Is it acceptable to use brand names in writing? Stan needed a snack for the road. It was a difficult decision. The gas station was the size of a supermarket and must have had three aisles of chips alone. A green and yellow bag on an end display caught his eye; his choice had been made. Stan plucked the bag of Funyuns from the shelf. Looking through the clear window on the front of the bag, most of the rings were broken. The second bag was better. Now, Stan was faced with another dilemma. What would be the best drink to wash down the delicious, salty, oniony mana? Mountain Dew or an Icee? If the store had Mountain Dew in a can, he would get that. If not, a strawberry and Coca-Cola mixed Icee.