Halloween has erupted in the United States, disrupting my plans for exploring more UK meals and British royal histories. For my curiosity about all things frightening in the UK has reared its head, demanding my attention. And it’s my full intention to explore it, to submerge myself in everything related to UK mystery and horror.
Bring Friends and Family to All Things Frightening in the UK
It’s also my intention to drag my husband along this dark road. For I’m a big scaredy-cat, and I’m usually frightened at things as small as theatrical horror stories. Real-life horror, such as Jack the Ripper, frightens me even more.
Therefore, since my husband finds entertainment in dark stories and horror movies, I hope he will protect me from my own imagination as we dive into all things frightening in the UK. I advise for all my readers to do the same. For the UK horror, especially the real-life horror, will make every dark corner ominous and every unknown noise mysteriously connected to serial killers who roam the streets.
Exploring the Age-Old Frights in All Things Frightening in the UK
It’s my suspicion many people who read this post will laugh at the age-old horror stories, fictional and reality-based, which we will explore and study. Nevertheless, I turn to these classics because of their great imprint on society around the world. If given enough time, we will explore the following books, movies, and histories:
Exploring these old tales and fables may lead me to learn more about America’s history and culture regarding Halloween and the supernatural. After all, a mere few months into studying about the UK has revealed much about how Americans have adopted and adapted UK customs and practices into their own culture. Why not Halloween?
“Share the Wealth!” Pertaining All Things Frightening in the UK
Based on Google’s Analytics, I realize that people who visit this blog know much more about the United Kingdom and its culture than I may ever know. And I ask, as someone who loves British books, films, foods, histories, and modern culture, for people to share their knowledge with me. Or, at least, to give me tips on where to find true, solid information about the UK.
Right now, I ask for information regarding all things frightening in the UK. If my readers know scary British authors or movie directors, then please, share the wealth! I will research and share with all my American friends who also enjoy all the frightening things imported to us from the UK.
Produced in 2014, The Imitation Game used several popular British actors and actresses to promote an ever-increasing, popular movement: LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) pride and accomplishment.
Provided below is a short summarization of the film and the message I gathered from the film’s making. Whether my readers agree with my analysis or not will hopefully provide for interesting and polite discussion in the comments below.
The Story Behind The Imitation Game
Set in the year 1939, Britain’s secret agency was looking to hire several men to help them break Nazi Germany’s Enigma. For those who don’t know, Enigma had to do with Nazi Germany’s coded communication method. The story revolved around one of the hired mathematicians, Alan Turing.
As the movie progressed, the viewers learned about Turing’s logical mind and antisocial behaviors. The producers made his homosexuality evident early in the movie. And downright blatant halfway through the movie in a scene between Turing and his fiance, whom Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley played.
Through political means, Turing managed to fire two of his co-workers to provide the funding for the machine he insisted would win the war. It was the first computer ever made. Eventually, after some toil and turmoil, the hired team and the machine decoded Nazi Germany’s Enigma.
As mentioned above, the producers emphasized on Turing’s homosexuality. They detailed a boyhood’s lost love, how the lost love affected his adult life, and the trials Turing underwent when convicted of indecent behavior. Ultimately, the movie portrayed Turing as a war hero and a victim before he committed suicide at 41 years of age.
The Politics Behind The Imitation Game
The film’s aesthetics, such as the sound score, were beyond lovely. However, the social and political messaging behind The Imitation Game were nauseating. Though I have heard of it done, never before had I seen a story so flagrantly flounce the simple contributions of a homosexual man.
Throughout the movie, I had been caught up in the story. I rooted for Turing in his job, related to him in his social awkwardness, and sympathised with him for his lost love. However, when the movie ended, I saw the politics. I saw how exaggerated everything was to make Turing look like a victimized hero, all due to his homosexuality.
Thankfully, I had watched this movie on Netflix instead of buying it. For while Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley may rank high on my favorites list, I dislike promoting political agendas. Everyone should have the option to believe in what they will.
My Recommendation on Watching The Imitation Game
If someone reading this blog post belongs to the LGBT community, then he or she will love this movie and should watch it. And anyone who accepts the LGBT community with open arms will also enjoy this movie. However, those who believe the Holy Bible as I do, should find something else to watch. This movie is all about gay pride.
Please, before someone slams me as being a homophobe, recognize that I accept any LGBT member as a friend. However, my beliefs prevent me from accepting their lifestyle. Therefore, I avoid, and advice others with similar beliefs, to avoid political agenda movies, such as The Imitation Game.
Thank you for reading. Please comment below on how stupid I am, or how I may have a point, or the excellent scenery and score in the movie, or more.
Greetings, fellow bookworms! I have a little secret to share. It’s about “The Reading Room.” At nine-years-old, I was introduced to the first novel in a series from one of the world’s greatest thinkers and authors. The book was The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and the author was C.S. Lewis.
From that day until now, I have collected over 1,000 novels, histories, devotionals, biographies, and children’s books. All ultimately resulting in the creation of the Reading Room. And British authors, past and current, have written nearly half of the books included in my library. To share and review them with my friends is my intent.
So, without further ado, allow me to introduce the latest category to Mary Loves the UK: The Reading Room!
What to Read for the Upcoming Quarter
To provide my readers with some topic range within my upcoming blog posts, I have chosen three different reading materials to review within the next three months. These materials include the following:
Julian Fellowes’s Belgravia, a historical novel
Roy and Lesley Adkins’s Jane Austen’s England – Daily Life in the Georgian and Regency Periods, a history book
BBC’s The Essential Doctor Who – Adventures in Space, a bookazine, printed in the UK
My Californian readers can find British reading material like these at local bookshops, such as the Avid Reader in Davis, or at club stores, such as Sam’s Club in Vacaville. If anyone has the will to join me in reading one (or all three!) of the above, please do! I would love to review these books and magazines as a group.
How to Join in the Discussions
To join in what I hope will become future book discussions, I recommend that my readers who have any interest follow these steps:
Follow me! Located on the bottom right-hand corner should be buttons where my readers can follow my blog, or me, on social media.
Choose the books of interest. No one needs to read every book with me. But, if any of my readers have a preference in the books listed to read, then please let me know!
Read every blog post on the books. I will attempt to write a thorough review on each chapter or section in the reading materials. Hopefully they will assist my readers in the discussion.
Answer the questions at the end of the blog posts. No one can have a discussion without questions! Therefore, though I cannot promise the best or most essential discussion questions, I will try to include some for every chapter to encourage discussion.
Have I managed to pique anyone’s interest? I hope so. Reading these British books is a treat I cannot deny myself, and one which I wish to share. But, please, if anyone has a preference as to which book or bookazine I should start reviewing in the Reading Room, let me know in the comment section below!
BBC’s Sherlock – series one, episode one, “A Study in Pink” – portrayed many aspects about the characters upon the second and third viewing. Continuing to watch the remaining episodes after the first viewing, though, required boredom, lack of funds, time off, and a family Netflix account. Since all four aspects applied to me, I viewed all four series, and my better knowledge about the characters made “A Study in Pink” much more interesting and insightful.
Doctor John Watson – The Man with Nerves of Steel
Writers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss immediately won the viewers over to Doctor John Watson when they showed the character suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Actor Martin Freeman’s portrayal of Dr. Watson’s pain and silent suffering instantly drew me in, having me beg for more about this distressed character.
Dr. Watson proved his courage and love for trouble with every passing character he met. His first meeting with Sherlock Holmes revealed his psychosomatic limp. Well, more accurately, Sherlock inferred to it, only to later reveal it to Dr. Watson. Throughout the episode, meeting each of Sherlock’s enemies and acquaintances, Dr. Watson proved steady during stress and unhinged during downtime. Sherlock was dead-on on analyzing his friend as a man with nerves of steel.
Inspector Lestrade – The Desperate Man
When viewers first saw Inspector Lestrade, he appeared stressed, worried, and unhappy. His oblivion about the murderer made him appear weak and incompetent before the reporters, and Sherlock only made him look worse. Later scenes would reveal Inspector Lestrade’s dependence on Sherlock to help him do his job.
On the other hand, Inspector Lestrade was an honest man. When Dr. Watson asked why he included Sherlock on his cases, he replied, “Because I’m desperate, that’s why!” After this admittance, he turned back to Dr. Watson from the flat’s doorway and said something that every viewer wants to believe: Sherlock is a great man, and someday he might be a good one. In so saying, Inspector Lestrade portrayed himself as optimistic and hopeful, a great side character to Sherlock and Dr. Watson.
Sergeant Donovan – Miss Negativity in Action
Sergeant Donovan could hardly make my skin crawl any more with her disgusting and unpardonable hatred and slanderous comments about the great, crime-solving genius, Sherlock Holmes.
The female law enforcement lead is the exact opposite of Inspector Lestrade. Whereas Lestrade portrays hope and admiration for Sherlock, Sergeant Donovan calls Sherlock names, warns off people from becoming his friend, and portrays a nasty attitude in general. I think at least some viewers would agree with me on the show’s ability to easily do without Sergeant Donovan.
Sherlock Holmes – The Psychopath with Crime-Solving Antics
“A Study in Pink” along with later episodes in later series revealed several references to Sherlock being a psychopath, something of little consequence to me. His delight in serial killers is little more than excitement in solving a difficult puzzle. Only, since Sherlock qualifies as a genius, finding a difficult puzzle for him requires more than the average jigsaw puzzle.
What can I say about the character on whom Dr. Watson centers on? Actor Benedict Cumberbatch plays Sherlock well in his fast speech and enthusiasm about solving difficult criminal cases. The writers also did well in giving Cumberbatch well-scripted insults, running scenes, and socially awkward scenes. Sherlock viewers either love or hate him. I love him, along with Dr. Watson.
Mycroft Holmes – The Most Dangerous Enemy
Dr. Watson showed great restraint in refraining from telling Sherlock to grow up when he learned Mycroft was Sherlock’s older brother instead of the most dangerous man Dr. Watson had ever met. However, Mycroft had brought Dr. Watson in for questioning. And though he failed to frighten Dr. Watson, he did show a flare for the dramatic, an obvious clue to his being related to Sherlock.
Mycroft will show up again and again in later episodes and series. The two brothers love each other, and their enemy status is nothing more than remaining childhood rivalry. Anyone who has watched all four series along with me will know his vital role in future episodes, saving Sherlock in more ways than one.
Molly and Moriarty – More Details to Come
Molly first appeared in her white lab coat. Mourning the loss of a kind colleague, she had an odd mix of horror and admiration for Sherlock when he took a riding crop and started whipping the dead man’s body. (This scene came from the actual story by Arthur Conan Doyle. Sherlock was experimenting on how bodies bruised.) She thus proceeded to apply some lipstick and ask Sherlock if he would like some coffee, of which he completely missed her meaning and continued on with his experiments.
Moriarty is merely mentioned at the very ending of “A Study in Pink.” A name means nothing. However, the name will eventually strike fear and anger in Sherlock’s heart whenever it arises. And it will arise frequently.
Who is your favorite character in the series? Do you take Sherlock’s side, or Sergeant Donovan’s side? Please comment below!
Spoilers! Discontinue this blog post if you have yet to view Doctor Who’s latest episode! Aired on June 24, 2017.
The skies loom dark…and smoggy…in the latest Doctor Who episode. In this 11th episode of season 10, viewers will mourn for Bill Potts, the fun and quirky companion. For in this episode, she meets an unexpected villain…and an unhappy end.
Why We Loved Doctor Who’s Bill Potts
As a member of the primitive human species, I had my doubts about a lesbian companion. However, my doubts disappeared after season’s 10 first episode. Bill Potts’s energy and enthusiasm found a secure place in my heart, and I looked forward to her adventures with the Doctor.
Pearl Mackie, who played Bill Potts, seemed to have a certain chemistry with Peter Capaldi. Representing two strong and independent personalities, they could sit and discuss differing opinions, yet relate in their social relationships. They were the quintessential friends.
What Bill Potts’s Ending Means to Me
Despair and horror may adequately describe how I feel about this episode’s conclusion. In his usual talented writing style, producer and writer Steven Moffat first charmed the viewers in the life Bill Potts’s lived in the spaceship’s bottom, then he brought in the villains.
With the Master converting Bill into a Cyberman and recruiting Missy to join his evil plans, the pain is real upon seeing and hearing Bill Potts reach out to the Doctor from her side among the villains. The fun and carefree adventures have come to an end. Now comes pain and misery for the Doctor…and the viewers.
The Hope to Which We Cling
Two Doctor Who characters have transformed into Cybermen, Bill Potts and Danny Pink. Both exhibited despair at their mortal flesh’s end, creating an interesting twist to the traditional Cybermen with their ability to feel. Nevertheless, this unexpected twist brings hope to the viewers for their beloved fictional friends.
If the Master has truly brought back the Cybermen, then the Doctor may have the ability to turn the Cybermen into good guys. Or, at least, bring back the characters whom we loved. If Bill and Danny came back, then maybe there is hope for some of the Doctor’s companions.
Will We See Bill Potts Ever Again?
Please answer us, BBC America! We feel like we have lost a good friend in Bill Potts, and we want her back. Please make it so our beloved characters can come back from the dark side and join ranks with the Doctor once more. Show that good can triumph over evil.
Thank you for reading. Please share your favorite memories with Bill Potts below. Take your time, though. I myself may need to watch the season again before I can adequately answer that question.
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!
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 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!
“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
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
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.
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:
The Potter Family
Myron Wagtail & Heathcote Barbary
Madam Rolanda Hooch
Donaghan Tremlett & Myron Wagtail
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 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.
“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.
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.
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?
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.
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
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 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
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.
“Jelly Babies were Tom Baker’s favorite!” exclaimed my fiancé. “I’ve been wanting to try them for ages. I think David Tennant likes them, too.”
What are Jelly Babies?
For those who’ve lost touch with popular British television, Tom Baker and David Tennant are the two most favored Doctors known in the over-50-years-old BBC television series called Doctor Who.
Jelly Babies, self-described on Gerrit J. Verburg packaging as gourmet English style sweets, are jelly candies that come in various bright colors and fruit flavors, such as orange, lemon, and grape.
A Short History on How I Learned about Them
Alex, my soon-to-be-husband, told me about these colorful candies early on in our relationship, an icebreaker for our anxieties and common-ground for our self-declared loyalties to Doctor Who.
When Alex and I stumbled across this candy, my fiancé positively jumped for joy and immediately began talking about how for years he has visited stores without ever spotting a single bag of Jelly Babies. Never, until that day.
But before I disclose the stupendous store that carries this coveted candy, allow me to provide a short background on how Alex and I ended up at this store:
To celebrate my upcoming marriage, a friend from work collaborated with my maid-of-honor in throwing me a bridal shower. The theme was a tea party, or simply phrased, afternoon tea.
“Oh, so the hostesses tried to resemble a British tea party with Jelly Babies,” one might think. Nope! The hostesses introduced something different to me that day: clotted cream, a luxurious and delicious blend from a nearby tea house.
My mother and I came home from the bridal shower raving about the clotted cream. In fact, I enjoyed the clotted cream so much, I searched the Internet to find a nearby store who carried the product. We avoided the tea house, for it exceeded our budget.
The Big Revealing
Wishing to try this new food product, Alex drove me to the store to buy the cream. The store carried only Double Devon Cream that day – which I will speak more on in a later post – but at Cost Plus World Market, we found Jelly Babies!
That’s right, Cost Plus World Market carries the classic British candy. The market sold the Gerrit J. Verburg brand, where the chews come in a resealable bag. Although, be warned, the seal may separate from the bag. To solve this issue when it happened to me, I used a chip clip.
Everyone who wishes to experience a little British culture while confined in the States should try this delectable treat. Albeit, the brand sold at Cost Plus makes the product in and sells from Fenton, Michigan, but as a girl who can only dream about visiting the United Kingdom, they do just nicely.
My Opinion about Jelly Babies
Oh! And my opinion about their taste is chewy, yet satisfying. They look like little gummi bears, but they have a slightly tougher consistency. Sugar abounds in this small treat, yet the fruity flavors give the candy its true pizzazz. And the candy design? Adorable!