Sunday, February 14, 2010

Here we go again...

Sigh. You are all just not getting this. I am in intensive care here with this head cold (well they call it that but I am sure it is a derivative of ebola fever) and all I get is 'your links don't work'. Well, no they don't and I am sorry for my inefficiency with the cut and paste tool, but how hard it is to google images search pink foam shrimps?

Let me do it for you:

Pink foam shrimps:



Winter candy:

Kop-kops are not licorice flavoured. Licorice is disgusting. They are aniseed. Whcih is odd because I didn't know that until I googled 'kopkops flavour' for your edicfication, and I would have said that aniseed was disgusting too. But they are coated in sugar and I only eat them when my taste buds are Black Death-impaired so maybe that explains it. The same method of intensive research tells me that winter candy is also aniseed. How odd.

The shrimps are, disconcertingly for fish lovers, raspberry flavoured. Or more accurately, chemical-replicating-raspberry-flavour flavoured.

And, while we are having this trans-altantic conversation, could I just say: tootsie rolls. Iconic US product, referred to in mountains of literature. First experienced by this Brit last November. Huge disappointment. What's that all about? Small bits of chewy gloop. You have no standing to criticise kop-kops. Oh wait, the US is the home of Hershey Cookies and Cream chocolate is isn't it? I bow at your feet. Love that stuff. Can't get it here.

Or Top Deck. Now this really is a mystery. Top Deck is Cadbury's chocolate which, until they sold out this month to Kraft was a quintessential British Quaker company. They produce Dairy Milk chocolate and Dream white chocolate.. In South Africa you can get Top Dec, which is Dairy Milk with a layer of white chocolate ontop. No where else have I found this delicacy. Except inexplicably, in a supermarket in the tourist area of Paphos in Cyprus who import it. How come we don't get it here?

10 comments:

Brenda said...

They have Cadbury's Top Deck in Australia too. I once had a boyfriend who would eat a 200gm block for breakfast...

sophie said...

Thank you, Helen, you grumpy sick woman ... now, back to bed with you. Remember to feed a cold, starve a fever and get better soon.

(I almost guessed anise when I wrote licorice ... probably because I licorice and like anise ;-)

I've never seen Top Deck, but I'd bet that I'd love it. I once had an Australian boyfriend that introduced me to Violet Crumble and, years later, they are still one of my favorites. What is it with those Aussie men and chocolate?

Diana said...

In defense of Tootsie rolls--they used to be better: a soft, nougaty, chewy, chocolate treat. Now they are like chocolate flavored plastic.

Rachel said...

Get well soon, Helen!

Sophie - my Australian husband is also a chocoholic. Maybe you're onto something!

Gerrie said...

Ha! 8-D

Kristin L said...

You crack me up! I'm so glad that your sense of humour is immune to the germs (ooops, I mean the evil virus that has you on your death bed).

Erica Spinks said...

Oh Helen, we could have stuffed you full of Top Deck when you were here in Sydney. If only you'd told me your list of addictions...

Terry said...

Thanks for the edification. I have never seen any of those three items, but I think I would like the kop kops and the winter candy. I love aniseed. Tootsie rolls are fairly disgusting. Never been a fan. Poor excuse for chocolate. Here is a link to an appropriate use for Tootsie rolls. http://www.tackyliving.com/article.php?id=133

Did you laugh? I hope so. It's good for your cold.

Margeeth said...

Thanks for the explaining.
I always eat licorice when I have a cold or the flu. We dutch generally like it. But when we offer it to someone from another country the general response is "disgusting". I guess it is an aquired taste.

Shasta said...

Thank you for getting off your sick bed to enlighten us. I hope you feel better soon.