Month: April 2017

Top Three Reasons to Try Harry Potter Jelly Slugs at Jelly Belly Co.

Top Three Reasons to Try Harry Potter Jelly Slugs at Jelly Belly Co.

Harry Potter Jelly Slugs came out after Harry Potter Bertie Bott’s Beans. Jelly Belly Company produced them around the same time as Harry Potter Chocolate Frogs. As Jelly Belly describes Harry Potter Jelly Slugs online, there are five different fruit-flavored gummis that delight every Harry Potter fan.

Unfortunately for me, many months expired before I found out about these delightful treats. And some time expired between learning about them and having the money to purchase any for myself. However, just a short-while ago, the knowledge and the money combined. Here are the top three reasons to try Harry Potter Jelly Slugs.

Reason One: Because Jelly Slugs are in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets!

Harry Potter Jelly Slugs popping out of the book!

I’d rather not dwell on the issue that caused the curse, or how the curse backfired. But here is an excerpt on where Jelly Slugs originated from in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets:

Flint had to dive in front of Malfoy to stop Fred and George jumping on him, Alicia shrieked, “How dare you!”, and Ron plunged his hand into his robes, pulled out his wand, yelling, “You’ll pay for that one, Malfoy!” and pointed it furiously under Flint’s arm at Malfoy’s face.

A loud bang echoed around the stadium and a jet of green light shot out of the wrong end of Ron’s wand, hitting him in the stomach and sending him reeling backward onto the grass.

“Ron! Ron! Are you all right?” squealed Hermione.

Ron opened his mouth to speak, but no words came out. Instead he gave an almighty belch and several slugs dribbled out of his mouth onto his lap.

~ J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Poor, poor Ron had intended to defend Hermione’s honor, only to shame himself. However! Thanks to his backfired curse, Harry Potter fans can now enjoy Harry Potter Jelly Slugs!

Reason Two: Because Harry Potter Jelly Slugs Come in Five Delicious Flavors!

Jelly Slugs have five different fruit flavors.

Jelly Belly Company does its best to hide the flavors from buyers. But since I’ve bought a package, I’ll share them with my readers. There are five flavors:

  • Pear – a light green slug
  • Sour Cherry – a red slug
  • Tangerine – an orange slug
  • Watermelon – a dark green slug
  • Banana – a yellow slug

When offered to my father, he picked a sour cherry. To my amusement, he said it tasted like a cough drop from the olden days. Alex agreed, but he said it was a good taste. And I agreed with Alex, for the slug tasted delectable, as did all the variously flavored slugs.

Reason Three: To Spread Joy to All Harry Potter Fans!

I was wrong! Jelly Belly Company has locations all throughout the United States! And the company will ship anywhere! Therefore, if any reader wishes to indulge in the Harry Potter world, or immerse his or her friends in it, then visit the local Jelly Belly store.

The Harry Potter product line serves well to engage the Millennial generation and their children’s imagination. Bertie Bott’s Beans, Chocolate Frogs, and Jelly Slugs also serve well as gifts. So, go ahead! Indulge in a little British-inspired candy!

Where to Find and Collect Harry Potter’s Chocolate Frogs in Northern California

Where to Find and Collect Harry Potter’s Chocolate Frogs in Northern California

“Why would I ever bother to collect some fiction’s chocolate?” someone who’s never read Harry Potter might ask. These unfortunate souls miss out on the real reason to find Harry Potter’s Chocolate Frogs: To collect every single magical card of all the famous Harry Potter witches and wizards in the real world!

How I First Found Harry Potter‘s Chocolate Frogs

Chocolate Frogs are found in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

It was Memorial Day weekend in the year 2016. Alex and I both had the day off, but we struggled to find something to do. We put our heads together and searched through our memories to recall things on our fun to-do list. And we remembered the Jelly Belly Factory, a place neither of us had ever visited. So, off we went!

Tour employees were present at the factory. The actual factory workers had the day off. So, as tours go, we had more fun in each other’s company than viewing the videos and stilled machines. After quickly walking through, we arrived at the Jelly Belly tasting counter and the visitor’s store.

Alex tried variously flavored Jelly Bellies, going through the line two times for a total of six beans. I separated from the crowd and headed straight toward a sign with the Harry Potter logo. And there, in the lower half of the shelf tower, were Harry Potter‘s Chocolate Frogs!

Harry Potter‘s Chocolate Frogs and What I Found Out

As the months wore on, more Chocolate Frogs found their way into our home.

Seeing the Chocolate Frogs at the Jelly Belly Factory made me leap for joy. Soon, Alex found me in my excited state and offered to buy me one Harry Potter Chocolate Frog. I kissed him for his sweetness, and I soon was in the car, tearing open the Harry Potter‘s Chocolate Frog package. My collection started with Rubeus Hagrid, the Hogwarts’s gamekeeper.

A week passed. My excitement over the Harry Potter card was still high and flying. To increase my new collection, I asked Alex to drive us to the nearest Jelly Belly store to see if it carried Harry Potter‘s Chocolate Frogs. He smiled and obliged me.

A sweet treat and a new card.

To our surprise, the store not only carried the item, but it sold them for a dollar cheaper than the Jelly Belly Factory. All the same, at 2.99 dollars per Chocolate Frog, I wanted to be smart. So, I only bought one. That day, my excitement died when I opened the package and found another Rubeus Hagrid card.

Eight months later would alert me to the coincidence in the cards being the same.

What’s So Great About Harry Potter‘s Chocolate Frogs

Along with the delicious Chocolate Frog – which, unfortunately, stays in place instead of jumping out the window – comes collectible cards about famous witches and wizards in Harry Potter. Many names are included in the collection:

My Chocolate Frog collection…so far…
  • Gilderoy Lockhart
  • Madam Pince
  • The Potter Family
  • Rubeus Hagrid
  • Voldemort
  • Severus Snape
  • Myron Wagtail & Heathcote Barbary
  • Filius Flitwick
  • Pomona Sprout
  • Madam Rolanda Hooch
  • Donaghan Tremlett & Myron Wagtail
  • Quirinus Quirrell
  • Mr. Ollivander
  • Albus Dumbledore
  • Minerva McGonagall
  • Orsino Thruston & Myron Wagtail

On the backside of the magical 3D picture is a description about the witch or wizard. Like the students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry Potter fans in the real world can buy, trade, and collect their favorite witches and wizards!

What I Later Learned About Harry Potter‘s Chocolate Frogs

Harry Potter‘s Chocolate Frogs

Harry Potter‘s Wizarding World at Universal Studios carries Chocolate Frogs. Based on what I hear, the Chocolate Frogs come in a pentagon-shaped box with a pentagon-shaped card. To collect these cards, fans must either go to Universal Studios or order the Chocolate Frogs online. As of yet, I personally can only dream about buying and trading this surely wonderful collection.

As for now, I encourage every Harry Potter fan and their children to go to the nearest Jelly Belly store and pick up some Chocolate Frogs. If fans wish to buy a box, they can go to JellyBelly.com and purchase 6, 24, or more Chocolate Frogs at once! They are loads of fun for every Harry Potter fan and make wonderful gifts, too.

Pearl Mackie Shines in Doctor Who’s “The Pilot”

Pearl Mackie Shines in Doctor Who’s “The Pilot”

“A homosexual companion!” cried the Christian-conservative woman. “Doctor Who is ruined!”

Many conservative Americans felt this way about their beloved BBC America show Doctor Who. They whined and complained and said they would never watch the newest companion. However, the tenth series first episode finally arrived. And every Doctor Who fan sat down to watch.

Actress Pearl Mackie proved the American conservatives undeniably and irrefutably wrong.

Introducing Pearl Mackie as Doctor Who‘s New Companion

Knowing the new companion to be homosexual, I expected a very extroverted, flamboyant and lovable character. Someone like Ezra Miller’s character in The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Pearl Mackie’s character, named Bill, is someone wholly different.

Pearl Mackie as Bill and love interest Heather.

Bill smiled at the mysterious and the unknown. She pursued people who interested her, predominantly blonde young women. Courage and curiosity convinced her to chase down the mysterious Doctor and the odd Nardole. She worked in the cafeteria, and she portrayed confidence in her own person.

Ezra Miller played a lovable character, but Pearl Mackie captured the screen. Bill was down-to-earth and easy to relate to. The Doctor asked her to his office almost in a way to offer friendship, for she had few friends. To state simply, Pearl Mackie played Bill as a typical and likable person.

Why Pearl Mackie Fits Perfectly as the Doctor’s Companion

Jenna Coleman played Clara as the Doctor’s potential love interest. When River Song said goodbye to Matt Smith’s Doctor, Clara turned into the confused companion who didn’t know whether to act like a love interest or a standoffish friend. Peter Capaldi’s Doctor solidified Clara’s role as nothing more than a friend.

New companion Bill and the Doctor

Pearl Mackie played Bill as a young woman only interested in other young women as love interests. Therefore, her role immediately solidified as the Doctor’s friend and nothing more. Different than Jenna Coleman, Pearl Mackie adds an edge to her new companion role with her character’s quirks and boldness. She played – and she will continue to play – someone whom the Doctor can have fun with.

What American Viewers Hope to See in Upcoming Doctor Who Episodes

Series nine definitely had a serious and somewhat morbid tone. The 2016 Doctor Who Christmas episode changed the tone completely with its American superhero. I, along with my friends and family, hope this lighthearted change will continue. After all, we thought the British viewed this wildly popular show as something for children. So shouldn’t it be lighthearted?

New companion Bill in the TARDIS

Pearl Mackie has brought a lighter tone to the series. Though she acts well in dark circumstances, her courage and talkative nature stand out starkly to Peter Capaldi’s Doctor. A change that the show badly needed to keep their viewers interested. If only they can look beyond her love interests.

One thing is for certain: I will gleefully watch Peter Capaldi as the Doctor and Pearl Mackie as the new companion as the new series unfolds. New writers with new characters will grace the screen with new adventures. And as long as American fans can keep open-minded, then they too will love the newest season of the best BBC America series.

TWININGS English Breakfast Tea – An Exemplary Loose Leaf Tea

TWININGS English Breakfast Tea – An Exemplary Loose Leaf Tea

Seeing the loose leaf Twinings English Breakfast Tea was love at first sight.

As Alex and I pushed our shopping cart down Walmart Neighborhood’s Market’s aisles, we stopped at the tea bag section. During previous visits, the tea bag selections were severely limited in options, missing many items on the shelf. But Walmart had restocked every tea selection since then, enabling us to find Twinings’s collectible English Breakfast Tea container.

Selecting the Correct TWININGS English Breakfast Tea

TWININGS English Breakfast Tea loose leaf style.

Walmart Neighborhood Market presented us with a happy dilemma. Should I buy the Twinings English Breakfast Tea in the tea bag style? Or should I try the loose leaf style? The logical solution was the tea bag style, for I was unable to brew the loose leaf style. But, oh, the collectible Twinings English Breakfast Tea container! The packaging made the dilemma an easy choice.

With great joy, I snatched up a well-intact Twinings container and plopped it into our shopping cart. My choice required me to add a tea strainer or tea ball to the shopping list, to enjoy the tea at home. So, once Alex and I had finished selecting our food items, we looked for the tea strainer or tea ball, and we found none. “Off to another store then!” I said.

Where Walmart Neighborhood Market Fails, Walmart Superstore Picks Up

A tea ball for the loose leaf tea.

Nugget Markets was the next nearest store, so we hoped to find some tea strainer or tea ball there. But alas, my favorite store carried tea spoons and coffee mugs, but no tea strainers or tea balls. “We’ll try Walmart, the regular store,” said my fiance. So off we went.

Once inside the ever-crowded discount store, we traversed the long way around the store until we came across the kitchen utensil section. Alex and I separated, searching for the item up and down the aisles. He spotted it first. “Found it!” Alex said. With rising excitement, I went to him and looked at the spot where he pointed, and I smiled to see the tea ball.

Brewing TWININGS English Breakfast Tea with the Tea Ball

Pouring boiling water into a tea cup with a tea ball.

The hook on the tea ball’s end confused me. What did it hook to? I wondered. Alex did some research, and based on his findings, we were to fill the tea ball and place it in a tea kettle. I owned only a whistling tea kettle, located on the stove top, and I didn’t know if the tea ball could handle a kettle on the stove.

Instead, I only partially filled the tea ball, and placed it in my tea cup. Alex kindly poured some boiling water into the tea cup, and the loose leaf tea brewed smooth and dark. Within around five minutes, I had breakfast with a cup of Twinings English Breakfast Tea loose leaf style.

Personal Opinion on TWININGS English Breakfast Tea Loose Leaf Style

Flavorful and rich, the Twinings English Breakfast Tea in the loose leaf style is right up there with PG Tips! As stated in a previous post, PG Tips currently stand as my favorite tea. However, having drunk this Twinings loose leaf tea several times, I may change my mind. Both black teas are superb and worthy of a try!

So if looking for something to look forward to in the morning, consider purchasing some black loose leaf tea from Twinings. The flavor stimulates the tongue, body, and mind, and the container is adorable. It’s an overall pleasantly British experience!

Exploring British Marmalade – Chivers Olde English Marmalade

Exploring British Marmalade – Chivers Olde English Marmalade

During one late night excursion through Nugget Markets, Alex and I spotted and snagged an imported item from Cambridge, England: Chivers Olde English Marmalade. I slathered some on my English muffin the very next morning.

About Chivers Olde English Marmalade

Make sure to read the label on proper Olde English Marmalade.

According to the label on the jar, this particular marmalade brand originated from Chivers & Sons, located in Cambridge, England. The jar’s label and lid depict a coat of arms, the message inside indicating the company’s establishment in the year 1873.

On the label’s side, Alex and I took delight in seeing Edinburgh, a UK address, and the bold-lettered message, ” PRODUCT OF THE UK.”  I also took some pleasure in seeing how the product contained low calories, no fat, and little sodium, as portrayed on the label’s side.

How to Use Chivers Olde English Marmalade

Grocers and food markets who import and sell this brand in the United States recognize the company Chivers and Sons as a purveyor of fine jams and desserts. Since Chivers Olde English Marmalade uses only pure fruit, it makes for a sweet and healthy treat.

The company recommends using the product within six weeks of opening, for the marmalade contains zero preservatives. Several sites recommend spreading the marmalade on buttered toast, to add a tangy flavor in a British breakfast.

A Personal Opinion on Chivers Olde English Marmalade

An English breakfast, strong and tart.

As usual, being completely and woefully ignorant of how to use the marmalade before trying it, I spread the so-called-sweet spread on a plain English muffin. I should have buttered it first. Buttering the muffin may have added more flavor to the breakfast, for I didn’t find the marmalade very sweet.

To be perfectly honest, I considered Chivers Olde English Marmalade to have a rather bitter taste. I could certainly taste the fruit and the high quality ingredients. But I’m accustomed to America’s sweeter jams. Eating British marmalade for breakfast would require getting used to.

Oh! And a strong cup of PG Tips. Proper English breakfast tea helped immensely with this rather tart meal.

My Recommendation

All tastes differ. Therefore, I recommend for everyone to drop by their nearest multicultural market and purchase Chivers Olde English Marmalade, or to order some on an online market. With a strong, black tea to balance out the meal, the marmalade tastes great on toast.

Go ahead! Grab some toast, butter, black tea, and marmalade, and enjoy an English breakfast!

Breaking News! Cost Plus World Market Has Restocked English Luxury Clotted Cream!

Breaking News! Cost Plus World Market Has Restocked English Luxury Clotted Cream!

What Transpired

  • At half past one o’clock in the afternoon, Mary placed her dirty cleaning rag in the laundry bin and clocked out from work.
  • Ten minutes later, she met her fiance at her house, where they decided to grab a bite to eat and do some shopping.
  • Between half past two and half past three pm, they spotted the English Luxury Clotted Cream at Cost Plus World Market.

What Feelings Came to Pass

Hidden in a corner was a delectable treat…

Was I so glad to be wrong! If anyone who stumbled across this post has read my earlier post about Double Devon Cream at Cost Plus World Market, then he or she knows the great disappointment Alex and I experienced with the store’s English cream selection. This time was different!

Hidden in the top cupboard of the small food items’s bottom shelf was the long-coveted English Luxury Clotted Cream. Though we had searched in this section in an earlier visit to the store, this particular location must have run out of stock on the delectable treat. There was hope in Cost Plus World Market’s collection after all!

Chagrin played a major role in my feelings, for I have misinformed others on the company’s reliability in their multicultural selections. Although, some evidence gathered today also proves how some product origin labels may differ from the products’s manufacturing countries. More on that later.

What was Found

To be tried later with tea…
For the next time we enjoy British bangers…

Cost Plus World Market had imported many, many food products from England, Ireland, and Scotland. And, if the United States had manufactured the items, the items at least claimed to be a United Kingdom product. (The same applied for the products representing other countries.)

Alex snapped the photos displayed in this blog post. Some of the products we bought today. Others we plan to purchase when we have more money. Our experiences with these products we will share with you at a later date!

 

Our Conclusion

Soft drinks for later…
What in the world do we eat this with…?

Nugget Markets still reigns supreme as the multicultural market to shop at in Northern California. However, due to our experiences today, Cost Plus World Market comes to a solid second in providing multicultural foods to purchase and enjoy.

Prices are higher than the discount grocery stores, such as Walmart Neighborhood Market, but they remain reasonable. My soon-to-be-husband and I will remain loyal customers to Nugget Markets and Cost Plus World Market to satisfy our need to explore different cultures.

And for me to write this blog about all things in the UK!

Number One Grocery Chain in Northern California – Nugget Markets

Number One Grocery Chain in Northern California – Nugget Markets

Thank you, Stille family members, for your hard work and excellent service in providing customers like me with unique and multicultural shopping experiences. With you and your Nugget Markets, I have found quality British products and more to try and enjoy.

Getting to Know Nugget Markets

When I learned of my mistake in buying Double Devon Cream instead of Luxury Clotted Cream at Cost Plus World Market, I sat at home and sulked a bit. “Where would I find true British clotted cream?” I asked myself. And within a couple days, the answer came to me: Nugget Markets!

The Stille family

Mack and William Stille founded Nugget Markets in 1926 in Northern California, specifically in the Sacramento Valley. They branched out into cities such as Davis, CA and Vacaville, CA. Family continues to operate the business under Eric Stille’s leadership and Kate Stille’s help in marketing and communications.

Nugget Markets serves customers with their various health needs, serving vegan, non -dairy, gluten-free, and similar products. They even import products from countries such as Great Britain, Ireland, Israel, France, Germany, and more to provide their customers with multicultural experiences.

Why I Love Nugget Markets

Without help from the Stille family and their outstanding grocery chain, I would never have experienced genuine British food at this point in my life. Now, thanks to the market’s clarity in labeling their imported items, I have the sense to look at online British markets and consider purchasing their products as well.

Nugget Markets has a layout, gorgeous and attractive, to draw in the customers. The dark wood paneling attracts attention to the brightly colored food items, such as fruits, veggies, and baked goods. Personal care items, such as locally-made soap and Philippine shower scrubs, also call out for customers’ attention.

With the exception of one rude young man, the customer service at the locations are helpful and kind. The clerks provide quick service when needed, and they keep the stores exceptionally clean. My fiance and I visited a location late one evening, expecting them to be closed, but they stay open late!

Why Write about a Northern California Chain?

Local cheese section in Woodland location.

Okay, you caught me: Nugget Markets is strictly American in nature. However! I have found many British, Irish, and Scottish products at this Californian store, many imported, and plan to buy and write about them in this blog.

So, if any reader wishes to try some British cuisine, and they live in the Sacramento Valley, then Nugget Markets is the place to go. The Stille family provides unique and memorable experiences with their wide product variety.

Double Devon Cream Found at Cost Plus World Market

Double Devon Cream Found at Cost Plus World Market

Double Devon Cream is different than English Luxury Clotted Cream.

In an earlier blog post, I mentioned how my bridal shower spurred me on to search for English Clotted Cream in local retail markets. My hurried research introduced me to Luxury Clotted Cream and Double Devon Cream, two products very similar, but different, to each other.

During this search, I found a means to order the Luxury Clotted Cream via an online marketplace, but I refused to wait two or more days during the shipment. So, I searched specifically for the English Luxury Clotted Cream in stores around my central area.

Cost Plus World Market and Their British Products

Double Devon Cream next to a gift from my bridal shower.

To know exactly who messed up in creating the SEO for Cost Plus World Market’s Double Devon Cream in an online search is something I have yet to learn. However, when my Internet search showed an image for Luxury Clotted Cream, advertising its location at Cost Plus World Market, it messed up big time.

The nearest Cost Plus World Market carried only Double Devon Cream, and the Luxury Clotted Cream didn’t even have an empty slot in the store’s shelves, even though their website advertised otherwise.

Later experiences at different stores revealed the unreliability of actual British food and miscellaneous British products being available at Cost Plus World Market…though we still would shop there despite this fact.

Double Devon Cream and Homemade Blueberry Preserves

A scone with Double Devon Cream and blueberry preserves.

In my confusion, I went ahead and purchased the Double Devon Cream 5.6 ounce jar. Thoughts of how I must have misunderstood what I read online about the two products and how they must be the same filled my mind.

Alex had recently received two mason jars filled with his friend’s mom’s homemade blueberry preserves. However, my parents, Alex, and I first tried the Double Devon Cream on its own on buttery scones. My mother and I immediately and adamantly pronounced its inferiority to the clotted cream at the bridal shower. So, we tried the cream with the blueberry preserves.

The transformation from something barely edible to a mouthwatering delectable treat occurred with everyone. Soon, my family and friends were making requests for scones with Double Devon Cream and blueberry preserves.

A Personal Opinion on Double Devon Cream

The special-ordered clotted cream at my bridal shower was creamy and sweet, something to eat on a scone by itself. This Double Devon Cream had an entirely different taste and texture, which might truly be closer to what British citizens eat. I only wish I knew.

Somerdale Double Devon Cream tastes like unsweetened cream made from cow’s milk, a radical difference from the clotted cream’s sweet flavor at the bridal shower. The consistency was also hard and crumbly, unlike the clotted cream’s creaminess.

Blueberry preserves, strawberry jam, or any other sweet jam makes this British product a delight. All it takes is a little imagination. Blueberries and cream on a buttery and flaky scone, a combination made in heaven.

Four Out of Five Stars for Double Devon Cream

Sweet treats with solid drinks.

Overall, I recommend this product to everyone! However, I recommend doing a proper search on how to best eat this product. The Somerdale jar made a recommendation, which I knew once I actually took the time to read the labels. And it recommended strawberry jam. Do the British really prefer strawberry over any other jam?

At Cost Plus World Market, the Somerdale Double Devon Cream costs 7.99 dollars. A price that beats the Luxury Clotted Cream price by far. So, if the reader cares to have some cream on his or her scones and wishes to save on cost, then this product fits the bill.

Double Devon Cream – The Poor Man’s Substitute for English Luxury Clotted Cream.

How We Cook British Bangers and Mash in the USA

How We Cook British Bangers and Mash in the USA

I freely confess to my ignorance of British bangers and mash. Clueless. Confused. Mystified. When my father mentioned them at the dinner table, nothing but a large question mark appeared in my head.

American breakfast sausage, Italian sausage, and low-fat turkey sausage are familiar to me. I’ve tried them all, particularly enjoying the flavorful Italian sausages, and eat them somewhat regularly. In regard to British bangers, I might have remained in ignorance for far longer without Alex’s knowledge and observation.

How We Came Across the British Bangers

What we found at Walmart’s Neighborhood Market.

My parents had left for a business trip, leaving Alex and me to fend for ourselves in the kitchen. That left one thing for us to do: go grocery shopping at Walmart’s Neighborhood Market!

We picked up several items for our favorite homemade dishes, including spinach tortillas, ranch dressing, and chicken breasts. Since we had time on our hands, we also meandered through the aisles, observing the items on the selves.

The fruit and veggie section led to the precooked food section, and the precooked food section led to the sausage section. And there, tucked away on a top, refrigerated shelf, were Saag’s British Style Bangers!

Alex spotted them first. “Ooh!” he said, and he turned to grab my attention. At first, I was confused as to his excitement in the sausage section, but I looked up to where he pointed, and then it was me who squealed in excitement.

British-Style Bangers, Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and Pork and Beans.

How to Cook British Bangers and Mash

How did one eat British Style Bangers? Alex and I had to do some research to learn how to prepare the British bangers we bought. Were they a breakfast food? What served as good side dishes?

My computer-savvy fiance soon found out to cook the British bangers with mashed potatoes and baked beans, and to serve them for dinner. So we searched the cupboards, excited to find some instant garlic mashed potato bags and some Pork and Beans. We set to work.

British Style Bangers being grilled with butter.

Alex melted some butter on a grilling pan and grilled the British Style Bangers. We heated up the Pork and Beans in a separate pan, and I used the microwave to create the instant garlic mashed potatoes. We skipped the gravy, because I’m persnickety about that brown stuff.

How to Serve British Bangers and Mash

Again, thanks to my fiance and his technology research skills, we knew how to serve the British bangers and mash. We had two options on how to serve the baked beans, so we chose the following method:

British bangers and mash served for dinner.

First, I laid down a somewhat even layer of garlic mashed potatoes. Since we had four British bangers, I placed two on top of the mashed potatoes. Finally, I placed some heated baked beans in-between the bangers, on top of the mashed potatoes.

To my delight, Alex called the plate “beautiful.”

An Opinion on How British Bangers and Mash Taste

My father had warned me that since I cared little for homemade steak, potatoes, and gravy, I would probably dislike British food. He might have been right.

Saag’s British Style Bangers tasted like mild American breakfast sausage. These bangers came from pork, so the similarity makes sense.

Mixed together, the dish was enjoyable enough. Separated from the baked beans and garlic mashed potatoes, the British Style Bangers would have been too bland.

Overall, I would recommend trying bangers and mash in the United Kingdom. Saag’s, which makes their products in the United States, only will please those with milder tastes.

Harry Potter’s Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans at Real-Life Jelly Belly

Harry Potter’s Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans at Real-Life Jelly Belly

What feels like many, many years ago, I stepped out with my mother on a rare window shopping trip meant purely for entertainment. We wandered the nearby factory outlets and eventually found ourselves in a Jelly Belly shop. On this particular shopping trip, I squealed in delight as I discovered for the first time Harry Potter‘s Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans.

Experiencing Harry Potter‘s Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans

Harry Potter‘s Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans found at Jelly Belly.

This discovery occurred early on when the Jelly Belly Factory had only created Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans in their Harry Potter product line. Needless to say, my excitement softened my mother’s heart, so she bought me one small package of the beans.

Tasting the beans for the first time, I slowly consumed the beans while reading the latest Harry Potter book. The flavors ranged widely. Some had a delightful, fruity flavor, much like a regular Jelly Belly bean. Others had come straight from the Wizarding World, such booger, bacon, and vomit.

Every bean brought me straight to the Wizarding World’s heart, straight to my love for the series as a tween and on. The Harry Potter product line gave me a reason to frequent Jelly Belly, whereas no reason had existed before.

Why Parents Should Buy Harry Potter’s Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans for Their Children

Harry Potter product line at Jelly Belly, packaged and sealed.

Harry Potter came to America during my elementary school years. My sixth grade teacher, an amazing 26-years-old, single, and feisty woman, read The Sorcerer’s Stone to us, her students. She pre-ordered The Chamber of Secrets so she could read it to us before anyone else as well.

This teacher inspired imagination, encouraged love for the weird and extraordinary in the first millennials. And considering how well University Studio’s Wizarding World is doing, these same millennials are also likely teaching their own children to love Harry Potter.

Consequently, to delight and encourage imagination in their children, parents should buy them Harry Potter‘s Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans. The flavors quell harsh reality, surpass mere fun, and enter into awe and wonder.

Concluding Remarks on Initial Product in Jelly Belly’s Harry Potter Line

In The Sorcerer’s Stone, where Harry Potter‘s Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans first appeared.

Why would a 30-year-old millennial talk about her enjoyment in Harry Potter – inspired products? Because they’re British!

Granted, the Jelly Belly Factory is located in Fairfield, California, but the beloved series originated from a British author, J.K. Rowling. Therefore, these delightful beans qualify in this poor American’s mind as a delectable treat from the United Kingdom. And she encourages every other Harry Potter fan to try them as well.