diamond geezer

 Saturday, March 29, 2003

Humanitarian aid required

It's official. Today, nearly three months after I got back from the US, my supply of Oreos finally ran out. There are no more chocolate cookie sandwiches in my kitchen. Chocolate Hobnobs are all very well, but somehow they're not quite Oreos. Clearly I didn't cram enough blue packets into my hand luggage. Meanwhile I'm also down to my last six packets of cinnamon Tic Tacs. I had previously thought that the world's best ever red sweet ceased production in the 1980s, but apparently in America they're still going strong, which is just how I like them.

It's not all bad news on the American food front though. They've finally decided to launch Vanilla Coke on this side of the Atlantic, which opens up a whole new way to rot English teeth. Vanilla Coke has that special tang of cream soda, a drink I've always loved, although in its new incarnation it's hard to sustain the enjoyment past the first four mouthfuls. Meanwhile I remain grateful that the chocolate of evil, the Hershey's bar, remains virtually unknown over here. This best-selling American chocolate tastes almost as repellent as it smells, and the US army could easily oppress most of Baghdad into submission if they deployed a tankful of bars strategically.

Some other sweet memories I'd like to see relaunched, please.
Amazin' raisin bar, Banjo, Double Agents sweets, Fruitella, Ice Breaker, Milk Tray in a bar, Pacers, Pink Panther bar, Savoury Vinegar crisps, Space Dust, Spangles, Starbar, Texan bar, United biscuit, white chocolate mice.
Please note I'm only posting this list so that smug confectionery connoisseurs can write me some "actually, this is still available..." comments.

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