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Hershey’s special dark syrup has a standard 7/8 inch flip top cap which permits the pouring of a small stream of ersatz chocolate stuff onto your, these days, ersatz ice-cream. When the container is below a quarter full it takes a while for the syrup to flow down to where it can be squirted out, and when the bottle is down to only a couple of ounces of syrup it takes almost forever. This slow flow problem is worsened if the syrup has been stored in the refrigerator, as it should be, and is cold. My previous solution has been to store the bottle of syrup on its head. That works well enough, but requires squeezing it between the other bottles in the refrigerator door to keep it balanced upright. However, when it is brought out for use and is sitting on the table it is difficult to balance it on the very small flip-top cap provided, because the cap isn’t perfectly flat, and because the syrup will tend to be on one side of the bottle. In other words it topples over quite easily onto my otherwise tidy dinner table.

The problem is easily corrected by having a cap with a much wider top. That provision has already been supplied by other manufactures for their products, such as on the 40 OZ size Heinz Tomato Ketchup, which has 2-1/8 inch flip top pour-cap. Among the bright and thoughtful designers and manufacturers there are some not so quite so gifted sales executives. Even after such thing as a proper cap is readily available some these less brilliant purveyors of bottled liquid stuff have trouble seeing the light. It makes one wonder where else they have taken liberties involving the quality of their products.

This problem of executive dimwittedness and cost cutting can easily be corrected by us the consumers. The reason is because some of the brighter folks out there, in positions of responsibility and power have been able to impose standards on common physical objects, such as the size and shape of bottle cap threads. Among these standardized items is the exact size and twist of threads on bottle tops and there corresponding caps. Thank you, who ever you are, for creating and enforcing these standards!

Because of these bottle top thread standards it is possible to interchange bottle caps between one manufactures bottles and another’s. In this case we consumers are able to replace Hershey’s inferior, and cheaper, caps with the very good ones provided on the Heinz products. All, one needs to do is exchange a good cap for an  inferior one. To do that simply remove and wash the cap from an old bottle of used-up stuff and put it onto the bottle with the inferior cap removed. And there you have it. You have a cap which should have been there on that bottle in the first place.

Heinz Hershey bottle caps

The bottle caps are easily exchanged between these bottles.

From this little observation it becomes obvious that we consumers should wash-up and keep a small box of our used bottle caps handy for these alternate uses. Also, when shopping we should watch for products which have the possibility of reuse in other roles.

I noticed something odd when making these pictures. The Heinz product is all transparent honesty and the Hershey’s product is all obscured sizzle and spin. A transparent bottle reveals the contents on one product and an opaque bottle obscures the contents of the other one. The one proclaims its contents to be made of a specific thing the other claims its product to be an unspecified goo that is colored dark. The one proclaims it has a specific quantity, by weight, of product, the other has complied with some law as to size and placement identifying contents but has make the numbers all but unreadable. The one claims it is made of a particular natural product the other makes no claims at all but shows only a picture of a potential usage. The one has made the consumption of their product easy for the user the other hasn’t. The one brand has gained my admiration the other has roused my suspicions. We buyers are slow learners, but we can learn, and eventually we do learn.
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