I am not a big Kroger fan. There are some amazing Kroger grocery stores in Atlanta, but the one walking distance to my house is not one of them. It is jumbled and confusing and the produce and meat departments have gone to hell in a handbag since we first moved here in 1996. The recent produce department upgrade/renovations has helped, but it will take me a while to be convinced it is a consistent trend. Also, their dairy department is HORRIBLE. There is always something spilled, cartons are always crushed and it smells. So I do run their for last minute emergencies, but that’s it.
On the other hand, the Publix that opened up a few miles further away is always clean and organized and their meat and produce are good. Their fresh seafood department doesn’t really work for me, for some reason. I think it is the overwhelming smell of bleach. I appreciate the cleanness, but the smell of bleach and fish is not one that inspires me to cook or eat. We usually go to the Farmer’s Market for fish and lately we’ve started buying it frozen from Costco.
But I just had to buy every single box of the Kroger fat free sugar free dutch hot cocoa that was on the shelf. It is sweetened with splenda, which most of them are NOT and only 1 Weight Watcher’s point on the new system and completely satisfying for a hot, chocolately drink morning, afternoon or evening. I am having one every day and I just love it. Finally! Something that tastes pretty darned good that I didn’t have to mix up myself.