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Posted: 20:35 Sat 19-Jun-2010. Price: 1.79. Location: KFC opposite Gloucester Road tube station, London. Nutritional unusualness: Contains "a shot of espresso".
Snackspot reports: I've long lamented the UK's lack of proper coffee slushie drinks - in the US, for instance, McDonald's iced coffee appears to be so irresistible that newsreaders always like to have one handy. Anyway, the Gloucester Road KFC are running a trial where they follow the normal procedure for a Caramel Crunch Krush'em but add an espresso shot (from the coffee machine?) at some point - which I suspect would be delicious, apart from the fact that it's full of gritty butterscotchy pieces. With any luck these'll get a wider rollout (as seems to be currently happening with KFC breakfasts), and we'll all get a chance to try them - though "without bits" would be my serving suggestion.

...McDonald's UK, meanwhile, is stealthily celebrating its "official restaurant of the 2010 FIFA World Cup" status by joining forces with an official England sponsor to create - a milkshake that tastes a bit like a Mars bar. In other cold comforts: Baskin-Robbins "is introducing its four top-selling lines into Morrisons across the UK" (ie, Cookies and Cream, Hokey Pokey, Mint Choc Chip, and Praline and Cream, 3.99/500ml); deep in this article is the detail that this summer's new Carte D'Or tubs are Raspberry Cheesecake and Coconut, in addition to the TV-advertised Rum And Raisin; and I've seen (but not tried) Snickers Dark Crunch ice cream bars starting to appear in supermarkets, while the Black Cherry variant is the suprising highlight of Muller's Greek-style yoghurt corners (2/6 in Asda, also in Summer Fruits and Honeyed Apricot, though I think they missed a trick in not naming the flavours after different kinds of Euro debt crisis or something).


Posted: 12:58 Sun 20-Jun-2010 by "Nick T" # permalink comment
Comment: Sorry to be a little off topic here, but I was just ironing my "Anybody But Murray" T-shirt, and a programme on the wireless is distilling the assorted leaks and conjecture in the papers regarding Tuesday's mini-budget. And favourite seems to be the removal of 0% VATness on foods which are high in lard, sugar or salt. So what do they expect us to live on? Air? Friends, I think we need to be very worried.
Posted: 13:59 Sun 20-Jun-2010 by Zeddy # permalink comment
Comment: Hmmm, that doesn't tell the half of it, Nick. I'm expecting to pay VAT on EVERYTHING. Still, it's going well for England at the World Cup though, isn't it?
Posted: 14:21 Sun 20-Jun-2010 by "Nick T" # permalink comment
Comment: Playing like that they don't even deserve a plane ticket home Zeddy!

Further to my earlier comments, rumours also abound that we drinkers may also receive a hammering on Tuesday. Spookily it was only yesterday I was reading that Tesco, Oddbins and Sainsburys have closed/are closing their outlets in Calais because lower alcohol prices in the UK has reduced the appeal of the 'booze cruise'. With no apologies to Rooney, this seems a bit of an own goal, given that Tuesday's budget might make the French prices seems like a bargain all over again. Perhaps it's time to copy smokers and bypass the shops altogether. You can do worse that to make friends with your local Eastern European community. They're some of the most committed tipplers around, yet you don't often see them buying more than the occasional bottle in the supermarkets. Strange, that.

Well, not really. That's because they have the good sense to ALLEGEDLY import their beer themselves in the backs of lorries, then ALLEGEDLY flog it amongst themselves, with minimal markup, thereby avoiding the existing stupid levels of UK duty (higher taxes will simply increase the supply chain) and inconvenient supermarket opening hours. Same for the hard stuff; they either do the same as above or ALLEGEDLY make it themselves in pot stills. Now that's community, er, spirit for you.

Why it'll just be like prohibition days again. Unless you're able to enjoy Westminster's 24-hour subsidised bars of course.

Posted: 15:27 Sun 20-Jun-2010 by Zeddy # permalink comment
Comment: Yes, I hear they love their wine. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/politics/10357852.stm
Posted: 16:02 Sun 20-Jun-2010 by Zeddy # permalink comment
Comment: I'll wait till those Baskin-Robbins are on special at Morrisons.
Posted: 10:44 Mon 21-Jun-2010 by "Ms Fish"
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Comment: I was distinctly underwhelmed by the Greek Black Cherry Muller. Maybe because it was low-fat ?
Posted: 11:19 Mon 21-Jun-2010 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: maybe, though didn't you think the compote seemed a bit heftier than the Summer Fruits and the Honeyed Apricot?
Posted: 15:38 Mon 21-Jun-2010 by "Phillerena" # permalink comment
Comment: I've got one of those cherry corners in my fridge, hope it's as good as snackspot says ;)
Posted: 12:49 Sat 26-Jun-2010 by "Nick T" # permalink comment
Comment: Oh man, these Greek themed yogurts are the tastiest addition to the Muller line-up in ages! They're not the slightest bit like Greek yogurt of course, they're just a nice thick creamy dessert, but thoroughly deelish all the same.
Posted: 22:52 Mon 02-Aug-2010 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: retraction! they also have the coffee Krush'em in the Baker St KFC and when I had one there, they made it with shortbread pieces, which was delicious (like a coffee pre-sprinkled with biscuit croutons or something). I hope that's the standard procedure and will keep you posted on my findings...
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