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Click pic to view comments - Confirmed sighting: Iceland Mallow Missiles Confirmed sighting: Iceland Mallow Missiles
Posted: 13:25 Tue 30-03-2004. Price: £1.49/ box of 8. Location: Iceland in Cardiff. Sub-flavours: There's just the strawberry. Nutritional unusualness: Contains pork gelatine.
"Emma Manderson" reports: They're quite nice but it's the cheap kind of mallow. Okay, they're a bit sickly. Not sure if we'll finish all eight. I have another photo too if you want.

...I'm not sure if this is the beginning (or the end) of a promised overview of Iceland's own brand ice creams, which at one point also threatened to feature Toffee Crisp ice creams (99p for 4), Iceland's own Sweet Shop flavour lollies (Kola Kube, Pear Drop and Sherbet Lemon flavours, currently 8 for 99p), plus "those ones that turn into jelly when they melt", too - feel free to post them if you've got them, below. Anyway, in other chilling tales: "smeg_head" appears to have adopted a new identity for his comments on Cornetto Choc Chip Flirt With Hazelnut Love Potion Number 2 (apparently "much more satisfing" than Number 1, and "topped with heart shaped chocolate chips" in both "big and small" varieties), while McDonald's is currently celebrating the Beaujolais Nouveau-like annual return of the Cadbury Creme Egg McFlurry with a rubbish new all-Flash website, a new menu featuring "a side salad with balsamic dressing", "unique Quorn fillet sandwich", and (resurrected?) fresh fruit and yoghurt dessert, plus the axing of its increasingly controversial "supersize" carbo-loading policy.

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Posted: 16:46 Tue 30-03-2004 by "Jez Stone" # permalink comment
Comment: "unique Quorn fillet sandwich" Um, ummm. I can't wait!
Posted: 16:52 Tue 30-03-2004 by "Nebbish" # permalink comment
Comment: Thank god for the return of the yoghurt and berry crunch (if that's what it is). They were fantastic. I'll try the salads too.

I had a McTasty the other day, it was ginormous.


Posted: 23:45 Tue 30-03-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: btw, most of the non-specialist coverage seems under the impression that the various chicken salads are new additions to McD's menu http://news.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/03/30/nmcd30.xml

- though they've actually been in the UK since last October:

http://www.snackspot.org.uk/thread.php?story=0310031049fah


Posted: 01:10 Wed 31-03-2004 by "Adrian" # permalink comment
Comment: "Snackspot - keeping the non-specialists honest." Anyway, what is quorn?
Posted: 09:38 Wed 31-03-2004 by "Daveybaby" # permalink comment
Comment: Vegetarian Cardboard.
Posted: 11:38 Wed 31-03-2004 by "Kaptain Korolev" # permalink comment
Comment: The Kaptain believes Quorn is a derivative of mushrooms....although his brain may in fact be lying to him as he has returned from a bout of intense cycling in gale force winds.

In fact when the Kaptain again queries his brain sack he recalls that many vegetarian foodsnacks seem to come from the humble mushroom. A lot of the soya milks seem to turn into a paste smelling of mushrooms when microwaved, a highly unpleasant dirty paste.

Finally the Kaptain cannot mention mushrooms without muttering the name of the greatest mushroom of all.

'Shitake'

The Kaptain even once heard a consumer in his local food purveyor ask for a 'Shit take' mushroom.


Posted: 06:39 Fri 02-04-2004 by "Adrian" # permalink comment
Comment: The Kaptain is right. I had a look at the Quorn website and found "The unique ingredient in all Quorn™ foods is mycoprotein which is a nutritious member of the fungi family, as are mushrooms, truffles and morels, and provides the taste and texture of a full range of meat products and ready meals, but is entirely meat free."

But why bother? Why not just eat mushrooms? They taste great anyway. Also, I don't like the idea of vegatarians pretending to eat meat - it seems a bit wrong.


Posted: 12:41 Fri 02-04-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: ah, that's what they want you to think A - i'm all for people eating less meat, but its "fungal nature" has been the subject of some debate:

http://www.newsday.com/news/health/ny-hsquorn223718313mar22,0,3236531.story

[...]

"Pure mycoprotein - good enough to eat, won't taste of anything, very bland," declares manufacturing manager Pete Willis, tearing off a golf-ball-sized sample from a 2,000-pound glob.

Workers in white boots shepherd the fungal paste through a sea of vats and clanking machines that mix, press, slice and dice the raw dough.

[...]

It started with what Quorn executives now describe as the "mushroom controversy." Jacobson noticed on Quorn's packages that the product was made of mycoprotein from "an unassuming member of the mushroom family."

Quorn is made from the fungus "Fusarium venenatum" that consists of translucent strands. The fibers' thickness and their branching patterns give Quorn a springiness and mouth feel similar to animal muscle.

For the CSPI, a mislabeled product is like a lightning rod. Formed in 1971 by Jacobson, the group has tackled a long list of food-related issues, including the famous "heart attack on a plate" (fettuccine Alfredo).

Now Quorn packages bear the description: "from the fungi family - and a relative of mushrooms, truffles, and morel."

Jacobson published a letter in the American Journal of Medicine in September, asserting that a CSPI-commissioned telephone survey in Britain of about 400 Quorn-eaters found that the faux meat sickens more people than leading allergens such as milk and peanuts.


Posted: 14:01 Fri 02-04-2004 by "Flameproof" # permalink comment
Comment: I've just read that site: so they launched this attack after asking 400 people whether it made them ill, and on the basis of 11 complaints? Can you imagine the response if it was good ol' all-American peanuts that this was against? They're well-known to be a potentially fatal allergen and yet they're not being pulled from shelves...

PS- no specific Quorn-related axe to grind, I just feel sorry for them!


Posted: 15:14 Fri 02-04-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: fascinatingly, i believe peanuts are no longer served on passenger flights for that very reason (thus wrecking a large number of stand-up comedy routines referencing the once-universal experience of being offered them) 52679 0 22
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