Item - This a Hard to Find Sealed Vintage Tin of Reese Finer Foods Inc. Fried Ants complete with original contents, Circa 1950s (Please see all Photos)
Produced For - Exclusively Imported by Reese Finer Foods, Inc., of New York, Los Angeles & Chicago; USA
Marks - Paper label printed with all details (please see all photos)
Circa - 1950s
Construction - Tin
Country of Origin - Japan
Dimensions - 2.75" in diameter (1.625" in height)
Weight - 60 gram
Condition - Good Used Condition, with discolouration to the label and a couple of small dents to the rear...... the tin is sealed and with a shake of the hand it is clear to hear that it is complete with contents......but we do not recommend any form of consumption due to the contents being approx 60 years out of date!
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Other Interesting Points - In the early 1940s, Max Ries, a German-Jewish textile manufactuer went to Chicago, USA and established himself as a importer of foreign cheese to the US market that was becoming quickly fascinated with exotic foods. Department Stores at the time were stocking such delicacies as Tinned Tiger and Elephant Meat, to rival this Mr Ries offered up "French Fried Ants" from Venezuela and Baby Bees from Japan, these offerings quickly raised the profile of his company, Reese Finer Foods; which made it's core sales from the less exotic foods such as Water Chestnuts, Artichoke Hearts and Baby Corn. Ries was famously excluded from the 1st Fancy Food Show at the Sheraton-Astor, New York in 1955; so he hired a limo to take buyers to another hotel where he had set up his own show only exhibiting his companies products. Ries also explored other Exotic Foods including Chocolate Covered Grasshoppers and Ants.....and produced a Spooky Food Gift Set which included the ants, roasted butterflies and barbecue bees but overstocking and bad sales led him to him hiring Bela Lugosi in a Dracula Costume for advertisments; this worked a treat with the gift sets completly selling out.
For a Further Insight into Reese's Chocoalte Ants and Grasshoppers please take a look at the last image above which is a fantastic article wrote by Mike Steere for The Blade in 1980......
Further Facts -
Entomophagy is the consumption of insects as Food. Today Insect eating is rare in the developed World, but insects remain a popular food in many developing regions of Latin Amercia, Africa, Asia & Oceania. Ants can contain Protein but the smaller the species the greater the chance of it containing minimal or no protein.
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