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Vermont Smoke and Cure Pepperoni Change (Anyone Notice)
« on: December 28, 2020, 05:25:44 PM »
Hey All,

For VT Smoke and Cure pepperoni enthusiasts - has anyone noticed a change to the taste of the pepperoni? I have been using it for years and picked a few sticks up this weekend.  I immediately noticed a change to the packaging and the color of the pepperoni.  When I got it home I compared to some I had bought a few weeks earlier and the version on the web and noticed lots of changes.   I have posted some pictures.  Here are a list of things I have noticed so far:
1. Packaging is browner.  2. Name changed from Uncured Smoked Pepperoni to Smoked Uncured Pepperoni. 3. Package is smaller (no longer says "Perfect for Pizza" 4. The old pepperoni weighed 194 and the new one 171 (or almost exactly 6 ounces).  4. The new one has less fat content (7g per 1oz serving) the old version has 12g per 1 ounce serving.  5. Tt now says "Made for" Vermont Smoke and Cure when it used to say "Made by" Vermont Smoke and Cure. 6. It no longer says Made in Vermont. 7. The ingredients now also lists cherry powder, which it did not before. 

We ran a blind taste test at our house over the weekend and all three people thought the new version did NOT taste like pepperoni.  My 16 yo said, "That is a tasty smoked sausage.  That is not a pepperoni."  Of course, my family has been raised on Vt Smoke and Cure since we discovered it (5-8 years ago), so the taste is ingrained in our brains. 

I contacted the company and they insist no change to the recipe.  I sent them pictures and they didn't respond.  Anyone else notice this?   
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Re: Vermont Smoke and Cure Pepperoni Change (Anyone Notice)
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2020, 05:31:34 PM »
bummer! not surprised tho

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Re: Vermont Smoke and Cure Pepperoni Change (Anyone Notice)
« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2020, 05:42:34 PM »
"Made for" Vermont Smoke and Cure    makes me think they are no longer making it.
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Re: Vermont Smoke and Cure Pepperoni Change (Anyone Notice)
« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2020, 05:45:28 PM »
Here's the reply from the company:

Good morning Joseph,

Thank you for reaching out and we appreciate your concern. We have not changed our recipe for our 6oz Uncured Smoked Pepperoni.

If possible, would you be able to provide a photo of the pepperoni in question?

Kindest regards,

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Re: Vermont Smoke and Cure Pepperoni Change (Anyone Notice)
« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2020, 05:49:40 PM »
Absolutely different! Noticed it before opening and it tastes completely different. Not pepperoni at all. Cancelled my automatic amazon shipment shortly after tasting the new ones.

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Re: Vermont Smoke and Cure Pepperoni Change (Anyone Notice)
« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2020, 05:51:06 PM »
Everyone that notices should send a note to the company. 

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Re: Vermont Smoke and Cure Pepperoni Change (Anyone Notice)
« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2020, 06:06:02 PM »
Everyone that notices should send a note to the company.

Have you sent them pictures as they asked?
Might have a different response after looking at pictures.
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Re: Vermont Smoke and Cure Pepperoni Change (Anyone Notice)
« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2020, 06:07:03 PM »
Yes.  They didn't respond.  I was wondering if I was crazy, which is why I posted here. 

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Re: Vermont Smoke and Cure Pepperoni Change (Anyone Notice)
« Reply #8 on: December 28, 2020, 06:07:20 PM »
The current processor! Can't read the picture for the old number.

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Re: Vermont Smoke and Cure Pepperoni Change (Anyone Notice)
« Reply #9 on: December 28, 2020, 06:11:39 PM »
After trying them all I settled on Boars Head Stick. Hormel Rosa Grande is really good too but not available locally for me.

Serious Eats likes it too: https://slice.seriouseats.com/2013/01/taste-test-pepperoni-sticks.html
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Re: Vermont Smoke and Cure Pepperoni Change (Anyone Notice)
« Reply #10 on: December 28, 2020, 06:13:53 PM »
Where did you find that number? 

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Re: Vermont Smoke and Cure Pepperoni Change (Anyone Notice)
« Reply #12 on: December 28, 2020, 06:26:03 PM »
The old one is 8795

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« Reply #13 on: December 28, 2020, 06:28:24 PM »
The old one is 8795
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VSC Holdings, LLC 10516 Route 116 Hinesburg VT 05461 (802) 482-4666 09/04/2020 Meat Processing,
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They probably couldn't handle the volume and had to offload to a processor. Amazon volume probably did it.

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Re: Vermont Smoke and Cure Pepperoni Change (Anyone Notice)
« Reply #14 on: December 28, 2020, 06:29:51 PM »
Makes sense.  It started to get hard to get around here.  It was would be sold out for a month -couldn't get it anywhere.  Then, it would appear for a couple of weeks.  Total bummer. 

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Re: Vermont Smoke and Cure Pepperoni Change (Anyone Notice)
« Reply #15 on: December 28, 2020, 06:32:00 PM »
They probably couldn't handle the volume and had to offload to a processor. Amazon volume probably did it.

Totally!   Everyone was making sourdough pizza at home during pandemic :)

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Re: Vermont Smoke and Cure Pepperoni Change (Anyone Notice)
« Reply #16 on: December 29, 2020, 12:03:01 PM »
They definitely changed the recipe a few years ago. There used to be some corn syrup in it. Looks like it changed again. Haven't bought it in a little while.

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Re: Vermont Smoke and Cure Pepperoni Change (Anyone Notice)
« Reply #17 on: December 29, 2020, 03:14:32 PM »
It made me think of Act 14 from This American Life - https://www.thisamericanlife.org/241/20-acts-in-60-minutes

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Re: Vermont Smoke and Cure Pepperoni Change (Anyone Notice)
« Reply #18 on: December 29, 2020, 04:29:54 PM »
They definitely changed the recipe a few years ago. There used to be some corn syrup in it. Looks like it changed again. Haven't bought it in a little while.

I remember that change.  I think the original was best.  It was still ok after that change.   I haven't bought any for a few months so haven't tasted the newest change.
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Re: Vermont Smoke and Cure Pepperoni Change (Anyone Notice)
« Reply #19 on: December 29, 2020, 05:50:21 PM »
I remember that change.  I think the original was best.  It was still ok after that change.   I haven't bought any for a few months so haven't tasted the newest change.
I think the original was better than the first change too. First change wasn't bad, but it lost something and wasn't great anymore.

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