Two weeks ago, Canada Post delivered a box to my house.
Mail is rare in my neck-of-the-woods, unless it’s a flyer from a local business or some political candidate, so this was a real novelty.
The Australian stamps on the box instantly got my attention. NO! … she didn’t!! YESSSSS!!! She did!!!
The box was from my Super Aussie Friend, Heather at Master of Something I’m Yet To Discover. … and it was full of Australian treats!!
You see, while we may live very different lives half a world apart, Heather and I share many things in common … including a rather odd sense of humour and a Jack-of-all-Trades approach to life … oh, and chocolate – definitely chocolate.
A few months ago we had an exchange of comments on a post that triggered a quest to find Vegemite in Canada and brave a try of this salty paste. That ultimately resulted in the great Vegemite vs Marmite taste test that had me dubbed an honorary Aussie for giving Vegemite two thumbs up.
So. What do you think was in my surprise box of treats?
If you guessed chocolate and Vegemite, you would be right … but not just any chocolate and Vegemite. It included a limited edition Cadbury chocolate-vegemite bar. OH MY! I had wanted so much to try this chocolate bar.
Each one of these treats had been lovingly wrapped and tightly taped -with a slightly sadistic edge – in bubblewrap. In other words, I had to really work for it.
Because I have the willpower of a 5 year-old with ADHD, I was preparing to promptly dig into the Cadbury Vegemite bar with wild abandon when I noticed the *resealable* wrapper. Resealable?
Does that mean it’s not normal to hoover an entire giant bar in one sitting? … and what’s this about eating treats *wisely* as part of a balanced diet?
I was beginning to feel my honorary Aussie status slip away. Clearly I had character flaws that weren’t going to measure up to Aussie standards.
With an oh-well shrug of my shoulders, I dug into each. and. every. one. of these treats.
The verdict ….
TimTam … is a nice, light chocolate biscuit. I think I might have had two … Gilles ate the rest of the package over the next several days. They were good, but I prefer something a little richer in taste. Interesting that Gilles agreed with my verdict only AFTER he had finished the package.
Violet Crumble … I savoured this one sloooooowly over several days. It was delightful and reminded me of a Crunchie bar. In fact I was seriously tempted to go out and get a Crunchie bar to have a comparison test, but I resisted because – well, you know – chocolate issues … I don’t need any more excuses to eat chocolate.
Finally, the Chocolate-Vegemite bar … was totally not what I was expecting!
In fact I needed to enlist taste tests from a few other chocoholics for their reaction to ensure I hadn’t developed a serious defect in my taste buds. Everyone – including Gilles, who finally tried it out of curiosity – agreed with my assessment.
It tastes like salted caramel!!
Diehard vegemite haters were as surprised as I was. What’s not to love about chocolate and the flavour of salted caramel?
Thank you so much Heather. I got a lot of mileage out of this package and I think most of the calories were damaged in transit from Australia … so it’s all good.
I should mention that Heather had a co-conspirator in sending me this package. Although Heather had already implicated her, Maggie at The Zombies Ate My Brains finally confessed to divulging my address. Isn’t that what good friends are for?