Some of our favourite things from the past have been usurped by trendy young upstarts. Well, we say let’s hear it for the original and best! Here’s a list of stuff we love that’s still available, even it it’s not bang on trend any more!
1. Ferrero Rocher
Now it’s all organic 70 per cent cocoa solid chocolate bars and Lindor moments. But spare a thought for good-old Ferrero Rocher. Yes, the Ambassador was spoiling us back in the day, and, as far as we’re concerned, he still is!
2. Prawn Cocktail
Langoustines and mussels are starter regulars on many menus. We prefer a prawn cocktail in a fancy glass with lovely pink sauce and a few fancy prawns hanging over the rim. The height of sophistication.
3. Black Forest Gateau
It’s a delicious dessert and once so popular. We like a cake as it should be rather than one of those deconstructed puds with little piles of stuff all over the plate! And what’s with those weird sugar baskets that nearly break your teeth?!
4. Party Nibbles
Mega-sized bags of plain and flavoured crisps were perfect for parties and reasonably priced. Nibbles didn’t use to break the bank. Now, though, nobody thanks you unless you provide them with expensive, poncy snacks. They’re not even called crisps now. They’re handmade chips, don’t you know, and instead of regular salt and vinegar you get sea salt and balsamic vinegar flavour!
5. Builders’ Tea
As the popular monkey in the tea ads has been saying recently: ‘Keep it tea!’ And we agree. Although we like to keep it proper tea. Not the stuff that smells like a fruit pie, but tastes vile. We don’t want mint-flavoured either. Give us a good strong brew, with a drop of milk and two sugars which we can stand a teaspoon up in and we’re happy!
6. After Eight Mints
Ooh, haven’t after-dinner mints gone upmarket? With their fancy foil wrappers. Some are even available in boxes with more than one type! After Eight mints are fine with us. These delicious chocs have cute little wrappers so you can slip the mints out and leave the papers in and it looks like you haven’t eaten as many as you have. Genius!
These days, you have to turn up to a party with the latest fashion-accessory plonk – Prosecco. But Lambrini remains our favourite fizz when it comes to celebrating fun times. It’s perfect when you’re having the girls round and is affordable, too. So, bottoms up, we say!
8. Jelly Beans
We’d seen Jelly Beans on Sesame Street and wondered what they were. Then, years later, we could buy them here in Blighty! We love them just as much now. We’re not keen on those bigger sweets the nerdy couple advertise. They haven’t even got a proper name, just five letters in a random order. Clue: They sponsor some episodes of C4’s The Big Bang Theory.
9. Chocolate Digestives
A choccie disgestive is best biccie ever. Delicious both dunked or not dunked. Simple and perfect. You can keep those square bland-tasting ones with the funny-sounding name with a Z in it. Need another clue? They used to sponsor one of our favourite American dramas, Person of Interest on Channel Five. We enjoy the show, but you can bin those biscuits!