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The 1980s Supermarket: Posh Food Revolution, 17 April 2024, Channel 5

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In the final episode of The 1980s Supermarket: Posh Food Revolution, viewers will be treated to a delightful exploration of the contrasting shopping baskets of the yuppies and the budget-conscious families of the 1980s. It was a decade of excess for some, with extravagant spending on high-end food, while others were forced to seek out the cheapest options.

The episode, airing on Channel 5 on Wednesday 17 April, looks at the story of ice cream giant Walls, who catered to both ends of the market with their luxurious Viennetta dessert and their range of affordable yet sophisticated ice cream treats. Dr Chris Clarke also reveals the science behind Ice Magic, the mysterious chocolate sauce that solidified upon contact with ice cream.

The 1980s saw a plethora of posh products hit the supermarket shelves, including Chardonnay and sun-dried tomatoes. TV chef Rustie Lee will be whipping up a treat in the kitchen using some of these 80s favourites.

The budget-conscious side of 80s shopping is also explored, with a look back at the Happy Shopper value range and their famous spokesperson. The episode also delves into the superstores’ expansion beyond food, selling must-have gadgets like Sony Walkmans, VHS players, Casio watches, and ZX Spectrums.

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Rustie Lee returns to showcase her culinary skills with some 80s gadgets, creating a tuna crunch melt in a Breville toasted sandwich maker and a cola ice cream float with a SodaStream.

The nation’s growing love for coffee is also examined, with a look at how coffee sales overtook tea for the first time. The iconic Nescafé Gold Blend adverts and the emergence of long-life fruit juices that didn’t need refrigeration are also highlighted.

The 1980s Supermarket: Posh Food Revolution takes viewers on a nostalgic journey through the decade’s culinary trends, offering a fascinating insight into the evolution of our shopping habits.

The 1980s Supermarket: Posh Food Revolution airs on Channel 5 at 9:00 PM on Wednesday 17 April 2024.

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