Food: Dirt & Worms fairy cakes taught me something about cherries…

When I was in America as a child I was introduced to the concept of ‘Dirt and Worms’.

Basically it is a very unhealthy but fun pudding which looks like this:

dirt and worms

(Photo from Kraft)

There are various recipes to make Dirt & Worms but it generally goes along the lines of:

  • instant pudding
  • cookies
  • some sort of whipped topping
  • jelly worms

 I’ve been roped into helping with a bake sale and wanted to make a fairy cake version of  these, for which I wanted to use a glace cherry to give the impression of innards… yes that is somewhat gross but I didn’t volunteer to bake so they are getting what I want to make!

It turns out that not all glace cherries are created equal, for example Sainsburys £1.40 for 200gr glace cherries ingredients look like:

Cherries (56%), Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Sugar, Fruit And Vegetable Concentrates: Sweet Potato, Apple, Cherry, Radish; Acidity Regulator: Citric Acid; Preservative: Sulphur Dioxide

These taste very different to the Waitrose Cooks Ingredients £2.09 for 200gr glace cherries which contain less freaky sounding flavourings:

Cherries (54%), glucose-fructose syrup, sugar, CONCENTRATED FRUIT JUICE (2%) (cherry juice, aronia berry juice, elderberry juice), preservative sulphur dioxide

dirt and worm cakes

(Photo from Kraft)

As the taste is very noticeably improved with the Waitrose cherries I suppose I better splash out on those as I want to gross people out rather than leave them with a bad taste in their mouths!

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