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Horse flavoured crisps

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The English. Fussy eaters who will happily chomp on cows, sheep, pigs, and birds, but who pale at the thought of eating horsemeat. Unfortunately, it appears that we in the UK have been eating horse by mistake for some time now.

While there has been an outpouring of disgust that we've been hoodwinked into munching on Frankel Bolognese and Kauto burgers, the hysterical headlines have also prompted some culinary mavericks to tell us that horse, in fact, tastes lovely.

So, why not have the best of both worlds? Horse flavoured crisps which contain horse flavourings but absolutely no actual horse. They could be shaped like horses, too.

Fishrat, Feb 13 2013

Hedgehog flavour crisps http://www.childoft...g-flavoured-crisps/
[calum, Feb 13 2013]

Relating to the discussion of English food http://www.youtube....watch?v=xdo79znnHl8
I don't really see why the world thinks we have bland food. [TomP, Feb 13 2013]

White horse of nantoka http://www.hows.org...figs/uff/uffair.jpg
[not_morrison_rm, Feb 14 2013]

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       + OK, but as long as they don't smell like the stable. (can they packed in grain sacks, too?)
Tally-Ho!
xandram, Feb 13 2013
  

       Or nose bags?
Fishrat, Feb 13 2013
  

       //Fussy eaters//   

       And yet, English food...   

       Of course, in America, they would become known as horse chips, adding some element of confusion and making us wonder if the UK economy is in sadder shape than we suspected...
RayfordSteele, Feb 13 2013
  

       english food? speaking from experience Ray?
po, Feb 13 2013
  

       //eating horse flavored chips is just as hypocritical as...//   

       Aww, c'mon. SOHF? We had hedgehog flavoured crisps here for quite a while (probably still do). And no, I wouldn't choose to eat a horse.
MaxwellBuchanan, Feb 13 2013
  

       You can get away from the [m-f-d] by putting it in the food:shape category. just sayin' [21] is right about flavours. I forgot about that.
[po] Whether it is a misconception or just an American generalization, we are told that English food is boring. I would never expound on something I know nothing about. In fact I think that bangers and mash sounds exciting!
xandram, Feb 13 2013
  

       Mostly tongue-in-cheek on a well-worn meme. I've jaunted over to England once or twice, and my experience of the food is at least better than Midwestern cuisine, not that that's saying much.
RayfordSteele, Feb 13 2013
  

       Stop Press: Not every food outlet in England is the same.
pocmloc, Feb 13 2013
  

       Bah. It's all fish and chips with a side of haggis and pudding and you know it.
RayfordSteele, Feb 13 2013
  

       [Fishrat], your premise is incorrect. If your countrymen buy one product, but are given another, of unknown origin, are they all OK with that?   

       Anyhow, I like a nice Shergar Burger with a nice bit of horseradish
Dub, Feb 13 2013
  

       England has a very good national cuisine. Indian.   

       I'm not saying England hasn't contributed anything the gourmet food category and I'm definitely not saying that there aren't very good restaurants in the country, but the national cuisine does tend towards the bland and simple. It's a style that's found across much of northern Europe, although I would argue that the Germans at least do better at sausages.   

       Please note that I'm not going to give "traditional" American cuisine a much better recommendation. The only thing that gives us a lead is a the polyglot nature of the country that results in a much wider base.
MechE, Feb 13 2013
  

       Man walks into a bar: Have you got any helicopter flavour crisps?
zen_tom, Feb 13 2013
  

       //England has a very good national cuisine. Indian.// Hahahahahahaha
blissmiss, Feb 13 2013
  

       [21Q], I'm not sure horsemeat is banned in the uk. I think that it has to be reared correctly though to avoid the health issues you outline.   

       Personally, I don't agree that objecting to the consumption of horse meat but eating horse flavored chips is hypocritical at all. Objecting to the morality of an idea but [MFD]ing it on the grounds of flavour, however... well that's an altogether different kettle of fishbones.
Fishrat, Feb 13 2013
  

       //Eating them is seen by many, myself included, as a betrayal of the bond they share with us// Me too, incidentally.
Fishrat, Feb 13 2013
  

       //Stop Press: Not every food outlet in England is the same.//   

       The thing about England is that food is not part of the culture in the way it is in, say, Italy or France. England has some of the best traditional and innovative restaurants in the world, and also has a huge number of superb artisanal foodmakers. Yet appreciating good food is seen as a bit of an odd hobby rather than being taken for granted.   

       I have never understood why this is so, and why the majority of English people seem to eat out of necessity rather than enjoyment.
MaxwellBuchanan, Feb 13 2013
  

       Okay, I'm sorry. I'm yanking your lead rein, but disagreeing with something isn't really a reason to MFD it either. Show me an idea in this place that *wasn't* designed to be disagreed with, and I'll show you someone who doesn't understand the halfbakery.   

       Let me put the case for why I think you shouldn't MFD this idea: you shouldn't MFD this idea because it's more than the invention of a flavour. If an idea is soley to invent a new flavour or recipe then it should be MFD'd. If creating a new flavour is incidental to the idea, then it should not.   

       The idea here, in a nutshell, is to exploit a marketing opportunity by capitalising on the macabre fascination that seems to have swept through the UK over the past couple of weeks, namely the growing realisation that consumers may have unwittingly eaten horsemeat, something which many will find abhorent.   

       It is also to create a product, in this case a horse shaped horse flavoured crisp which contains no horse, in order to create conversation, to satirise, and to blood let on a topic which people find uncomfortable and emotive. Maybe like the conversation we're having now.   

       The idea is not the product. The idea is the creation of the product. But hey (hay?) - it's an idea of the moment so if it disappears in a week, maybe that's fine too.
Fishrat, Feb 13 2013
  

       //Show me an idea in this place that *wasn't* designed to be disagreed with, and I'll show you someone who doesn't understand the halfbakery.//   

       great, another thing I don't understand...   

       Seriously, I've found that posting viable ideas on the halfbakery is an excellent way to see them made a reality even if I'm not the guy who gets to profit from them.   

       Probably pretty good with mustard and sauerkraut.
UnaBubba, Feb 14 2013
  

       ....Breaking News....Findus in sponsorship deal with National Trust. Findus gets to use the White Horse of Uffington as a huge advert for their lasagne range..
not_morrison_rm, Feb 14 2013
  

       There were horses roaming around Uffington Castle when I was there.
UnaBubba, Feb 14 2013
  

       hmm... [mfe] instead of mfd: in a month or two it will just be "flavour" instead of a socially relevant cutting riposte to current world events.
FlyingToaster, Feb 14 2013
  

       Are you sure they weren't dragons, [ub]?
pocmloc, Feb 14 2013
  

       //mfd   

       We are all born mfd.   

       //For one thing, horses aren't raised as livestock, so the medicines and other injections they're given throughout their lives aren't required to comply with FDA regulations.   

       Neither is that wild deer that just got shot for venison, or that fish that got caught in the ship's nets, to be boring and pedantic. I hope you don't bridle at that..
not_morrison_rm, Feb 14 2013
  

       //Neither is that wild deer that just got shot for venison//   

       That's a bit of a specious argument. There's a huge difference between an animal that hasn't been cared for, and one that's been cared for appropriately for food use, and one that's been cared for without regard for food use.
MechE, Feb 14 2013
  

       specious is my middle name.   

       Actually, you're right, I read that bit incorrectly. Mea culpa etc.
not_morrison_rm, Feb 14 2013
  

       What I want to know is what part of the horse is the 'radish' ?
MaxwellBuchanan, Feb 14 2013
  

       The penis.
calum, Feb 14 2013
  

       Please don't saddle us with such talk.
normzone, Feb 14 2013
  

       The anti-horsemeat lobby has certainly got the bit between its teeth now. Sadly, I think they need to rein in their rhetoric a little. Millions of horses are bred for the table, around the world.   

       However, the fact you've bought ready-made, frozen meals is an indictment in itself, of your cupidity.
UnaBubba, Feb 14 2013
  

       //However, the fact you've bought ready-made, frozen meals is an indictment in itself, of your cupidity.//   

       Yes, I expect your right. No doubt when Australia develops freezer technology you will use it much more wisely, in that wise Australian manner.
MaxwellBuchanan, Feb 14 2013
  

       Oddly, it was James Harrison, in Australia, who invented mobile freezer technology in the late 1800s, to allow fresh beef and lamb meat to be transported by ship to the UK. (It was a 6 week trip by fast ship, back then)   

       Prior to that I assume your lot ate horses or each other, what with scrapie and BSE rampant in your ruminant herds.
UnaBubba, Feb 14 2013
  

       Ah yes, James 'Wallaburger' Harrison.
MaxwellBuchanan, Feb 14 2013
  

       [Max], you need to stop drinking your own douchewater, mate.
UnaBubba, Feb 14 2013
  

       You're right. It's scarcely better than Fosters.
MaxwellBuchanan, Feb 15 2013
  

       [marked-for-expiry] or an explanatory note.
FlyingToaster, Feb 16 2013
  
      
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