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Is it the Wizz or the Fizz?

Things are different in Australia. I've yet to visit there, but I thought I had at least something of a grasp. For example, they have musk flavored Life Savers. 'Cause perfume can be a candy, too, don'cha know? Only in Australia.

But even musk flavored Life Savers didn't prepare me for what I found inside the packet of Wizz Fizz Original Sherbet that Aussie fan David Russell included in the birthday package he sent my way. David has been sending generous, welcome packages of Australian goodies for, eep, a good 10 years now. No, longer. I think the first came in the fall of '97 after he read about minnehaha K's and my search for PEZ and the existence of the Australia-only PEZ stencil packs. He tucked two rolls of musk Life Savers into the box and when I told him of my plans to inflict one of the rolls on unsuspecting fans at the 1997 Loscon, he quickly airmailed an entire box of 24 rolls my way. I think the LA fans have forgiven me by now. Most of them, anyway.

David sent a book this year, informing me that he found the Hello Kitty PEZ dispensers currently populating the market on the lame side. buttonlass aside, I can't disagree with his judgment. But it's a miracle the book made it through customs. I didn't know just how much of a miracle until I opened the packet of wizz fizz.

I was expecting something along the lines of Pop Rocks. The ingredients are icing sugar, mineral salts (500, 504), food acid (296) and flavour. I could feel some lumpy bits in the packet.

Then came the surprise. Wizz Fizz is a fine, white powder. Some of the he lumpy bits were caked bits of the, ahem, candy. But the biggest lumpy bit was the little plastic spoon that came in the packet. I suppose that's better than a straw, but not by much. McDonald's pulled their little plastic spoons from their coffee setups after they became widely used for consumption of another fine, white powder. And here the Aussies send the spoon right along in the package. How very thoughtful of them.

The nutrition label claims that 12.5 grams is a single serving. Right....

The 204 Kj of energy seemed kinda low given the weight of the powdered white stuff. No bitterness to the flavor or anything.

Wizz Fizz claims to have been around for 60 years. That makes it the new kid on the block when it comes to fine white powders meant for human consumption. I guess it makes sense. Australia is young as countries go, too. To Western eyes, at least.

Huh. I wonder what they put in their new cola flavour.

Candy is dandy.


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 28th, 2008 12:25 pm (UTC)
Coming from Australia as it did, you're lucky it wasn't iocane powder.
Jul. 28th, 2008 03:16 pm (UTC)
WIzz Quizz
This the name of the company that did Mitches urine test.

Jul. 28th, 2008 03:21 pm (UTC)
But if he sent spirits, would they travel faster through the post?
Jul. 29th, 2008 01:36 am (UTC)
To be pettily precise: McD's got rid of the spoons when it was SAID they were being used for coke.

Color me dubious, since spooning it was a conspicuous consumption issue, and a Mickey-D's spoon isn't a display of wealth.

Jul. 29th, 2008 04:32 am (UTC)
I don't know how useful these are for the other stuff, but both Haagen Das and Ben & Jerry's have little ~quarter-pint ice cream containers now that come with spade-like spoons in them.

Oh, and hmmm, which tuna company is it... Chicken of the Sea is making little cups of tuna mixes and they have small real plastic spoons in theirs. (I'm not buying more of those, almost everything except the tuna itself is non-recyclable here.)
Jul. 29th, 2008 04:41 am (UTC)
You get Musk candy in SA too, though it is not the same thing as musk perfume. I never liked it... but then I love fish paste, which scares Americans, until they taste it, then they love it. Musk candy, not so much.
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