Back in the olden days, rubbish things seemed a lot more better. Like desserts. But back in the olden days, us Brits wanted fancier desserts!
And that’s why we turned to rationing after WWII. But through all that we got Angel Delight. Probably the most gelatinous, weirdo thing ever to be conceived.
The Goopy Joys of Angel Delight
Okay, so what is Angel Delight? It’s a powdered dessert that, once mixed with milk and whisked vigorously, turns into a type of mousse. Good, huh?
As the Angel Delight bit comes in a box with individual sachets. You take the sachet out, tip it into a bowl, and whisk it up.
There are all sorts of flavours. Strawberry is the most famous. But there’s also butterscotch, chocolate, mind chocolate, and banana.
Discontinued flavours include coffee, tea (!), black cherry, bubblegum, tangerine, and popcorn. Sadly, there appears to never have been a Marmite flavour Angel Delight. And that… is… DISGRACEFUL!
Anyway, as a foodstuff this dessert is simple and effective for families on a budget. And the results are actually not that bad. It’s kind of tasty.
Obviously, not up there with the likes of banoffee pie. But, hell, after WWII most Brits were just happy to still have their limbs attached. Any old dessert would do.
What’s the History of Angel Delight?
Bird’s launched Angel Delight in 1967 as a strawberry and cream flavour. The company became a powerhouse in instant desserts, rising to prominence in the 1970s.
The many, many marketing campaigns in the 1970s made the dessert out to be the most vital part of your life imaginable. ’70s kids no doubt still have nightmares of those ads.
Its popularity waned in the 1980s.
But Angel Delight continued with its popularity after a renaissance in the 1990s. This was helped along by an advert starring The Wombles in 1994.
So, yes, we remember consuming the stuff in its gelatinous form. It’s basically sugar in a bowl—no wonder kids love the stuff!
These days, Premier Foods run the brand. And it’s still a popular thing you can find on supermarket shelves.
How to Make Angel Delight
If you’re really struggling with the concept of cooking up this thing, there’s a nifty explainer video above.
Basically, you buy a box of Angel Delight. You get one of the sachets. You rip open the sachet and add the mix into the bowl. Then add milk. There we go!
Not the most difficult dish in the world, eh? But one of those weird English delights that has defined many a childhood.