Petition Launched To Bring Turkey Twizzlers Back To UK School Lunches

It was a dark, dark day in 2005 when schools stopped serving turkey twizzlers. While Jamie Oliver's intentions were good, he took away the one thing that made school enjoyable.

Sure, they were only served once a week and, sure, they were only 34 percent made from turkey, but good lord did we love them. Now, after so many years, there are calls from the British public to bring them back.

Kirsty Rogers has started a petition on Change.org, calling for as many signatures as possible.

She wrote: "I used to live off turkey twizzlers. Used to make sure my mum stocked up. But to think my kids will never experience the taste of them makes me want to get this petition as far as possible. So come on, you twizzlers lovers - get signing."

And now it's got a grand total of over 19,000 signatures. Go on, Kirsty.

They might not be the healthiest choice we could put in our gobs... but dammit, we want that choice to be our own.

Impressively, twizzlers were made up of 40 ingredients, including water, pork fat, rusk, wheat starch, three sweeteners, hardened or hydrogenated vegetable oil and colourings and flavourings. Yeah - not just turkey. We told you.

The company that made the delicious treat, Bernard Matthews, was understandably fuming when the decision was made to remove the scran from school lunches.

At the time, managing director David Joll said: "We have been unfairly treated. Turkey is the least fatty of all meats. The new Twizzlers have only a third the fat level of the average pork sausage, yet you don't hear Jamie Oliver telling people not to eat sausages."

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Interestingly, celebrity chef Jamie has been called out recently for not following his own advice.

A milkshake featured on his website had a whopping 46 teaspoons of sugar - the equivalent of 186g. The Cookies and Cream drink, served in a chocolate cup and with a dozen cookies, contains more than six times the daily sugar allowance for a child.

And yet this is the bloke who got rid of the twizzler and also wanted to ban two-for-one pizzas. Again, we get that he's trying to make the world a healthier place but come on. We need to take joy where we can find it in this life.

Hopefully this petition gets enough signatures so that politicians can pause chat on Brexit, police pay rises and the NHS, and focus on the more important things at hand: our goddamn twizzlers.

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