Good Food Blog
Snack addictsPosted at 11:06AM, 27 June 2008 by Graham Holliday - Blogger
It appears the big news from the scary world of reality TV today is the case of the missing biscuits. Specifically the chocolate chip variety. Kathreya, a contestant in the Big Brother House on Channel 4, found her sugar fix missing from the shopping bag delivered to the house.
"Anyone see any cookies?" she asked uncertainly, looking more and more panicky. "Anyone see any cookies?! ANYONE SEE ANY COOKIES?" she began to wail, circling the kitchen in distress.
Fellow inmate, Rex the chef, rescued the biscuit addict with the offer of some homemade efforts. All of which made me wonder what single item do I eat on a regular basis, and perhaps don't really think much about as it's readily available to me, would if I miss if cruelly and suddenly taken away?
Apart from the obvious, salt, sugar, butter, coffee, tea, rice, pasta.... OK. This list could go on a bit if I really think about it. But, for that pure must have foodstuff, I don't think I'll be following Kathreya to the biscuit bin. I think we're talking a good bag of crisps.
It appears, sadly I suppose, that my taste buds are reflective not only of my generation but also of your average British teenager of today. A survey published by the UK Federation of Bakers this month found that among 11-16 year olds, crisps are still top of the snacks,
"48% of school children aged 11-16 listing potato chips (crisps) among their favourite snacks followed by chocolate/sweets (39%), biscuits/cakes (32%), fruit (32%) and soft drinks (27%)
The picture is slightly better in lower age groups with fruit coming out top, closely followed again by... crisps. However, help may be at hand for us crisp junkies from an unlikely corner.
Heston Blumenthal, of Fat Duck, snail porridge and kitchen chemistry set fame, is reportedly working on a "healthy eating" initiative with Walkers the crisps manufacturer. Whether or not, this will involve the prodcution of a new line - Heston's Healthy crisps maybe - remains to be seen, but if a healthier version of the nation's favourite snack hits the streets I might not feel quite so guilty indulging a little more often.