There are some constants in life we thought we could rely on, no matter how troubled our times.
But over and over again, our faith has been smashed to smithereens.
Now its the sweet, loyal (or so we thought) Jaffa Cake breaking our hearts into a million pieces.
Remember the Jaffa Cake Yard – the long stick of Jaffa Cakes your parents would get you for Christmas?
Well, that long box is now filled with lies and disappointment.
It turns out that the Jaffa Cake Yard is not actually a yard, as the size has been reduced to just 28 inches. Thats eight inches short.
The entire length of the tube is just 32 inches, with four inches of dead space.
Its not just that the box has been shortened, mind you. Its been discovered that the Yard contains eight fewer Jaffa Cakes than before, with just 40 Jaffa Cakes.
People, naturally, are outraged.
McVities has responded to the fury, stating: It was over a year ago that we announced changes to the pack sizes of our Jaffa Cakes.
These changes included more options for Jaffa lovers introducing snack and sharing style packs and also changing our standard packs from 12 cakes to ten.
Our new seasonal Jaffa Cracker consists of four individual packs of ten cakes which are stacked and designed to be gifted over the festive period.
We understand there are online independent retailers who are misleading consumers by selling McVities products with incorrect information.
Although this is not within our control we take appropriate measures to report these as soon as were made aware.
So essentially, the Jaffa Cake Yard is explaining away its smaller size by no longer being called a Yard but a cracker. Very sneaky, McVities.
Its all well and good fixing the description so youre not actually deceiving anyone with measurement-based description, but wed still like some more Jaffa Cakes. Thanks.
A chef is holding a sausage party with 100 different types of pigs in blankets
(Picture: Jim Thomlinson/SWNS)
A chef with 12 years of Michelin Star experience is launching the wor..
A chef with 12 years of Michelin Star experience is launching the worlds first sausage party involving 100 different pigs in blankets.
Jim Thomlinson has created a sausage menu which includes a wreath of 32 pigs in blankets, ranging from vegan to smoked streaky bacon.
The sausage party will feature as a popup later this month – as long as he can find a venue.
Jim said: Pigs in blankets is the flavour I look forward to most at Christmas – I always steal so many off the roasting tray.
I look forward both to making epic versions of the traditional pig and putting a new spin on the concept.
The idea came from Messhead, a team behind food stunts based on serial killer drama Dexter and The Walking Dead.
Creative director Emma Thomas said: There is no doubt that pigs in blankets is a huge trend for Christmas this year.
Being the worlds biggest pigs in blankets fan I wanted to eat a menu that consisted only of this fine food.
As soon as I started to talk about this, I realised this was a dream for many and was determined to make this come true.
Jim is currently looking for a venue in Kent for the party, due to the original venue closing down.
Theyre open to using a pub, cafe or tea room closed down for the winter – and of course theyll be paying the owner.
Gluten-free diets arent as healthy as you think, study finds
Gluten-free diets are getting more and more popular for people who want to lose wei..
Gluten-free diets are getting more and more popular for people who want to lose weight, but new research has found that they may not actually be that healthy.
Any weight loss and reduction in tummy pain are due to eating more vegetables and other fibre-rich foods, – rather than cutting out the protein itself – say scientists.
An increasing number of people are choosing a gluten-free lifestyle – even though they are not allergic to the sticky substance found in cakes and bread.
Now a study has shown the diet can help modest slimming and combat bloating and discomfort, but most of the benefits may be driven by eating more by replacing wheat, rye and other grains with vegetables, brown rice, corn, oats and quinoa.
The researchers, whose findings were published in the journal Nature Communications, said this boosts good bacteria in the gut that staves off inflammation and illness.
Senior lead investigator Professor Oluf Pedersen, of the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, said: By now we think our study is a wake-up call to the food industry.
Gluten-free may not necessarily be the healthy choice many people think it is.
For the study, 60 healthy middle-aged Danes were assigned randomly to two eight-week diets – one low in gluten, at 2g a day, and the other high in gluten, at 18g a day.
They had a break in between of at least eight weeks when they consumed an average 12g of gluten daily.
In comparison with the high-gluten regime, the low one induced moderate changes in the intestinal microbiome – or gut bacteria – and reduced self-reported bloating.
But during this the participants ate more dietary fibres – which the researchers think were responsible for the effects.
Professor Pedersen said: We demonstrate that, in comparison with a high-gluten diet, a low-gluten, fibre-rich diet induces changes in the structure and function of the complex intestinal ecosystem of bacteria, reduces hydrogen exhalation, and leads to improvements in self-reported bloating.
Moreover, we observed a modest weight loss, likely due to increased body combustion triggered by the altered gut bacterial functions.
Theres been debate about whether low-gluten diets should be advised for people without coeliac disease – a severe immune response to even tiny amounts.
Professor Pedersen and colleagues decided they shouldnt – even though some healthy individuals may prefer it to combat intestinal discomfort or excess body weight.
He said: More long-term studies are definitely needed before any public health advice can be given to the general population.
Especially, because we find dietary fibres – not the absence of gluten alone – to be the primary cause of the changes in intestinal discomfort and body weight.
Most gluten-free food items available on the market today are massively deprived of dietary fibres and natural nutritional ingredients.
Therefore, there is an obvious need for availability of fibre-enriched, nutritionally high-quality gluten-free food items which are fresh or minimally processed to consumers who prefer a low-gluten diet.
Such initiatives may turn out to be key for alleviating gastro-intestinal discomfort and in addition to help facilitating weight control in the general population via modification of the gut microbiota.
The two diets were balanced in number of calories and nutrients including the same amount of dietary fibres. But the composition of the latter differed markedly.
Based on their observations of altered food fermentation patterns of the gut bacteria, the researchers said the effects may not be primarily due to reduced intake of gluten.
A low-gluten diet has previously been proposed to diminish gastrointestinal symptoms in patients with inflammatory bowel diseases and irritable bowel syndrome which occur in up to 20 percent of the Western population.
Last year a US study of more than 110,000 people found a low-gluten diet increased the risk of a heart attack by about 15 per cent.
A 26-year-old packet of crisps is selling on eBay for £16
A 26-year-old packet of crisps is selling on eBay for £16. Yes, £16 for a packet of ..
A 26-year-old packet of crisps is selling on eBay for £16. Yes, £16 for a packet of crisps that has been sat there for 26 years.
The antiquated packet of cheese and onion, found behind a kitchen cupboard, has a best before date of November 7 1992.
We found them behind the kitchen units as were having a refurb, explained crisp archaeologist Damian Connop.
They look immaculate considering their age. I couldnt find any information about them, just that they were around in the 80s and 90s.
The items condition is confusingly listed as: New: A brand-new, unused, unopened and undamaged item.
Of course, given how old the crisps are, anybody who buys them shouldnt actually eat them. The packet is for anyone who likes memorabilia, really – with the listing describing the packet of Primes Cheese and Onion as an archive piece.
The listing reads: Get your piece of pub snack history with an unopened packet of Primes Cheese & Onion crisps, sporting an expiry date of 7 November 1992.
Date of manufacture is unclear but in excellent condition considering their 26 years behind a kitchen cupboard! Archive piece, not for consumption. Collection available from Park Street, Bristol.
Proceeds from the auction will go to One25, a Bristol charity helping women to break free from street sex work, addiction and other life-controlling issues.
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