Friday 24 February 2012

Aussie Crunch Revival

A couple of weeks ago, I started my blog with one of my favourite bakes; Aussie Crunch. It’s pure nostalgia. Every bite takes me back to lacing up my roller skates, coming out of Horwich Leisure Centre with a wet pony tail after swimming lessons and leaning on a wall in the freezing cold in the school playground. I can remember the music I listened to, the clothes I wore and the friends I hung around with. It always came in a paper bag with a cellophane panel. The bag was always saturated with grease. It was there throughout my school days, but disappeared the minute I left.
Since then, I’ve tried ‘Aussie Crunch’ sold in several different sandwich shops. It’s just not the same. It’s often too thick, too dry or has chocolate with no taste. The genuine article is quite thin with firm edges and a slightly chewy centre. It has plenty of chocolate too. Please note, it should not break your teeth.
It seems I am not alone in my quest. Since posting the recipe, Horwich has stirred. It’s like everyone just remembered. I’ve already heard reports of it being made by followers on Twitter, by Amanda at Thyme Deli, Kay at The Salad Bowl and further chit chat reported in Greeley’s Butchers and Hair Associates… it even caught the attention of the local press. More and more people are tweeting me to say they’re making it at the weekend.
We have an Aussie Crunch revival on our hands. Long live the happy memories it recalls, and may more people discover it. I’d love to know if you’ve made it, and what comes flooding back! If you’re trying it for the first time, let me know what you think. Make sure you post your pictures on Twitter too!

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