Shop Talk: Tracy West

17 July, 2016
Page 48 

I have a confession. Despite being a middle-aged woman, I really like McCoy's. I know they're principally aimed at men but just as I love action films made for men, so do I like McCoy's. It's the flavours they're so strong. No subtle 'hints of', just full-on flavour. That said, I was a bit skeptical when the launch of McCoy's Thick Cut was announced. Why mess with something that works so well, I thought. However, since trying the BBQ Chicken flavour, I've realised I'm wrong and am now a Thick Cut convert.

The packaging for the crisps reads: "Fed up with thin, flimsy, run-of-the-mill crisps? Try these new McCoy's Thick Cut flat crisps packed with crunch and punch". So I did, and they're great thick and flavoursome.

To be fair, I had become a bit disenchanted with potato crisps and so many have gone 'hand-cooked' for which read 'too hard to bite into' or the flavours had become far too fancy for my tastebuds.

Sticking with things that I like and I know that's no way to run a shop, only stocking what you, your partner and your Aunt Nelly like I can't recommend highly enough The Collective Dairy's Duples yoghurts.

You've probably seen the big pots of The Collective's yoghurts, which are utterly delicious but very moreish and you can easily eat a whole pot to yourself.

These Duples are twin pots, one containing, for example, passionfruit gourmet yoghurt and the other a small portion of toasted granola. That granola comprises oat flakes, honey, quinoa, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds. You take off the film lid, then bend the container together to mix the yoghurt with the granola.

Like a lot of these types of goodies, they don't come cheap Tesco is currently selling the 147g pots for 1.19. Other Duples varieties are Black Cherry Yoghurt with Dark Chocolate Curls and Scottish Raspberry Yoghurt with Seeds, Nibs 'n' Coconut.

The Collective's British-made gourmet yoghurt is gluten free, suitable for vegetarians and free from any artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. The company started in New Zealand with a vision to create an "extraordinary yoghurt with an unbeatable taste". If you can get your hands on them, I'd give them a try even Aunt Nelly might like them.





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