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Posted: 11:43 Fri 08-08-2003.
NEW THRILL! "Alex" suggests: How about, each week, you ask people to submit ideas for a discussion topic. This can be Pepsi vs Coca cola, Favourite crisp flavour, or new item flavours. What do you think?

...I've got a better idea than that, Alex - as well as asking people "to submit ideas for a discussion topic", why don't we then ask them to just go ahead and discuss that topic as well? I'm calling this new feature the Friday Face-off and, to reflect the current climatic conditions, think the first one should be: Which do you find more refreshing - a drink, or an ice-cream? When you're walking past a McDonald's are you more tempted by their one of their cheap thirst-quencher drinks (restaurant participation may vary), one of those 20p cones, or their upcoming Peach and Apricot Waffle Cone? (thanks, "SM"!) Are you one of those deviants who maintains that the most cooling drink of all is "a nice hot cup of tea"? Or do you harbour fond recollections of the bizarre cooling products of the past, such as 1998's ""tastes cold even when it's not!" Tizer Ice, once described by computer security expert Matthew Bevan as "fizzy pink dentist's mouthwash", and by novelist Jenny Colgan as the "crown drink of disgustingness"? If so, the comments section below would like to hear from you!


Posted: 12:09 Fri 08-08-2003 by "SM" # permalink comment
Comment: Re: Peach and Apricot Waffle Cone. Just got an email from Ronald saying that this new addition to the menu is coming shortly, looks remarcably tasty - peach and apricot sauce, McDonald's 'unique' ice cream and a waffle cone with a chocolate 'swizzle stick'. The picture looks nice, no doubt the shops will mangle it :-) http://www.mcdonalds.co.uk/newtaste/
Posted: 12:09 Fri 08-08-2003 by "Alex" # permalink comment
Comment: I find a drink more refreshing, as an ice lolly or ice cream makes me want a drink even more.
Posted: 12:13 Fri 08-08-2003 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: Ah, but which drink Alex? (This was your idea - throw me a fricking bone here!)
Posted: 12:14 Fri 08-08-2003 by "Lee Maguire" # permalink comment
Comment: Talking of McDonalds, has anyone noticed that the wrappers for their giveaway straws are "not suitable for use as a drinking straw".

See the Terms here http://www.mcdonalds.co.uk/giveaway/asp/GA_tc.asp


Are they poisonous or something? Is it some kind of pointless legal discaimer?

And if so, wouldn't it be considered reasonable for people to just assume that an object being given to you in a fast food restaurant that looked *exactly* like a drinking straw, was in fact a drinking straw?

Posted: 12:18 Fri 08-08-2003 by "Nebbish" # permalink comment
Comment: In the olden days, an ice lolly was an ice lolly. Nowadays its all ice cream and chocolate and marketing and blah.

We need to return to basics. Combine the two and freeze a drink on a stick.

Posted: 12:19 Fri 08-08-2003 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: I don't want to come across as obsessed, but the "Humphrey's Flavoured Straws" could be used as both: http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/mark.mcmillan/s_z/unigate1970sb.rm

(via http://www.markmcm2002.verysmooth.co.uk/ads_s-z1.html again)

Next it'll be disclaimers saying McDonald's products are "not suitable for use as food". Bit of politics there, my name's Ben Elton, goodnight!

Posted: 12:29 Fri 08-08-2003 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: Seriously, I bet it's to stop people trying to drink through them and theoretically choking to death on their winnings.

Nebbish, what's your favourite drink on a stick? Or do you make them yourself, on the top shelf of the fridge?

Posted: 13:29 Fri 08-08-2003 by "Alex" # permalink comment
Comment: Which drink?

Most really. If I had just been playing football for 2 horus on a day like this, I'd choose an ice cold Coke or Sprite rather than a Fab or 99'er.

I was probably in the minority of liking Tizer Ice( actually, where's Tizer gone?)

Ice creams don't cool me down, just, well, they don't do anything really

Posted: 13:35 Fri 08-08-2003 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: There's a great juice & bagels bar down by New Scotland Yard where you could devise your own refreshing combinations like pineapple, strawberry and ginger.

Fascinatingly, I never found anything quite as flexible in the US, just loads of smoothie-obsessed branches of Jamba Juice everywhere: http://www.jambajuice.com/

Posted: 15:25 Fri 08-08-2003 by "Diarmuid Mallon" # permalink comment
Comment: Have both - a chocolate thick shake! However I must be getting old as I'd go for ice cold water or lemonade.

The Drive-in McD's in Lower Earley (Reading) had the Peach and Apricot ice creams on Wednesday - but as I'm really not keen on either flavour I resisted.

Posted: 15:44 Fri 08-08-2003 by "Phill" # permalink comment
Comment: I'm currently addicted to those Ribena frozen in a tube type (callipo style)lollies, yumm!

Posted: 16:26 Fri 08-08-2003 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: How many frozen Ribenas a day does an "addict" typically consume?

Still on the whole straw debate, did anyone ever try the tetrapak juice box where (I think) the straw added a new flavour (or vitamins or something) to the drink as it passed through?

Posted: 16:51 Fri 08-08-2003 by "JT" # permalink comment
Comment: you cant beat a ice cold root beer!!!
Posted: 04:10 Sat 09-08-2003 by "Adrian Furby" # permalink comment
Comment: In the hot hot heat of summer there is nothing as refreshing as a glass of water. Sad really - all that food technology and still nothing beats water. If you had to have an ice-cream to cool you down, I think a gelati is the best option, as it's mostly ice anyway.

Also, I heard from a friend who has recently spent some time in the UK that it is impossible (or very very difficult) to get a drink that is actually chilled properly. Is this true?

I remember finding it very difficult to get a cold enough beer in Dublin, and that was in the middle of winter...

Posted: 17:17 Sat 09-08-2003 by "JT" # permalink comment
Comment: will pepsi blue ever come out in the uk???!!!!!!
Posted: 19:56 Sat 09-08-2003 by "The Nasty Dragon" # permalink comment
Comment: On a scorching hot day nothing slakes thirst faster than a superbig sized Polar Krush, preferably Tropical flavour.

Whatever happened to Orangeade and Lemonade Sparkles? And Squeezers or whatever they were called - those toothpaste/Calippo tubes of fizzy sherbet ice cream?

The ice cream market hasn't been the same since the invention of the Magnum.

Posted: 14:28 Sun 10-08-2003 by "Stuart Campbell" # permalink comment
Comment: Only a fool drinks fizzy beverages in this weather. The Refreshment Of Champions is blackcurrant-and-cranberry Ribena, made up in a bottle with a generous dash of peppermint cordial for extra "freshness" and kept as cold as modern refrigeration allows.
Posted: 21:05 Sun 10-08-2003 by "Dan" # permalink comment
Comment: Changing the subject slightly, can't pubs make their draught beers colder? Lager, esp Aussie lager, should be drunk as close to freezing point as is possible. I'm currently experementing with keeping bottles and cans in the freezer...
Posted: 11:17 Mon 11-08-2003 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: I've heard that you can keep vodka in the freezer because the alcohol lowers the freezing point. or maybe i'm thinking about antifreeze...
Posted: 11:32 Mon 11-08-2003 by "Dan" # permalink comment
Comment: Yes, vodka in the freezer is fine, and probably best, as long as the vodka is at least 40% proof. The slightly weaker ones will go solid.
Posted: 18:04 Tue 12-08-2003 by "cokeco" # permalink comment
Comment: I noticed that warning on my McD's straws too but there is always some idiot who will suck up that bit of rolled paper and sue! On a cold day I like the McD's still Fanta with lots of ice. Also lots of smoothie places will do ya dif flavours. They are only made from the flavour syrups same way as an Italian Soda is. My fav is banana and coconut when it comes to smoothies. Just watch out cuz sometimes they might charge you extra for another shot of flavour. I just wish McD's over here did the hot fudge and butterscotch sundae's!
Posted: 17:30 Thu 21-08-2003 by "bob" # permalink comment
Comment: i would have to choose a tub of Ben and jerrys, the oatmeal ice cream & coffee fora change but if i was in the states again i would choose a nice ice cold pepsi blue
Posted: 02:48 Mon 08-09-2003 by "joe" # permalink comment
Comment: pepsi blue? are you serious? i personally think that stuff is so gross... i live in the states and just came back from a summer in the uk- I must say i like the red colored fanta you lucky dogs have over there. Icy lemon isnt bad either. Out here we get orange, pineapple, a nasty grape. I also miss apple tango. I think solero shots are pretty refreshing since theyre not milky, but rather more icy.
Posted: 20:58 Thu 08-01-2004 by "wonder wom8n" # permalink comment
Comment: I am totally hooked on Polar Krush! Can't get enough...Feel like a big kid and don't think I'll ever grow up!
Posted: 12:55 Tue 27-Jun-2006 by "polarbear" # permalink comment
Comment: Drink vs Ice-Cream? have BOTH! why even think of limiting yourself to something so trivial in a world where some individuals have billions in wealth?
Posted: 13:13 Tue 27-Jun-2006 by "Phillerena" # permalink comment
Comment: Polarbear, the question was: "Which do you find more refreshing - a drink, or an ice-cream?"
Posted: 13:21 Tue 27-Jun-2006 by "polarbear" # permalink comment
Comment: I know, I find them both refreshing I would always opt for both philly
Posted: 14:18 Tue 27-Jun-2006 by "Phillerena" # permalink comment
Comment: I would go for drink - ice cream is nice but not really 'refreshing'. Ice lollies are refreshing though.
Posted: 14:22 Tue 27-Jun-2006 by "polarbear" # permalink comment
Comment: Yes i usually would say a drink but, i had a triple pack of snickers ice creams the other day when it was really hot and i gotta say i found it really refreshing 49757 8
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