A can of "tiny tots" Norwegian sardines weighs about three ounces and costs about three and half dollars. Wow. What is that per pound? Never-the-less, it is what I grew up on, and when I want to treat myself, regardless of price, that is what I choose. "Tiny tots" are indeed, tiny, being immature herring and are packed a dozen or so..."like sardines".. in a can.
The normal sardines I usually buy cost about a dollar and a quarter. They are not nearly as tasty. They are large, like bait fish, and three fill a can. They make a good late night snack, BUT they only whet the appetite for little "real" sardines.
I love to go to Long's Drug store and cruise the aisles in my scooter. The main center aisle is always loaded with the featured sales items and full of surprises. Sometimes it rivals a tour of the 99 cent store in entertainment value.
While touring Long's bargain aisle I came upon eight ounce cans of sardines for 99 cents. "Can't be very good," I thought, "but they are cheap. I'll take a chance." I bought ONE CAN.
I put them aside when I got home. Yesterday, I opened the bargain can of sardines, and LO and BEHOLD, it was full of "tiny tot" baby herrings. For 99 cents I had purchased a wonderful snack that would have cost eight dollars at the market.
What a repast I had. Baby smoked herring, with crackers, while drinking Mountain Dew, and watching the San Francisco Giants beat Houston on television.
Life can be sweet some evenings.