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Marie Callenders Complaint - False Advertising

Review by burf on 2011-05-13
We like to eat at our Marie Callenders in Northridge so we bought one of their frozen dinners. The picture on the box looked like it had large and delicious portions. It was Herb Roasted Chicken. When I opened the meal I could hardly believe my eyes. The leg was 1/3 the size that was on the picture plus a small thigh.

The carrots and broccoli when done to their timing in the microwave were small and wilted.

I will not believe their ads again or buy their dinners.
Comments:5 Replies - Latest reply on 2011-05-13
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-05-13:
The food never looks like it does on the box. Cooking time may vary according to microwave wattage.
Posted by madconsumer on 2011-05-13:
food photography is used to make the food look better than really is.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-05-13:
It might be a good idea to check the serving size and net weight as well.

To this day I have never got a piece of chicken as big as the ones on the box of a Banquet TV Dinner.
Posted by Ytropious on 2011-05-13:
I bet it says somewhere on the box "enlarged to show detail".
Posted by Starlord on 2011-05-13:
It is not false advertising, but advertising puffery, which is legal. They hire 'food artists' who bring in a semi full of food and gear to make the food look it's very best. They often spend two days or more to make a sandwich look just right. My wife loves the country-fried chicken with corn and potatoes, but has panned some other MC offerings. I have eaten at a Marie Callender's, and as usual, their frozen offerings just don't match up, just as with Claim Juimper, Bob Evans and White Castle.

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