Lisa's week: Sweet cravings
Living away from home, it’s the little things that I miss the most. It’s a question many students ask me on a regular basis. They ask me if I get homesick and I can honestly say that after 15 years of being in Germany, the homesickness has definitely faded. It hardly ever hits and usually only directly after I’ve been over in the UK.
But I’ll let you in on a secret. I ALWAYS miss English chocolate!
Most people think that chocolate is chocolate is chocolate but if you think about the difference between popular brands in Germany such as Milka, Lindt or Kinder, I think you’ll agree that chocolate is not all created equal!
When I talk about English chocolate, I’m specifically talking about Cadbury. And my favourite go-to, comfort bar is Dairy Milk. That’s it there in the photo. Distinguished by its bright purple wrapping.
Cadbury’s was founded back in the 1800s in my hometown of Birmingham, by a Quaker John Cadbury and then developed into a modern Victorian manufacturing company by his sons Richard and George. They moved production to a new location where they created “the factory in a village” – Bournville - based on Quaker principals. This was a community for the factory workers, which included recreational facilities such as a cricket pitch that can still be seen today, and they were famous for the advances they made in conditions and social benefits for its workforce. However, being Quakers, the village of Bournville had no pubs! The suburb of Bournville is still very much in existence today and it’s simply lovely to walk around to feel and see a little of that Victorian ethos.
“No man ought to be condemned to live in a place where a rose cannot grow.” - George Cadbury.
When I was young, you could hear the shift bell and even smell the chocolate when the wind was in the right direction, so I was definitely brought up on Cadbury. For me, it’s the best and nothing else will do. It’s not superior chocolate in any way and many Germans don’t like it at all – it has more vegetable fat than German chocolate and therefore is a smoother chocolate that melts more easily with a distinctive flavour. But I love it. A lot!
In 2010, Cadbury was bought by Kraft, which was a sad day for British sweet teeth around the world as changes for the international market are inevitable, and it now finds itself in the same confectionary family as Milka. At the moment, the two brands have their own chocolate recipes but the products are beginning to be replicated. So you can now find the Easter rabbit in Cadbury chocolate, which is new for Britain, and sugar coated eggs in Milka chocolate, which were originally a Cadbury product.
Maybe one day, these two will use the same chocolate recipe and one of them will vanish from the market but I hope that Cadbury Dairy Milk will remain real Cadbury chocolate until I’m too old to eat it any more!
What is Lisa's week?
"We’ve (hopefully) been entertaining you so far with the meaning and background of a weekly English idiom and now we’ve decided to expand that a little to give me the chance to share some details that come my way in my daily life as a Business English teacher. I hope to find weekly tidbits of information and experience to tell you about such as British traditions that I (or we) celebrate, or typical mistakes made when speaking English, or even some of the funny things I come across in my daily life. We hope that you’ll enjoy the insight into the life of a Brit in Germany!"
Episode 1: The Queen's 90th birthday
Episode 2: What did you do last Sunday?
Episode 3: What's the best way to answer?
Episode 4: The sound of London
Episode 5: Not just a last resort
Episode 6: Quick tip of the week: advice vs. advise
Episode 7: Title talk
Episode 8: The Union Jack
Episode 9: Why Thursday?
Episode 10: Quick tip of the week - Are you watching or just looking?
Episode 11: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness
Episode 12: Don't forget to take you handy to the public viewing!
Episode 13: Up in the Highlands
Episode 14: Quick tip of the week - "Popular" false friends
Episode 15: Pie in the sky
Episode 16: Through the tunnel
Episode 17: Keep left!
Episode 18: Quick tip of the week - Rise vs. raise vs. arise
Episode 19: How do you say that?
Episode 20: Back to School!