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The authors believe that this is the only published study on whether Colin the Caterpillar can be correctly identified over other imitators, and that it is the best-designed study to date to assess which caterpillar cake tastes the best. As Colin was found to be indistinguishable from the other caterpillars by the majority of participants in a double-blind study, the litigation, which was stated to protect Colin’s unique reputation for freshness, quality and taste, appears to be unfounded. Disclosures The primary outcome was the ability to correctly identify Colin. The secondary outcome was the overall rating for each cake. Results Our results contrast with other studies in the literature. In a comparison study by the DailyMail, Colin was found to have the highest rating out of seven caterpillar cakes (Pearson-Jones, 2021); however, the sample size of reviewers was not reported and the study had an open-label design, indicating a high likelihood of bias. In another small study by the Huffington Post, in which Colin was compared with Clyde, Cecil, Curly and Wiggles, Cecil from Waitrose received the top rating, with a perfect balance between sweet and bitter chocolate, soft sponge and degree of filling (Whitbread, 2019). However, this study also did not report the number of participants and whether they were blinded as to the cake brands.

Ibraheem, Hanna (1 June 2016). "M&S have made a BIG change to the Colin the Caterpillar family". Good Housekeeping UK . Retrieved 3 September 2020. For the buttercream, whisk the butter and icing sugar for 5mins until creamy. Add a splash of milk if it’s too lumpy. Beat in the melted chocolate. To quote Dana Davis’ character in the ‘90s romcom Ten Things I Hate About You: “I know you can be underwhelmed and you can be overwhelmed, but can you ever just be whelmed?”- yes, yes you can.In reaction to the media generated around the court case Papa's Fish and Chips, a fish and chip shop in Cleethorpes, began selling deep-fried Mini Colin the Caterpillar cakes. Profits from the sales were used to raise funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust. [32] [33] Emanuel's, a fish and chip shop in East Kilbride, later gained media attention for selling a full-sized Colin the Caterpillar cake that had been deep-fried in batter. [34] [35] See also [ edit ] a b Finney, Clare (3 September 2020). "Colin the Caterpillar at 30: how a supermarket cake stole the nation's heart". The Guardian . Retrieved 3 September 2020.

Colin the Caterpillar is a chocolate sponge roll cake filled with chocolate buttercream and covered in a milk chocolate shell, with sugar-coated milk chocolate beans for decoration. [2] The cake has a decorative face and feet made of white chocolate. [3] The dessert is available in large and small sizes. [4] Mini Colin the Caterpillars – Miniature milk chocolate-coated chocolate sponge rolls, filled with chocolate buttercream. Decorated with milk chocolate beans and a white chocolate face. [19] While there have been numerous iterations, including Christmas Colin, Halloween Colin and limited editions for events such as the Queen’s diamond jubilee and Macmillan coffee morning, neither the core recipe nor the supplier has changed in 30 years – making Colin a familiar and dependable source of solace in an uncertain world. Whether Colin will live to see his 40th birthday, however, remains to be seen. Last month, M&S announced plans to axe 7,000 jobs, as sales of homeware and clothing continued a downward trend thanks to coronavirus. Office workers were a key market for Colin – “He’s hugely popular with office birthday parties,” says Tate – but with the notion of returning to offices in doubt, it’s hard to see much of a future for office parties.Troy-Pryde, Jadie (8 April 2021). "Colin the Caterpillar cake jars are now a thing and we're heading to M&S immediately". Marie Claire UK . Retrieved 27 April 2021. Colin the Caterpillar". M&S. Archived from the original on 2020-08-23 . Retrieved 17 December 2020.

To make the face and feet you can use white chocolate moulds or create face and feet shapes by shaping white chocolate on greaseproof paper. Smarties make good eyes and you could pipe a dark chocolate smile. Taste: Calli had a fudgy flavour. The decorations offered an enjoyable texture but overall she was a little underwhelming. Initial success for sales of the cake has been attributed to the ongoing popularity of Eric Carle's children's picture book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and that a bestselling cookbook by Jane Asher, published the same year that the cake launched, also featured a recipe for a caterpillar birthday cake. [6] However, Colin the Caterpillar has since become a staple of children's birthday parties, but is also popular with teens and adults. [3] Flower Power Connie – A redesigned version of Connie the Caterpillar, decorated yellow and pink flowers and a sporting a floral headband, released in 2021 for Mother's Day [20]

Morris the Caterpillar from Morrisons

However, we found that you could prevent the chocolate shell from shattering if you use a very sharp knife. We got the best results when drawing the knife across the cake while pressing down with even pressure. M&S in legal claim against Aldi over Colin the Caterpillar trademark". Sky News. 15 April 2021 . Retrieved 15 April 2021. There’s the Euros, Wimbledon, The Grammys and The BRITS, but no competition or awards ceremony has kept us on the edge of our seats quite like the battle of the Colin the Caterpillar cakes. From Charlie to Cecil and Clyde, Wiggles to Morris, the expansive range of Caterpillar cakes on the market can be somewhat overwhelming, hence where we step in, shouldering the burden on the mission to crown one caterpillar and one caterpillar only the winner of the ultimate prize- top of the birthday party shopping list. Last year saw the news dominated by many events, but one story that kept us captivated at every turn was the war of the M&S Colin vs Aldi’s Cuthbert caterpillar, and whilst unfortunately we couldn’t get our paws on an IRL Cuthbert to try (he’s been somewhat MIA ever since), we instead put 5 other Colin and Colin-doppelgängers to a blind taste test (fairs fair and all) to settle this war once and for all. Strap yourselves in people, it’s a wild ride… The age distribution and gender of the 42 participants are shown in Table 1. We found that 29% had never eaten a caterpillar cake before, 29% had eaten it between one and three times, 12% had eaten it between four and six times, 2% had eaten it between seven and nine times and 29% had eaten it more than ten times in their life. These numbers were not specific to a particular brand.

Drier than the Sahara, at this point we’re wondering how hard it is to get some moisture into these caterpillars, and where Cuthbert is when you really need him?!


Colin the Caterpillar Cake Jars – In April 2021, M&S launched a series of cakes in jars, which featured raspberry ripple and trillionaire's cake, as well as a Colin The Caterpillar cake version. The Colin The Caterpillar jar featured layers of chocolate sponge with Belgian chocolate sauce, chocolate ganache, milk and white choc chips and was topped with Colin's white chocolate face. [22] Christmas Cake – For Christmas, a festive version of Colin the Caterpillar cake is produced. Colin wears a Santa hat, and his body is adorned with a range of festive decorations, including candy canes, holly leaves and snowflakes. [16] Coffee Morning Colin – In 2018, Marks & Spencer launched a limited edition Colin Cake for Macmillan Cancer Support's World's Biggest Coffee Morning. Colin's feet were changed to purple, and his body was covered in green and purple sprinkles, instead of the usual multi-coloured ones. Marks & Spencer donated 10% of sales to Macmillan Cancer Support after purchasing. [17] Farrington, Dayna; Clarke, Liv (28 July 2023). "I tried Poundland's new Chris the Caterpillar - and I have a message for Colin". Manchester Evening News . Retrieved 15 November 2023. Troy-Pryde, Jadie (22 March 2021). "Colin the Caterpillar Easter eggs are here and thank you M&S". Marie Claire UK . Retrieved 27 April 2021.

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