|As you step out of Dagenham East station, it's obvious that there's not a lot to smile about. For those of you that know this (red)neck of the woods, it's a fairly grimy, desolate place. Mainly concrete, mainly grey and nearly always something getting "dug up" by builders council or otherwise. At the Newsagents in Rainham Road South, (you know the one near the Cab Station and "shapes" the hairdressers ?, yeah, that's the one, it's near the chemists as well) you can get Merba Apple Pie Cookies.
As soon as the packet is opened, you're hooked. Let the sweet apple & cinnamon flavours melt on your gob, startle yourself delightfully, when you find that the raisins although "dry", are still soft enough to be distinguished from the biscuit itself and don't have the consistency of an old bit of leather.
If you're thinking of sharing these, make sure you take yours first, they won't last long once opened. Don't be put off by the 99p price tag and the "European" design of the packaging, because a single pound coin will buy you some smiles in a foil wrapper.