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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Score Big with ABC Tater Tots

The folks at Ore-Ida have come out with a new product that seems to be a hit with kids of all ages. ABC Tater Tots features the classic Tater Tot in an alphabet shape.

Tater tots are very popular with the under 10 set as I discovered when visiting my cousin at her home at dinnertime last winter. I was impressed how kid-friendly they were as both her daughters (ages 7 and 4) really enjoyed them. I snatched a couple for myself and had forgotten how tasty they were.

So when Ore-Ida launched ABC Tater Tots this fall I was eager to give them a try. They have the same flavor I remember as a teen-ager, when my mom seemed to dish them up in every way possible (side dish, casserole, etc.).

I also shared some with my neighbors, Ken and Karen, who are the parents of two kids, ages 8 and 4. Their housekeeper, Earline, has two sons, so I gave her a couple of bags also as Ore-Ida was very generous with the ABC Tater Tots samples they sent me.

Both Karen and Earline reported their kids really liked them, especially Earline’s younger son (age 6). Both moms did say they tasted a little “salty.”

I myself did not really notice any salty taste but was amazed how quickly they heat up and how yummy they are. I really like those alphabet letters too. Kinda fun! Each bag has seven servings (nine Tots each). You can heat up half a bag in just 7 minutes in the oven at 400 degrees, so it’s a quick and easy side dish or snack.

Kids clearly go for these Tater Tots (shaped in letters or regular size) but I think they have great potential for adults as party appetizers. Just heat ‘em up, scoop ‘em on to a plate, and pass them around. Voila! Hot hors hors d‘oeuvres.

Now that it’s March Madness time, ABC Tater Tots make the perfect party snack for guests gathered around the TV cheering on their favorite college hoops team. Tell your guests they can only choose letters in their basketball team’s nickname....Tigers, Huskies, Eagles...or make have them pick out the initial names of their school.... NC, MSU, UCLA ..or see who can spell out their entire school Duke or Texas.

All together now, “A! B! C! Go college hoops teams! Go ABC Tater Tots!”

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