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To the original poster, be careful. Some on this board will accuse you of "unfair punishment" on the manufacturer. You aren't supposed to complain about poor quality, you are just supposed to "give them a chance", indefinitely.
I have a sure-fire method of doing this, but it's very involved and hard to reproduce. Just stick it in the mail to me and I will take care of it for you. I'll turn it around for you in 3-4 years, tops!
It's a "nice" story, not a "great" story or even a "good" story. To be "great", it would have to include the recipe, for sure. To make the story "good", without breaking your promise, all you would have to do is give some detail about how it is made, that makes it unique. Anything that one can take away from the story as their own and use in some way. Otherwise, it's just a story about a traveler who met a nice old man and that gave him something, and told him not to share it.
Now, you may not give a flip about what anyone on this board can "take away" from any given post, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. But I think most people come to this board to collect and share ideas, not necessarily exact recipes (but in many cases those too!).
So maybe in the future, when you have a "nice" story to share, you'll include a small morsel of information that will inspire someone to make something completely new and outstanding. And then, my bets are, they'll come right back to this board and share it.
I'm pretty sure your old man on the road would have liked that.