Sad? Need some lovin'. Whether it's chocolate, pizza or ice cream, we all have our own go-to when we're feeling bad. However, have you ever thought about whether comfort food varies around the world? We discovered that a lot of comfort food is stereotypical and this is why.
Laska is a spicy noodle soup which is popular in Asian culture. It's a vegetarian option on curry soup which includes tofu and peanuts. This sounds perfect for blowing that cold away and warming up when it's freezing outside!
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches/Toasties
So this is more of a known classic. Buttering the outside of the bread and grilling it like grilled cheese means that peanut butter becomes super oozy and makes your house smell divine. Who needs air fresheners? An instant pick-me-up.
Cabbage and Noodles
This is a Polish dish which is actually called halushki. It is noodles and cabbage which is cooked in a large pan and coated with a load of butter and herbs. Sounds perfect to me. It's still one of your five a day so it's technically healthy?!
Canadians love cheese chips and gravy. This is exactly what Poutine is with a dash of bacon. You either like it or hate it. Should cheese and gravy really be combined? What happened to the maple syrup?
How could we not mention it? This is our comfort food. A tub of this stuff will make your day 100 times better so turn that frown upside down. Pick your potion, whether it be red velvet or funfetti. Better yet, popping it in the oven for 12 minutes gives the perfect crispy on the outside, gooey on the inside combo.
Cheese on toast with garlic butter
So basically, cheesy garlic bread? I'm not complaining because it's mouth-wateringly lush. Why have ordinary bread when you can add a dash of garlic butter? Toasted goodness that makes your day go from 0-100 real quick!
Chicken, lamb, steak, apple, cherry, pecan. Does it matter? Pie in any shape, size, form or flavour is instant comfort food in our opinion. The flaky pastry and the steam that flies out when you slice into it makes your insides warm and happy. If this doesn't remind you of Grandma's house, then nothing will.
Whoever decided to mush up boiled potatoes and add milk and butter is a pure legend and we salute you. Mash is one of those foods that are impossible to stop eating, but once you do, you know about it. Probably one of the most filling foods in the world but we just can't stop shovelling it in! The creamy texture and fluffiness is the perfect addition to any meal.
What's your comfort food? Beat those January blues and treat yourself!
Hold up a moment. Tell your parents that Christmas Dinner cooking may not be essential this year and I'm sure they'll love you forever! Now, we all love crisps, and I'm partial to a bit of cheese and onion but what if you could snack on your Christmas dinner out of a bag rather than having to pop the turkey in the oven.
Hipchips, based in Soho have come up with luxury hand-crafted crisps to tickle your tastebuds this festive season. These guys are a pro in the snack department and have popular flavours such as chocolate salted caramel cheesecake. WHAT?! The Christmas Dinner Box includes smoked salmon and pickled cucumber as a starter and then, of course, your turkey dinner crisps for the main. For dessert, we keep it traditional and opt for a Christmas pudding crisp. What would that even taste like? If you think that this overload of the treat will be a little dry, then don't worry because you also get a brandy sauce dip! Very British.
The founder, Scott Davis, believes that good food is about the cravings. His aim is to apply his wide range of knowledge and experience to create a diverse style and flavour. Both sweet and savoury options apply to whatever palette! I wonder if Gary Lineker will be there for Christmas?
Maybe you fashionable Londererns are no longer hipsters but chipsters? I wonder what a Gookie Dough crisp would taste like...Get crunching!
This Monday morning, I thought I'd bring you some nostalgia and reminisce about those gone but never forgotten foods of our childhood. Looking back, some of these were sugar central, and it proves the reason why we were all hyper. But anyway, let's get stuck into it.
Remember that sickly white chocolate melt on your tongue? Everyone loved a dream bar, as simple as it was, it definitely hit the spot when it came to those chocolate cravings. Cadbury seemed to take a while to come up with this little goodie but what's even worse is that is no longer available!
Flake's are the most frustrating chocolate bar to eat, and let's be real, you don't really eat it when half of the bar ends up on the floor (I guess the clue is in the name)! The bar was closer to a Twirl seeing as the white chocolate flake centre was dipped in milk chocolate. They hit our stores in 2000 and took the UK by storm and then later on the name changed to Flake Snow (we prefer Snowflake). I'm guessing Cadbury's aren't a fan of our beloved white chocolate!
Caramac Kit Kat
The revolutionary Kit Kat with a twist! Kit Kat and Caramac are the nation's favourite, and when they collaborated, it was heaven. The classic wafer was smothered in a caramel coating and was a twist on your average break time snack. This disappeared from our shelves in 2005 and briefly came back in 2007 but not for long enough!
I can almost taste it now, the most calorific chocolate bar of all time. Mars Delight was not your average Mars bar! Milk chocolate with a rippled wafer which is surrounded by caramel and chocolate cream. The real taste of childhood.
Listerine Breath Strips
The new take on chewing gum had arrived. The strips melted on your tongue instantly and were available in a variety of flavours but definitely blew your head off and made you minty fresh! Oh, how these are missed. The only dental product that was actually cool within the playground.
You either loved it or felt sick when using it. Heinz decided to make us all feel uncomfortable in time for Halloween with their green tomato sauce. Technically called 'Heinz EZ Squirt' this bottle came with a child-friendly nozzle and made our chips look mouldy. The novelty soon wore off and came off of our shelves in 2006.
Walkers Vanilla Monster Munch
Vanilla crisps? Don't knock them until you try! The combination wasn't great when teamed with a sandwich, nor did you know what to drink with them. Were they sweet or savoury? We need them back so that we can try them again (maybe I did feel a little sick once I had a bag)!
In support of the World Cup, we took it upon ourselves to create mini football-shaped crisps which were coated with the most smokey bacon flavour ever. These corn-based snacks were the bomb and I haven't found bacon crisps that beat these delights.
Maybe we should take it upon ourselves here at Gookie Dough to make an original cookie dough styled Mars Delight! Any snacks that we've missed? What were your favourites?