I’ve never liked tangerines. They are too tart for me; therefore, I just avoid them in the grocery store. So when I was visiting at my son’s house, and 3-year old Owen (my grandson) asked for a “Cutie.,” I didn’t know what he was talking about.
“Over there, Grandma!” he said, pointing to a bowl of “tangerines.” “That’s a Cutie.”
I was surprised he liked the tart taste of what I thought were tangerines but started to peel one for him. Wow! They peeled so easily! With Owen’s encouragement to “try one,” I did, and I loved them! (Oh, the wisdom of a 3-year old!) I looked at the package, and discovered that Cuties are not tangerines at all, but are “clementines.” (Cutie being the brand name.) I hate to admit it, but I didn’t know the difference between a clementine and a tangerine. A quick search on Google, and now I do. (What is the difference between clementines, mandarins, and tangerines, if any?) Over the weekend, Owen and I became Cutie partners, eating several a day.
Once home, Cuties went on my Costco list for my trip there the following week.
At Costco, as I was walking down the aisle, I spied them from far away! Yes!!! Costco had Cuties! But as I got closer, I saw that the “Cuties” weren’t Cuties after all, but another brand. Hmmmm…. well, they looked the same, felt the same, and said “clementines” on the package, just like the Cutie package did, so I bought them.
And it’s true. They do taste the same as the Cutie brand. They also peel the same. And with all things equal, I will always buy the better-priced package.
I just wished they were named “Cuties” instead of “Rio King.”
“Cuties” are, somehow, just sooo much more fun to eat! Do you think it’s the name?