Ok, I was at Stealth-Mart the other night and picked up a few packs of these things. 16 cents each. Wow! Which got me started on thinking, what does this stuff cost? My co-worker, a former buyer for a West Coast food distributor and Master of C-fold towels, #10 cans and Boxed Beef had some poignant observations: '16 cents? Hey, Wally-Mart will probably put Ramen out of business at those prices.' And 'The crud in the little packet actually costs less than the foil packet.' (Probably true as the 'flavor' packet is mostly salt). 'The printed wrapper is the most expensive part of the product as the noodles are flour and water. And what is it? Well, curiosity got the better of me. I wondered how much energy they used to 'dry' this stuff. So I found this: http://www.straightdope.com/mailbag/mramen.html Palm Oil? Yeccchhh! And I thought I was getting lo-cal soup when actually I am getting fried dried noodles and salt. You guys eat this stuff? I may need to get rid of $2.40 worth... Every day I discover something new in the food business. Don't ask me about 'Potted Meat Product'.