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Two things in packets which should have been horrible but amazingly weren't

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Mar. 25th, 2008 | 08:12 pm

Exhibit A - Tesco Healthy Living Carrot & Coriander Soup In A Mug

healthy living carrot & coriander

Expected: Horrible watery orange-coloured stuff with a few weedy bits of dried vegetable. From past experience of Healthy Living soups, which usually have to be adultered with a olive oil, salt, pepper, chilli sauce etc etc, and soaked up with loads of bread.

Experienced: Actually potable without adulteration. Taste not ridiculously weedy, possibly due to dried coriander not being all that bad. Admittedly I did dip bread in it and add a bit of chilli sauce but I could probably have gotten away without it. Also, I put more water in it than I thought a good idea from other soups, and it held up satisfactorily.

Exhibit B - Nescafé "Cappuccino"

nescafé cappuccino

This one was just asking for trouble - I bought it on a whim at the all-night garage. Expected: the usual gut-wrenching Nescafe, with built-in powdered milk - worst combination possible of dried ingredients. I didn't believe that it would actually froth at all, and if it did, it would be the result of some sort of evil chemical reaction that would eat through the cup.

Experienced: There are ten sachets, each (I assume) containing a mix of small whitish and brownish granules. A teaspoon of sugar and then water was added in a mug, spoon inserted, vigorous stirring. Amazingly enough it did froth up a bit - nothing much like a real cappuccino, but not just slight surface bubbling. I still don't know why this is.

Packet included a tube of "chocco topping", presumably so named to avoid any legal issues about it not being actual chocolate, which was generously dusted on as instructed on the back of the packet. Perhaps it was the amount of chocco or the added sugar but drinking it wasn't bad at all. Certainly not as bad as normal Nescafe. Again, nothing much like a real cappuccino, but as a sort of fake milky coffee drink for idle people it could be a lot worse.

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The Princess of Id

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from: danaseilhan
date: Mar. 25th, 2008 08:34 pm (UTC)
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Nestle does some decentish instant coffee stuff. My brother told me about some of their sweetened flavored coffee mixes a few years ago, but I kind of stopped buying Nestle and I like real coffee better anyway.

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fridgemagnet

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from: fridgemagnet
date: Mar. 25th, 2008 10:39 pm (UTC)
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I think Nestle can be relied on to produce fake things that taste okay. Real things which taste okay, like instant coffee, no, they don't seem to be able to manage that.

They do make some quite good chilli sauce via a subsidiary (Maggi).

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Pallas

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from: pallasathene8
date: Mar. 25th, 2008 10:16 pm (UTC)
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Wow. You guys have way better nutritional labeling than we do.

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fridgemagnet

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from: fridgemagnet
date: Mar. 25th, 2008 10:38 pm (UTC)
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We have nutritional labelling in the first place, beyond "what the company want to use for our advertising".

Mind you, the UK is relatively terrible - in mainland Europe it's enforced a lot more widely and you get a lot more information.

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Pallas

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from: pallasathene8
date: Mar. 26th, 2008 01:03 am (UTC)
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Just moving it to the front of the package is nice. Color coding, that's above and beyond.

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fridgemagnet

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from: fridgemagnet
date: Mar. 26th, 2008 12:07 pm (UTC)
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I'm being a bit cheeky with the "we have labelling in the first place" thing admittedly. Quite a lot of US food is better labelled than the stuff here.

The "traffic lights" part is an initiative that the big food companies and the supermarkets signed up to, I think - one of the vague government "healthy eating" / "obesity crisis" ideas, probably stolen from somewhere else. The idea is supposed to be that you can tool around the supermarket picking up lots of greens but only a few reds without having to look too closely. Of course, the criteria as to what constitutes red, yellow and green are a bit dubious, but it could be a lot worse, and as you say having them on the front is much better.

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Packet coffee

from: anonymous
date: Mar. 26th, 2008 09:17 am (UTC)
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Next time try the Maxwell House unsweetened brand. We've tried them all and that's the only one we allow in our beach hut, where we have no facilities for keeping milk to make fresh coffee. When we use them people ask us how we managed to make them, although I have to say when we use the same stuff at home it doesn't seem quite as good.
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bitchiekittie

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from: bitchiekittie
date: Mar. 26th, 2008 12:01 pm (UTC)
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it's so funny that you buy things even though you fully expect them to be horrific.

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fridgemagnet

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from: fridgemagnet
date: Mar. 26th, 2008 12:08 pm (UTC)
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I like to live dangerously. Next I might try an unfamiliar brand of potted meat.

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Potted meat

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date: Mar. 26th, 2008 09:04 pm (UTC)
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A delightful northern delicacy. I recommend Shipphams.
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