They’re biting off more than they can chew

Kate Livingstone
Kate Livingstone

Whatever is the world coming to?

They’ve turned our Marathon bars into Snickers, our Opal Fruits are now Starburst, but the latest move is a step too far. Manufacturers plan to transform the Kit Kat ... into a low fat version!

I’m afraid the men in the Nestle boardroom (believe me, it will be men) are about to discover that you can meddle with a lot of things but not a woman’s chocolate.

Apparently, it’s all in the name of health improvement and reducing the saturated fat in food, which is fine. I’ll cut down on red meat, eat my five portions of fruit and veg a day and stick to the recommended units of alcohol (well most weekends), but please don’t touch my chocolate.

Assurances about it tasting the same are all good and well, but who actually believes them!

Before making such a monumental change, they obviously didn’t study the results of a survey which showed that we’re a nation of secret chocolate lovers – they had to do a survey to work that one out! Just visit any corner shop or supermarket and see the vast selection on offer and you know that we love the stuff.

But I had to laugh at some of the findings, while looking slightly sheepish as I recognised myself in more than a few of the answers.

Apparently, women spend £57 per year on chocolate which means I must be shopping for most of the females I know.

And I must arrange a trip to York, Newcastle or Huddersfield – the top three places where chocolate is shared by women , while avoiding London, Leicester and Hull where they’re unlikely to offer their confectionery favourites to anyone.

However, I have to say that I have never stolen chocolate from the communal work fridge, although 78.5 per cent of workers apparently have. In our office there is never any need to put it in the fridge, it doesn’t get the chance to melt before it is consumed.

Now if I decide to launch a ‘Save Our Kit Kat’ campaign, how many of you are joining me?