No copier (erpillar) allowed – The Oxford Student
Image Description: Chocolate Yule Log with smarties on top and cute white chocolate face, surrounded by miniature versions
As a student, it makes sense to shop off-brand: saving your student loan to spend at pubs, bars, and balls is of paramount importance, and with off-brand food, you rarely can. Taste the difference. However, in my opinion, there is one food for which no alternative can suffice …
The Colin the Caterpillar cake from Marks and Spencer.
How not to give the humble Colin the ode he deserves? For my part, I have many happy childhood memories of the Hunger Games style duel with my siblings for Colin’s white chocolate face and feet – frankly, it’s a British rite of passage to eat a Colin the caterpillar on your birthday, at parties with friends, and supposedly at work parties too.
For those who don’t know what I’m talking about, I thought I’d provide a brief description of the creator himself, M&S:
“This creamy chocolate chenille sponge roll is filled with a smooth chocolate buttercream and is covered with a milk chocolate shell. It has a decorative face and white chocolate feet with sugar coated milk chocolate chips all over the back.
Yes, you heard right ; not only is it a chocolate cake, but it’s shaped like a caterpillar and it’s called Colin. What more could you ask for from a birthday cake?
Clearly for most of the UK – nothing; researching the long and illustrious history of Colin la Chenille cake, I discovered that Colin la Chenille has actually been a national treasure for about 30 years (it was first sold in 1990), much longer than I have am alive, and 15 million have been sold. There are also now spin-offs featuring packets of white chocolate faces (end of family disputes ?!), a massive version of the cake, Mini Colin the Caterpillar bites, and Colin’s Girlfriend Connie the Caterpillar. More importantly, I have been reliably informed that David Cameron, Dame Judi Dench, Liam Gallagher, Taylor Swift, and David Beckham are all fans of the cake.
In fact, Colin the Caterpillar is actually so popular that other supermarkets have created their own version. I present to you: Curly the Caterpillar from Tesco, Cuthbert the Caterpillar from Aldi, Charlie the Caterpillar from Co-op, Cecil the Caterpillar from Waitrose, Clyde the Caterpillar from Asda and worst of all: Wiggles the Caterpillar from Sainsbury.
For the Oxford student, the proud holder of the Tesco club card, the Tesco copier, or rather the copiererpillar seems too tempting. However, the original from M&S, whose brand these rivals imitate poorly, remains triumphant. After all, a blind test undertaken by the Huffington Post said the Tesco caterpillar was so bad it was a cake “save for the departure of a colleague you don’t like”. Ouch.
In this case, it looks like our loan is going to have to take the hit of £ 1 – the OG is the OG for a reason.
Image credit: Sophie via Flickr