America's most prolific beagle bloggers - Baxter and Daisy have agreed to take time out of their packed schedule to once again provide expert guidance and opinion for their legion of readers in another guest blog!
Luckily on July 4th we had our 4th annual convenience store beef stick taste test. We went to all the neighborhood convenience stores and sampled their beef sticks! YUM!! I love beef sticks! YUM!! What a difference a year makes Baxter. Last year the most expensive beef sticks were at Casey’s. They were 59 cents each and two for $1.08 while everyone else charged $1 for two beef sticks. Casey’s finished last in our 2014 beef stick awards. Jiffy and Kum & Go tied for first. Kum & Go won the Daisy and Baxter beef stick award in 2013 and last fall they raised their beef stick prices to 89 cents each and three for $2. The Jiffy won the award in 2012 and this year they raised their prices to 69 cents each and two for $1.29.
I don’t know why beef sticks are so expensive, Daisy. Me neither. Hank said that because the beef sticks cost so much we couldn’t afford trophies for this year’s award winner like we gave out last year. Luckily the Daisy and Baxter convenience store award is such a prestigious honor that a trophy isn’t really necessary. We still needed to do our due diligence to pick the most worthy award winner so on July 4th we got up at 4am and had our breakfast before heading to our first destination, the Jiffy convenience store.
On the way to the Jiffy, we passed the Wells Fargo bank...
the laziest, rudest, most beagle unfriendly bank ever.
Poor Vince has to work so hard ringing up the extra money for beef sticks he can't make fresh coffee...
Jiffy – 1 1/2 paws
The new Food & Gas Mart has a thing or two to learn about providing a top notch beef stick experience...
Food & Gas Mart – 1 paw
We took our morning nap while Kathy and Hank did their Saturday shopping and then it was back to work! What a great job it is being a convenience store beef stick taste tester! YUM!! At noon we went to the Casey’s. We’ve been going to the Casey’s every weekend morning. Hank gets a 74 cent refill coffee and we get Aldi beef sticks. On the 4th we went to the Casey’s at noon and instead of Aldi beef sticks, Hank got us two Old Wisconsin beef sticks for $1.38 and since it was pretty hot he got us a cup of crushed ice with water for 15 cents. Old Wisconsin beef sticks have more water than the Jack Links brand. That makes them taste a little on the fatty side. The ones we got were very fresh and the best tasting beef sticks of the day! YUM!! I thought they were the best too. Hank was in and out of the store in seconds and the ice cold water and crushed ice was very refreshing. There’s nothing I like better on a hot day than some crushed ice to go along with my beef stick treat! YUM!! I’m giving Casey’s four paws. I’d like to give Casey’s four paws but I’m only giving them three because of the high price of their beef sticks. I did appreciate the crushed ice however! I don't like judging the beef sticks on price. Maybe we should give Hank a half paw for being such a cheapskate!
Casey's – 3 1/2 paws
After our noon walk we took our afternoon nap and at 3pm it on to the Depot for our fourth and last beef stick taste test. The Depot is a liquor store and a check cashing place and a convenience store three blocks down the street from where we live. We walk past it on our three and six o’clock afternoon walks every day. Hank and Kathy hardly ever go in there because its so busy with people buying liquor… And beer… And cigarettes… And soda, candy, or groceries. One time Kathy went in there for a lottery ticket and was there for 15 minutes. Hank went in there for beef sticks once and got stuck behind this lady having an argument with the clerk because he wouldn’t let her buy a 24 pack of Old Milwaukee with something called an EBT card. I guess everyone got liquored up early on July 4th because there wasn’t anyone in the Depot parking lot. I was so happy when Hank came out so quickly but then I saw he came out with two Slim Jims. The Depot only has prepackaged Slim Jim beef stick treats. For a dollar you get two of them. These Slim Jims were much bigger than the ones at the Food & Gas Mart but they were still pretty small. I thought the Slim Jims were OK and I liked that we didn’t have to go out of our way. I’m giving the Depot two paws. I’m giving the Depot one paw. My tastes are quite refined and I would like to have premium beef sticks for my treat. Plus it was still hot and the Depot didn’t have any crushed ice. There’s no pleasing some beagles. I prefer to think of it as a matter of basic beagle dignity but we’re getting a little off topic
Note to Depot: Premium beef sticks and crushed ice would go a long way for a better score next year...HELLO...
Well Daisy, our 2015 convenience store beef stick contest is over and the Casey’s came back from their 2014 last place finish to win the award for 2015. Yes. Congratulations to Casey’s for superior beef stick service, coffee that didn't make Hank sick, and amenities like crushed ice. I wish we lived on the south side of Marshalltown instead of the north side, Daisy. Why’s that, Baxter? Because then we would live near the Dunkin' Donuts, McDonalds, Burger King, and Hardees! And we could have a breakfast sandwich contest! We could compare bacon and egg sandwiches!! YUM!! I love bacon and egg sandwiches!! YUM!!