Items Left on the Shelves That Even COVID-19 Panic Buyers Didn’t Want
Toilet paper? Check. Hand sanitizer? Check. Non-perishables? Triple check. When stocking up during the COVID-19 pandemic, these are just some of the essentials. And that’s led to empty supermarket shelves — well, almost empty.
Despite panic buyers sweeping up these essentials and long-lasting goods, there are still some products that even the most prepped among us have left untouched. From health food substitutes to Corona beer, here are the items even panic buyers don’t want.
Experts recommend stocking up on dry goods and non-perishables. Chief among those items? Beans, rice and pasta. Although kidney, pinto and black beans are scarce, folks don’t seem to have the same love for lima beans.
Baby Shark Cereal
If you aren’t aware of the viral earworm "Baby Shark," you probably don’t have (or know) a YouTube-savvy toddler. Recently, the catchy tune was reworked into "Wash Your Hands With Baby Shark" to reinforce good hygiene habits amongst families.
If you’re familiar with the Great Chowder Battle raging on the East Coast, then this next one shouldn’t come as a surprise. As Twitter user Hillary Monahan (@HillaryMonahan) sagely puts it, "Even in a plague, New Englanders refuse [to eat] Manhattan Clam Chowder."
According to Twitter user Claudio (@claudversion), New Englanders aren’t the only ones refusing to bend their food preferences right now. In response to the Manhattan clam chowder debacle, they tweeted "...and Italians refuse American pineapple pizza."
Carrots are low in carbs and, thanks to their stock of beta-carotene, promote eye health. What’s not to love? Evidently, despite the veggie’s benefits, its masquerading as a pasta substitute doesn’t sit well with Trader Joe’s shoppers.
Cauliflower Pizza Crust & Broccoli-Kale Pizza Crust
You can’t go wrong with pizza, they said. Even a mediocre pizza is still pizza, they said. Well, whoever "they" are clearly hasn’t stumbled across these pizza crust substitutes from Trader Joe’s.
Across the United States, the battle to determine which movie-theater licorice is better — Twizzlers or Red Vines? — rages on. What’s out of this red licorice feud? Black licorice, which, although decidedly popular outside the States, doesn’t quite satisfy one’s sweet tooth.
Aside from Clorox wipes and hand sanitizers, toilet paper was one of the first products to fly off shelves during the COVID-19 pandemic. The why is a bit perplexing, but, clearly, panic-buying took hold of the population and folks started to stock up on what they deemed necessities.
Cauliflower seemed to be having a moment. What Forrest Gump’s Bubba did for shrimp, the low-carb health-food craze did for cauliflower, which is to say we were made to think it could be used as a substitute for nearly any carb-centric meal.
Charmin Toilet Paper
"Cha, cha, cha, Charmin!" Close your eyes and you can A) Hear that jingle and B) picture the red and blue cartoon bears who just love their soft, cloud-like toilet paper. However, unlike the charming Charmin mascots, New Yorkers opted for other brands first.
In any supermarket, the condiment aisle is often reliable. Full of ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise and every salad dressing imaginable, the goods located there are happy to help take your meals to the next level.
Normally, reusable items are all the rage. We’ve been trained to discard single-use products, like plastic straws and shopping bags, in favor of aluminum sippers and canvas totes. However, to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, opinions have shifted.
Traditionally eaten as a savory spread on toast, Marmite is essentially the United Kingdom and New Zealand’s version of Vegemite, that Australian delicacy that doesn’t sit too well with the typical American palate. Unsurprisingly, the product’s slogan is literally "Love it or hate it."
Protein Shakes & Powders
While we’re all sheltering in place and practicing social distancing, it’s important to keep up healthy habits. Movement or exercise can improve our moods, combat anxiety and depression, help us sleep better and aid our immune systems.
Multigrain Flaxseed Crackers
Crackers can be a wonderful snack. They complement so many other foods, from cheese and apples to peanut butter. However, it’s important to find the right cracker for you, and, as evidenced by Trader Joe’s shoppers, that right cracker likely doesn’t include flaxseeds.
Saucy Scallops With Mushrooms
No, that isn’t a typo. These saucy scallops and mushrooms come with an "Emmental" cheese sauce. What’s Emmental, you may ask? It’s a hard Swiss cheese — like Gruyère with holes — which sounds like a weird thing to get from Trader Joe’s.
Growing in clusters that more closely resemble garlic, shallots are a sweeter sort of onion. If you ever panic-tried a meal-prep service like HelloFresh or Blue Apron in your mid-twenties, you probably became fast friends with these fellows.
These days, it’s wonderful to find comfort in the little things, which is something that Twitter user @noahgo has taken to heart. "Somehow reassuring [that] in the midst of [the] #coronavirus shopping frenzy…people still have the sense not to buy [chocolate hummus] and buffalo hummus," they write.
Mr. Clean “Clean Freak” Deep-Cleaning Mist
When Twitter user Alex Philippidis (@AlexWestchester) headed to their local Stop and Shop and Target locations in White Plains, New York, they were surprised to find the aisles wiped clean of sanitary wipes.
Peter Pan Peanut Butter
When J. M. Barrie wrote Peter Pan, he called the fictional land where the unaging, titular character resides "Neverland" for a reason. Although we’re pretty sure that reason had nothing to do with the fact that panic shoppers would never, ever buy Peter Pan brand peanut butter.
Glad Garbage Bags
"Don’t get mad, get Glad!" Well, in this case, "Don’t get lax, toss your trash!" It's a strange sight to see: In this Wisconsin-based Target, all of the cleaning supplies have been bought up, but a sufficient stock of garbage bags remains.
"Look at these empty shelves I saw at Costco this morning," wrote Twitter user Ben Owen (@hrkbenowen). Well, Ben, you’ve overlooked a few crucial items here. Yes, a lot of the non-perishables are missing from this aisle, but folks have left behind Honey Bunches of Oats and maple syrup.
OFF! Bug Spray
With social distancing and shelter-in-place directives firmly implemented for many states throughout the U.S., many Americans have been forced to trade the great outdoors for the great indoors. Staying 久游棋牌 means mitigating the spread of COVID-19 — and it also means avoiding some of nature’s less-fun aspects.
Pasta That’s Not Spaghetti
Okay, okay — this one might be more of a fluke. This is the most full we’ve seen the pasta aisle in quite some time. But it’s still worth pointing out that even in a semi-stocked pasta aisle, spaghetti reigns supreme.
Off-brand, Naturally Essenced Sparkling Water
"I stopped at [Target] to get a refill at the pharmacy [and was] stunned by all the empty shelves," Adam May (@adammaytv) tweeted. "I noticed people didn’t want pear or hibiscus flavored water." That’s not all we noticed, however.
When it comes to a proper Thanksgiving dinner, cranberry sauce is an essential part of the meal. The rest of the year, we assume it exists — stranded out there in the soup aisle — but, not unlike Peeps marshmallow chicks, we aren’t actively thinking about it.
Chili-and-Lime-Flavored Rolled Corn Tortilla Chips
From the makers of chocolate hummus comes another very specific snack food: chili-and-lime-flavored rolled corn tortilla chips. While these chips are actually pretty tasty, they clearly aren’t anyone’s must-have snack food.
Kettle Unsalted Potato Chips
The fine folks over at Kettle Brand chips have given us some truly wonderful flavors. From honey dijon and bourbon BBQ to sour cream and onion, there’s a Kettle chip flavor for everyone. Do you like salty potato chips? Of course!
While single-use Ziploc bags aren’t the best for the environment, there’s no doubt that many Americans rely on these disposable lunch and snack bags. They’re a staple when it comes to bringing a sandwich to work or loading up your kids’ lunch bags with everything from carrot sticks to Goldfish crackers.
Mexican brewer Grupo Modelo, the company behind Corona, suspended production of its beers in accordance with the government’s mandate to suspend nonessential services through April 30 in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. Despite this, you can still find Coronas on supermarket and liquor store shelves.