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​The Irresistible Appeal of Melted Cheese

​The Irresistible Appeal of Melted Cheese

Posted by Emma on 21st Dec 2023

Melted cheese captivates the palate with a rich tapestry of flavours and textures, a phenomenon deeply rooted in both science and sensory experience. This exploration, enriched with personal testim … read more
​From Royal Tables to Our Homes: The Journey of the Victoria Sponge Cake

​From Royal Tables to Our Homes: The Journey of the Victoria Sponge Cake

Posted by Emily on 4th Dec 2023

Ah, the sweet tale of the Victoria Sponge Cake – a classic that never goes out of style, much like a beloved old song that brings back warm memories. Let's cosy up and reminisce about this sponge c … read more
​The Iconic Partnership: McDonald's and Coca-Cola's Journey to Global Dominance

​The Iconic Partnership: McDonald's and Coca-Cola's Journey to Global Dominance

Posted by Emma on 3rd Dec 2023

The year was 1955, a time marked by ambition and entrepreneurial spirit, especially for Ray Kroc, a driven milkshake machine salesman. His vision to nationally expand McDonald's set the stage for a … read more
​Bread of Desperation: The Unbelievable Tale of Paris's Bone Bread​Bread of Desperation: The Unbelievable Tale of Paris's Bone Bread

​Bread of Desperation: The Unbelievable Tale of Paris's Bone Bread​Bread of Desperation: The Unbelievable Tale of Paris's Bone Bread

Posted by Emily on 28th Nov 2023

Have you ever heard the phrase 'grind his bones to make my bread' from Jack and the Beanstalk? It's not just a line from a fairy tale. This bizarre tale actually mirrors a grim reality from the 16t … read more
​Spotted Dick: A Sweet Trip Down Memory Lane

​Spotted Dick: A Sweet Trip Down Memory Lane

Posted by Emma on 27th Nov 2023

Have you ever wondered about the story behind Spotted Dick? Grab a cuppa and a slice of spotted dick, and let's find out how it came to be. Remember when life was simpler, and dessert was the … read more
​A Journey Through Christmas Dinners in British History

​A Journey Through Christmas Dinners in British History

Posted by Emma on 22nd Nov 2023

Families all over the UK eagerly anticipate their Christmas lunch or dinner on Christmas morning. Everyone has their cherished favourites, be it the crispy roast potatoes, fluffy Yorkshire puddings … read more
​Haggis Unveiled: A Whimsical Journey into Scotland's Heart

​Haggis Unveiled: A Whimsical Journey into Scotland's Heart

Posted by Emma on 19th Nov 2023

Scotland's national drink, whisky, is celebrated worldwide, yet its national dish, haggis, often finds itself at the heart of good-natured amusement within the nation. Enquire of any Scot, "What is … read more
​From Poultry Farms to Wall Street: The Untold Story of the Mcdonalds Chicken McNugget

​From Poultry Farms to Wall Street: The Untold Story of the Mcdonalds Chicken McNugget

Posted by Emily on 13th Nov 2023

In the intricate tapestry of foodservice, where mastery meets strategic business foresight, the story of McDonald's Chicken McNuggets stands as an emblem of evolution and innovation. This narr … read more
​The Festive Tale of Panettone's Charming Journey to Britain

​The Festive Tale of Panettone's Charming Journey to Britain

Posted by Emma on 12th Nov 2023

Once upon a time, in the bustling Christmas markets of London, nestled among the twinkling lights and festive cheer, a delightful Italian treat began to make its mark. Panettone, a sweet and airy b … read more
​A Crispy Christmas Chronicle: Japan's Fascination with KFC for the Festive Season

​A Crispy Christmas Chronicle: Japan's Fascination with KFC for the Festive Season

Posted by Emily on 12th Nov 2023

Imagine a Japanese Christmas, where instead of the traditional roast turkey, families across the nation eagerly queue up for something entirely different – a hearty meal of KFC's fried chicken. Thi … read more
​The Ingenious Geometry Behind Pringles' Unique Crunch

​The Ingenious Geometry Behind Pringles' Unique Crunch

Posted by Emma on 10th Nov 2023

The iconic Pringles crisp, renowned for its addictive crunch and flavour, holds a secret in its form – a marvel of engineering: the hyperbolic paraboloid shape. "Once you pop, the fun don't stop, … read more
​A Chronicle of Fish & Chips

​A Chronicle of Fish & Chips

Posted by Emily on 7th Nov 2023

To say Mike Pili knows a story or two about fish and chips would be a vast understatement. As he shares a host of anecdotes from more than 60 years of experience in the trade, we can’t help bu … read more
​Unravelling the Mystery of Nitrates in Your Food

​Unravelling the Mystery of Nitrates in Your Food

Posted by Emily on 29th Oct 2023

Nitrates often conjure images of chemistry experiments or agricultural fertilisers rather than something you'd find on your dinner plate. However, these compounds are more than scientific curiositi … read more
​Ronald McDonald: The Making of a Marketing Phenomenon

​Ronald McDonald: The Making of a Marketing Phenomenon

Posted by Emily on 25th Oct 2023

Dive into the captivating history of how Ronald McDonald, a mere mascot, climbed the ranks to become a legend in marketing and branding. Few figures have imprinted themselves into cultural consciou … read more
​A Slice of History: The Saga of McDonald's Ill-Fated McPizza

​A Slice of History: The Saga of McDonald's Ill-Fated McPizza

Posted by Emily on 24th Oct 2023

Do you remember when McDonald's tried to tantalise our taste buds with slices of cheesy goodness? Yes, we're talking about the legendary McDonald's pizza, albeit not so successful. The McPizza saga … read more
​Are There Really Dead Wasps in Your Figs?

​Are There Really Dead Wasps in Your Figs?

Posted by Emily on 14th Oct 2023

Have you ever pondered the crunch in your fig? The answer may be more surprising than you think. Figs, curiously, are actually inverted flowers. Within each fig lies hundreds of tiny buds that … read more
​UK's View on Ultra-Processed Foods: Not Always Harmful

​UK's View on Ultra-Processed Foods: Not Always Harmful

Posted by Emily on 7th Oct 2023

Despite growing apprehensions, UK food officials believe that not all ultra-processed foods (UPFs) are automatically unhealthy due to their manufacturing processes or artificial ingredients. Robi … read more
​Croatia and Italy's Ongoing Dispute Over Prošek and Prosecco Wines

​Croatia and Italy's Ongoing Dispute Over Prošek and Prosecco Wines

Posted by Emily on 5th Oct 2023

Croatia's renewed bid to obtain special EU recognition for its historic dessert wine, 'prošek', has reignited tensions with Italy, which perceives the name too close to its famed wine, Prosecco. … read more
​Honey Authenticity: A Closer Look at the Bitter Truth

​Honey Authenticity: A Closer Look at the Bitter Truth

Posted by Stelios on 30th Sep 2023

The British palate has a longstanding relationship with honey, consuming over 50,000 tons annually. But as we relish this sweet treat, a nagging question remains: "Do you truly know what's inside t … read more
​Stichelton Cheese vs. Stilton Cheese

​Stichelton Cheese vs. Stilton Cheese

Posted by Stelios on 30th Sep 2023

Britain boasts over 700 cheeses. While many are churned out in mass and lack character, a treasure trove of exquisite artisanal cheeses awaits those willing to seek them out. Enter Stichelton chees … read more
​The True Story Behind Spam

​The True Story Behind Spam

Posted by Stelios on 24th Sep 2023

Spam celebrated its 80th birthday on 5th July 2017. As documented by the Smithsonian, the product's journey began with a naming contest. Hormel, the company behind Spam, was looking for a suitable … read more
​The Subway Tuna Tale: Unravelling the Controversy

​The Subway Tuna Tale: Unravelling the Controversy

Posted by Stelios on 24th Sep 2023

The international fast-food chain Subway recently found itself at the epicentre of a culinary conundrum. The authenticity of the tuna in its sandwiches became a topic of debate, prompting legal, sc … read more
​Jaffa Debates: When VAT Takes the Cake!

​Jaffa Debates: When VAT Takes the Cake!

Posted by Stelios on 23rd Sep 2023

First introduced in 1973 by the then-Chancellor Lord Barber, VAT has since been adopted by over 130 nations, contributing a staggering £70 billion yearly to the UK's coffers. In essence, VAT is a l … read more
​The Chemistry of Loving Spicy Food

​The Chemistry of Loving Spicy Food

Posted by Stelios on 23rd Sep 2023

Ever wondered why, after indulging in a spicy curry or Taco Bell meal, we can't help but crave it again, even after its fiery aftermath? Simply put, spicy food gives us a thrill. Image Source: … read more
​The Taxing Question: When is Bread Not Bread

​The Taxing Question: When is Bread Not Bread

Posted by Stelios on 22nd Sep 2023

In October 2020, Ireland's Supreme Court ruled that the rolls used in Subway's hot sandwiches contained excessive sugar to be legally classified as bread. This surprising decision revolved around t … read more
​The Loss of the Original McDonald's French Fry

​The Loss of the Original McDonald's French Fry

Posted by Stelios on 21st Sep 2023

By fate, Interstate Foods, a shortening company, sought cost-effective measures and incorporated beef fat into the equation; they unwittingly birthed the oil that would soon bestow fame upon McDonald' … read more
​Here's Why McDonald's Hamburgers Don't Decompose

​Here's Why McDonald's Hamburgers Don't Decompose

Posted by Stelios on 18th Sep 2023

Every so often, the phenomenon re-emerges - photographs of McDonald's food that seemingly refuses to decompose. In 2008, Karen Hanrahan published a photo on her blog, Best of Mother Earth, featurin … read more
​The Saga of the 2018 KFC Chicken Shortage

​The Saga of the 2018 KFC Chicken Shortage

Posted by Stelios on 18th Sep 2023

The KFC fried chicken shortage, spanning nearly a week, provides a quintessential lesson in logistics management. Why did the chicken refuse to cross the road, you ask? Well, blame it on a single p … read more
​The McDonald's Monopoly Scam: Unraveling the McMillions Saga

​The McDonald's Monopoly Scam: Unraveling the McMillions Saga

Posted by Stelios on 18th Sep 2023

For over a decade, the McDonald's Monopoly game, a beloved promotion, was tainted by a staggering $24 million fraud scheme. This captivating tale is at the heart of HBO's documentary series McMilli … read more
​Did Morgan Spurlock's Confession of Alcohol Abuse Unravel the 'Super Size Me' Myth?

​Did Morgan Spurlock's Confession of Alcohol Abuse Unravel the 'Super Size Me' Myth?

Posted by Stelios on 17th Sep 2023

When Morgan Spurlock's 2004 documentary "Super Size Me" hit the screens, it sent shockwaves through the fast food industry, turning him into one of his generation's most celebrated documentary filmmak … read more
​The Intriguing Tale of McDonald's Filet-O-Fish

​The Intriguing Tale of McDonald's Filet-O-Fish

Posted by Stelios on 5th Sep 2023

The Filet-O-Fish may not enjoy the same status as the Big Mac, but it's a McDonald's offering that has withstood the test of time since 1962. This simple fish sandwich, consisting of a fish filet, … read more
Balsamic Battle: Italy Challenging Slovenia Over the Authenticity of Balsamic Vinegar

Balsamic Battle: Italy Challenging Slovenia Over the Authenticity of Balsamic Vinegar

Posted by Stelios on 22nd Aug 2022

Last year, tensions arose between Italy and Slovenia over the title and tradition of balsamic vinegar. I recall how Italy's renowned balsamic vinegar, specifically "aceto balsamico di Modena" – a t … read more
​Counterfeit Wonka Chocolate Bars Seized in £100,000 Oxford Street Raid

​Counterfeit Wonka Chocolate Bars Seized in £100,000 Oxford Street Raid

Posted by Emily on 30th Jul 2022

Trading standards staff have confiscated a significant amount of counterfeit chocolate, specifically "Wonka Bars", from American candy shops on Oxford Street. The seized merchandise, amounting to a … read more
​The Great Feta Feud: Denmark, Greece, and the EU

​The Great Feta Feud: Denmark, Greece, and the EU

Posted by Stelios on 20th Jul 2022

In a decision that left Copenhagen looking rather sheepish, Denmark faced a setback in the European Union's top court over the feta cheese saga, which dates back decades. The Court of Justice … read more
​Tesco Fined a Record £7.56 Million for Selling Out-of-Date Food.

​Tesco Fined a Record £7.56 Million for Selling Out-of-Date Food.

Posted by Stelios on 3rd Mar 2021

On 19 April 2021, Tesco Stores Limited faced a significant £7.56 million penalty at Birmingham Magistrates' Court for 22 instances of selling out-of-date food at three outlets between 2016 and 2017 … read more
​Grains of Contention: The India-Pakistan EU Basmati Dispute

​Grains of Contention: The India-Pakistan EU Basmati Dispute

Posted by Stelios on 4th Nov 2020

India's move to attain geographical indication (GI) status for its basmati rice in the EU has stoked tensions with Pakistan. This latest development intensifies the already delicate relations be … read more