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Click pic to view comments - Confirmed sighting: Caernarfon Creameries Spreadable Welsh Rarebit/ Best of 2008 Confirmed sighting: Caernarfon Creameries Spreadable Welsh Rarebit/ Best of 2008
Posted: 22:40 Thu 01-Jan-2009. Price: Not known (gift). Location: Co-op, Wrexham. Nutritional unusualness: Contains 10% beer.
Happy New Year! Feel free to add your 2008 highs and lows in the comments below - but, with a sighting of something I've been hunting since last December, now it's over to "Nick T", who reports: So often in this crazy snack life you make your choice expecting one thing, and you receive quite another. Pigs in Blankets. Toad in the Hole. Duck for the Oyster... And so it is with Welsh Rabbit. Later sanitised to Rarebit to avoid insulting the land of my fathers about their past poverty, this simple, empyreal dish of melted cheese on toast also celebrates an historical Welsh capacity for cheese consumption which left the French blubbing into their girly berets, later taking revenge by barbecuing the boyos' sheep whilst still 'en Scania'.

In the long, brittle, pre-climate change Winters of my youth, my mother would often whip up a warming snack for when I got in from school. It was a random menu ranging from tomato soup to still-warm jam tarts, but the sight of a bubbling, perfectly browned rarebit was as joyous and satisfying as spotting Elvis in a room full of Cliff Richards. So a tip of the hat to Caernarfon Creameries for taking this humble Cambrian tum-filler and making it easier to enjoy and - yes! - even tastier by the gentle addition of grain mustard and an unnamed beer. There's lovely for you.

If you remember Heinz Toast Toppers, with their dubiously familiar Sunday-morning-pavement-pizza-outside-the-pub appearance, you may rest assured this moreish spreadable toast overcoat is far more enticing. A subtle sour hint of mustard makes the occasional cameo without overwhelming the pale houmous-coloured cheese, remaining just the right side of tangy courtesy of a definite sweetness from the beer. The tub includes instructions but frankly if you need those you shouldn't be left alone with a hot grill or knives anyway.

And part of the rarebit's simple beauty is that variations are so easy. Worcester sauce. Crispy bacon. Or add a good splash of tabasco and you'll have a light lunch with all the perilous yet lip-smacking promise of watching Ann Robinson absentmindedly walk into a Merthyr pub. Friends, the only downside is it's so tricky to find, but seek and ye shall discover snack heaven.



Posted: 23:13 Thu 01-Jan-2009 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: And, in case you're wondering, I think my favourites were:

(Sweets, biscuits, cakes) Cadbury Creme Egg Twisted

Cadbury Dairy Milk Apricot Crumble Crunch

McVitie's Mini Mallows

(Snacks and crisps) KP's Baked and Seasoned Nuts

Doritos Collisions

(Desserts) Lyle's Golden Syrup Sponge Ice Cream

Ben and Jerry's Jamaican Me Crazy

(Drinks and/or alcohol) Rockstar Juiced

Relentless Juiced Energy

Aspall Perronelle's Blush with a dash of Blackberry Liqueur

(Fast and/or hot food) KFC Breakfasts

McDonald's Chicken Fiesta

- and I'll be back in a bit with my "worst of 2008" as well...

Posted: 11:12 Fri 02-Jan-2009 by "Talk Show Host"
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Comment: The best product of 2008 for me has to be the individual Toblerone Fruit and Nut bars (35g). I know the larger, 'bust a gut' sized bars have been out for a while, but the smaller ones are just so much nicer. The only thing that's a shame is that hardly anywhere sells them around here! I demand a dedicated chocolate shop on the high steet, especially now the 'Willie Wonka' of the high street, Woolworths has gone.
Posted: 13:09 Fri 02-Jan-2009 by Zeddy # permalink comment
Comment: My product of the year is Dark Twix. Then again, it was a poor year for new chocolate bars.
Posted: 20:18 Wed 21-Jan-2009 by Snackspot
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Comment: actually, I don't think we ever posted a proper sighting of it, but I'd probably buy Heinz Special Blend Ketchup again - especially if it was on special offer or anything...
Posted: 17:01 Fri 13-Feb-2009 by "media monkey" # permalink comment
Comment: Someone ought to tell these so-called Welsh people that it's called Welsh rabbit, originally named as a dig by the English implying that the Welsh couldn't afford/catch a real rabbit. "Rarebit" is an affectation by namby pamby foodie folk.
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