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Anyone Notice That You Can't Buy No-name Brand Hamburger Helper Anymore

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Anyone Notice That You Can't Buy No-name Brand Hamburger Helper Anymore

Use to buy Hamburger Harmony, which I believe was Food Basics knock off of Hamburger Helper, maybe 3 to 4 times a month seeing it was half the price. Can't seem to find any no name brand of it anywhere now. Anyone notice this as well?
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Penalty Box
Feb 22, 2016
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Maybe it isn't selling well enough anymore? (is the original HH still popular? If sales are down for that, then why would Metro/Loblaws/Sobeys bother making a knockoff? You only make a knockoff if the original is selling well)
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Could be the case. While searching the web if there were any legal reasons why they stopped selling it, found an article that they were really hurting back in 2014 and were trying to find a way to boost sales.
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You can get it on Amazon.ca. I recently bought some just because they were on sale for $1 a box.
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UrbanPoet wrote: Its just pasta and seasoning... and you add ground beef?
Basically yeah.
Unless you're after the exact flavor, you could easily make your own to replace it for cheaper.
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UrbanPoet wrote: I thinks hamburgler helper has dwindled in popularity.
There used to be tons of commercials on tv for it and now none.

I personally never tried it. Its just pasta and seasoning... and you add ground beef?
As an immigrant asian kid, my parents never made stuff like that. It always amazed me what it was for and how to use it. I worked at a supermarket too and it still fascinated me. That and sloppy joes. Ground beef was a mystery for me.
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HH is a stovetop casserole of beef and pasta in a cheesy sauce, i.e, KD with bigger pasta shapes. Their pasta is pretty gross texture though: thick, dense, furry surface, weird chew. I toss it in favour of my own and just use the seasoning packet if I am forced to make it. When my buddy is having 70's nostalgia and asks for the stuff I would rather do:

- pot of prepared KD
- beef fried with mushrooms and onions, drained, seasoned with soy, Worcestershire, tomato paste/ketchup
- combine

I think the market for HH is the 50+ crowd now. Millennials don't like American cheese, KD, HH, and all the other wonder foods that came out back then. Compare, in the 70's 1 in 10 products in people's grocery carts were Kraft and now the brand is struggling.
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at1212b wrote: As an immigrant asian kid, my parents never made stuff like that. It always amazed me what it was for and how to use it. I worked at a supermarket too and it still fascinated me. That and sloppy joes. Ground beef was a mystery for me.
I grew up in an all white black neighbourhood. Ihung out black and white kids and became a chinese wigger, it was the 90’s so hiphop was big.... lol

Whenever i went to friends houses for dinner it was like a culinary adventure...

The first time i had pasta that wasn’t microwaved... awesome!!!

Also my first encounter with meat loaf. I was shocked at the huge quAntities of meat in their meals.

And my first discovery of west indies food. Damn i thought it wAs so flavorful and spicy.

I was always known in my circle for being very advenerous with food. I guess my early childhood being exposed to all these “foreign” things really shaped that.
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Only had them a few times in the last decade, but the cheap store brand versions of lasagna HH were always far better tasting for some reason. Last time I had real HH it was disgusting. Store brand KD is always better too, especially the white cheddar mac and cheese.

Don't know about other stores, but I saw the Great Value HH not even a month ago.
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In Toronto,
Go to the Loblaws @ St. Clair & Bathurst.
The Name brand Hamburger Helper Lasagna is only 44 cents a box. (Best before September 2019 at that)
You can find it in a shopping cart near the customer service desk. (a bunch of different clearance items in shopping carts there)

I'm honestly not sure if other Loblaws are clearing out certain store and name brand HH though...
If it ain't broke, don't fix it!

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