I’ve been really lucky since I started writing this blog that occasionally interesting companies offer to send me their stuff to try. I always let you know if they have, I always still write honestly and I turn stuff down if I know it’s way off what I want to write about.
And really, I should have turned down the Challenge Bar from Cadbury. You’ll no doubt have seen the Spots and Stripes advertising, and I like the idea of us all playing games together. But not in competition for an awful bar of chocolate. Imagine three big pieces of Dairy Milk overlaid with Milky Bar (think I may be mixing up my producers here, but you get the picture). You stuff your face with one piece each then play for the third.
Honest to god, do yourself a favour and just play the game. There was lots of touchy feely stuff in the press release about getting families to play together but just send them a football. Or a Wii. Anything would be better than getting kids to eat more rubbish chocolate. I mean, it’s going to take a lot of thumb wrestling to burn off the chocolate.
To be fair, MGG thought the chocolate scrummy, but then she is only 8. Dr T ate one small bites worth. And I finished mine in a hormonal rage. Which is about all it’s good for.
If you want to play more games with your family, then do so without the chocolate would be my suggestion. Or play for something interesting and tasty. Or go on a long walk. Or cook together. If it’s about spending more time together, then I’m all for it. I just don’t need someone else telling me to do it as a way to sell more chocolate.
Oh, and heaven help the athletes as Cadbury are Official Treat Provider to the 2012 Olympics. I think we should start campaigning for an alternative artisanal food sponsorship programme. Instead of Cadbury, lets have Montezuma’s. Instead of McDonalds, lets have Hawksmoor. And instead of Coca-Cola, I think we should have a nice cup of Yorkshire Tea!
Great shot of families really playing by Mike Baird over on Flickr.