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Tuesday, 30 September 2008
Exploding custard truck sends driver running

I missed this from The Telegraph last week. As no one was hurt my silly imagination was able to take flight.
A lorry driver has been forced to flee after the 60,000 tins of custard and rice pudding he was transporting began to explode.
The cans of dessert exploded "like fireworks" after the a blaze broke out on his HGV.
The driver was unaware that his lorry, carrying 26 tonnes of Ambrosia custard and rice pudding to a local supermarket, was on fire and motorists were forced to flag him down.
I frequently burn cooking as well so I know the feeling. I get engrossed in reading and then . . .
Fire crews raced to the blaze but the desserts were too well alight and the whole lorry was consumed in just 20 minutes.
A spokesman for Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said the road was closed for six hours while debris was cleared.
He said: "On arrival the crews found the lorry carrying rice pudding to be well alight on the highway. The incident was believed to be accidental."
It is quite hard, even for me to burn custard. I have had some custard disasters in my time; when serving I would ask one lump or two? Once it was so solid it was suggested that I put it out in the garden for the hedgehog. This was before it was widely appreciated that milk is not good for hedgehogs and that if you are going to feed them cat food is the better option.
The hedgehog didn’t fancy it either but walked across the bowl in disgust. Next morning, like some suburban Grauman’s Theatre, the row of tiny claw prints was set as stone.

Exploding custard truck sends driver running  

    Picture - makes one realise how insignificant a burnt saucepan and a brillo pad are.

Posted on 09/30/2008 3:08 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
30 Sep 2008


Just to be deadpan...


Custard and powdered sugar can both be surprisingly dangerous.

If you briefly google

sugar factory explosion

you'll rapidly find

Imperial Sugar Company, Savannah, Georgia - Feb 08.

Domino Sugar Factory, Baltimore - Nov 2007

Long Pond Sugar Factory, Jamaica - April 05

British Sugar Co., Shropshire UK - March 03

Scottsbluff, Nebraska - 1996.

And I remember several others.


30 Sep 2008
Hugh Fitzgerald

This recalls the?much more deadly Great Molasses Flood of 1919:?

"The Boston Molasses Disaster, also known as the Great Molasses Flood and the Great Boston Molasses Tragedy, occurred on

30 Sep 2008

Sprinkle a little sugar on top, and voila, creme brulee.

If that's too poncy, then use the English equivalent, "burnt cream."  Doesn't sound nearly as appetizing, eh?