Weird British Food News II: Cadbury Castles and Christmas dinner in a can

A castle made of Cadbury pebbles. Not photoshop. Image Source: Cadbury.

A castle made of Cadbury pebbles. Not photoshop.
Image Source: Cadbury.

Well, I’ve got  several more food articles to cover, so I’ll just cover them for now, and, in two weeks, I’ll cover some Christmas-related news. And, this time, it won’t just be about burgers.

Man finds six double-yolk eggs in a row.

John Winfield (no relation to Jules) of Breadsall, Derbyshire was making sausage, eggs, and chips for his wife Angela’s dinner. When he cracked the first egg, he saw it had two yolks; an occurrence that has a .1% probability. Five eggs later, every single egg he had cracked was a double-yolker. The estimated odds of this added up to one in a trillion. It’s 70 times more common to win the jackpot in the national lottery.

Quoth John Winfield: “When it got down to the last one, I was so nervous that I actually dropped it. It cracked on to the kitchen floor and there was yet again another double yolk. What happened must be as unlikely as winning the lottery – although the lottery would be better, obviously. We’d probably be sitting in another country right now and not eating eggs. I love a yolk, so to have two for each egg meant they tasted great. Fried eggs are my favourite and I really like them runny, so it worked out well.”His wife Angra, who has osteoarthritis had this to say: “I didn’t think these things happened anymore, so it’s very strange.”

But, it turns out the event may not be as improbable as it may seem; the eggs turned out to come from a farm in Mansfield, and

John returned to the store where he explained to shopkeeper Raj Thillay what had happened. It turned out the eggs were from a farm in Mansfield, and Prof. David Spiegelhalter of Cambridge had this to say: “Eggs in a box are not independent events, they are likely to come from a similar batch and so once one double-yoker has been found it increases the betting odds on others being in the box. Even if it’s a trillion to one, it still would only happen on average every 500 years. So, sadly, the chances are not that high in reality as double-yolk eggs are frequently produced by hens from a certain flock, and eggs in a box are very likely to come from the same flock.”

The Cadbury Chocolate Castle.

Cadbury’s took 90,000 Dairy Milk pebbles to create a castle on Brighton Beach to celebrate a bank holiday. The candies were placed on the outside of a special model by five people.

A spokeswoman for Cadbury said: “We just wanted to do something special for the bank holiday for families and to add a touch of extra fun for Cadbury World. We shot it at Brighton as a nod to their pebbly beach so it was displayed there for a bit then made its way to its ‘home’ in Bournville, Birmingham – a little pit stop.”

The castle was put under observation, so nobody was able to take a bite out of it.

Wigan retains its competitive eating title.

People from all around the world descended upon Wigan earlier this month in an attempt at winning one of the most famous competitive eating contests in England, the World Pie Eating Championship. But, as it turns out, a local security guard named Ian Coulton won the contest. Quoth Ian Coulton: “I was surprised to win. I thought I had a good chance but didn’t think I was the favourite. At one stage I didn’t think I was going to win but I really enjoyed the whole thing. I’ve already got a signed Lancashire cricket bat at home on the mantelpiece so this will look excellent alongside it.”

He beat 18 others, and finished his pie in 1 minute, 6.61 seconds; the slowest winning time ever for the competition.

Andy Murray’s Likeness captured in household stains.

Ed Chapman of Manchester has spent 300 hours meticulously spilling coffee, wine, nail polish, lipstick, turmeric, and soot onto a carpet, and why? To create a portrait of Wimbledon champ Andy Murray. MORE TH>N Home Insutance commissioned it. Quoth Chapman: “When I was asked to stain and ruin a perfectly good carpet to create a piece of art, it was too interesting a challenge to refuse.”

But a picture is worth 1000 words, and so, here’s what he came up with.

Andy Murray, as captured in household stains. Image Source: the Daily Record.

Andy Murray, as captured in household stains.
Image Source: the Daily Record.

Christmas Dinner in a Can…

2013 is a big year for gaming; it’s the year that PlayStation and XBox’s new consoles are being released, and, in fact, South Park just did a three-part story arc about it. So, as you can imagine, a lot of gamers are going to be spending their holidays playing video games. So, designer Chris Godfrey has come up with an idea: Christmas Dinner in a can, called “Christmas Tinner.”

The product covers everything from breakfast (scrambled eggs and bacon) to the pudding for dessert. It even contains mince pies, bread and cranberry sauces, and brussels sprouts, all for a £1.99 can. Christmas Tinner is currently only available at the Basingstoke GAME store, but, if there’s enough demand, there’ll be more.

Quoth a GAME Spokesperson: “According to new research almost half (43 per cent) of the nation’s gamers plan to spend the majority of Christmas day playing on their new consoles and games. That’s why retailer GAME has developed the Christmas Tinner, enabling gamers to get their teeth into GAME play all day without having to miss out on a mouthful of their favourite food or do the washing-up.”

Designer Chris Godfrey had this to say: “I tried to ensure when creating the menu that all the flavours complemented one another and it was designed so that gamers can eat one layer at a time, starting with breakfast and finishing off with Christmas Pudding – the perfect Christmas Day meal without any of the fuss.” Chris Godfrey has also done a less Christmas-specific variant called the “All-in-one” which offers a 12-course gourmet dinner with everything from local cheeses, Kobe Beef, ravioli, rib eye steak, and crack pie in a single can.

Well, tune in in a few weeks, when I’ll cover the strange things that have happened this Christmas season in Britain, apart, of course, from the most remarkably abrupt regeneration in Doctor Who history.

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