Advantages The cheese spread dip gains a new dimension
Disadvantages It can get messy
Do you remember the horror you felt in childhood when different foods on a plate were allowed to TOUCH EACH OTHER? The sheer revulsion caused by the baked beans invading the fish fingers' territory, or the sausages getting friendly with the mash? As a littl'un I don't think I would have liked Dairylea Double Dunkers at all. The potential for the salsa to get in the cheese spread and vice versa just doesn't bear thinking about.As a sophisticated adult, however (well, as sophisticated as you can be while dipping crisps into Dairylea out of a Pokemon lunch box at your terminal), I find the combination goes down a treat.
Snack products involving a crispy thing, such as mini breadsticks, and a gooey cheesey thing, such as Dairylea, sealed in separate compartments of a plastic tub have been around for a while now, improving the nation's table manners by gently discouraging us from sticking our fingers in things and licking them. There are many permutations, from the elegant simplicity of Philadelphia Lite with Garlic Bites to the crazy cartoon cows favoured by the more kid-friendly end of the market. Dairylea clearly realised that saturation point had been reached and it was time for a whole new ballgame: a third compartment containing an extra dip.The available combinations are Pizza and Nachos. The pizza flavour must be very good indeed becuase none of our local supermarkets ever have any left when I'm nosing round for lunchbox goodies. I managed to grab a couple of packs of Nachos while they were on buy one get one free, however (they normally retail at 65p each for an 80g tub). No doubt a small child went home empty-handed and bawling due to my actions. Heh, heh, heh.
You may have come to expect nachos to be triangular and bright yellow. Reverse those expectations now. In order to fit in their little plastic box, these guys are less than half the size of Doritos, and are also round. They're about the diameter of a 2p piece, a reassuringly natural-looking beigey brown in colour, and on their own don't taste of much; they're slightly salted, pleasant but nothing special. That's what the dips are for.I was not a Dairylea child. I was brought up in a household whose only cheese spread was the upmarket Laughing Cow, and indeed on holidays in France I was taught to call it La Vache Qui Rit for added snobbery value. When I've been feeling cheap and bought Dairylea instead, I found it quite plasticky and bland. But in combination with the nachos and salsa it's just right. Although it does have a distinctive cheesy taste of its own, its main function is to contrast with the salsa and tone it down, which it does admirably. With its thicker texture it serves to cement the salsa to the chips and prevent drippage, and the power of dairy products to counteract spicy foods is well-known.
Which brings me to the salsa. This is a bright red confection and very smooth. The smoothness is probably aimed at children; kids don't tend to like big lumps of onion or peppers appearing in their tomato sauce.
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