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Were you ever disappointed?

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PollyDolly Fri 12-Aug-22 16:56:12

Have you ever craved or yearned a certain food, drink or even to re-visit a place from way back only to be so disappointed with the 'new' experience?

As I have been quite unwell for some time I was fancying a custard slice the other day. Oh, how I recall them, placed side by side on the tray in the bakers shop almost standing to attention resplendent in the glory of delicious flaky pastry, set yellow custard and that glistening layer of pure white icing.

My lovely OH picked some up at the supermarket - there's no independent baker within miles - and they were dreadful! Such a disappointment and tasted nothing like they used to. The pastry was grey, the custard filling was artificial and the icing..........well, I have no words!

I imagine many of you can relate to this and have your own experiences, so please share. What was it that disappointed you?

Elizabeth27 Fri 12-Aug-22 17:37:12

My second husband, a constant disappointment.

From a food point of view, it was Portuguese tarts, I remember everyone raving about them and as they were expensive compared to other tarts I expected them to be far better than they are.

Oopsadaisy1 Fri 12-Aug-22 17:43:19

Rum and butter sweets, my Grandfather always had a packet of them in his sitting room. When I managed to get some 40 yrs later they just stuck to my teeth and pulled out a filling.

We went back to the place where I spent so many happy holidays with my Aunt and Uncle, totally ruined my memories!

They say you should never go back.

Auntieflo Fri 12-Aug-22 17:48:46

Fruit teas that promise exotic tastes, then end up just like hot water.

AreWeThereYet Fri 12-Aug-22 17:51:05

Often with pastries and cakes these days - fake cream, fake custard, tasteless pastry that you either can't bite through or falls apart. And fruit as well. Either woody and never ripens or gets soft and soggy.

We were at Stratfield Saye House yesterday and stopped for tea. The Victoria sandwich was gorgeous, stuffed with real cream and jam, and the carrot cake really moist. Big pieces of both. Definitely not a disappointment grin

Chewbacca Fri 12-Aug-22 17:52:13

There's a restaurant in the next town that has a very good reputation for fine wines and excellent food; not cheap but considered to be worth every penny. It's always fully booked up with premier league footballers et al months in advance. My boss took 4 of us for a celebration dinner.. woo hoo! It really wasn't all that and was so disappointing. All style over substance.

Nell8 Fri 12-Aug-22 17:56:33

I was very disappointed when I visited the Statue of Liberty. I expected something much taller. The weather was bitterly cold that day so I sulked in a cafe rather than stand in the long queue to go up it. Stonehenge wasn't as awesome as I imagined either. Too many people spoiling the atmosphere, I suppose. On the other hand I found the peaceful ancient sites on Orkney very rewarding.

Chestnut Fri 12-Aug-22 17:59:25

If you go back somewhere you knew from the past then be prepared to see the 21st century version of the place you love, more traffic, more people, new buildings, who knows?
The past is another country.
They do things differently there.

And supermarket food is never going to compare with a proper bakery version, although I've even had bakeries selling tasteless stuff these days.

I have many times been disappointed by cakes/cup cakes sold in tea rooms or coffee shops. My daughters both make the most wonderful cakes, light, fluffy and very flavoursome, whereas these taste of nothing but sugar. No flavour whatsoever.

MrsKen33 Fri 12-Aug-22 18:21:13

Visiting Graceland, Elvis’ home. It was tiny .Looked like a large mansion in the advertising.

RichmondPark1 Fri 12-Aug-22 20:20:39

We have a local cafe which I've been visiting for decades. It had a lovely laid back hippyish atmosphere and everything was homely and a bit mismatched. They've had a refurb and all the wonky old tables and chairs have been replaced with generic ones, you have to wait at the door to be seated and the whole homespun, studenty cosiness has gone. It's thriving, so perhaps I'm the only one disappointed.

SueDonim Fri 12-Aug-22 20:32:59

Not a food or a place but a thing - fire lighters. My grandfather had a coal fire which he lit the old-school way, with paper, kindling and matches. I’d seen boxes of fire lighters in shops and wanted to see how this magic worked to light a fire but grandpa refused to waste money on such luxuries.

Fast forward a few years and Dh and I moved to a house with an open fire. This was my chance to see a firefighter in action! I bought some in Woolworths and came home ready to spring into action to make our living room all super cosy with a crackling open fire.

Imagine my disappointment when I opened the box of firelighters and found just a lot of small, white squares made of some pungent material that stunk. I have no idea what I was expecting, but it wasn’t that! ??

FarNorth Fri 12-Aug-22 20:44:29

Lemon cheesecake from M&S.
I loved it many, many years ago then moved far from any M&S.
Then I had an opportunity to visit again and buy a lemon cheesecake from good old M&S - it was a letdown.

Long, long ago I wrote to Cadbury's to say I didn't like their new version of Dairy Milk chocolate. They replied with a voucher for a big bar and a letter saying that nothing had changed.
Well, it still didn't taste the same to me.
I suspected that something had changed e.g. variety of cocoa bean, and they didn't want to say.
Or was it just me?

Chestnut Fri 12-Aug-22 23:53:45

Interesting one that, Cadbury. People have said the taste has changed and maybe it has? I really can't tell. I've always been a big Cadbury eater and still am. Maybe I've just gone with the flow. I would dearly love to taste a bar from 1960 and see what it's like but that's not possible! That is the only way we would know for sure.
Whatever our age we are all Cadbury children. ?

DillytheGardener Sat 13-Aug-22 00:10:16

I used to love Cadbury’s chocolate, but it tastes oily to me now. From memory they add palm oil now as it’s cheaper, but it tastes it. I now try to eat less but better when it comes to choc, I get Tony’s chocolate when it’s on offer, delicious ?

FarNorth Sat 13-Aug-22 00:20:05

I was a regular eater of Cadbury chocolate at the time and it seemed like a sudden change, to me.
I can still imagine the previous taste. ?

MissAdventure Sat 13-Aug-22 00:37:32

Not food or drink related, but when I finally got some sea monkeys, they were nothing at all like they looked in the adverts in my comics! sad

I'd pictured little mischievous chimpanzees frolicking about.

grannydarkhair Sat 13-Aug-22 00:38:11

Not just you FarNorth I’m another who dislikes the current Cadbury Dairy Milk taste, didn’t even finish the first bar I had after they changed the recipe, and haven’t bought any since.

Chewbacca Sat 13-Aug-22 01:00:48

Cadbury chocolate is horrible now; oily and sickly sweet. There's is about the only chocolate I'd refuse if offered.

Teacheranne Sat 13-Aug-22 01:13:19

When I was six or seven, I stopped around and found some Christmas presents in my parents wardrobe. Among them was a lovely children's umbrella which I was convinced was for me. I was devastated to find that it was given to my cousin! That will teach me to go looking through cupboards!

MissAdventure Sat 13-Aug-22 01:15:33

I always enjoy watching salmon eaters.
A squeeze of lemon, 5 mins in the oven, then laid out beautifully on a bed of salad.

Then I try it, and I just really don't like salmon.
I wish I did.

grannydarkhair Sat 13-Aug-22 01:22:39

MissAdventure That’s a shame as it’s full of Omega-3 fats. You said on the other thread you don’t like anything fishy, it is odd how different we all are, I could quite happily eat something fishy every day of the week.

MissAdventure Sat 13-Aug-22 01:24:27

I can very occasionally eat tinned tuna, but I can just as easily open the can and decide I just can't do it.

It is strange, isnt it?
I wonder what gives us these preferences?

hollysteers Sat 13-Aug-22 01:24:54

The Mona Lisa, smaller than expected and hordes of tourists around it, a crush to get near.
Opera at Verona, uncomfortable and far away voices.
My honeymoon ?

grannydarkhair Sat 13-Aug-22 01:38:32

In similar vein to hollysteers - The Little Mermaid, I know the clue is in the name but I was still gob-smacked at how small she is.

cornergran Sat 13-Aug-22 07:41:21

There I am in a cafe queue looking at a magnificent chocolate cake and imagining the taste. Sadly most of the time the piece I have with my cuppa is a real let down, tastes of nothing. Daft to keep trying but then there is the occasional gem - usually somewhere we’re visiting miles from home.