This is my happy space. I don't like to moan and I don't like to rant, but every so often something just gets me cross and here's where I get to see if I'm the only one!
I know times change. I know it's not always a bad thing. But sometimes, I am struck by how unimaginative and inappropriate change can be so utterly disappointing.
Have you ever licked the end of a Sherbert Fountain and then placed it back on the shelf? Not even long ago, when you only had 6p to spend and wanted a Mars bar instead? No, of course you haven't and nor have I.
But I accept that, to some, the lack of sealed packaging is a little bit 20th century and may alarm those wishing to fully absorb themselves in the vacuum packed, safety conscious and hygienic times in which we now live. Not least the new owners of this sweetie brand, Tangerine Confectionary.
I was, however, greatly saddened having finally purchased this new version of an old favourite. Do you see? It even needs opening instructions! I mean what use is that to your average 5 year old?
And what does a child do when their slippery little fingers can't get it open? They use their shiny white teeth of course!
So, aside of the obvious issue that, having eaten our Sherbert Fountain, we are left with a hard plastic case and the plastic shrink wrap outer to pop into landfill...
...why oh why are there no air vents in that lid?! When was the last time you used a felt pen or marker intended for a child to use that did not have a vented lid to prevent choking?
So, come on Tangerine. What exactly is the benefit of this new packaging? And wouldn't I prefer to have a bit of soggy paper rather than a choke hazzard and all this nasty plastic? Oh yes I would! With a bit more imaginative aforethought I'm sure someone could have done better and still achieved a tamper-evident piece of packaging!
(and whilst you're wondering.. no I didn't think it tasted as good; it was bitter!).
I'm off to eat a Sherbert DibDab before they ruin that too! t.x