LAST weeks blog was about drinks and munchies from yester-years – Opal Fruits, Marathon and 5-4-3-2-1 were mentioned. Whilst Opal Fruits and Marathon are still alive and kicking under different names, the same can’t be said of 5-4-3-2-1.
I had a fruitful trip to Poundland this week … Nivea mens shower gel, 30 brown envelopes and Neutradol air freshener – all three for three quid (may sound obvious but not everything in Poundland is one quid as you’ll find out later in this blog).
There were a few items, that were once heavily advertised on television, that has held onto their original name and are still being churned out – items that have seem to be held down with Super Glue 3 and show no signs of shifting. Here goes …
And here the debate begins. I’ve heard numerous stories that over the years the size of wagon wheels have shrunk more than a jumper that’s gone through a hot wash. Stories of wagon wheels once being so huge that jaws would seize-up halfway through chomping were not uncommon. The once jaw-jamming wheels are still around at the bargain price of £1.
Fray Bentos Steak and Kidney pies
The strapline used in advertising was ‘No lumps, fat or gristle … guaranteed!’ Once regularly advertised on television this was a time-saver for many not wanting to faff around rolling puff pastry or chopping up beef and kidney. I’ve not eaten one of these in years but that’s about to change this weekend – I’ll let you know if it’s still fat and gristle-free next weekend. The price … £1.
We began on a controversial note so we’ll finish on one. They didn’t have a tin or plastic box of Quality Street in Poundland, but they did have a triangular-shaped box selling for not £1 but £2! A big metal tin of Quality Street was a common feature on living room tables over the Christmas period – it would last for ages! The soft-centred ones were commonly gobbled-down first and the harder ones left to rattle around in the tin. Today, Quality Street are less likely to be in a metal tin. Have Quality Street had the shrunken jumper treatment? All facts, figures and measurements will be gladly received so let us know.
Three products with staying power – money for television advertising seems to have dried-up but they are still with us. The odd nip and tuck plastic surgery and internal organ transplant means they’ll most likely outlast many of us!
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Missed last weeks’ blog? Check it out here: Thirst-busters and munchies from yesterday-years