One of my favourite cereals that I must have is Shreddies. Over the years I haven’t noticed a change in the taste, at least since I’ve been eating them which is probably for almost 50 years now. I only eat Shreddies in hot milk, I know some people like to mix it up with dried fruit and other cereal with cold milk but this isn’t for me.
So who has the better Shreddies?
Production of Shreddies in the United Kingdom began in 1953, much later than in Canada. They were first manufactured by Nabisco until they were taken over by Nestle. This is probably the best of all the Shreddies, as in better quality and flavour profile. I enjoy two of their products, both Original and Frosted. I don’t care for the Coco flavour but haven’t had the chance to try their Shreddies Max product. The price of Shreddies is GBP£2.00 for 415g, at least this is the current price from Tesco, the cost is very reasonable. [Shreddies UK]
Production of Shreddies in Canada began before that of the United Kingdom, in 1939, by Nabisco. Post Cereal went on to buy them out. This hasn’t got the same taste as the UK version but its pretty close, however, I still enjoy this product very much. I only like their Original Flavour, they don’t do the Frosted variety in Canada as much as I have lobbied them to introduce it into this market. The price of Shreddies in Canada is around CAD$3.97 for 100g but depends where you buy it from, there are always deals and sales. [Shreddies Canada]
Shreddies isn’t sold in the United States so when I lived there the closest I could find was Wheat Chex, this is manufactured by General Mills. The taste is very different, more bitter, is harder and just not as enjoyable. I don’t enjoy any of the other Chex products. I bought Wheat Chex when it was on sale and would eat it occasionally. Some Chex products are available in Canada but not the Wheat brand. Chex isn’t available in the United Kingdom. I’m not sure of the price of Chex in the US. [Wheat Chex]
So, who wins in this contest? Yes, British Shreddies. Canadian Shreddies coming in as a close second. US Chex is third.
The Government Hospitality Fund (GHF) was a British government quango responsible for organizing and paying for lunches, dinners, receptions and theatre suppers for Ministers and visiting foreign dignitaries to the United Kingdom. This also included functions during State Visits. The events ranged from small parties of around 10 but the largest event I organized was a reception for 400. Buckingham Palace organized its own events but all government departments came under the responsibility of GHF even if The Royal Family was in attendance.
I used to work for Government Hospitality for five years and thoroughly enjoyed the job, best I have ever had with so many memories. I had to change jobs every 3-4 years but managed to stay in this position as long as I could. Whenever I see an item relating to GHF on a site like eBay I usually pick it up, if I can, to add to my collection.
I recently bought this envelope from eBay postmarked 3rd June 1974. This was before I joined the organization but it is pretty much how I was told to address envelopes, it was a matter of strict protocol. Every full stop (period) and comma had to be correctly done.
The back of the envelope, shown below, had a red embossed Government Hospitality logo on the back.
Professor Derek Diamond, whose name is on the envelope, is no longer with us unfortunately but he made a significant impact during his career. Please read the following to find out more about him:
- London School of Economics and Political Science: Obituary
- University of Oxford School of Geography and The Environment: In Memoriam
- Spink & Son: The Derek Diamond Collection
- Martin Stott Blog: Derek Diamond A Tribute