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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Bizarre ice creams and confectionary related nostalgia

How did I miss this ice cream when it was introduced onto the market? According to the Daily Telegraph Del Monte Superfruit Smoothie created this purple "licence to chill" lolly back in 2009 after asking more than 1,000 women which male celebrity they would like to see on the end of a stick.

Apparently, they "worked tirelessly" to recreate a sculpture of 41-year-old Daniel Craig in the scene where he emerges from the sea in Casino Royale. The lollies come in blueberry, pomegranate and cranberry flavours and are under 100 calories each. Common decency prevents me from expanding on the subject through the reproduction of any of the photographs here.

However, this modest discovery did kick off a bout of nostalgia for some of the more conventional ice creams of yesteryear. And there is even a website that can help to jog our memory.

This site lists all the old Lyons Maid ice creams of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s including the Wonder cake, which is hand made and consists of layers of pistachio, strawberry and vanilla ice creams inter-layered with slices of sponge cake.It wa decorated with creamy scrolls and glacé cherries and encircled with a gold band. Originally made for the catering trade they were put on sale to the public in 1952.

Far more familiar to those of my generation is the Fab lolly, which was designed primarily for the 3 million girls in Britain aged 5-15 and was based around Gerry Anderson's Thunderbirds TV series. Lady Penelope's Rolls Royce number plate was FAB 1. They retailed at 6d.

One I don't remember is the Strawberry 'n' Pear (Take Home Bricks) ice cream. This was priced at 2/6 and consisted of strawberry ice cream rippled with strawberry puree, with a centre of pear water ice. It was the only pear-flavoured ice cream on the market and was designed for the take-home trade.

There is much more, including the Pola bar, the super Orange Maid, the Cola Rola Ice Lolly, the Black Prince, Mr Merlin's Magic Purple Potion, the Pineapple Mivvi, the Haunted House, Captain Rainbow, Orange Maid, Mr. Men, Space 1999 and my favourite, the Strawberry Mivvi.

They sure don't make them like they used to.
Well, the USA - it needs a Daniel Craig 007 right now.

What 'she wrote' is 'happening now' kind of ... sort of...

The AAA credit rating is at risk regardless of a deal on raising the debt ceiling.

Credit agencies are asking for $4 billion dollars in cuts as evidence that Congress is serious about slowing run-away spending but it is unlikely that Congress will oblige much beyond $3 trillion.

So there we are, the USA is about to lose its AAA rating - perhaps a shift to AA.

The result: interest rates will have to go up. Less consumer money to spend on consumer goods, less imports, less growth in the EU/UK/Wales, and this means real pain because the recovery absent a national focus on job creation, but linked to innovation powered exports will take a HUGE hit.

Small businesses in the USA are teetering on the edge - there will be layoffs and layoffs and layoffs which will feed into job insecurity and it will become a vicious cycle unless there's a national focus on job creation linked to exports. I am wondering when the unemployment benefits are cut-off or rather cut-down to less than a year.

Unless we take China head on, we are going to sink further and further and further.

We are looking at a dreadful outcome for the West.

As America falls the West will not be far behind. cw
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