Phineas and Ferb Ripped My Kids Off

One of the joys of being a parent is getting to watch cartoons with your kids guilt free. You're taking part in their lives by spending time with them as they rot their brains. That’s worth quite a lot I think, and my parents sure didn't watch Thundercats with me.

Carter is old enough that he's started to watch Phineas and Ferb which is an amusing cartoon even for parents. In fact, if you have kids anywhere near the age of 4 I would think you're well aware of the show to the point where Phineas and Ferb are discussed like they're part of the family.

Well these family members are ripping your kids off…if they eat mac and cheese.

Let me say specifically, Kraft Macaroni and Cheese TM.

I was in charge of the kids during a run to Target the other week and one item on our list was mac and cheese. The kids love the plain old Kraft, dehydrated cheese in a pouch variety and that's what I intended to get. But Target had that old standby on a super sale and it was sold out.

Carter and Evie were in the cart begging for mac and cheese like I was going to whip it up right there and I didn't know what to do. They didn’t eat the creamier kind or the spirals. Then I saw the solution. A Phineas and Ferb box of Kraft. God bless marketing.

The kids were ecstatic and we got one box with Phineas on the cover (Carter grabbed it) and one with Ferb (which thankfully Evie reached for).

A few days later I come home from work and the family is already sitting down to dinner and my wife informs me that there wasn't a lot of mac and cheese for the kids. I told her I just bought some. Then she explains that there was less of the mac in the Phineas and Ferb box than in the standard kind.

I knew all about the grocery shrink ray Consumerist so routinely documents and can't believe I was snookered into buying a box of less product for more money, even if the regular kind hadn't been on sale.

A regular box of mac is 7.25 ounces. Phineas and Ferb's version comes in at 5.5 ounces. That's 1.75 ounces less or 24% less of the good stuff.

Plus, the cartoon shaped noodles took longer to cook and were still too al dente to enjoy. I wanted to explode into a Candace-sized fit of anger at the two brothers smiling from the box covers.

Instead I got out the camera phone and the laptop…