In Spring a young man’s fancy turns to picnics — or something like that. Picnicking seems to be a popular pastime for families, lovers, and various groups such as Kiwanis, Elks, and churches. Have no fear, British snacks are here! And they’re waiting to jump into your “pic-a-nic basket” (as Yogi Bear calls it).
Snacking is on the rise in Britain, with only about 12% saying they rarely or never snack. That’s 78% of the population who turn to chips (called “crisps” in the UK), nuts, fruits, cookies (“biscuits” in the UK), cakes, or chocolates and sweets. Some snackers are bored. Some skipped a meal and so have to grab a quick treat to keep their stomach rumbles from deafening those around them. Some just need a little something extra between meals. As one who tends to eat small amounts every couple of hours instead of three big meals per day, I can relate to the last category of snackers there.
Naturally, if so many people in Britain snack, they must have some pretty tasty snacks, right? Right! They also have some that are a rather unusual taste. Imagine potato chips that are tomato ketchup flavored. Well, it works on French fries! There are also prawn cocktail and pickled onion flavored potato chips from Walkers. Yikes! The folks at this popular company, who have been around a long time, are sure willing to be different!
A top-selling brand of snack cakes in the UK is Mr. Kipling, a company with quite a history. Small wonder. They’re tasty, ready-made cakes, so prep time consists of the arduous tasks of taking the package out of the cupboard, removing the cakes from the package, and putting them on a plate for your teatime or snack time enjoyment. Or you just stuff a box or two into that “pic-a-nic basket.” Phew! After all that, you’re gonna need some quick sustenance, so take a big bite or two or three or…
Ready-made puddings (British style, that is) are another option, and you have quite a few choices. Chocolate is always welcome, such as Aunty’s Chocolate Fudge Steamed Pudding, traditionally steamed, moist and chocolaty sponge cake with a luscious coating of fudge sauce. Then again, you could opt for Aunty’s Golden Syrup Pudding, a traditionally steamed moist sponge cake covered with a delicious golden syrup sauce.
Come to think of it, leave out all those silly items like hamburgers, hotdogs, and potato salad and fill up with these and other British-style snacks. You’ll be saying “Pip pip!” before you know it. And don’t forget the cooler of cold tea!
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