This week our American friends discovered fairy bread and we have one question, "Seriously? What took you so long?"
Understandably, in their excitement over this rainbow game-changer they did get a few small details incorrect.
For example, no, Aussies (and Kiwis) do not refer to fairy bread as "fairy toast." There is no toast involved – only bread. White bread.
And no, fairy bread is not "usually eaten as breakfast, as a snack in-between meals, or after dinner to finish off the meal."
I mean, we wish.
Having discovered this kids' party staple, this tasty treat, which even the most domestically challenged amongst us can nail with distinction, the Americans are having some feelings about it.
Lots of feelings.
When Scary Mommy posted about "The Most Low Maintenance Treat in the History of Ever", mums were divided.
There was excitement:
"Never heard of it and I have 4 daughters. I am going to be "the best mom ever" when I whip this out! Ha!"
"Now I'm wondering what other wonderful and magical things I've been deprived of as an American child. Where has this been all of my life?!?!"
There was pure, undisguised, disgust:
"I hate white bread, I hate unmelted butter, and I'm not a fan of sprinkles. This sounds like a trifecta of yuck."
"Sounds nasty and sickly! Thick butter with sprinkles ewwww no no no lol"
And lots of curiosity:
"It's pretty but how does it taste?"
"So do we toast it, or nah?"
"Is it used in place of birthday cake?"
One passionate Australian Defender of Fairy Bread decided to clear a few things up. She wrote:
1. No such thing as fairy toast. The bread is NEVER toasted.
2. It HAS to be white, soft fresh bread. If it's more than a day old, forget about it.
3. It is not messy. The sprinkles are stuck to the butter.
4. You don't sprinkle them on, you fill a plate with the sprinkles, butter the bread then turn the bread over and press it into the sprinkles. This holds them on!
5. It is a birthday treat. It's unhealthy but no worse than a slice of cake.
6. Never use the long sprinkles. Your fairy bread will be left untouched at the party.
7. It's an Aussie staple along with chocolate crackles and honey joys. No children's party is complete without the holy trinity of birthday snack treats.
8. IT'S AMAZING
This of course, only resulted in further confusion about Australian party food. What on earth, the commenters responded, are honey joys and chocolate crackles?
Thankfully, there were plenty of Aussies on hand to share their tried and tested recipes.
Wrote one commenter:
"Chocolate crackles are a mix of rice bubbles (rice crispies), chocolate, copha and a couple of other things mixed together and spooned into cupcake wrappers Honey joys are cornflakes mixed with honey and a few other ingredients spooned into cupcake wrappers."
And look, why not really blow some minds and combine the two?
Here's the original for purists:
And the chocolate crackles:
Are you a fan of fairy bread? What other treats are our American friends missing out on?