Rant Of The Day THIS RANT 26/07/96

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.

Free food at railway stations

One of the less-promoted benefits of catching the train to work is that you get lots of free food samples flung at you as you pass through the pensioner-trap gates. In the two-and-a-half years that I've worked in my current building, I've been the recipient of soups, Fishermen's Friends, newly-launched ice-creams, rather dodgy-looking noodles and more packets of Kellog's Just Right cereal than would suggest a really successful product.

This morning, it was the turn of Nestle, who were giving away packets of a low-calorie drink substitute called Choco Lite (geddit?) to anyone who cared and even more people who didn't. 'Reduced Fat - 80 calories per serve!' the label proclaimed (check on the right if you don't believe me).

Now, this is not necessarily An Good Thing. Chocolate drinks are meant to have lots of calories. If you want to go on a diet (the key word here is 'want', not 'feel pressured to starve by crap magazines and TV programs'), eat lettuce.

Despite some misgivings, though, a free chocolate drink is a free chocolate drink, so, on behalf of the Gusworld constituency, I have tried the beverage. The verdict? As these things go, it's not bad. It manages to partially simulate that creamy texture you want from a chocolate drink, although there's a slightly bitter taste left by the phenylalanine, and (like most chocolate drinks) no matter how much you stir it there's still a big clump of goo at the bottom of the mug when you finish.

Would I buy it? Probably not. Would I take another free one? Of course. But then again, who wouldn't?

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