This Week in Food

Welcome to this week’s round-up of foodie news – what have your favourite stories been this week?

1. According to The Guardian, we’re a nation of biscuit lovers!  Although various cakes and pretty cupcakes are more popular than ever, it seems that we still turn to a packet of biscuits most often with our cuppa. Every year, the average household eats their way through a huge 103 packets of biscuits! Mind you, that’s only just under two packets per week… maybe it’s not such a surprising figure, after all. It was the 19th Century when we began regarding biscuits as a dunkable accompaniment to our afternoon tea and despite the fact that healthier biscuits and cereal bars are increasing in popularity, it’s the humble Hob Nob that remains king of the biscuits. We quite fancy one now!

2. Our sister brand Belling is celebrating its 100th birthday this year and as part of the celebrations, it’s chosen a Charity of the Year with help from a public vote – the Anthony Nolan Trust. Anthony Nolan is a charity that works to save the lives of people with blood cancers who need a blood stem cell or bone marrow transplant. You can keep up-to-date with all of Belling’s charity work or donate yourself via its JustGiving page.

3. When you go out for an Italian meal, how much of what you experience is an authentic Italian dining ritual? According to the Huffington Post’s analysis of the differences between Italian and American-Italian, not a lot! The article includes a list of the differences, such as temperature (traditionally, Italians consume most food and drinks around room temperate), pepperoni vs peperoni (our meaty pepperoni is what the Italians call a salsiccia picante – a peperoni is adorned with red and yellow peppers) and a lack of garlic bread as a starter or a side at Italian mealtimes. Very interesting!

4. An ambitious ice cream parlour in Scotland has created a whopping 3,000 calorie, 20-scoop ice cream sundae! The shop owner, Tahar Javaid, created the sundae – nicknamed the Titanic – after being inspired by US TV show Man vs Food. The sundae costs £10, but if you manage to (single-handedly) finish it within 15 minutes, it’s free – you just have to pay a £1 charity donation. What do you think – could you eat 3,000 calories of ice cream, Skittles, fudge and fruit in quarter of an hour?

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