notices subtle details all the time and it always makes me smile. It's like you have super powers. ;-)

  4. Even if brands change their packaging, my kid will have a fit. She will insist that the food inside is different, even when it's not. Now I'm stuck having to eat this stuff I don't like that much...because last week she loved it and I got a bulk amount. That's always fun!