Smarties

Category: snack
Price: £1.05.
Ingredients: sugar, cocoa, cocoa butter, dried skimmed milk, butterfat, whey powder, vegetable fat, lactose, lecithin, sugar, wheat flour, modified starch, colours, glazing agents, flavouring

Smarties® are a registered trademark of the Nestle company. They were introduced in 1937, and they are very similar to M&M;’s in that they are a chocolate center with a hard candy shell. They are extremely popular and it is estimated that 17,000 are eaten every minute in the UK. I’ve known British people who go on and on about how much better they are than M&M;’s. I love most British chocolate, so let’s see how these are.

They are slightly larger than M&M;’s, but pretty much the same shape. The colors are lighter and more pastel, so they remind me of Easter M&M;’s. They smell very much like M&M;’s.

Now, the taste. They taste pretty good, but sweeter than I prefer. The milk chocolate center is really sweet. It’s good, but I wish there was more chocolate in proportion to the amount of candy shell. The shell is hard and thick with a slightly chalky flavor. I have to say that I like M&M;’s better. In fact, I would avoid Smarties simply because they remind me just enough of M&M;’s to make me hungry for M&M;’s, but they aren’t enough like them to satisfy that hunger. If I didn’t end up automatically comparing them to M&M;’s, I’d like them. But they really just remind me that I miss M&M;’s.

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Lemon Curd

Category: condiment?
Price: 51p.
Ingredients: glucose-fructose syrup, water, sugar, margarine, modified maize starch, whole dried egg, pectin, citric acid, lemon oil, acetic acid, acidity regulator, colour

Lemon curd is available in the US, but isn’t widely eaten in the ways that it is in the UK. It is used mostly as a filling for cakes in the US, but here it is eaten in cakes or also eaten on bread or toast, like you would use jam or jelly. I never had lemon curd in the US, so I don’t know if the stuff there is exactly the same, but I think it’s close. (I have a cookbook here that has a recipe for “Yorkshire Curd Tart” but my dyslexia always reads it as “Yorkshire Turd Cart”. Because of that, I frequently refer to this stuff as Lemon Turd.)

It is a pale yellow color and smells lemony. It is smooth and easily spreadable. It looks like something that would be lovely in the middle of a white cake. But to me, it doesn’t look like something that should go in a sandwich. But here goes anyway.

It’s actually pretty good on bread. It is extremely sweet and sugary, but not much worse than most jams or jellies. The texture is nice and smooth and it has just enough lemony flavor to make it really good. It’s not too sweet to the point of being sickly sweet. The acidic lemon flavor makes it quite nice. (In fact, after the official test tasting, I had lemon curd on toast for breakfast several times.)

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