Rant Of The Day THIS RANT 20/04/98

Rant Of The Day is where I get to mouth off about whatever I feel like for however long I like. Theoretically, I'll update my whinge/opinion piece every weekday; in practice, maybe not so often.

Whatever happened to sherbet?

Sherbet is one of those confectionery products which was sometimes better as a concept than as a reality. I remember watching Bill chow down on sherbet through a licorice straw in the early episodes of The Goodies and thinking that it would be a really cool thing to do. The reality -- as I rediscovered last year when Spanky The Naughty Little Monkey managed to track down some excess supplies of old 70s sherbet -- is that the straw clogs up really quickly and you're left with no means of eating the stuff other than sucking it off the ends of your fingers. This is fun, but somewhat stickifying.

Fortunately, the predominant sherbet brand for donkey's years was Wizz Fizz, the stuff that came in the brightly-coloured packets with Disney characters and included a plastic spoon for ease of eating. I very occasionally see this around in better Woolworths stores, but it too seems to be going the way of the dinosaur.

The future for sherbet seems to be the package we see pictured at right. I'll admit my initial interest in this product was sparked by the fact that the insane clown pictured on the front of the packet is known as 'Gross Gus'. Let me assure Gusworld's readers that I did not in fact model for this picture. I'm also pleased to report that once you get past the frankly hideous packaging, the sherbet is much the same as ever. Of course, if you're going to binge on this stuff, I recommend having plenty of water present.

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