How did chef boyardee get so popular?
It's squishy half-disintegrated pasta in watery ketchup
why do so many people eat this? It's not like actual pasta is expensive or hard to make
>why do so many people eat this?
It was cheap, it entered the market in the 1920's when modern-form grocers and supermarkets were only beginning to form. Chef Boyardee's was a line of products that could easily reach the shelves of even the remotest of backwater general stores, had a long shelf-life, and offered something that was at the time relatively exotic in many parts of the united states - tomato sauce and pasta. Tomatoes being relatively limited in where they could be produced with reasonable costs during the time. And CB was cheap, for certain.
And then came the war, and canned goods were suddenly the shit. The need was enormous. Chef Boyardee in particular was shipped to Russia to feed the hordes of starving proto-gopniks, and it was consumed in such amounts that Boyardee was even named Hero of the Soviet Union after the war.
These days, it's just a fixture. A fallback found in the corner of every rainy day pantry in the United States. It's what everyone gets for unexpected situations where humane food is unavailable.
tl;dr - cheap, traditional, easy
Kids like sweet things. You trick them that this is real italiano, and when they get older, you make it better without sugar, and wala. They aren't going to grow up to be italian-american fatsos.
well I was just eating a can of tomato soup a moment ago and realized
>wow, I'm just sitting here eating a bowl of pizza sauce
seriously how is tomato "soup" an acceptable thing? it literally just sauce
im not that guy, but i do love beans on toast, well the sainsbury's own beans n sausages on buttered toast (7 seed bread), i was a fat fuck and lived off this shit for a year and lost a fuck ton of weight due to all the fiber, now going to the gym and still have beans on toast twice a week.
Franko American was better but hey did you know they cease to exist? Truly only our generation will be the last to have had it