My favorite candy, hands down, is Andes mints. I have been in love with these forevah. (thanks, SJ
!) Did you know that they are made by the Tootsie Roll Industries? Who would know that? Me, because I love them. Anyway, I know that I am behind the times, YEARS perhaps, but today I found out that there are Cherry Jubilee Thins. I also had them for the first time today. I also have found out that there are Toffee Crunch Thins, but I haven’t had the opportunity to try them yet. I’ve already known of and cherished many, many, many Crème De Menthe and Mint Parfait Thins. Kudos, Tootsie Roll Industries R&D!!!! Even if these flavors have been out for years and you’re disgruntled and unemployed, I salute you!
Every morning, at 6:00 am (10:00 pm EST/7:00 pm PST) I go to breakfast at a specific Dining FACility (DFAC). I always get the same thing: scrambled eggs (real eggs, not army powder eggs), breakfast casserole (potates, sausage, and eggs, absolutely SMOTHERED in cheese), garlic potatoes (to ensure that brushing my teeth after I wake up has absolutely no lasting effect on my breath), a very tiny breakfast burrito, and an equally tiny up of flavored “yoghurt”. This is all I eat during the day and “breakfast” lasts for about six hours, as I usually finish up by noon. The problem is that I generally wolf each item down and wait a while before eating something else. Today I had a wonderful experience that may change all that.
I’ve noticed that the yoghurt is on par with what we’re used to in the States. I was absolutely wrong about that, it turns out. The “yoghurt” is FAR superior to any yogurt that we have in the states. Yoplait, Dannon, etc. could stand to learn something from this company: the Kuwaiti Danish Dairy Company (KDDC).
I cannot resist trying “foreign” foods. I think it’s integral to experiencing the culture of another nation, and it usually winds up revealing some rather tasty results. When stationed in Korea, I didn’t eat any American food unless I absolutely HAD to for the entire year. I even sought out kegogi while I was there, but unfortunately I never found any. So of course I had to try the yoghurt in the funny looking cup covered in Arabic. It wasn’t too different from American yogurt, and I found myself getting a cup every morning. At first I just noticed that the fruit didn’t fall apart, unlike American yogurts that I’ve had in the past. Since I eat at work, I didn’t really pay much attention to the taste, instead wolfing it down as soon as I opened it like everything else.
The DFAC generally puts out two different flavors every morning, usually making sure at least one of the flavors is different from the day before. At first, there were just your regular yogurt flavors, and normally I grabbed peach, strawberry or cherry. Then the DFAC started putting out the yoghurt flavors. The first one was pineapple (which might be a yogurt flavor, but not like this), but I didn’t care for it too much. Then came kiwi, which was good, but I don’t think kiwis were meant for yog(h)urt. All this time, I just wolfed it down, not paying attention to the taste. Then I experienced (you’ll have to forgive me for not knowing the name of this flavor, I will just describe it) multi-berry yoghurt. I opened the cup and the first thing I saw was an entire blackberry covered in yoghurt. This was no cheap yoghurt. There were also full raspberries, blueberries, and strawberry slices in this cup. I stopped to actually experience the yoghurt that morning and was pleased to find that KDDC yoghurt easily outdistanced its American cousins. Since then I have been paying attention to this yoghurt. It demands it.
This morning when I went to the yoghurt bin, I was hoping to see my muti-berry friend waiting for me. It has been a few days since I’ve seen any, but I was saddened to find that it was not there. Instead, I grabbed what I thought was peach. Imagine my surprise when I found out that it was Peach Melba (the actual flavor name for this one). A new flavor! And how! Peach Melba Fruit Yoghurt consists of chopped peaches, whole raspberries and the yoghurt is flavored accordingly. Oh how in love with this I am. The yoghurt itself has a rougher texture than what we’re used to in the US, but what is lost in texture is MORE than made up for in taste, not to mention the superior taste and texture of the fruit itself. For all of you yog(h)urt lovers out there, this is a must have.
Who would have thought that I’d be raving about mints and yog(h)urt in Iraq?