Wife Cake

Brand: Dong Wang Yang (Looking East) Cost: £1.60 Found at: Oaka Supercity   I went searching for moon cakes in Scotland in February and unsurprisingly met with very little success. I’ve been missing them lately but had forgotten that, even though there are many Chinese grocery stores in Glasgow, they are unlikely to stock a... Continue Reading →

Dream Roll Cake (Drömrulltårta)

Brand: ICA Found at: ICA For years, Europeans have been hassling me about Marshmallow Fluff. “You Americans and your sweet things,” they say, in a patronizing tone. “You put marshmallows on your sandwiches.” First of all: don’t knock it till you try it. Marshmallow Fluff has been a friend indeed at many points in my... Continue Reading →

Frosted Mince Pies

Brand: Mr Kipling Found at: Tesco  Cost: £1.50   Mince pies were described by my Glaswegian co-worker as a UK staple that has staunchly resisted globalization. And this, I think, is largely an issue of branding. When I hear the word mince pie, I think of ground meat. When any normal person hears the word... Continue Reading →

Jaffa Cakes

I have always wished birthdays had themes the way anniversaries do. I’m thinking about this because I have recently had a birthday, and as much as I treasure the thoughtful gifts of others, I also want to do something to celebrate my anniversary with myself. It is my longest relationship, after all, and I feel... Continue Reading →

Orkney Thin Oatcakes

Brand: Stockan’s Cost: £0.60 Found at: Sainsbury’s   On the minus side, these flat oat crackers taste and look like starchy cardboard. On the plus side, they are an amazing base for cream cheese. And while I usually judge snacks on their own merits alone, with these quarter-circles of blandness I feel weirdly compelled to... Continue Reading →

Tea Cakes

Brand: Tunnock’s Cost: £1 Found at: Sainsbury’s I arrived in Scotland as I arrive in every new country: jetlagged, bewildered and smelling of sweat and sleeplessness. Just because I travel a lot does not mean that I travel well. And the last thing I wanted upon my arrival was a new experience: I wanted a... Continue Reading →

Chocolate Cake (Matcha)

Brand: 7-11 Cost: 213 yen Found at: 7-11   There are days that call for salads and fruits, and there are days that call for the richest, thickest, most decadent cake in the shop. And 7-11 makes some decadent cakes. I suspect that this one is made exclusively of butter, sugar, and matcha (green tea)... Continue Reading →

Premium Cheesecake Chocolate

Brand: Tirol Cost: 45 yen Found at: Family Mart   I don’t love cheesecake.   Which is odd, because I have a massive sweet tooth and I love cheese. But cheesecake has just never quite won me over. It’s disconcertingly both moist and dry – and that vaguely creeps me out. This is not something... Continue Reading →

One Nut Manju

Brand: Rice Shop Stock Company Cost: 145 yen Found at: Family Mart   Why do the snacks in Japan still contain whole, boiled chestnuts? It’s not autumn, chestnut season has passed, but still, I try to have a tasty treat and BAM – a chestnut: just sitting there, soggy and soft and smugly unnecessary. The... Continue Reading →

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