Gross! While I kind of suspected there was a close relationship between Slim Jims and dog food, I didn’t realize it was that close. At least the Slim Jims come first….[xx(]
Slim Jim was originally made by Goodmark Foods and sold out to Con-Agra in the 1990s. There was a total change in production and management. This could explain the change in taste.
I work in Raleigh, NC near the original Slim Jim works and once responded to an emergency response call about a Slim Jim spill. Chatham Dog Food Co. makes a locally famous brand of dry dog food and one of the ingredients was the cooking juices from Slim Jims (along with out of date non-sweetened breakfast cereal). Early one cold morning, a tank truck loaded with 8000 gallons of still warm cooking grease overturned in the middle of downtown Raleigh. Although rapidly harding in the cold, the grease ran like lava into a nearby office building. It ended up about knee deep, treeing the buiding’s workers on their desks. Luckily, I had a pair of chest waders in my truck. Somewhere I’ve got a photograph of a very disgusted fireman wading through the grease carrying out a fat lady piggy-back. They never got the odor out of the building.
I personally loathe them, but my better half can’t get enough of them when we visit my family in the US. Luckily I’ve somehow convinced him that they wouldn’t be allowed back through UK customs, as one year at Christmas he attempted to shove about 20 into his (already bulging) suitcase.
He and my brother ate them later that night. We caught our flight home the next day, and I spent most of the flight wishing for an altitude drop so the oxygen masks would fall from the ceiling. [xx(]
I eat one about every 10 years or so … It is about the same rate as Kentucky Fried Chicken … I say to myself "It can’t be as bad as I remember" …
They’ve always been too salty for my tastes, but I have enjoyed a similar type snack with teriyaki flavoring.
I had been buying the 100 count boxes of the small Slim Jims at BJ Warehouse, but at least 1/3 of each box had a piece of uber-chewy ‘meat’ in it so I stopped.
Recently I’ve been buying the 15 count round cans of fake Slim Jims at Aldi’s. Not as economical as the bulk packs at BJ’s, but I’ve yet to have one with a piece of ‘meat in it. Still, there’s something to said for a jumbo Tabasco Slim Jim and a Jolt cola [:D].
And I miss Macho Man Randy Savage shilling for Slim Jims. OOOOOOH YEEEEEEEAAAAAHHHH!!!
My wife is a devotee of SJ’s and buys them in the round "bulk" container from the store. I will occasionally down one, but recently the quality of these dog treats is narrowing to the point where some are drippingly greasy and inedible, even for SJ’s. Sometimes they are tight and snappy (as they used to advertise) but she is also a big Mt Dew drinker so maybe you have something there. Great for you Atkins people, I suppose, but I think they are (50% of the time) lousy. I’ll go for SJ Jerky if given the option. What I hate is the round white hard little nuggets conatined therein. I think of them as the express train to arterial blockage, but I am not a physiology student.
I had many a seven course meal back in the early ’60’s….a six-pack of Country Club Malt Liquor and a Slim-Jim.[:D]
I’m partial to the nacho flavor, myself, but I can’t finish one anymore. They go well with Mtn. Dew. I just try not to think about the ingredients while I chew. As my husband would say, there’s nothing wholesome or natural about a nacho-cheese flavored, two-foot long stick of processed meat. Delicious, though!
They are still a 3am staple in my diet when forced to work late. I must be half asleep when I buy them.
Back in the 70’s they had a bacon flavor. Powerful stuff
Not a gambling man, huh?
The good old Slim Jims. I used to eat them more often when I was a kid. On a rare occasion, I ll succumb to one because they are always displayed in the check out line or in direct line of vision at the gas station. They just aren t what they used to be.
When I was younger, I could eat them and drink beer till my Far*s, could clear out a stadium. For some reason, I don’t think I could eat a Slim Jim today, on a bet !
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