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New product??? Tell me it ain't so

In the marker the other day I happened to see a can on the shelf with a rather suggestive name. I did a double-take and took a closer look. The label said "Spotted Dick". It was either a Heinz or Hunts product. Does anyone know what that is???

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  1. It's a steamed pudding, not new at all.

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    1. re: sr44

      But, how did it get that name? Sounds like a British thing.

        1. re: mucho gordo

          The first part of this thread addresses this:

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/866539

          And yes, it is British.

          1. re: mucho gordo

            As mainstream groceries get broader access to foreign products you'll see this more frequently than you used to, but it's been available for a very long time.

        2. My nan used to make this all the time, of course I grew up in England so I got a chuckle out of your post.

          1. Not new, but I still laugh every time I pass it in the store. Then again I also giggle when someone starts talking about nuts so I guess I have the sense of humor of a 3 year old.

             
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            1. re: twyst

              There's a recent thread here called "Your Ultimate Nut Mix." Read it. You'll roar.

              1. re: Perilagu Khan

                oh dear. The restaurant I work at now does our own nut mix for the bar, and its seasoned with nut dust and portioned into 100 gram nut sacks. The first day my chef told me to portion out some 100 gram nut sacks I almost fell out.

                1. re: twyst

                  heh twyst said 'nut sack'...

                  lotsa traditional British dishes have names that sound weird in the US, 'Bubble and Squeak', 'Bangers and Mash', 'Severed Baby's Arm' <edit> that last was the product of a newspaper satirist in the 90's.

                  1. re: hill food

                    And let's not forget Toad in the Hole.

            2. Very traditional British steamed pudding that you rarely see nowadays. I've no idea what a tinned microwaveable version might be like - no doubt nowhere near as good as properly cooked one. The origin of the full name seems lost in time - although the "spotted" part comes from the inclusion of raisins. First record of the name is from the mid 19th century.

              Here's a recipe - http://uktv.co.uk/food/recipe/aid/513173

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              1. re: Harters

                You scared me when you said "raisins." So I checked the recipe and was very relieved to find it calls for currants. I feared all those puddings I had as a kid were made wrong! I LOVE currants, raisins not so much. Except in cole slaw.

              2. I had it for dessert last year at J. Sheekey's. Very tasty.

                  1. re: kengk

                    lol.........looks like someone had a little fun editing the physical description

                    1. re: kengk

                      I have a British cookbook with a recipe for Dog's Cocks! It involves bananas, if I remember correctly. :-)

                      1. re: onrushpam

                        I'd advise folk of a sensitive nature not to Google "Dogs Cocks" and "dessert" in search of a recipe.

                      2. He Heeeeeeeeeeeeee Thanks for great laugh everyone!!

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                        1. re: Uncle Bob

                          OMG...what is the name and author of that book?!

                          1. It's a traditional British pudding - nothing new.

                            Anyone for a faggot?
                            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faggot_(...

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                            1. re: klyeoh

                              Faggots are delicious! Britain needs to export our faggots to the rest of the world.

                              1. re: Harters

                                I think the homiest sounding English dish is "mushy peas." And has anyone ever mentioned that Brits talk funny? '-) Jack Paar used to say that if you woke an Englishman in the middle of the night, he would talk just like an American. But we do love you bloaks with your mushy peas! And if anyone thought I would end that last sentence with the suet and currant pudding under discussion here... well, write your own low comedy...!!!

                              2. re: klyeoh

                                Reminds me of an old Letterman episode where he was talking about new products or some such. He reached under his desk, pulled out a can, and said, "Read it and weep! Faggots and Peas!"

                                I laffed fit to bust.