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Click pic to view comments Confirmed sighting: Nestle "Sizzling Strawberry" Matchmakers
Posted: 12:11 Wed 19-11-2003. Price: 2.19/151g box. Location: Guildhall sweetshop, Bath. Sub-flavours: Cool Mint, Zingy Orange. Nutritional unusualness: Contains "Black pepper" flavoured boiled sugar pieces.
"Stuart Campbell" reports: There's a whole world of strangeness going on here - since when were strawberry and black pepper flavour buddies? And in what way can - or should - a strawberry flavour chocolate snack be said to be "sizzling"? Why is the choc part a blend of dark chocolate and *skimmed* milk chocolate? And what kind of hideous vampiric ritual has resulted in the strawberry on the box having been multiply impaled on the numerous chocolate stakes brutally piercing its fruity heart? Anyway, these are ace. The flavour is very much that of the strawberry creams in your average box of Milk Tray or Roses, the texture identical to ordinary Matchmakers, the presence of black pepper pretty much invisible, although after you've read about it your mind starts playing taste tricks on you. Or maybe it's just delayed-release. How the heck do you make boiled sugar pieces taste of pepper anyway? What next, salt'n'vinegar Fruit Gums? I'm off for a lie down.

...Stuart confirms our previous Matchmaker musings but seems unfamiliar with the (Nigella Lawson inspired?) fad of eating strawberries with black pepper - hey, it's no weirder than eating melon with ginger, is it?


Posted: 13:28 Wed 19-11-2003 by "Diarmuid Mallon" # permalink comment
Comment: My partner (see past postings :-) first brought to my attention the other-side-of-the-mirror that is strawberries and black pepper. Better still is strawberries and balsamic vinegar - I kid you not. Really brings out the flavour.
Posted: 10:08 Fri 21-11-2003 by "Sam Dodsworth" # permalink comment
Comment: For what it's worth, strawberries with black pepper goes back to Roman times - it's in Apicius.
Posted: 09:05 Sun 23-11-2003 by "Stuart Campbell" # permalink comment
Comment: Well, you live and learn.
Posted: 23:37 Sun 23-11-2003 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: that's nothing - i was in the camden wagamama this lunchtime and their dessert menu had chocolate fudge cake *with wasabi* (aka the green horseradish paste you normally get with sushi)

sadly i "accidentally" ordered the (mild) ginger cheesecake instead, but what the hell is that going to be like?

+ also, no mention of it here: http://www.wagamama.com/index_nf.php

Posted: 23:46 Sun 23-11-2003 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: doh here it is sorry:

chocolate wasabi fudge cake - £3.95 rich chocolate fudge cake with a wasabi and white chocolate fudge filling.served with dairy vanilla ice cream http://www.wagamama.com/menus/desserts.php

Posted: 14:45 Fri 23-01-2004 by "Truffly" # permalink comment
Comment: Confused - have been looking for orange matchmakers since before christmas but to no avail. Just the pants mint ones that keep torturing me. Nestle - I demand that you explain the Midland based shortage of orange matchmakers!
Posted: 12:19 Mon 25-Oct-2004 by "Victoria" # permalink comment
Comment: I was in woolworths over the weekend, marvelling at the sheer number of glorious snackspotting opportunities, and then i spotted blackcurrant matchmakers. blackcurrant. can that possibly be a good idea? and has anyone else seen these yet, or should i dash back to buy a box? there was also a white chocolate and mint variant, but please, please, don't make me review those. maybe i could get a box and send them to someone else to taste?
Posted: 12:53 Mon 25-Oct-2004 by "Victoria" # permalink comment
Comment: And also, I have tried the wagamama wasabi choc fudge cake, and although it is fine fudge cake, you can really barely tell that there is any wasabi in it. most disappointing.
Posted: 22:27 Tue 26-Oct-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: hey Victoria, yeah I think the blackcurrant and the White Chocolate ones are both new, though they're also in my local Woolworths so I can check out at least one of them if you really can't face them...
Posted: 10:42 Wed 27-Oct-2004 by "Victoria" # permalink comment
Comment: OK, well, I'd rather not have to sample the white ones, but I can get a box of the blackcurrant ones at the weekend.
Posted: 20:14 Wed 27-Oct-2004 by "Phillerena" # permalink comment
Comment: Nearly bought the white ones today myself but decided against it. Might get some for Xmas though.
Posted: 09:17 Fri 18-Nov-2005 by "Chelle" # permalink comment
Comment: I've been looking for Orange Matchmakers everywhere too (I'm also from the Midlands). Only found them in one store so far (and believe me I've looked everywhere) - that's the Co-op at Oakham if you're interested!!!

As for Strawberry and black pepper... hmmm... not convinced but I'll give 'em a go!

Posted: 21:15 Tue 14-Feb-2006 by "Dan Kirby" # permalink comment
Comment: I love matchmakers, give me more more matchmaker mow!!! 26906 6
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