Treacle Toffee

Brand: Buchanan’s Cost: £1.40 Found at: Tesco This candy reminds me of the classic animated film, Ratatouille. In the most famous scene in the film, Anton Ego (the sour-faced food critic voiced by Peter O’Toole) eats a gourmet version of title dish. The moment he takes his first bite, the camera pans into his iris and... Continue Reading →

Yuzu Konjac Jelly

Brand: Zen-Noah Ibaraki Found at: Bokkusu I will say this again for the people in the back: Stop. Selling. Jelly. In. A. Packet. It is disconcerting and I hate it. Is the yuzu flavor pleasant and refreshing? Certainly. Is it convenient to be able to take a jelly treat with me in my purse? Most... Continue Reading →

Feines Kleingeback Hazelnut Slice

Brand: Alpen Fest Cost: £1.50 Found at: Lidl   If Nutella on toast dressed up to go to a cocktail party, this is what it would look like. It’s got a fancy German name, gold-colored packaging, and a jaunty parallelogram shape, but I know a classic, hometown snack when I taste one. It reminds me... Continue Reading →

Crispy Chewy Shonan Gold

Brand: Shonan Toffee Found At: Bokkusu   This candy disintegrates faster than my self-control when encountering any temptation. Sitting in its packaging, it’s quite sturdy - I’ve tried to crush it with no success. Yet as soon as you pop it in your mouth, it shatters into a fine, lemony powder. It’s how I imagine... Continue Reading →

Iron Bru Pastilles

Brand: Buchannan’s Cost: £1.25 Found at: Tesco   Whoever said that whiskey is the national drink of Scotland has clearly never been to Scotland. Sure, I see my fair share of whiskey about, but it is nothing compared to Iron Bru. Every shop, every food truck, every pile of trash on the side of the... Continue Reading →

Rhubarb and Custards

Brand: Morrison’s Cost: £ 0.70 Brand: Morrison’s   This is a quality old lady purse candy. So much so, that it feels wrong just having the box sitting on my desk. It belongs in a carpetbag slung over a walker belonging to a white-haired Southern lady in a pillbox hat and gloves. The kind of... Continue Reading →

Yogurt Gummies

Brand: Sugimoto Found at: Bokkusu   I hate it. I get it. But I hate it.   Yogurt is just spoiled milk that we’ve tricked ourselves into being able to digest. I’m ok with that – it’s not as if most dairy products are much better, and everyone here knows how much I love dairy.... Continue Reading →

Wine Gums

Brand: Maynards Bassetts Cost: 65p Found at: Sainsbury’s   When it comes to alcohol, I always assumed that the US was fairly liberal. After all, in Washington, you can now buy booze at the grocery store – on a Sunday no less! But then I came to the UK and realized that, in the American... Continue Reading →

Giant Caplico – Strawberry

Brand: Glico Found at: Bokkusu   I don’t pretend to understand this giant, unmeltable ice-cream cone. It’s one of those things that asks more questions than it answers. Who at Glico was eating an ice cream cone and thought to themselves: “If only it were room temperature.”? What CEO or mid-level manager greenlit the idea... Continue Reading →

Enchanted Eggs

Brand: Galaxy Cost: £1 Found at: Iceland   It took me a long time to realize that I was extra. Looking back, it was a missed opportunity. I sent my first twenty years of existence living simply: wearing modest, plain, practical clothes. Eating modest, plain, practical food. Driving a modest, plain, practical car and spouting... Continue Reading →

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