I went out for a quick walk in the afternoon yesterday and fancied a bit of a snack. I stopped by a little shop and picked up a muesli bar (granola bar for our American friends). It was a Korean one that I hadn't seen before, and the packaging included a couple of phrases like "Happy Time!", and "New Taste Calmond", which sounded promising. After a moment of consideration, I figured that I like almonds and while I've never really thought of them being calming, I suppose I could imagine that at a stretch.
I unwrapped it while walking down the street and at quick glance it looked as if it was indeed full of "calmonds". I took a huge bite. While the texture was just as expected - crunchy and a little bit chewy from the honey holding the bar together - the taste was miles away. In fact, it was about a mile under the ocean. My delightful, sweet, honey calmond muesli bar tasted like honeyed anchovy. Imagine my horror.
As I was walking down a crowded street, I could hardly spit it out, so with great determination (and fighting a strong gag reflex), I choked down the mouthful.
I stopped and looked at the bar and sure enough, it was full of tiny little fish in between all the lumps of calmond. It goes to show that nothing is necessarily what it seems and I really should be more careful with my preconceptions.
Please excuse the horrible photos below (as I took them with my phone). I really need to get back into the habit of carrying a camera with me everywhere.
The little green splodges in this photo are actually whole fish. Yummo!
Beware "New Taste Calmond" bars promising "Happy Time"...
Unless you like sweet, fish-flavoured muesli bars...